Manchester gets a taste of the Transylvanian this month with the return of annual three-day festival Góbéfest. Back for a third outing at Albert Square from Friday 24th – Sunday 26th May, the free festival celebrates the arts, culture, food and drink of Transylvania and Eastern Europe. Thousands of revellers are expected to soak to the sights and sounds across the weekend, with dozens of artists on offer along with traditional food and drink stalls.

Attendees can expect an eclectic range of live music spanning classical sounds, opera, Transylvanian Celtic punk rock, Hungarian speed folk, and gypsy jazz. A family activity tent will be hosting a range of arts and music workshops, along with enchanting puppet shows and folk dance demonstrations. High quality stalls and a food market will offer authentic gourmet szekler street cuisine, including traditional Chimney Cake, Hungarian street food and deep fried speciality Lángos.

Góbé is a friendly word for a ‘crafty Székely’, as Góbéfest celebrates the culture and traditions of the Székler people a group of ethnic Hungarians living in Transylvania, Romania. The feel-good festival will showcase the practices and folklores of other cultures from across Europe, welcoming Hungarian, Romanian, Slovakian, Bulgarian, Polish artists and contributors. Organiser Ottilia Ördög says: “You have heard all the mysterious myths and legends, now come and experience the magic of Transylvania, right in the centre of Manchester.”

Get a taste of what to expect with the playlist below, or listen on Spotify here.


Góbéfest takes place from Friday 24th – Sunday 26th May 2019. Details are available here.

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