Gül Baba Cultural Festival

20–22 September 2019

Gül Baba Cultural Festival is the first 3-day event in the life of the renewed complex to bring cultures and eras together. The event series is organised for the first time between 20–22 September by Gül Baba Heritage Foundation, with the aim of introducing the Turkish people and the commonalities that can be observed in our nations.

The Gül Baba Cultural Centre and Exhibition Venue, where the festival takes place, and which is about to celebrate its first anniversary since its opening, hosts a festival that provides entertainment for the whole family. We take off at 2 p.m. on Friday 20th September, and everyone is welcome to join us!


The programme of the festival is composed and the performers are selected so that this event will not be just another festival, but it will provide a diverse range of programmes to people interested in history or Gül Baba and Turkish culture, and that all ages can find programmes matching their interest. Thus we have Hungarian and Turkish concerts featured in the programme, storytelling, arts and crafts activities, lectures on history and architecture, literary readings, and even a play house and a children’s corner. During the festival, we will have free guided tours to the museum, for which you can register at info@gulbabaalapitvany.hu or at the location of the festival. The 3-day event will be free, as it is usually the case with vents organised by the Gül Baba Cultural Centre.


The Tomb of Gül Baba is a place where cultures and eras meet. The same is true to Gül Baba Cultural Festival, where visitors can learn about modern techniques and contemporary music besides ancient motives and tunes.


During these three days, we would like to show how the two nations live next to each other, how are past and present are interwoven – in music, fine arts, or even architecture.

And the list of performers include well-known names such as the Talamba ensemble, Gergely Agócs and the Fonó ensemble, András Berecz storyteller. In the beautiful garden, anyone can make their own painting of the tomb (türbe) or the roses with painter Norbert Garay-Nagy.


Visitors can experience how the place touches all our senses. We also planned the arts and crafts activities in a way so that they feature as many things to do with roses, tulips and oriental motives as possible. The festival also gives an opportunity to learn about Turkish culture – be it architecture, poetry, literature or music.

And Friday afternoon and Saturday morning are not all about arts and crafts or music programmes, but while the kids are having fun at the play house or at the arts and crafts activities, the adults can attend lectures on Gül Baba, the tomb, the renewal and Turkish culture.

At the site of the Herend porcelain exhibition – open until a week before the festival – we will set up a small conference room, where a series of lectures will take place. Balázs Sudár Turkologist will talk about the life of Gül Baba. Gergő Kovács will not hold guided tours this time, but offers us a detailed insight to Turkish architecture.



  • Lectures:
    • Dr István Platty: The common message of the Hungarian and Turkish nations’ folk art motives and their application in education with arts and arts therapy.
    • Mezőkövesd needlepoint presentation “Embroider Hungarian”
    • Adrienn Papp: Turkish baths
    • Balázs Sudár: Gül Baba
    • Gergely Kovács: Turkish architecture
    • Lea Tóth exhibition: The power of the “Tuip” motif
    • Turkish–Hungarian literary reading


  • Concerts:
    • András Berecz – Andrea Navratil – László Demeter concert
    • Talamba concert
    • Trio of Bursai Ethnomusicology Ensemble (PesText)
    • The ones holding our “other hand” and Fonó ensemble (Dr Gergely Agócs)
    • Arasinda
    • Cantores Ecclesiae Brass Ensemble


  • Arts and crafts activities:
    • making roses out of handmade paper
    • making rose patterned wall pictures with decoupage technique – painting and decorating gesso pictures
    • flower arrangement, making rose posies
    • making veils
    • making rose headdresses out of textile, silk roses
    • making rose fragrance sachets
    • making lavender fragrance sachets
    • making and painting Turkish amulets out of air-dry clay (it dries to be white and hard as stone, so durable)
    • painting Turkish motives on white glazed tiles with glass paint, glass paint contour liner
    • leatherwork: talisman holder
    • felting
    • Oil painting: with the guidance of painter Norbert Garay-Nagy
  • Children’s corner:
  • PEBBLE MOSAIC: making 3D mosaics, mandalas using natural materials (sand, stones, pebbles, tiles)
  • PLAYGROUND: for smaller children, rocking and wooden horses, quality woodwork and basketwork toys: pushchairs, cots, building blocks, teddies, relax area, basketwork dollhouse etc.
  • FACE AND BODY PAINT WITH ROSE MOTIVES: very sophisticated, for ladies of all ages
  • CANNON TARGET PRACTICE: realistic wooden and bronze cannons.
  • MAKING TURKISH BUILDINGS: 3D construction in a sand bed using unique stones. Turkish architecture: copying from an image
  • Drama:

Rhymes, tunes, games conveyed through stories recalling the Turkish world

The story of Ferenc Móra is told by József Kertész

Songs performed by Kornélia Papp, who also plays with the children