The most prestigious festival in this country has been attended by the enthusiasts of Béla Bartók and the 20th and 21st century music for more than four decades. In 2016 a new era began in the history of the festival: since the term of copyright protection of Bartók’s works has expired the opus is now available for further interpretations and experiments.
This year the festival will be centered around the topic of „dance”. Discovering the compositions by Béla Bartók and Zoltán Kodály the inspiration of folk music, both instrumental and vocal, along with the diverse world of folk dances becomes evident. Their works had a significant renewing effect not only on their contemporaries but composers of the next generations too.
As his writings and compositions show Bartók was always interested in dance. The program of International Bartók Seminar and Festival celebrating the centennial of first performance of Bartók’s most popular ballet, the Wooden prince is focused on this pristine heritage of folk music.
As part of the festival traditition in concerts and master courses will be completed by several events of related arts during the event in Szombathely.
Bartók Seminar and Festival is hosted by:
Filharmonia Hungary Non-profit Ltd.
Main sponsor of the seminar and festival:
Ministry of Human Resources
National Cultural Fund
Szombathely City with County Rights
Savaria Symphony Orchestra