Forum Fund is the partner non-profit organization of Hangveto, organizing international training programs on the field of folk music and folk art from the Balkans to Visegrad countries and beyond.
We are leaders of and partners in several international projects: among others we set up World Pitch in Hungary, a music educational pilot project (in Music Moves Europe) with the support of European Union Creative Europe Programmes; we have been organizing a new training course, “Music as Heritage” Summer School in the Central Euopean University in 2020 again. Forum for Folk Arts Foundation was set up by artists and professionals with the aim of actively supporting a wide range of initiatives in the field of folk music.
In its first decade the Foundation mainly organized summer courses, where participants learned folk dances and music, arts and crafts. Then the scope of activities grew to include promoting, organizing and assisting cultural cooperation in the Eastern European region.In 2011 Forum planned and organized the Opening Concert at the biggest international world music event: WOMEX. The ‘Hungarian HeartBeats’ Opening Concert enabled a close partnership among Hungarian institutions and organizations: Müpa Budapest and Hangvető among others. This proved essential in laying the groundworks for WOMEX15 in Budapest.
In the past years the main objective for Forum has been to establish an extended professional cooperation in Hungary and Eastern Europe to promote world music. The first steps towards this goal were made in Copenhagen in 2011, four years later leaders of institutions and regional platforms from Bratislava, Warszawa, Poznań and Budapest officially joined to create Central European Music Square, completing Forum’s mission.
In 2016 Forum has launched a new exchange programme with the support of EEA Grants. Cultural cooperation between Sami and Roma artists takes centre stage in the project.