Amateur art displays and programs
We host and organize a wide range of art programmes including conferences, professional workshops and courses of amateur photography, folk dance and creative arts for adults and children alike. In our gallery a fresh art exhibition is presented every third week, featuring various amateur artists (galeria.bmknet.hu).
We usually organize programmes in connection with folk dance and visual arts, but our institution gladly hosts popular poetry and prose recitation competitions, folk art exhibitions and festivals. We offer series of lectures on various topics including literature, music, theatre, art and socio-cultural history.
We host three choirs (Budapesti Vándor Kórus, Fővárosi Énekkar, Bárdos Lajos Vegyeskar ) and a folk dance ensemble: Bartók Folk Dance Group.

The Month of Visual ArtsIn the fields of arts BCC hosts and organize a wide spectrum of programs: conferences and professional workshops, exhibitions of amateur photography, ceramics, folkdance events and creative programs – these are almost all available for children and adults alike. 

The Month of Visual Arts usually starts in November and reaches its end in January.

To take part in its exhibitions with their works, the amateur artists have to submit for a competition. From their works (photographies, paintings, graphics, statuettes and handicrafts) a professional jury selects the bests to the exhibitions.

The event is one of the most prestigious competition in the life of the contemporal amateur fine arts in Budapest. We have organized this program since 1982.

International „legényes” competition and program dedicated to György Martin 

LegenyesThe legényes is a men's solo dance done by the ethnic Hungarian people living in the Kaloteszeg region of Transsylvania. Although usually danced by young men, it can be also danced by older men. The dance is performed freestyle usually by one dancer at a time in front of the band. Women participate in the dance by standing in lines to the side and sing/shout verses while the men dance.

To participate in this prestigious competition requires a high level of preparation from the dancers.  


Budapest Capitol Bartók Dance Ensemble

Bartók Folk Dance Group of the  Capital of HungaryThe Budapest Capitol Bartók Dance Ensemble continues its activities to  preserve and transmit our traditions in the Budapest Cultural Center in Kelenföld, Budapest. The dancers have come from all over the country, to preserve their local traditions and to get to know the folklore of other regions, strengthen their Hungarian identity, to view the Carpathian Basin in unity and to find our place on Europe’s cultural map.

Since its formation 58 years ago, the Budapest Capitol Bartók Dance Ensemble has had a determinative role in the country’s folk dance movement.. The Ensemble, upheld by the Association is a regular at professional  competitions e.g. the Szolnok National Folkdance Festival, and the Folk  Dancers National Festival. The group attained Eternal Excellent Qualifications in 2010 and was again rewarded Excellent Qualifications in 2012 and 2014.

In the past years we’ve put emphasis on educating our adult and children groups. In our pre-school and school groups we provide the children and youngsters a free time activity which helps develop their body and mind, their social competence and provides them a community which educates them to cherish traditions.
Our ensemble has been working in 5 groups since its past season. Besides our advanced group that performs at festivals and competitions, we manage a school group (Mini) and also a pre-school group (Pöttöm). The children’s 90 minute sessions consisting of folk dance and traditional children’s games are led by our artistic directors and qualified dancers from our advanced group. Thanks to significant interest, we provide a chance for future participants to join our, we provide a chance to join our advanced group by teaching basic dance techniques in our beginner adult group.

The repertoire of the advanced group contains choreographies from past artistic directors, guest choreographers and dance compositions of the current artistic directors. Besides our stage shows we hold dance houses  for children, grownups, foreigners, and if requested dance courses with folktales and traditional children’s games.

Artistic Directors: Gergő Sánta and Anna Sánta-Biró
Website: bartokdance.hu
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Yearly events: “Tedd ki a pontot!” National Lad’s Dance Competition

The Bartók Cultural Dance Association with the help of Budapest Cultural Center organizes the “Tedd ki a pontot!” National Lad’s Dance Competition  and a gala in honor of György Martin’s memory. In 2017 at the time of the 20th competition, we plan to widen the spectrum with couple’s dances.  

Season finale
Our yearly traditional season finale gala is held in Junein one of Budapest’s larger theaters, which is capable of accommodating an audience of nearly 200 people. At this gala, all of our ensembles groups have a chance to make an appearance, from our Mini group to our  advanced group. More information can be found on our website, from the middle of May.

 Budapesti Vándor Kórus

 Budapesti Vándor KórusThe ensemble is operated by the Office of the Mayor of Budapest. On the repertory all types of works of choral music can be found, like compositions of renaissance, classical and romantic masters, together with the greatest creations of Hungarian music.

 

 

The Bárdos Lajos Mixed Choir

bardosThe founder of the choir was József G. Horváth, who in 1986 decided to form this ensemble of singers from two already existing groups also led by him. The Bárdos Lajos Mixed Choir is the choir of the Corvinus University and the Budapest Cultural Centre. This is the only remaining choir which represents the particular sound that inspired the great Hungarian composers of the early 20th century, it is the heir of a tradition started by these masters of music.
The success of the choir must have to do something with the fact that József G. Horváth was son-in-law of Lajos Bárdos, and thus, he was able to gather first-hand information about the tradition of choir music in Hungary and obtain experience unobtainable to others. Since the foundation of the choir, it played on many stages around the world; from Finland to the southern part of France, from Csíkszereda to Berlin. At all these venues the chorus showed that there is more to Hungarian musical culture than gipsy music and Imre Kálmán. The choir also welcomed other choirs from all parts of the world as guests, and the memories of the concerts given together with Norwegian, German or Polish groups are among our dearest memories.
Keeping our national traditions is our noblest duty, but we know that we can only succeed in this task by knowing not only the Hungarian, but the essential European compositions as well. Our repertoire consist of a cappella compositions of the renaissance and the baroque, and compositions of Mozart, Ferenc Liszt, and Händel, Bach and Brahms. Unfortunately, due to the high cost of an accompanying orchestra, we can very rarely play some of these compositions.
The Hungarian Radio keeps many hours of recordings of the choir in its archives. One of the highlight performances of the choir is the performance of Kodály's two compositions: Missa brevis and Budavári Te Deum. This concert was recorded in the Academy of Music in Budapest. Since the passing of József G. Horváth in 1997, the choir is led by Nóra Somorai.

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