Góbéfest returns: A celebration of Eastern Europe's Carpathian Basin culture in Manchester

Manchester's free annual Góbéfest returns to Cathedral Gardens, celebrating the vibrant music, dance, food, and drink of Eastern Europe's Carpathian Basin region.

By Manchester's Finest | 1 May 2023

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Góbéfest. Photo: Voytek Productions

Manchester’s free annual Góbéfest will once again transform Cathedral Gardens into a vibrant showcase of Eastern European music, dance, food, and drink from Friday 23 to Sunday 25 June 2023. Established in 2017, the festival highlights the rich traditions of the Székler people, ethnic Hungarians from Transylvania, and has since expanded to feature the practices and folklores of other Central and Eastern European cultures.

Góbéfest. Photo: Voytek Productions

Visitors will be greeted by lively performances from bands, choirs, ensembles, orchestras, soloists, and dance groups representing Transylvanian, Hungarian, Bulgarian, Ukrainian, Romanian, and Polish traditions. The food and drink market will offer a wide array of regional dishes such as langos, paprikash, chimney cakes, and goulash.

Family-friendly activities, including beginners’ dance classes, arts and crafts workshops, and zither lessons, will be available in the children’s activity and dance tents in Cathedral Gardens. With a diverse lineup of artists, performers, and educators, Góbéfest promises a weekend of immersive cultural experiences for visitors of all ages.


Where: Cathedral Gardens, Corporation St, Manchester M4 3BG
When: Friday 23rd – Sunday 25th June 2023
Price: FREE