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Awardees of the ‘Master of Folk Art’ distinction and their knowledge and activity (2008)
‘Master of Folk Art’ awardees are exemplary individuals recognized in their respective fields as having a positive impact on their environment and playing a crucial role in the safeguarding and transmission of traditional cultural heritage through their creative and artistic work. The distinction is awarded by the Hungarian State to exceptionally talented folk artists specializing in any of the various domains of intangible traditional cultural expression and therefore bearers of that heritage, who through their particular artistic activity and life-work meet the criteria for inscription on the National Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage.
These individuals together with their activity and knowledge are selected for inscription on the National Inventory by the National Committee. The state award was established in 1953 and has been awarded annually ever since on the national holiday commemorating the founding of the country (20th of August) in any of five categories (folk dance, folk singing, instrumental folk music, storytelling and traditional handicrafts) based on recommendations and nominations by the local communities and associations.