Let’s meet the Hungary Team

Let’s meet the Hungary Team

Hortobágyi Lovasnapok 2018

This July we will have our first pilot project of ‘Circles of Cultural Connection’, in no where else than in… Hungary! The Hortobágyi Lovasnapok festival in the beginning of July, is celebrated on the Great Plains of Eastern Hungary.

The Hortobágy is Hungary’s largest protected National Park and has been a UNESCO cultural world heritage since 1999. Because this area has been the homeland for horsemen and shepherds for centuries, this yearly event symbolises the ancient lifestyle of the horsemen that is still present in this area. Already dating back to 1671, horsemen at the event show off their ancient traditions and impressive riding skills – celebrating and presenting their cultural heritage.


Our Hungary-team of selected volunteers will travel here to help document the cultural festival in Hortobágyi and to capture the pride within community of their heritage. At the same time, they will also enable the horsemen themselves to partake and hold the camera: telling their own story. The project envisions to involve young adults from the community in the project and empower them to create their own creative project. After the festival’s visit, the Foundation will bring back the material in pictures and film and share the visual stories of “the last cowboys of Europe” on our digital platforms for you to see. We can’t wait to show you the results!


Last Friday we had the pleasure of inviting the first team of Circles of Cultural Connection in our office in Amsterdam, for the visual storytelling and documentation project in Hungary! We are so proud that these talented photography volunteers are joining us in creating the project together. Zsolt Repasy (over Skype), Pam Hesselmans, Jeroen Cox and Kieke van Maarschalkerwaart received a masterclass by Jimmy and the team had their first preparation session before depart.

From left to right: Jeroen Cox, Kieke van Maarschalkerwaart, Tessel van der Putte, Jimmy Nelson, Pam Hesselmans

We can’t wait to get started! The team leaving the 5th of July. So stay tuned and follow #JimmyNelsonFoundation and #HungaryTeamTakeOver.