44th National Táncház Festival & Fair • 4–6 April 2025
Starting page: 44
Christmas in the Transylvanian village of Inaktelke/Inucu, Kolozs County, Romania. This is a short story about a trip to the village in the 1970s to document Christmas celebrations and the Christmas Ball. A car-full of young people travelled from Hungary with a very large video camera and a small television. The trip there and filming was full of obstacles (difficulties at the border, snowy weather, bad batteries, lighting, etc). They successfully filmed the procession of the villagers in holiday dress going to mass on Dec. 25th and dancing at the Christmas ball in the evening. „…we weren’t professional documentors, we were just ’mock collectors’, enthusiastic folk dancers, city folks from Hungary…but the [experiences, dances, music] are etched in our memories… and will remain in our hearts forever”. By Szávai József.