Góbéfest at Albert Square

Gemma Gibb, Families Editor
Gobefest at Albert Square

Gobefest at Albert Square, City Centre, 24–26 May 2019, free entry - Visit now

Following a successful debut event in 2017, Góbéfest returns with an array of acts from Transylvania and the Carpathian Basin.

Look out for Romanian craft beer and sausages and a cacophony of swirling skirts, stamping feet, lutes, zithers, accordions and Balkan speed-folk-freak-punk.

This May sees the return of the UK’s only free weekend festival to celebrate in riotous colour the arts, culture, food and drink of the fabled-region of Transylvania.

Last year’s event in Manchester’s central Albert Square, saw 17,000 adventurous revellers put their best foot forward to try out traditional folk dancing, soak up the sounds of a Celtic Transylvanian punk band and shake hands with one of Hungary’s biggest pop stars.

A food market gives you the chance to sample authentic delicacies including the spit-roasted sweet treat chimney cake and lángos (fried dough served with various toppings such as crème frèche and garlic).

Expect to enjoy traditional dance and music together with new sounds from artists from Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Ukraine and the UK.

We’re looking forward to learning the steps of the Csárdás, a traditional Hungarian folk dance which starts out slowly and ends up devilishly fast.

This year’s festival also includes a family activity tent running arts and music workshops throughout the weekend, enchanting puppet shows, a makers’ craft market, folk dance demonstration, small-batch craft food sampling and many other musical and culinary delights.

Gobefest at Albert Square, City Centre

24–26 May 2019
Free entry