Hajdú Folk Dance Ensemble of Debrecen (Hungary)
Northern-Plain region. It was the historic centre of Hungary for a long time, and was called
the Calvinist Rome, „the city clad in sunlight”. In 1849 and 1944 it was the real capital of the
country, such hard times it was the only safe place, where the country could be governed
Debrecen is a city situated at the meeting points of different regions, at the place where the
city meets the Puszta, where tradition meets modernity, where East meets West.
The Hajdú Folk Dance Ensemble of Debrecen was established in this spiritual atmosphere on
the 1st of September in 1953. Since then in addition to several national and international
prizes, the ensemble was awarded the precious „European Folk Art Prize” in 1979., which has
been remunerated only to 11 ensembles in Europa.
From the year 1953 several generations have grown up giving their enthusiasm and
knowledge to the next generations. Today there are 400 dancers from the age of 6 till the
seniors in the ensemble. The group has toured and participated in several C. I. O. F. F. festival
almost all countries in Europe as well as in Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria, South Korea, Japan,
Vietnam, Mexico, Brasil, Canada, Indonesia and the USA.
In the stage repertory of the group you can find folk dances of the regions where the
Hungarian language is spoken, performed in authentic costumes and music accompaniment.
Thus the ensemble performs dances from all over the Carpathian Basin, traditional dances of
Hungarian people living in the neighbouring countries. The choreographies are based on the
collections of both the Hungarian Academy of Science's and the ensemble's adopts Hungarian
folk traditions many times.
The ensemble is accompanied by the Pajtás Folk Music Band.