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The Életfa Hungarian Folk Band was founded in 1987 by children of Hungarian immigrants and presently consists of first-generation Hungarian-Americans and Hungarian immigrants living in New Jersey, New York and Washington, DC.
Életfa, which means the Tree of Life, symbolizes the core mission and passion of the band, which is to preserve the past while passing it on to the next generation.
Életfa’s performs at a wide range of venues, from concert halls, outdoor festivals, museums to Táncházes (“Dance Houses,” or Hungarian folk dance parties).
They are dedicated to spreading their joy of authentic Hungarian folk music, song and dance from the villages of present day and historic Hungary to audiences of all ages, within the Hungarian community and throughout North America.
Mr. Laszlo Lukacs and Mrs. Eszter Lukacs are dancers, and choreographers and they are the artistic directors of the Kecskemét Folk Dance Ensemble. They have been teaching folk dance since 1995 in many dance groups and art schools, for example in the world-famous Zoltan Kodaly Art School of Kecskemet. Both of them danced in the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble in Budapest in the early years of 2000. Both graduated from the Hungarian Academy of Dance.
Laszlo is the Vice President of the Heritage National Children and Youth Folk Art Association which manages the children folk dance in Hungary.
Both have the "Young Masters of Folk Art" granted by the Cultural Minister
They won the "Zoltan Kodaly" award in their town, and the "Prima Primissima award of County".
They have taught dance in the USA, Canada, many Countries of Asia and Europe.
They arrived with their children so you can enjoy an authentic Hungarian family dance performance.
A selection from the hungarian rock history’s greatest hits
JÓZSEF KALAPÁCS (Pokolgép, Omen, Hard, Atilla Fiai Társulat)
JOE RUDÁN (Pokolgép, P.Mobil, Dinamit, Atilla Fiai Társulat, Rudán Joe Band)
PÉTER GÁL – violin artist (Kormorán, Latin Magic, Atilla Fiai Társulat)
MÁTÉ GYENES - keyboard (Rudán Joe Band, Atilla fiai Társulat)
József Kalapács and Joe Rudán have been giants of the rock life for over 40 years now. Their careers at times ran parallels with, other times crossed each other, however for over ten years now they have been working together. In their shows, the heavy rock songs of P. Mobil, Pokolgép, Dinamit, or Omen can easily coexist with the songs of national rock operas and musicals, or with the greatest songs of Hungarian poets.
Péter Gál violin artist, has been the violinist in the founding band of authentic European folk-rock music, Kormorán, in the band’s greatest era.
Máté Gyenes is a young musician from the band of Joe Rudán.
Their show is a great example for the never ending validity, immortality, and timelessness of rock music.
ROCK AND ROLL FOREVER!
The Szilvafa (plum tree) Hungarian folk dance group was established in 2017 in New Brunswick, NJ, when several parents of children learning folk dance decided to start their own group for beginner adult dancers. Over time, the great atmosphere and friendships that developed contributed to the group's success, as well as the outstanding instructors that visited thanks to Hungary's Kőrösi Csoma Sándor Program. They'll be performing dances and songs from several different regions of the greater Carpathian basin at the festival, which they've come to visit with great happiness and gratitude!
Mainstream folk melodies
Hungarian Folk Dj
RETROck is a group of local singers / musicians covering a wide variety& style of Hungarian & English songs from the '70s through all the way to today's top hits! Live sound, dance, and humor!
Gálné Tatai Anetta
Székelyné Kovács Dóra
and Agi, Bea, Erika, Jucus, Kitti, Sziszi
Hypnotist "Julius" (Gyula) Kovacs has performed in Hungary (Friderikusz TV show), Canada, and the States in the last 24 years. Mr. Kovacs combines hilarious routines, appropriate music, and fantastic sound effects to provide the greatest amazement and entertainment possible. His show also offers an incredible sidekick, called the Magnetman, placing silver platters, spoons, irons, and forks upon male volunteer’s bareback, shoulders and chest without glue utilizing the power of the body’s magnetic energy and the power of suggestion. You have to see it to believe it!
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