Friday 22nd June lunchtime – 11pm until
Saturday & Sunday 23rd & 24th June 11am – 11pm
Albert Square Manchester
2017 saw 10,000 revellers trying out folk dancing and sampling craft beer and delicacies including chimney cake and langos.
2018 will host an even bigger event with a large outdoor stage and extended programme of music and dance groups. The culture of ten other European countries including Bulgaria, Turkey, Lithuania, Croatia, Hungary, Greece and Slovakia will showcased.
In 2017, the food and drink stalls were hugely popular, so this year there will be additions including a bar selling palinka (a traditional spirit drink from the Carpathian Basin. It can be up to 86% proof…be warned!)
Main stage acts span every genre and draw from across the Carpathian Basin region of Eastern & Central Europe.
Gobefest was established in 2017 to celebrate the little know culture and traditions of the Szekler people – a group of ethnic Hugarians living in Transylvania, Romania. A Gobe is a friendly word for a ‘crafty Szekely’
Event organiser, Ottilia Ordog, is herself a Szekely, now settled in the UK and working as a cultural leader. She says ‘ You have heard all the mysterious myths and legends, now come and experience the magic of Transylvania, right in the centre of Manchester’.
‘Gobefest promises to be a unique celebration, offering a dazzling extravaganza of music, dance and multicultural activities, capturing the whole family with the authentic and diverse sounds, tastes and flavours of Transylvania and the Carpathian Basin’