Don’t choose a place for what your eyes see but for what your heart feels. Let yourself be carried away by the love of the knowledge so you will never be a tourist, you will be a traveler.

the Csikós

the last wranglers of the Great Hungarian Plain

Our first 2018 team, of talented photographers, filmers and visual storytellers went to Hungary for the Hortobágyi Lovasnapok festival, last July, to create the first of many ‘Circle of Cultural Connection’ projects. Every year, a three-day event takes place in the Hortobagy National Park, which is part of the Great Plains in Eastern Hungary (the largest protected National Park of the nation and a UNESCO cultural world heritage site since 1999).

Ever since 1671, horsemen and shepherds have been coming together for this event. Today, the festival is still celebrated and symbolises the ancient lifestyle of the horsemen that is still present in this area (though in small numbers). As the horsemen show off their traditions and impressive horse-riding skills, the festival is a colourful celebration of the Hungarian cultural heritage and – perhaps – a homage to “the last wranglers of Europe”.

project

Journal

Want to know details about the experiences of the participants and their day-to-day during the project? Find all this and more in the project journal they wrote during the trip!

 

In this page you can also see a short clip of “behind the scenes”.

Csikós

Story

Step into the world of the Csikós with the team! Learn more about their lifestyle and traditions with these interviews done by the team members.

 

Enjoy this great video, hear the Csikós telling their story and see the beautiful landscape of the Great Hungarian Plain.

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Gallery

meet the

Team

Get to know who the team members are, what they do, why they joined the Foundation, their overall experience with the project, and many more details.

Zsolt Repasy

Pam Hesselmans

Jeroen Cox

Kieke van Maarschalkerwaart

thank you

Köszönöm

Thank you to everyone who was involved in this project. A special thank you goes to the lovely men below, it would not have been possible without your support. Köszönöm!

Lajos Garai

Adam Bordas

Csaba Fekete

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