The 29th Valley of Arts, Hungary’s largest arts festival, started last week on the 18th of July and awaits guests with more than 1500 programs, hundreds of artists, and dozens of venues over the course of 10 days until the 28th of July.
The event is hosted by three villages north of Lake Balaton: Taliándörögd, Vigántpetend, and Kapolcs, the latter of which is the center of the whole festival. The festival is held in small yards, valleys, streets, and village houses, where visitors can bump into anything related to arts: an improvised theater show, handicraft workshops, folk dancers or a concert. Most of the concerts are taking place in Kapolcs, including the Hiperkarma, Péterfy Bori, the Vad Fruttik, and the 30y.
In the court of the Kőbánya, Hobo and Kőbánya Music Studio performances are awaiting audiences; while the Kaláka band celebrates its 50th birthday at the Kaláka Versudvar. Kapolcs also has a folk and a jazz court, and there’s a court for the Momentán Társulat, and Harcsa Vera as well.
Taliándörögd is the host venue of most of the theater performances, as well as the World Music Courtyard and the Hangfoglaló, the latter with concerts by Ricsárdgír, Szabó Benedek és a Galaxisok, as well as the Esti Kornél. A circus tent with circus performances is situated at the nearby village, Vigántpetend, and a brand new site, Fülig Jimmy’s light court, where visitors can visit a pálinka manufacturer every day.
In addition to the music, art, and theatre programs, both villages welcome visitors with artisan stalls as well. The festival, a prominent fixture in Hungary’s festival scene, attracted some 200,000 visitors last year.
Check out a photo gallery of the first weekend of the festival below: