This year’s Django Fest Budapest festival featuring Hungarian gypsy jazz artists will take place at the Kristály Stage on Margaret Island on August 27.
With two stages, seven bands, and more than fifty musicians, music lovers will not only be able to listen to the concerts, but also take part in swing dance performances and dance classes, the organizers said in a statement.
Manouche jazz is a style of small-group jazz originating from the Romani guitarist Jean “Django” Reinhardt (1910–1953), in conjunction with the French swing violinist Stéphane Grappelli (1908–1997). As its origins are from France, and Reinhardt was from the Manouche clan, the style has remained popular among the Manouche. Manouche jazz is often called by the French name “jazz manouche,” or alternatively, “manouche jazz” in English language sources.
Jean Reinhardt (1910-1953), known by his Romani nickname, Django, was a Romani-Belgian jazz guitarist and composer. He was one of the first major jazz talents to emerge in Europe and has been hailed as one of its most significant exponents. Photo via Wikipedia
On the main stage, there will be a cimbalom performance, record release concert, swing dance show and much more.
The jam stage will feature performances by the La Barriere Jazz Manouche band, the Symphony Gypsy Youth All Stars, and the Maltese Symphony, and there will also be a joint joy music session with participants.
Django Fest Budapest is organized jointly by founder Dávid Kádár Cooper, Mónika Hibály, Balázs Wizner, Gergely Pap, and the Pepita Dance Association.