Living the Tradition
Living the Tradition, both a performing ensemble and a nonprofit organization, is dedicated to preserving and disseminating cultural traditions of the Hungarian people, as well as traditions of associated cultures, especially involving dance, music and folklore. Living the Tradition serves as a resource for ethnic Hungarians seeking to learn about and retain their heritage, and for non-Hungarians interested in learning about traditional cultures.
In partnership with the Croatian American Cultural Center in San Francisco, Living the Tradition produces Drone Magic: The Festival of Bagpipes, an annual concert, exhibit, and festival that celebrates a wide range of bagpipe traditions, including those from Hungary, Bulgaria, France, Ireland, Scotland, Spain, and Sweden, among others. The festival is held during the winter season to add meaning to many of the traditions which have a part in traditional holidays, including Koleda of Bulgaria, St. Lucia's Dat of Sweden, and the New Year Urálás of the Hungarian Cásagnó. people of Moldavia.
In 2017, 2011 and 2009, Living the Tradition received grants from ACTA's Living Cultures Grants Program to support this annual festival. In 2017 Living the Tradition will hold its 10th annual festival and workshops.