After Pipecland’s disbandment in 1978, the former citizens went on to find their own summer camps, and consequentially their own Kingdoms. Today there are about 20 Kingdoms in Hungary with varying recognition of one-another. They differ in their culture, but all point back to Pipecland as their ancestral origin.
I was fortunate enough to spend my childhood summers in one of these kingdoms, and currently, I co-run Caer Cadarn, an annual 3-week children’s summer camp and Kingdom at a rural farm in North-East Hungary.
There is never only one story to tell. To this day Pipecland, its legacy and its lineage remain a complete Apocrypha, both locally and internationally. This is a vestige of its secretive nature, which kept the camps alive under decades of dictatorship. As a consequence, no literature has been published tackling the Pipecland lineage from an artistic or political perspective (two books and an exhibition commemorated the founder Eszter Leveleki’s pedagogical visions, however – though only in Hungarian).