Coming to Cathedral Gardens this September is Góbéfest – a free Transylvanian festival with live music, folk dance, sport, a food and drink market and a children’s activity tent. It is the UK’s only free weekend-long festival to celebrate the music, dance, culture, food and drink of the legendary region of Transylvania.

With swirling skirts, stamping feet and the sound of accordions in the air, expect to hear a rich variety of live music at the festival. This year’s return promises an eclectic sonic offering ranging from Hungarian, Balkan and Irish folk, through to klezmer, ska, jazz, Romani music, classical, operetta and opera. Alongside an impressive host of talented performers lies the Manchester International Roots Orchestra alongside the Hungarian Choir of Great Britain. 

As the festival welcomes Teqbal, a fast-growing Hungarian sport that sees a football kicked or headed across a curved table tennis table, festival-goers will also see expert demonstrations and be able to have a go for themselves. Alongside this, the family activity tent will be running arts and music workshops, enchanting puppet shows, and folk dance demonstrations for everyone to get involved in! 

If sausages, craft beer, high-spirited foot-stomping, bottle-balancing and thigh-slapping folk dance sounds like a good time to you – then check out this brilliant festival. 

Fri 3 Sep - Sun 5 Sep,
Cathedral Gardens, Manchester, M4 3BG
Rhiannon Ingle
Published on:
Mon 2 Aug 2021