Góbéfest ~ Free Transylvanian festival returns to Albert Square 22-24 June

Góbéfest ~ Free Transylvanian festival returns to Albert Square 22-24 June

Celebrating the music, dance, culture, food & drink of Transylvania and beyond, featuring Manchester Camerata as Friday night headliners.


The UK's only Transylvanian festival of arts and culture, Góbéfest, returns to Manchester from Friday 22-Sunday 24 June 2018. 


Last year saw 10,000 adventurous revellers put their best foot forward to try out traditional folk dancing, soak up the unique sounds of a zither orchestra and sample Transylvanian craft beer and delicacies including chimney cake and lángos.


This year's free event, in the city's central Albert Square, promises a larger outdoor stage and extended programme, which will also shine a light on the culture and folklores of other ten European countries, including Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Lithuania, Croatia, Hungary, Greece and Slovakia.


Due to the popularity of the food and drink stalls last year– and long queues - an even greater number have been invited. New additions will include a bar selling pálinka, a traditional spirit drink from the Carpathian Basin region that can be anything up to 86% proof. Mancunians will also be able to sample mititei for the first time, a highly spiced and skinless sausage that is a BBQ favourite across Romania.


Main stage acts promise to span every genre and draw from across the Carpathian Basin region of Eastern and Central Europe.


Góbéfest was established in 2017 to celebrate the little-known culture and traditions of the Székler people – a group of ethnic Hungarians living in Transylvania, which is part of Romania. A Góbé is a friendly word for a 'crafty Székely'.


With its roots firmly in Transylvania, Góbéfest 2018 will also showcase the practices and folklores of other minority cultures across Europe.


Event organiser Ottilia Ördög is herself a Székely Hungarian, now settled in UK for almost 30 years and working as a cultural leader. She says: "You have heard all the mysterious myths and legends, now come and experience the magic of Transylvania, right in the centre of Manchester”.