We cover a lot of events hosted by people of different backgrounds and nationalities, but this one is pretty unique: Góbéfest is a celebration of the culture of ethnic Hungarians living in Transylvania. This may sound like a niche event, but it’s actually a huge weekend-long festival taking over Albert Square in mid May. Aiming to prove that there’s more to Transylvania than meets the eye, a main stage will present music and dance from the region – from traditional folk, right through to modern pop represented by the trio Saverne, the Carpathia’s answer to Gorillaz. Surrounding the stage will be market stalls selling authentic crafts and traditional delicacies from the region, such as goulash and honey bread. Also on sale will be craft beer brewed to an ancient recipe, fruit brandy, and sweet wine made from grapes grown high in the Carpathian Mountains. On the Saturday, there will be an afterparty at rock bar Rebellion on Deansgate Locks, with DJ sets and vocalists from the UK and Hungary.

Sat 13 – Sun 14 May, Albert Square, Manchester, M60 2LA. 11am – 10.30pm, FREE, www.gobefest.com

Sat 13 May - Sun 14 May
A. James Simpkin
Published on:
Sun 7 May 2017