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'Valley Of Arts' Fest, Kapolcs, 21 - 30 July

20.07.2017
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'Valley Of Arts' Fest, Kapolcs, 21 - 30 July
Hungary’s biggest arts festival, the 27th Valley of Arts, will take place again in Kapolcs, and in Vigántpetend & Taliándörögd. The ten-day long festival offers nearly 1200 concerts, theatre plays, literature sessions, communal programmes, and interactive games in a number of new venues this year. In addition to the most famous Hungarian performers, internationally known French bands Nouvelle Vague and Deluxe, and Pink Martini from America, will also perform. Read on for the full low-down about everything else that's on there.


According to the organisers: The Valley of Arts Festival had 200.000 visitors in 2016, and estimates for 2017 are that at least as many visitors will attend; as they have already sold twice as many early bird tickets as last year.

’We expect slightly more visitors now than last year, but our most important goal is to keep offering a festival with a human scale – this is why we have expanded the festival premises: this year we will have 27 separate locations, 40 smaller venues in 3 settlements, with nearly 1200 programmes’ – explained Natália Oszkó-Jakab, Programme and Marketing Director of Valley of Arts Festival

"The festival organisers have prepared the broadest cultural palette possible to present a multitude of disciplines – everyone is in for a treat and bound to find their own interests reflected in the festival’s events - it contributes greatly to the popularity of cultural and arts events in Hungary with its unique and diverse acts and line up," said Magdolna Závogyán, Deputy State Secretary for Cultural Policy of the Ministry of Human Capacities.

Ticket prices are affordable - it's worthing noting that children below age six can enter the festival for free, and the five-day flexible and ten-day passes can only be purchased before the start of the event.

The festival’s biggest stage, MOL Nagyon Balaton Panoráma Stage will accommodate the most well-known Hungarian bands and performers, along with two world-famous French bands, Nouvelle Vague and Deluxe, as well as the American band, Pink Martini.

Zoohacker, 30Y, Hiperkarma, Anna and the Barbies, Quimby, Irie Maffia, Kiscsillag, Csík zenekar, Bea Palya, Péterfy Bori & Loveband, Hobo, Vad Fruttik, Magashegyi Underground, Szabó Balázs Bandája, Ivan and the Parazol, Pál Utcai Fiúk, and Budapest Bar will be among those bands also taking the main stage.

Belau, Pluto, Antonia Vai Band and Kistehén will perform at Elevenkert, which is made possible thanks to the Tamás Cseh talent programme.

With Fidelio’s support, Színház Stage (Theater stage) will be the venue of acts and plays of József Katona Theatre, the New Theatre, Orlai Production, Tünet Együttes, Jurányi House, and Kaposvár-based Gergely Csiky Theatre. Momentán Társulat will have their own yard for people who like to play, think, listen, laugh and get involved in creative actvities. The so-called “heroes” of this venue will be Ganxsta Zolee, András Kepes, and Róbert Dolák-Saly.

The festival also introduces the world of contemporary circus this year: at the tent of Cirque Du Tókert in Vigántpetend, where elements of contemporary circus and contemporary dance performances will be presented to festival-goers.

Kaláka Versudvar (Kaláka Poetry Yard) awaits visitors for the seventh time this year, while Tilos Radio yard, also part of the festival for several years now, brings the radio’s DJs and presenters together with the audience.

At Veronika Harcsa’s garden they will start the day with some yoga, and in the evenings indulge in scoundscapes of the most important musicians of Hungarian jazz’s, foreign guest stars and DJs. At the yard of Edina Szirtes Mókus visitors can enjoy the performances of Maladype Theatre among many others.

Szimpla Lemming Yard is the meeting point of the bands that are integral to Szimpla’s musical life – the band following their own artistic path. Kőbánya will fill the Valley’s most beautiful venue, the iconic Gástya Trench with life: on the Council of Kőbánya’s and the Kőbánya Music Studio’s stage music, young talents and rock legends will play the main role.

This year, the venue of classical music and opera will be Papageno Klasszik in Vigántpetend and the Roman Catholic Church of Kapolcs, where not only famous Hungarian and foreign performers, but the young talents of Virtuózok will entertain classical music enthusiasts.

The repertoire of the National Theatre will be represented by Nemzeti Szín-Tér in Taliándörögd: where visitors can enjoy performances and other programmes compiled by the theatre’s young artists. University of Theatre and Film Arts’ students will bring their most exciting performances to Taliándörögd: at the special place of SZFE Globe prosaic, musical, puppet and physical theatre performances will be performed. With the help of Hungarian Natural Film Archive, real motion picture treats and interactive workshops will entertain adults and children alike

This year, Fonó Udvar will move to Kocsor House, and bring Budapest-based Fonó’s folk and world music selection to the Valley: among others, György Ferenczi, László Kollár-Klemencz, Cimbaliband, Sena Band, Kerekes Band and PASO will perform here. At Folk Yard, the lovers of traditional folk music, folk dance and handicraft can enjoy colorful programmes and traditional dishes – Muzsikás will perform here.

Muharay-yard will organize their programmes within the idea of ’tradition and modernity’. The Museum of Ethnography awaits visitors in their community area called Etno Liget with activities and conversations. At Jancsi Bácsi’s yard, authentic Roma music, dance and Lovarian language courses will enrich the programme. Éltető Valley invites visitors with their products of Balaton Highlands’ manufacturers and craftsmen.

During these ten days, visitors cannot miss literature either: the Hungarian Writer Society’s programmes will take place in Lilla Mill of Kapolcs. Hobo’s own club is preparing Pilinszky, Faludy and Attila József-sessions, and an Ady- and Visocky-themed day. On the 500th anniversary of reformation, Református Yard in Taliándörögd and Tarisznya Evangelican Yard will have art programmes, film clubs and an interactive folk instrument demonstration as well.

Children’s Valley, Sport Valley, Exhibitions

Children will have their own venue this year: Children’s Valley will provide board games, folk music and literature games for children for ten days. The festival is announcing an A-side football tournament for the event’s participants: in addition to Sport Valley’s Art Valley Cup, they will organize a half marathon and short-distance runs as well. The role plays of Lemanguria Creative Movement Yard will be self-knowledge, creating, improvisation and body awareness. People can visit the exhibitions – like HelloWood’s village or Art Moments’ photo exhibition – organized by the Valley of Arts in Kapolcs and Vigántpetend for free.

Sustainable Valley

The organizers of Valley of Arts Festival continue the tradition of emphasizing sustainability. Several ’green’ organizations collaborate in a yard called the The Green of the Arts – they will arrange colorful programmes, presentations, trips and games. In the Yard of Creation Protection, they will try to answer questions about how we could learn to think and act responsibly towards eachother and nature, to introduce the way of life of self supporting people and living in harmony and respect of with nature.

During the festival, waste will be collected selectively, and within the collaboration with Oszkár, visitors can use a carpool service. Csigabusz, which will operate between the festival’s venues can be used free of charge with a valid Valley-wristband. Just like in previous years, donating blood will be possbible on site with the support of Veszprém County Red Cross: people who donate blood there will receive a day ticket. Last year, valley residents donated 3375 litres of blood, which means they saved 2253 lives.

Detailed programme & ticket info


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