The word Transylvania strikes fear into many a Brit’s heart, but a weekend-long festival taking place in May is certain to change people’s mind about the place. Now in its third year, Góbéfest celebrates the little-known culture and traditions of the Székler people – a minority group of ethnic Hungarians living in Western Romania. That may sound incredibly niche, but the event sees many thousands of visitors flock to Albert Square. They are no doubt attracted by the promise of craft beer, fruit spirits, barbecue, and spicy sausages. Everyone is welcome to enjoy these confections, and also the musical performances and displays of traditional dancing. The exact line-up is yet to be confirmed, but last year featured a Celtic Transylvanian punk band, and performances by some of Hungary’s biggest pop stars. This year’s free event also includes a family activity tent featuring arts and music workshops, craft food sampling, and a makers’ market.

Fri 24 – Sun 26 May, Albert Square, Manchester, M2 5DB, Times TBC, FREE entry,

Fri 24 May - Sun 26 May
A. James Simpkin
Published on:
Tue 14 May 2019