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Hungary/ 8.4 Amateur arts, cultural associations and civil initiatives  

8.4.1 Amateur arts and folk culture

The strength of Hungarian amateur cultural activities lies in the good infrastructure and the network of "művelődési házak", houses of culture (see also chapter 8.4.2). Cultivating folk culture is traditionally a basic function of these institutions. This evolved into the mainly grass root phenomenon of "dance houses" from the 1970s but is still popular today, where traditional peasant dances are being learned and enjoyed.

PanKKK is an acronym for the programme, started in 2005, to benefit (mainly non-professional) pop and rock groups of the younger generation. Grants were given in various forms, their size ranging from as little as EUR 200 to EUR 14 000. Yearly, some 1 500 concerts, 20-first albums, 4-5 international tours, 40-50 music clubs and 40-50 groups got funds for an exchange of concerts with a selected foreign group. PanKKK was closed in July 2010.

The Hungarian Heritage House (HHH) is a national institution founded in 2001 and maintained by the Ministry of Human Resources. It serves as a platform for associations and groups preserving folk culture and citizens to meet through numerous performances and interactive, educative programmes. HHH also provides further education for cultural managers in the field of folk arts.

Chapter published: 24-11-2016

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