'Devil’s Cauldron Festival', Villany Wine Region, 2 - 6 August

  • 4 Aug 2016 2:40 AM
'Devil’s Cauldron Festival', Villany Wine Region, 2 - 6 August
On until 6 August, this multi-arts festival labelled ‘excellent‘ by the Hungarian Festival Association included around 20 locations in 5 villages over the course of 5 days, every year in August. Several of the musical, theatrical, literary and fine art programs require an intimate setting for a small audience, while others are real open-air festival-concerts with thousands present. Here's a quick guide to the main locations in the lovely Villany Wine Region, plus a video and list of performers this year.

Ördögkatlan Locations:

Nagyharsány

A small village, at the hillside of Szársomlyó, populated by 1730 people, in the southern slope of the Villány mountains. There are many classicist farmhouses from the previous century, and the old cellars are also outstanding. Its gothic styled, Calvinist temple is one of the locations of the European Winesong festival.

Open Air Statue Park – between Villány and Nagyharsány

The open-air museum and statue park was established in an abandoned stone quarry on Szársomlyó Hill in 1968. Statues by Hungarian and foreign sculptors worked in the nearby artists' camp can be seen in the park.
The studio of the sculptor colony was opened in the Gyimóthy Villa close to the quarry exhibition space. The monumental artworks seen in the park came into existence during international symposiums. The institute regularly organises courses, and started an art educational programme together with the Faculty of Arts of the University of Pécs.

Kisharsány

It lies at the feet of the Siklós-Villány mountains, a home for 562 persons. The settlement is a part of the “Wineroad” formed in the wine region. In the nearby area there is mostly grape growing and wine production. Its Calvinist church is a national monument.

Vylyan Wineyards and Winery

The winery lying in beautiful surroundings isn’t famous only because of its fine wines – they tend to grab every opportunity to combine arts with wines, no matter what form of art it is. They help happily – as in the case of the Devils Cauldron Festival – the fresh, open, talented proposals.

Palkonya

Palkonya, a village of 370 inhabitants in Southern-Baranya has maintained the architectural heritage of the German vintners settled to this region in the 18th century. The most notable architectural landmark of the village is the row of wine cellars consisting of 53 press houses on the hill at the end of the village. These press houses have been built gradually over the golden age of winemaking and grape growing at the beginning of the 19th century. Their whitewashed facades are still a gripping site today. More and more tourists of the Siklós-Villány Wine Route enjoy visiting these cellars full of blazing red wines and vintners’ hospitality.

The village’s children and those traveling through have great fun in Palkonya’s wooden playground, an outstanding work of art by folk woodcarvers. Those who are here for fishing or hiking will find refreshment in the quite surroundings and the rich bird varieties of the nearby fishery lakes.

The most frequented event in Palkonya is the “Open Cellars of Pentecost", put together yearly on Pentecost Sunday by the villagers and the Village Council. On these occasions Palkonya welcomes guests for various cultural events, children’s’ activities, horse drawn carriages, and naturelly, wine tasting.

Continuous wine-tasting in the cellars during the festival.

Performers:

• Betwixt
• Besh o droM
• Both Miklós udvara / Miklós Both’s Yard
• Bárka - Arka
• Béla Bartók: Concerto
• Caminus on the Ördögkatlan
• Jordán Adél és a Puszi: party, dance, laughter
• Junkie Jack Flash
• Kiscsillag
• Le Skeleton Band (FR)
• Majdnem húsz / ALMOST 20
• Manic Freak (ARG)
• Muriel
• Muruya (ARG)
• Pannonia Allstars Ska Orchestra
• Psycho Mutants
• Psyché by Sándor Weöres
• Péterfy Bori & Love Band
• Quimby
• Sirály / Anton Pavlovich Chekhov: The Seagull
• Son of Saul
• Unnamed Band (Ex-Búcsúkoncert)
• Wombo Orchestra (FR)
• manoAmano cirque
• Óbudai Danubia-Kommandó / "Commando" of the Danubia Orchestra Óbuda

More: www.ordogkatlan.hu/p/english.html

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