IV. “St Ivan’s Days” at the Lake Balaton

Hungary – Keszthely

IV. “St Ivan’s Days” at the Lake Balaton


Hungary – Keszthely


24 – 27 June, 2022


from 90 €



Lake Balaton
The “Hungarian Sea”, is the people’s name for the 50-mile long lake with silky green-yellow water in the middle of Transdanubia. Lake Balaton is one of Hungary’s most precious treasures and most frequented resorts. It is also the largest lake in Central Europe.
The region lying west of Lake Balaton occupies a unique place on the map of Hungary. Being the part of an important region from the point of view of tourism, that of Balaton, it is a favourite destination for both Hungarian and foreign tourists. As for its climate, it is a pleasant place, it may have the most predictable climatic character, and rarely do we have unsettled weather. As for the features of the terrain – it is Hungary on a small scale as tourists can find here gentle hills, extended flat plains, rivers, lakes.

Keszthely, a city of grand town houses perched at the very western end of Lake Balaton is hands-down one of the loveliest spots to stay, far removed from the tourist hot spots on the lake. You can dip in its small, shallow beaches by day, absorb its lively yet relaxed ambience by night and get a dose of culture by popping into its handful of museums and admiring its historical buildings. Whatever you do, don’t miss the Festetics Palace, a lavish baroque home fit for royalty.
More than twenty thousand years ago nature presented our settlement with a unique treasure. The green heart of Hévíz is the 4 hectare lake, which is the biggest thermal lake of the earth being suitable for bathing. We share this treasure and alongside with it the experience of health with all our visitors. Therapeutical activities are based on 200-year old experience and it is no wonder that the so- called medicinal weight bath was born in Hévíz, which is used all over the world nowadays.
Hévíz and its surroundings are unique in the sense of having specific atmosphere, intact natural resources, cultural values and the hospitality of people living here. The well-known healing effect and life-giving stroking of the lake, a romantic dinner in the line of the wine cellars, a walk under the alder trees in Egregy, the sight of the water-lilies and traditional hospitality mean all together the “Hévíz experience.


24 June 2022
Afternoon arrival at the Hotel, meeting with group leaders and festival organizers, discussing the programs of the next days.
Dinner in the Hotel.
25 June 2022
After breakfast optional program, boat trip on the Lake Balaton
Afternoon pleasant time on the beach or visiting one of the main sight of Keszhely, like
gorgeous Festetics Palace, the Pethő House, Synagogue, Gothic parish church, Georgikon Grange museum, Balatoni Museum, Helikon memorial or any other fascinating place in Keszthely. Climbing the Castle or SzigligetCatle
Performance at the main square of Keszthely
Free time, enjoying the night out at one of the open air bars of terraces of Keszthely.
26 June 2022
After breakfast optional program, sunbathing and swimming in the Lake Balaton
wine-tasting, have a nice walk on the Pedestrian Street, or just enjoying the lake side area and the pier, visit the Doll Museum, Surber’s Museum of Automatic Musical Instruments and Phonographs, the Historical Panopticon, Georgikon Farm History Museum, or have a fun trip with the Sightseeing Nostalgia Train
Performance at the Music Pavilion, gala concert, receiving the diplomas and gifts
Free time, enjoying the night out at one of the open air bars of terraces of Keszthely.
27 June 2022
Breakfast, departure of the participants

Further Information

Folklore groups, orchestras, majorettes, modern dance groups, music bands from all over the world
The number of the participants are not limited
No age limits

Participation fee

Youth Hostel
• 99 euro/person
• 4 bedded rooms, shared bathroom;
• 200 m from the city center and the local beach

3*** Hotels:
Hotel Abbázia Superior (https://clubdobogomajor.hu/hotel/english/)
• 149 euro/person

• The Club Dobogomajor is ideally located between Héviz and the Lake Balaton, only 800 meters from the famous Thermal Lake;
• Free wellness and spa
• Apartment for 4 persons: apartments have a double living/sleeping area with a double sofa bed, a double bed (loft design) and most of the rooms have a balcony. Our spacious apartments have a fully equipped kitchen, dining area, bathroom with shower, hairdryer, TV and in-room safe
• Apartments for 6 people : apartments have a double living/sleeping area, and additional two bedrooms, most of the rooms have a balcony to provide enough space and an idyllic atmosphere for your relaxation. The modern and comfortable
• Supplement for a 2 bedded apartment is 6 euro/person/day, supplement for a single bedded apartment is 20 euro/person/day
• Additional day can be booked for 48 euro/person/day

Hotel Erzsébet, Hévíz (https://erzsebethotelheviz.hu/en/hotel/)
• 159 euro/person
• The hotel is located directly at the entrance of the thermal bath
• Free entry to hotel’s sauna complex (Finnish or infra saunas);
• 2 bedded rooms, supplement for a single room is 15 euro/person/day;
• Additional day can be booked for 55 euro/person/day

Participation includes
• Participation in the festival concerts (2 performances)
• Accommodation
• Half-board
• Diplomas, gifts
• Organizational expenses
• Free entry to the “St. Ivan’s night” programs
• Free entry to the local beach

Participation fee does not include:
• Transport
• Optional programs
• Insurance
• Tourist tax: 2 euro/person/day, payment on the spot at the accommodation


Contact Details


MIOFF – Multicultural Organization Of Folklore Festivals


Petar Pop Arsov 18
6000 Ohrid
North Macedonia


Monday – Friday
09.00 – 17.00 hours / UTS: – 2:00


E-mail: office@mioff.org
Tel.: +389 (78) 70 06 19
Tel.: +389 (71) 30 44 84 

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