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About Hangvető

Hangvető has been center stage in the CEE region since 2004 in world music. We produce events, festivals, educational projects, and documentary films. We have international world and folk music, jazz educational programs like MOST Music. We develop cultural strategies, consult European Capitals of Culture tenders. Our Budapest office is often pulsating with the sounds of #worldmusic, #folkmusic and #ethnomusic.
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Hangvető is once again honoured to host the world music industry’s most prestigious networking event: WOMEX 2020. This four-day event is made possible with the cooperation with our strategic partner CAFe Budapest and with locations such as Müpa, Bálna Budapest and A38 Ship.

With Music Hungary, we produced the Fly, bird, fly – The Hungarian Dance House Story documentary, cooperating with Hagyomanyok Haza and NMHH. The film, directed by Simon Broughton, uncovers the story of the Hungarian folk revival, which started in the 1970s, and its continuing legacy today. In production are a new film, Gypsy Queen of Sóskút, a music documentary about Carlos Santana’s Black MagicWoman and its Hungarian roots; and a docuseries, The Sounds That Made Us, presenting the folkmusic heritage of Central EasternEurope countries.

We recently launched our newest project MOST, which aims to strengthen the connection between the Balkans and the global world music scene, with an unprecedented 4 million euro grant. This is the first time a Hungarian project has received this level of funding within the EU’s Creative Europe Programme, in the largest category. Our main partners are the European Music Council, Bozar, Piranha Arts, Foundation Exit and Timisoara 2021.

We also organise two annual festivals in Budapest: Ritmo and PONT. The aim is to partner with numerous world music professionals across Europe to foster regional cooperation, as well as to showcase UNESCO designated intangible heritage.

Our Strategic Consulting team’s main focus and expertise is writing grants, then planning, organising and implementing cultural programmes through the European Capitals of Culture initiative, as in the case of Veszprém, Hungary 2023. We are also music consultants for Novi Sad 2021 (Serbia) and Timisoara 2021 (Romania).

With many successful training and mentoring programmes already behind us, our Training Programmes team looks forward to continuing cooperation with the likes of CEU’s Summer University Program, Music Moves Europe (World Pitch) and WOMEX workshops, as well as creating new opportunities to engage with and learn from professionals in the world music industry.

Our Team

András Lelkes

CEO, Economist with international management experience, musicologist, musician

András Sőrés

Production and project manager, arts grant writer (culture and music), event coordinator

Anna Fazekas

Production and Project Lead
Social media communication
Band management


Anna Isola

International Culture Strategy and Project Consultant

Anna Melocco

Communications Lead, Business Journalist, Content & Product Developer, Film Director, Media & Communications Expert, Event Coordinator

Balázs Weyer

Director of programming, management level experience in media, musicologist, head of music export networks, active in numerous professional music forums ( jury, speaker, moderator)

Szilvia Bellay

Director of Operations, International Relations Expert, management level experience in media and project management, Digital Business Development Expert, Events Coordinator 

Dorottya Papp

Production and Project Lead (PONT Festival)

Endre Liber

Director of Artist & Repertoire, Economist & Master of Humanities, musician, Label Manager, Publishing & Concert Producer

Erzsébet Levandovsky

Legal Expert, Legal Consultant, Contract Manager, Project Lead, Event Coordinator

Miklós Cserba

Managing Director, business manager (Fonó Records), retail manager (M-Megastore, Fotex, Virgin Megastore)

Sára Marton

Event coordinator, WOMEX project manager

Sára Venczel

Communications manager, social media manager, event coordinator, wannabe artist

Vera Szabadkai

Content Manager, Social Media Expert, Journalist, multilingual Content Developer, Online Marketing & PR, Event Coordinator


Zsófia Déri

Production and Project Lead: Budapest Ritmo, communications expert, brand developer, brand and image manager