Royal Day International Folk Dance Festival
Royal Days International Folk Dance Festival is organized annually between the 14th and 21st of August 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. The centre of Dance Festival is the Dance house in the town of Székesfehérvár. During the festival the building is open all the time. In the afternoons the Dance house offers activities for the young generation. During the “Royal Playground” the guest ensembles of the festival entertain the children. In the evenings there is a screening of dance movies, the program is called “Royal Screen”. After the screenings the Folk Evenings begin. “Folk Evenings” is perhaps the most popular program of the festival. Every evening two or three ensembles present their dances, music and gastronomy.
The organizers of Royal Days International Folk Dance Festival are the Alba Regia Dance Association.
The main objective of the Folk Dance Festival is to learn and expose the culture of nations from around the world. The other purpose of the Festival is to establish connection and friendship internationally. Promote Székesfehérvár and Fejér county both locally and internationally. Increase the cultural events of Székesfehérvár and promote its image is another important factor.
Dancers: benefit from the festival is the introduction opportunity. They can make their culture well known. They can build relationships with the other dancers or other partners.
Promoters: they will be known by their support
Tourists: benefit from the festival that creates contact with local and international culture. Meet other nation’s tradition, music and dance. The event offers recreational opportunities for all ages.
Local stakeholders: The Royal Dance Festival is the most significant tourism event in the city. The increased number of tourists and participants help the stakeholders to diversify their business.
Municipality: it is the biggest cultural festival in the city so its promotional potential is significant.
WHY is the best practice considered as good
Dance is a universal language that helps to build bridges across different cultures and nations.
This cultural event is focused on the recognition and promotion of the local and international cultural heritages (dance, music). The dance festival gives a platform to the local and international artists to collaborate and present the best of their “work”. It stimulates the cultural life of the city. During the festival there are lots of tourists in the city. New jobs are created and it is a very important factor.
WHAT are the measurable results
The performers are coming from more and more countries for the event so the festival is increasingly popular. 9 countries were represented at the event in 2011 and the number of the dancers was approximately 1000.
There was a survey in last December, which results showed that the Royal Days International Folk Dance Festival was the most popular event in Székesfehérvár among the tourists and residents. More than 50 % of the interviewed persons liked the event. The organizers try to increase the number of visitors and performers year by year. Most of the tourists visit the city during the festival-week.
New opportunities created on the local level
- Recognise other nation’s cultural values
- Strengthening of the tourism sector
- New jobs created in the city
- Keeping contact with other countries/cultures
- Introduction opportunity for the performers
- Entertainment opportunity for the public
- Learning opportunities
- Creating new impulses for the development of dancing
The budget of the Royal Dance Festival was 40 million HUF (133.333 EUR) in 2011.
The regular and singular costs are shared amongst promoters, organizers and the municipality of Székesfehérvár.
The municipality gives about 50% of the budget every year.
The main regular costs are accommodation, catering and transport costs for the dancers. (33% of total costs).
The technical costs (technical equipment, transport) are a very important part of the budget as well. The promotion costs (placards, posters, flyers, advertisements on TV) are 10 % of the total budget.
Funding sources would be needed in the next years.
Possibility of tansferring the best practice
The action can be easily transferred to other territories. For this kind of best practise the teamwork is necessary and a well-prepared work plan. The promotion is a very important part of the action as well. The important local and international stakeholders must be involved and the actions have to be shared with all involved actors.