14-18 August 2020.
14-18 August 2020.
Royal Days International Folk Dance Festival (in Hungarian: Királyi Napok Nemzetközi Néptáncfesztivál) is organized annually in Székesfehérvár, Hungary.
The first festival was held in 1996 to revive the old tradition of inviting dancers and musicians to Székesfehérvár from all over the world.
Thus far, the CIOFF recognized Royal Days festival has welcomed nearly 5000 dancers and musicians, 150 ensembles, and over 60 countries during the festivals.
The organizers of Royal Days International Folk Dance Festival are the Municipality of Székesfehérvár and the “Europe-Award for Folk Art” winner Alba Regia Dance Association.
For over 1000 years August has been a special time of year for Székesfehérvár. St. Stephen, founder of the Hungarian State, made the month of August a month of celebration as a tribute to Christianity. Although after his death and later canonization the religious celebrations continued, the festivity shortly became the celebration of St. Stephen himself.
The “Golden Charter” in 1222 –Europe’s second constitution – reinforced the importance of the occasion making it into a national holiday, St. Stephen’s memorial day. Thanks to Royal Days, Alba Regia (the latin name for Székesfehérvár) became the governmental centre of the Hungary.
Back in the old days, around 20th August the king visited Székesfehérvár, and during his visit held a reception learning about the matters of state. During his visit St. Stephen’s memorial day was also celebrated.
The former coronation town remembers its past through dance and music, while ensembles arriving from many countries around the world present their folk dances and music.
If you wish to participate in one of the forthcoming festivals follow the below link for more information on how to apply.
(Please Note: we do NOT accept applications by email you must complete the online application form!)
Name: Royal Days International Folk Dance Festival
Location: Székesfehérvár, Hungary
13 August 2020 : Arrival Day
14 - 18 August 2020 : Official Festival Days
19 August 2020 : Departure Day
Performances during Royal Days include open-air performances, theatre performances not only in Székesfehérvár but also in the region.
Guest ensembles are invited to entertain children "Royal Playground" as well as to host their national evening, called “Folk Evening” which includes folk dancing and music as well as gastronomy and teaching the local audience.
Alba Regia Dance Association