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Civil organisations in the Hungarian folk culture (Gergely Palla)


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Remains of the authentic folk arts and folk culture can still be found in our region, therefore, the collection and recording of these memories before they become lost is an important current issue. Meanwhile, the traditional handicrafts, folk music and folk dance can be kept alive only if enough people are volunteering to take part in such activities.

Civil organisations have always been vital in popularizing and maintaining folk arts in Hungary. We review the origins and current state of these organizations, starting as a hardly tolerated movement under the socialist regime, arriving to the problems raised by the globalization in nowadays.

The talk will be illustrated by photos and films demonstrating various activities related to folk heritage preservation.

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Civil organisations in the Hungarian folk culture (Gergely Palla)

  1. 1. Civil organisations in the Hungarian folk culture Róbert Kedves, Katalin Beszprémy and Gergely Palla The Living Tradition Foundation, Hungary
  2. 2. Outline <ul><li>Historical overview </li></ul><ul><li>The civil organisations today </li></ul><ul><li>The Living Tradition Foundation </li></ul>
  3. 3. The discovery of folk art The systematic collection, recording and categorisation of Hungarian folk art started at the beginning of the 20 th century...
  4. 4. The discovery of folk art
  5. 5. The discovery of folk art <ul><li>The different branches of folk art: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Handicrafts , </li></ul></ul></ul>
  6. 6. The discovery of folk art <ul><li>The different branches of folk art: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Handicrafts , </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Performing arts : </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li> folk music, </li></ul><ul><li> folk dance </li></ul>
  7. 7. Folk art in the socialism <ul><li>Overwhelming centralised control </li></ul><ul><li>Centralised financial support </li></ul>
  8. 8. The emergence of civil organizations <ul><li>The softening of the system made the foundation of civil organisations possible in the last decade of the socialist regime. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Moderate central control </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Central financial and infrastructural </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>support </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Civil organisations today <ul><li>No official central controll. </li></ul><ul><li>Very limited central financial or infrastructural support. </li></ul><ul><li>Problems occur mainly with the financial background: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>lacking sponsorship, </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>program financing is dominant, </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>(influenced by politics). </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Civil organisations today <ul><li>The National Civil Fund </li></ul><ul><li>The Alliance of the Folk Art Associations </li></ul><ul><li>The Feast of Handicrafts </li></ul>
  11. 11. Civil organisations today <ul><li>” Heritige” Children Folk Art Association </li></ul><ul><li>Muharay Elemér Folk Art Alliance </li></ul>
  12. 12. The Living Tradition Foundation <ul><li>Established in 2008 for collecting, documenting and popularising the traditional folk arts of the Carpathian Basin. </li></ul><ul><li>Programs organised by the LTF: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Fashion shows: tradition and fashion </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Folk art camp (folk dance, folk music, </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>handicrafts)‏ </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  13. 13. The Living Tradition Foundation
  14. 14. The Living Tradition Foundation
  15. 15. The Living Tradition Foundation
  16. 16. Thank you for your attention! The Living Tradition Foundation (Élő Hagyomány Alapítvány) ‏ 1011 Budapest, Corvin tér 8. HUNGARY e-mail: [email_address] fax: +3 6-1-225-6083