In Hungary, folk dancing is truly an artform, with a college specializing in fostering young talent. The country's folk dance and music ensembles aim to preserve traditional dance, music and costume culture while giving the public the opportunity to have a look inside the traditions and folk culture of the country. These highly trained artists put on a colorful and exciting show no visit to Hungary can be complete without.
The Hungarian State Folk Ensemble, the Danube Folk Ensemble and Hungaria Folk Ensemble & Orchestra are three of the best professional Hungarian folk ensembles with the longest tradition (formed in 1951, 1957, and 1952), besides being highly regarded in their home country they are famous abroad as well.
All the three of the ensembles consist of 30 artists. Their choreography is based on authentic dances, some of which were collected in isolated villages and date back hundreds of years. These performances give attendees a broad view of the music, dance and costume heritage of Hungary and the Hungarian inhabited areas.
Concerts begin at 20.00, and consists of two parts, 40-45 minutes each, plus an intermission. They are held in the Danube Palace or the Budai Vigado (Hungarian Heritage House).