20th August is St. Stephen’s Day in Hungary and it is a public holiday. We celebrate the foundation of the Hungarian state 1000 years ago. The new bread is blessed on this day too. Around these days the Hungarians celebrate all around the country with
music, dance. Traditional programs, traditional cuisine, fireworks.
This is the 16th festival when folk groups, folk dance groups arriving at our cities from all over the world. During the meeting, the groups will able to communicate through their performances, take part in various games and activities that will reinforce the
message of friendship and cooperation. The festival will be broadcasted on the local TV channel.

Comprising all the beauties and values of the Great Plain, Kecskemét is situated in the middle of Hungary, 85km far from Budapest. It is the 7th largest town of Hungary with an area of 321 km2 and a population of over 112,000. This town is well-known for its Apricot Pálinka, the beautiful buildings of Art Nouveau style ornamented with colored ceramics, and also the "Kodály-method" named after Zoltán Kodály the world-famous composer who was born in Kecskemét. The seat of Bács-Kiskun county is usually called "Hírös Town" as Sándor Petőfi, the great Hungarian poet would call it. The name Kecskemét originates from the word ;kecske; - meaning goat.
Thanks to its favorable geographical position Kecskemét has always been the meeting point of different religions, cultures, and traders of all nationalities. The city was founded at the cross-roads of ancient trading routes. In 1368 it was identified as
a market-town in a charter of King Anjou Louis the Great, so Kecskemét celebrates its 650th anniversary this year with a series of programs all through the year. The development of gardening, wine-growing viniculture, and fruit-growing all have led to
the development of the city. The most famous product of the town is Apricot Pálinka, which is made of special tasty apricots. The cultivation of the characteristic fruit of the region started more than 100 years ago.
Kecskemét is the native town of József Katona, the author of the Hungarian national drama, and Zoltán Kodály, the world-famous composer, expert of music pedagogy, musicologist, and researcher of folk music. He founded the first primary music school in the country in Kecskemét, which bears the name of the master and has become world-famous together with the Zoltán Kodály Institute of Music Pedagogy.
Due to its advantageous geographical location, Kecskemét has developed into the economic, administrative, educational, and cultural center of the region. It hosts several institutions of fine art, unique collections, and renowned festivals.

General Rules

Folk dance groups, folk groups


1st day - 18th August
Occupying the accommodation from 14.00
Meeting with the group leaders and the organizers during the day
Reviewing the next day’s programs
Dinner, free program

2nd day - 19th August
Optional programs (zoo or aquapark in Kecskemét)
From 15.00 arrival at Tápiószőlős
occupying the changing rooms, snacks, and cold beverages
15.45 departure to the location of St Stephen’s Ceremony with the group’s buses
16.00 official ceremony at St Stephen’s Statue, 30 minutes
16.30 marching to the location of the performance
17.00 Performance on stage
Closing ceremony, gifts from the town
Dinner with all participants, live music, party for the participants and the locals
Back to the accommodation

3rd day - 20th August
Optional programs (zoo or aqua park in Kecskemét)
18.00: Performance on stage:
Kecskemét, Szabadság square, the center of the St Stephen’s week in Kecskemét
Closing ceremony, receiving the gift and diplomas from the city and the organizers
Participating in the local events, concerts
Firework, party

4th day - 21st August
After breakfast departure.


95 Euro: Student Hostel http://www.kecskemetiszc.hu/kollegium/
2 bedded rooms, own bathroom (toilet, shower) in every room, 10 minutes walk from the city center

145 Euro: 4* Aranyhomok Business City Wellness
Hotel www.hotelaranyhomok.hu
2 bedded standard rooms, supplement for a single room is 15 Euro/person/day

Free use of the swimming pool, jacuzzi, Finnish sauna, infra sauna, aromatherapy steam bath, fitness room (bathrobes are provided in your room).

159 Euro: 4* Four Points by Sheraton Kecskemet Hotel & Conference Center  http://fourpointskecskemet.hu/
2 bedded rooms, supplement for a single room is 25 Euro/person/day
Free use of the swimming pool, jacuzzi, Finnish sauna, infra sauna, aromatherapy steam bath, fitness room (bathrobes are provided in your room).

Meals: half board for the whole festival (2 meals/day)
Diplomas and gifts from the city
Official invitation

The participation fee does not include:
Tourist tax: 2 Euro/person/day, payment on the spot


  • 18/08/2021 - 21/08/2021


18/08 - 21/08
  • 4 days (3 nights) = 95 € per person


How to get there

You can arrive on the spot by plane or private bus transportation.
If needed the organizer can provide bus transportation and other transportation services.

Things to do

Trip Planner

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  • accommodation during the trip (in case you need a sleepover on your way to the chosen destination)
  • accommodation during the festival event you attend
  • travel and transportation tips and assistance
  • purchasing airplane and bus tickets
  • organizing transportation for a group or individuals
  • assist and advise in the procedure of issuing visas (if needed)

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