Hungarian Master Classes Series 2

 MASTER CLASS SERIES #2 (from January 25, 2021 for 10 weeks) 

Get ready for round 2! We offer our Master Classes every Saturday for 10 weeks starting January 30.

MASTER CLASS #1 (January 30, 2021)

Táncház Talk is the world’s only English-language program focusing primarily on Hungarian folk music. The host of the show is Kálmán Magyar (Öcsi), one of North America’s leading Hungarian folk musicians and personalities. Kálmán has been an instrumental personality in the Táncház movement since the 1980’s, first with the band Eletfa in New York, and now with Gyanta in Toronto. He is also a lawyer. He initially launched the show in the wake of the mass cancellations caused by the COVID-19 pandemic as a way to keep Táncház music enthusiasts connected. In Hungarian, “Táncház” literally means “dance house,” and is the focal point of the Hungarian roots revival movement. The Táncház movement has been inscribed in the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)’s Register of Good Safeguarding Practices, as “a Hungarian model for the transmission of intangible cultural heritage.” For more information, visit

MASTER CLASS #2 (February 6, 2021)

Discussion with Author Owen Pataki

Learn how to become an author! Owen Pataki shares his secrets and walks you through the process of writing a book.


MASTER CLASS #3 (February 13, 2021)

Seminar about Hungarian cultural dress with Piroska Nagy

Piroska Nagy has been teaching Hungarian culture at the american international school of Budapest since 2000. Born in the United States to parents who emigrated from Hungary following the defeat of the revolution in 1956, she received her MA in Ethnography from the Eötvös Loránd University of Budapest in 1986, and has been living in Hungary ever since. Piroska documented a majority of the events to the fall of Soviet dictatorship in Hungary in 1989, and an album of her photographs was published in 2011 titled “Years of Euphoria.”

Watch the master class with Piroska Nagy:

MASTER CLASS #4 (February 20, 2021)

Egg Decorating with Ildikó Fekete

”The love of Easter egg decorating has always been part of my life. In high school I started decorating in “irott” style as a hobby and after many years of research, exhibiting and book writing my work has become fruitful. My book, “viasszal irt üzenet”  came out in 2019. In the book you can see various styles of egg decoration from 15 different provinces throughout Hungary. In the book, you can learn how to paint eggs or just peruse the book as a keepsake especially during Easter.”

Watch the master class with Ildikó Fekete:

MASTER CLASS #5 (February 27, 2021)

Feltmaking (Nemezelés) Techniques with Piroska Tóth

Piroska Tóth, a native of Hungary and a resident of New Jersey for 28 years, is a self-made felt maker and fiber enthusiast. During the last 2 decades her interest has lead her to many artists to learn various aspects and techniques of felt making from 3D sculptural to Shibori dyeing, rug making and fine Nuno felting. She likes to share her passion of felting and knitting with children and adults as well. Piroska also teaches and demonstrates wool processing and spinning in various schools in New Jersey.

Watch the master class with Piroska Tóth:

MASTER CLASS #6 (March 6th, 2021)

Discussion about the 1848-49 Hungarian Revolution with Tom Szigeti

Tom Szigeti is a PhD student in NYU’s history department. Originally from Cleveland, he spent several years working in Budapest as a journalist (and occasional ReConnect Hungary Guide) before returning to the US for graduate school, where he works on nationalism and memory in Austria-Hungary and her successor states.

Watch the master class with Tom Szigeti:

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