“Táncház, which translates as “dance house” is “a “casual” Hungarian folk dance event (as opposed to stage performances). It is an aspect of the Hungarian roots revival of traditional culture which began in the early 1970s, and remains an active part of the national culture across the country, especially in cities like Budapest. The term is derived from a Transylvanian tradition of holding dances at individual’s homes.” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Táncház)
Táncház events are all over Budapest and every evening of my trip this past March was spent dancing and listening to folk music. I had the good fortune of having local musician friends point me towards places to go and I want to pass this information on to other travelers headed to Hungary.
The best online resource to find Hungarian folk music and dance events is folkradio.hu. Thanks to sites like Google translate, you can put in the web address and it will give you a decent translation of the event calendar. Another English language site is www.ruinpubs.com that has a huge list of bars and music clubs. Venues are always changing, so please, always check ahead of time.
To give you an idea of what you will see and hear, below are some videos I took at the events I attended. Enjoy!
This video turned out very blurry, but I love the effect: