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36th Festival of Folk Arts19-21 August, 2022

Buda CastleBudaPhoto by: Mesterségek Ünnepe, Papp Kornél

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Between August the 19th and the 21st, the Festival of Folk Arts will be held in the Buda Castle for the 36th time. The country's largest folk art festival and the biggest in the Carpathian Basin, the festival involves almost a thousand Hungarian and foreign artisans, with the main theme of this year’s event being woodwork and South Korea as the guest of honor. 

The Festival of Folk arts, the country's largest folk art festival, will be held in the squares and cozy streets of Buda Castle between August the 19th and August the 21st. Featuring more than 800 Hungarian and 150 foreign artisans, not only can visitors admire the beautiful folk handicrafts, but also enjoy the unique experience of learning about ancient techniques and catching a glimpse of skilled artisans at work. 

This is also the country’s largest family festival, where visitors of all ages are welcome. For our youngest patrons there will be various children’s events and activities, while the adults can enjoy a fashion show, a dance house, and the folk pub, all spread out around the Buda Castle area.
This year's guest of honor at the Festival of Folk Arts is the Republic of Korea. In the Korean craft workshops, visitors can learn all about calligraphy, temple and folk painting, traditional Korean patchwork, pyrography, ceramic art, and paper weaving. On the main stage, a spectacular show will enchant the audience with a performance of traditional instruments accompanying mesmerizing dances, and for those interested in Korean gastronomy, there will be plenty of opportunity to try traditional dishes combining hot, sour, salty, bitter, and sweet flavors all in one.

The main theme of the festival will be crafts related to woodwork, with workshops and demonstrations of wooden headstone carving, as well as the making of wooden spoons, chairs, flutes, and bark vessels, among others.


The best folk musicians, world musicians, and Hungarian folk-dance ensembles will also be appearing at the festival, while the Hungarian Heritage House on Dísz tér will be welcoming children at their playground with puppet theater, children's concerts, dance lessons, and craft activities. At the Carpathian Basin parade of folk crafts, stilt walkers and showmen will create an incredible atmosphere all day long, and a procession of the masters together with a blessing of bread will take place on August the 20th, in celebration of St. Stephen's Day and the Feast of the New Bread.


As part of the National Holiday event series, the festival is free to enter.


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