Sunday, 19 June 2016

Hungarian Culture Day

London and Hungarian banners displayed together over the bandstand

The UK’s Hungarian Culture & Heritage Society hosted Hungarian Culture Day at Victoria Embankment Gardens on Sunday 19th June - Father’s Day. The crowd enjoyed a day filled with traditional Hungarian music, singing, dancing, food and crafts.

Introducing the singer and musicians in Hungarian and English

The young children, bilingual in Hungarian and English, enjoyed watching and copying the dancing on stage. They stood along the front of the stage, as if mesmerised by the movement of the dancers. They looked incredibly cute with their painted faces.

Children watch traditional Hungarian folk dancing

The vast majority of Hungarian-born residents live in London. The 2014 census estimated that there were around 79,000 Hungarians in the UK. Exact figures seem unclear. Many arrived in recent years. A number arrived after World War II and after the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. 

London's Hungarian community gathered at Victoria Embankment Garden’s bandstand on Sunday afternoon. They relished the occasion to share Hungarian traditions with their children.

Energetic Hungarian folk dancing at Victoria Embankment Gardens' Bandstand

Hungarian folk singing on stage with two children watching and photographer at front of stage