In 1985, one hundred gypsy artists decided to bid farewell to one of the most outstanding gypsy violinists of their era by making music together at his funeral. This was the moment they realized that these great musicians all share a common mission: promoting and preserving traditional Hungarian gypsy music, Hungarian popular songs known as “nóta”, and the body of folk songs – as well as the works of foreign classical composers. The 52nd International Eucharistic Congress will await visitors with a diverse musical programme also featuring the Budapest Gypsy Symphony Orchestra – a one-of-a-kind classical symphony orchestra with a 30-year history. This is so much more than merely a group of musicians: their art and their unique style creates bridges between people and cultures.

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