Living in a foreign country makes especially important to be part of a community that cherishes our traditions and celebrates common roots. In London, Hunique Dance Ensemble, that operates under the Hungarian Culture and Heritage Society, has been playing a significant role not only with its existence as a folk dance group but with all the colorful programs organised since the foundation years, addressing all ages and backgrounds.
This time we need your support. We're raising money to benefit Hunique Dance Ensemble celebrating 10 years anniversary 16th November 2019 with a spectacular theater performance, and any donation will help make an impact. Want to join us in making a difference?
Being a fully run-by-volunteers charity we highly rely on your support to make our West End dream come true.
There are actually some things that money can buy and every little counts. With your ever so kind donations we would like to cover extra costs out of our yearly budget like: renting additional rehearsal spaces, live folk band cover, audio-visual effects and technicians, new costumes, travel costs of dance instructors.
Be part of the celebration and contribute to our show.
Hungarian Culture and Heritage Society was established on 3rd of May, 2011 (Registered Charity Number: 1152984). Our aim is to support and preserve the Hungarian culture and heritage, furthermore promote the cultural heritage for the benefit of the Hungarian and European public. In line with our constitution we also support Hungarian communities in the UK to integrate and contribute to the wider society.
We started Hunique for our own entertainment, to cherish our traditions and heritage, and to ease homesickness in a foreign country. In the past 9 years the UK has been treated us well, and now it feels like a second home where we would like to give back and serve the community more and more. Organically we’ve started to stretch our comfort zone, widen the list of our activities and step by step introducing Hunique to a greater community in the UK. Our aim is to enable the Hungarian people in London to practice and celebrate their cultural identity and share our values and colourful traditions with all the other nations living here together.
The active membership, that counts about 90 people, is attending rehearsals three times a week on a beginner, intermediate and on an advanced level. On these occasions we are learning different kind of traditional dances, practicing new routines and rehearsing to the performances. We are performing regularly at the UK based Hungarian schools’ events and taking active part in the Hungarian community events. Since 2010 we’ve been appearing on the London Dance Around the World Festival. Also for 7 years we’ve been organizing our own festival in Central London at Embankment Gardens. We have been developing the concept and the content year by year: by 2019 we brought to life a whole afternoon program called Hungarian Folklore Day in cooperation with 10 other UK based traditional Hungarian dance ensembles, bands and handcraft manufactures. Throughout the whole matinee around 1000 spectator followed the performances, tried the activities and participated the dance workshops.
Hunique was represented with a high-standard one our long performance in Manchester at the first Transylvanian Hungarian Gobe Festival. We’ve also received invitations to other nations’, local councils’, communities’ events. In the past years we were preforming at the Mazury Polish Dance Company’s Gala Night, the Brent Council hosted Eastern European Festival and we are keen on preparing to the South CarFest.
We are so much more than a dance ensemble. Since 2012 we’ve been organising social dancing nights, children dance and handcraft workshops in West London and we’ve grown to a community that links hundreds of people in Greater London. All the tutors of the group are voluntary organising the programs and managing the everyday life of the community besides their full-time job. Beyond their indisputable contribution the active members are also taking responsibility and support the different kind of events and activities.
We can proudly say that we have been growing year by year both in active membership, community and portfolio wise. In the next term we would like to also start and run a children’s dance group on a regular basis to involve the younger generations as well. Over and above we are aiming to build partnerships and participate more on local community events and welcoming more foreign members in the group and on our events.