One would be hard pressed to find two cultural events in Hungary that stand further away from each other than Ozora and Kurultaj. 

While Ozora is a neo-hippyish psychedelic festival that cherishes the freedom of both body and mind, the far-right tinged Kurultaj is more of a reenactment of a glorious time in Hungarian history when Europe feared their arrows and the bloodthirsty horde claimed the land that forms today's Hungary.

It would have been tempting to explore the myriad differences between Hungary's most liberal music festival and its most radically conservative historical gathering, so for this piece I set out to find the similarities between them instead. As it turned out, there were more parallels than any of the two sides would be ready to admit.


For starters, Ozora likes to call itself a 'tribal gathering'. Coincidentally, in the Altai language 'kurultai' means exactly the same. 

(The images come in pairs, the first always being from Kurultaj and the second from Ozora.)


August, 2015

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