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Highlights Hungary - 2011

Highlights Hungary - 2011

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Hungary
2011
Highlights
hungary.com
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3
rd
–8
th
MARCH (MAIN DAY: 6. MARCH) MOHÁCS,PANNONIA,SPRING-RITES FESTIVAL
Since 2009, at the event of “busójárás”, part of the UNESCO intellectual world heritage various groups enter themain square through the main street at the bang of the busó cannon where an open street carnival starts. The people of Mohács celebrate the carnival also on the Tuesday of the carnival week saying good-bye to the cold season by burning anddancing around the bon
re placed at the main square where they burn a cof 
n symbolizing the winter.
Information:
mohacs@tourinform.hu, www.mohacs.hu 
12
th
–15
th
MARCH, SOPRON,PANNONIA,LISZT-FESTIVAL
The annual Liszt Festival represents a real delicacy in music where the works of the world famous composer canbe heard by the music fans in the interpretation of Hungarian artists. The concerts take place in a compelling environment, inthe concert halls of Sopron and in churches. •
Information:
info@lisztfestival.hu, www.lisztfestival.hu
18
th
MARCH – 3
rd
APRIL, BUDAPEST,BUDAPEST AND SURROUNDINGS,BUDAPEST SPRING FESTIVAL
Budapest Spring Festival has been the greatest cultural festival of Hungary for 30 years. This series of events is alsoa signi
cant international event In the last two weeks of March, at 50 to 60 venues all over the Hungarian capital,approximately. 200 events take place . The festival offers classical music concerts and jazz nights, as well as theatreperformances, open-air concerts and other festival-like events.
Information:
+36-1/486-3300, +36-1/486-3310, info@festivalcity.hu, www.festivalcity.hu
24
th
–25
th
APRIL, HOLLÓK 
Ő
,EGER-TOKAJ WINE REGION,HOLLÓK 
Ő
EASTER FESTIVAL
Since 1987, Hollók
ő
has been part of the UNESCO world heritage. The revival of Palóc folk traditions, the village life of pasttimes takes place in the air of Easter folk customs. One can try painting eggs, jiggering and many other handicrafts. Easter cancertainly not pass without the real sprinkling of the girls by the boys from buckets of water.
Information:
+36-32/579-010, +36-32/579-011, hollokozal@mail.datanet.hu, www.holloko.hu
29
th
APRIL – 2
nd
MAY, KUNMADARAS,THE PUSZTA AND LAKE TISZA,INTERNATIONAL MOTORCYCLE AND STREETFIGHTER COMPETITION
This event is the highest ranking European drag championship in the country and the region, also accepted by MAMS,where several ten thousands of horse power of motorcycles gather together. The objective is to struggle oneself through402.33 metres as fast as possible. Famous foreign stars perform at every contest with their unique machines, and the onlymotor stunt contest in Hungary takes place here, as well.
Information:
+36-30/965-4435, hajoe@t-online.hu, www.kunmadarasmotorsport.hu
27
th
MAY – 11
th
SEPTEMBER, FERT
Ő
D,PANNONIA,CASTLE CONCERTS OF ESZTERHÁZA 2011
From the end of May until September, almost every day there is some real musical delight in Fert
ő
d and itssurroundings. Open-air concerts in the courtyard of the Bishop’s castle in Fert
ő
rákos every Sunday.
Information:
+36-1/413-7565, +36-1/413-7574, www.klassz.org
11
th
JUNE, 2
nd
–3
rd
JULY, HORTOBÁGY,THE PUSZTA AND LAKE TISZA,HERDSMEN‘S FESTIVAL – NATIONAL HERDSMEN‘S COMPETITION AND MEETINGHORTOBÁGY EQUESTRIAN DAYS
Every Pentecost Saturday, herders of grey cattle and cowmen arriving from various corners of the country gather in the AnimalPark of Puszta to compete with each other and to show off their festive out
ts. Visitors can soothe their hunger with meals preparedat the cookery contest (“slambuc”, goulash, pörkölt-stew, mangalica stew) and choose from the goods of region’s craftsmen.On the
rst weekend of July, herdsmen, horsemen, the best craftsmen, dancers and musicians from the area are invited to acompetition in order to demonstrate their skills.
Information:
+36-52/589-110, +36-52/369-108, info@hortobagy.eu, www.hortobagy.eu
8
th
–12
th
JUNE, ALSÓÖRS,LAKE BALATON,INTERNATIONAL HARLEY-DAVIDSON-FESTIVAL
This is Hungary’s largest bike meeting where, during the
ve days of the event, there is also a quality musicprogramme offered as well as the motor show. There will be a spectacular Harley-Davidson fashion show, stunt show andother breath-taking bike programmes, and of course
reworks shouldn’t be missed either. The highlight of the festival will bethe Saturday bike demonstration. •
Information:
+36-1/323-0766, info@hungaroparty.hu, www.hog.hu
8
th
–19
th
JUNE, MISKOLC AND SURROUNDINGS,EGER-TOKAJ WINE REGION,„BARTÓK + VERDI“ - MISKOLC INTERNATIONAL OPERA FESIVAL
This series of events wishes to tempt the interest of opera goers with its unique and colourful programme. Besides theannually repeated Bartók repertoire, well-known and less known masterpieces of Giuseppe Verdi are presented to theaudience. The festival presents stars and groups from the world’s greatest opera and concert stages. Music builds cities
Information:
+36-46/504-061, +36-46/504-068, operami@t-online.hu, www.operafestival.hu
 
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10
th
JUNE – 28
th
AUGUST, BUDAPEST,BUDAPEST AND SURROUNDINGS,BUDAPEST SUMMER FESTIVAL 2011
The Open-air Stage of Margaret Island hosts premiers, musicals, operas, dance shows and concerts. At the VárosmajorOpen-Air Stage, according to the tradition, “Pest moves to Buda”. At the ruins of Saint Margaret and at the Interactive TaleStage, Renaissance mornings, popular tales and interactive games await the youngest audience.
Information:
+36-1/375-5922, info@szabadter.hu, www.szabadter.hu 
15
th
–19
th
JUNE, BALATONFÜRED, TIHANY,LAKE BALATON,BALATON BIKE FEST
Lovers of cycling can choose among a dozen programmes, take part in contests, and enjoy professional toursand demonstrations. Several times, the events are paired with water shows, such as mountain bike-kayak duathlon andwater jump. There will also be marathon, dirt, trial, national criteria, XCO, downhill, Balaton tour and rallies.There is a nomination fee for the contest; free entrance for visitors.
Information:
+36-20/934-3676, info@dakar.hu, www.balatonbikefest.com
29
th
JUNE – 2
nd
JULY, SOPRON,PANNONIA, VOLT FESTIVAL
The festival has one of the oldest traditions among Hungary’s provincial festivals, where bothHungarian and international pop stars are invited. Apart from the music programmes, the festival offers a signi
cantcultural plus every year, with a free academy, theatre performances, and children’s and family programmesin the mornings.
Information:
+36-1/372-0650, www.volt.hu
1
st
–3
rd
JULY, BALATONFÜRED,LAKE BALATON,BLUE RIBBON REGATTA 
The “Kékszalag” contest has the oldest tradition among the regattas around Lake Balaton, the
rst contesthaving been organized in 1934. The 160 km route is the following: Balatonfüred – Balatonkenese – Tihany –Keszthely – Balatonfüred. 300 to 350 boats participate in the contest with 1400 to 1700 sailors.The boats will approach the start line directly in front of the viewers. There is a nomination fee for the contest; free entrancefor the visitors of the event.
Information:
+36-1/460-6925, hunsail@hunsail.hu, www.hunsail.hu
1
st
JULY – 21
st
AUGUST, SZEGED,THE PUSZTA AND LAKE TISZA,OPEN AIR FESTIVAL OF SZEGED
The magical site, the Dóm square evokes the atmosphere of the Saint Mark square in Venice From year to year, theperformances provide an ever more versatile picture; thus, the lovers of every genre can
nd their favourites here.The foundation is operetta, which, by today, has become almost as popular as musicals.
Information:
+36-62/471-411, titkarsag@szegediszabadteri.hu, www.szegediszabadteri.hu 
7
th
–10
th
JULY, ZAMÁRDI,LAKE BALATON,HEINEKEN BALATON SOUND
World-famous DJs, performersand bands at the beach of Balaton with colourful accompanying programmes.Entry is with daily tickets or with a four-day ticketand this is an outstanding experience not only for the fans of electronic anddance music. At the launch of Balaton Sound, the organisers set the target of providing a new and unique type of musicfestival to Hungary.
Information:
+36-1/372-0650, +36-30/320-1111, info@balatonsound.hu, www.balatonsound.hu
8
th
–10
th
JULY, VISEGRÁD,BUDAPEST AND SURROUNDINGS,27TH INTERNATIONAL PALACE GAMES OF VISEGRÁD
The Visegrád International Palace Games have been organised in order to evoke the Visegrád kings’ meeting of 1335.Besides the tournament, historical music and dance, fair, comedy and puppet theatre performances, many exhibitions willtake place as well. At the sports
eld, horse and foot soldier battle; there is also a falconer and dance show, Italian guidons’programme, pennon breaking and fortress battle.
Information:
+36-30/933-7749, info@szentgyorgy-lovagrend.hu, www.palotajatekok.hu
8
th
–10
th
JULY, EGER,EGER-TOKAJ WINE REGION,15TH FESTIVAL OF THE WINE EGRI BIKAVÉR ON ST. DONATUS DAY
The festivities of one of the most famous wines of Hungary, Egri Bikavér. More than 30 restaurants and the same number ofwine cellars offer specialties with the Bikavér wines which have been chosen by the professional jury’s recommendations..The programme is accompanied by concerts and cultural programmes.
Information:
 
+36-36/411-943, egrihegykozseg@chello.hu, www.bikaverunnep.hu
27
th
–31
st
JULY, VESZPRÉM,PANNONIA,VESZPREMFEST
Veszpremfest is a music and cultural event presenting every year high quality Hungarian and international eventsfrom Classical music through jazz to opera.
Information:
+36-88/444-454, +36-88/444-453, info@veszpremfest.hu, www.veszpremfest.hu
30
th
JULY – 7
th
AUGUST, TISZAÚJVÁROS,THE PUSZTA AND LAKE TISZA, TRIATHLON WEEK 
The name of Tiszaújváros is bound to triathlon. The Triathlon Week preceding the great contest, however, also attractspeople who never wanted to become iron men. The events move everyone and, besides sports contests, a series of entertainment programmes, concerts await the guests, as well. Certainly, the peak of the week is the last day when the ITUTriathlon World Cup takes place in the town.
Information:
+36-49/540-094, tvkmali@triatlon.t-online.hu, www.tvkmalitriatlon.hu
30
th
JULI – 20
th
AUGUST, BALATONFÜRED,LAKE BALATON,WINE WEEKS
The Wine Weeks of Balatonfüred, which is a prestigious festivity of Balatonfüred-Csopak Wine Region has a long history.Winemakers await guests in their cosy wine tents set on the Tagore promenade for three weeks. The series of events offervaried cultural and folklore programmes every night and folkloric fairs during the day.
Information:
+36-87/581-257, muvelodes@balatonfured.com, www.balatonfured.hu
 
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LATE JULY TO EARLY AUGUST, MOGYORÓD,BUDAPEST AND SURROUNDINGS,HUNGARIAN FORMULA 1
TM
GRAND PRIX
The Hungarian Grand Prix has been organised on the Hungaroring circuit near Budapest since 1986. After minormodi
cations, in 2003, the track has acquired its current shape, the length of which is 4,381 meters. Its narrow track partsand sharp curves make it hard to overtake; therefore, the Hungaroring is often compared to the Monaco track.
Information:
+36-28/444-444, of 
ce@hungaroring.hu, www.hungaroring.hu
JULY, TOKAJ–RAKAMAZ,EGER-TOKAJ WINE REGION,HEGYALJA FESTIVAL
Nearly 200 performers, 10 stagesand pálinka on the banks of Tisza: Hegyalja is not merely one of the largestHungarian music festivals. Hegyalja is around three hours by train or car from Budapest, and festival-goers
nd themselves inthe middle of the summer’s most exciting parties, where metal, world music and electronic music are all equally represented.
Information:
www.hegyaljafesztival.hu
JULY–AUGUST, SÜMEG,PANNONIA,KING MATHIAS IN SÜMEG - FORTRESS FESTIVAL IN SÜMEG
If anyone wishes to relax in a special way, likes history and music and would like to try how to use a sword and learn aboutarchery, it is worth visiting Sümeg, where directly at the Fortress anyone can enjoy the world of the chevaliers for a littlewhile! Historic horse games and medieval feasts, dual, tournaments, dance shows, special children’s programmes and familydiscounts await the audience.
Information:
+36-87/550-116, +36-87/550-167, sales@hotelkapitany.hu, www.hotelkapitany.hu, www.sumegvar.hu
6
th
–20
th
AUGUST, SÁROSPATAK, SÁTORALJAÚJHELY, TOKAJ, SZERENCS,HEGYKÖZ VILLAGES,EGER-TOKAJ WINE REGION,ZEMPLEN FESTIVAL
The greatest cultural-touristic-gastronomic series of events of the region offers interesting programmes forevery generation. Theatre performances, classic, pop music and jazz concerts, as well as excursion concerts offer a wide-scale selection. All this is accompanied by gastronomic programmes including typical dishes of the area and thefamous Tokaji wines.
Information:
+36-1/462-0330, info@zemplenfestival.hu, www.zemplenfestival.hu
10
th
–15
th
AUGUST, BUDAPEST,BUDAPEST AND SURROUNDINGS,SZIGET FESTIVAL
On an island in the middle of the Hungarian capital, in green surroundings close to nature, the festival loveraudience of the world is treated at Sziget Festival. What is offered by the festival is also extraordinary: apart from the varietyof music genres other cultural experiences are also provided from street theatres to circus, from contemporary dance toexhibitions. This is the place where great friendships begin and loves are woven.
Information:
+36-1/372-0671, info@sziget.hu, www.sziget.hu
12
th
–22
nd
AUGUST, SZÁZHALOMBATTA, RÁCKEVE, TÖKÖL,BUDAPEST AND SURROUNDINGS,SUMMERFEST INTERNATIONAL FOLKLORE FESTIVAL AND FOLK ART FAIR
Secrets and 1000-year old cultures, magical encounters await visitors. Due to sixteen years of work, the Summerfesthas become one of the greatest folklore events of the country. Besides the festival’s events, classical music concerts,
ne art exhibitions, play-schools, children’s programmes, world music tent concerts, open-air theatre and internationaldance-houses enrich the offer.
Information:
+36-23/358-973, +36-23/550-000, info@summerfest.hu, www.summerfest.hu
16
th
–21
st
AUGUST, DEBRECEN,THE PUSZTA AND LAKE TISZA,DEBRECEN FLOWER FESTIVAL
 A one-week
esta with the contribution of world stars and Hungarian artists. One week in the light of 
owers, sight andspecial productions.
Information:
+36-52/518-400, +36-52/518-404, info@fonixinfo.hu, www.fonixinfo.hu
18
th
–21
st
AUGUST, BUDAPEST,BUDAPEST AND SURROUNDINGS,FESTIVAL OF FOLK ARTS
During four days in workshops in the castle of Buda craftsmen present the tricks of various traditional trades, involvingthe audience in the process of creation. On the stage, traditional Hungarian and foreign musicians, dancers and orchestrasperform. On the 20
th
of August, the festival of Saint Stephen is celebrated by a procession of masters and consecrationof bread.
Information:
+36-1/214-3147, +36-1/214-3523, www.nesz.hu, www.mestersegekunnepe.hu
 AROUND THE 20
th
AUGUST, SZOMBATHELY,PANNONIA,SAVARIA HISTORICAL CARNIVAL
This is Central Europe’s largest historic festival when the entire city dresses up intoga’s and tunic’s to re-enact the history of the city. Apart from the events on stage, there will be Carnival theatre, comedian street theatre performances,
re play and„slave-market“, too. The peak of the programme is the procession with torches on Saturday night.
Information:
+36-94/510-160, +36-94/510-161, savariakarneval@t-online.hu, www.savariakarneval.hu
 AUGUST – SEPTEMBER, BUDAPEST,BUDAPEST AND SURROUNDINGS, JEWISH SUMMER FESTIVAL
The main objective of the festival is to raise awareness of the Jewish culture and to emphasise with the colourfulness of theprogrammes the importance of different cultures living together in peace. The multicultural series of programmes presentingthe Hungarian and Jewish culture, as well as also accepting the traditions of other people is the biggest Jewish festival inEurope •
Information:
www.jewishfestival.hu
2
nd
–18
th
SEPTEMBER, BUDAPEST,BUDAPEST AND SURROUNDINGS,20
TH
BUDAPEST INTERNATIONAL WINE FESTIVAL
This is one of the highest ranking and most popular professional events and artistic festivals of Central Europe that is heldtogether by one of the oldest products of humanity, wine. At this event, from year to year, several tens of thousands can getfamiliar with the art of civilized wine consumption, makers of wines, specialties of Hungarian gastronomy and folk music.
Information:
+36-1/203-8507, info@borkulturakft.hu, www.winefestival.hu
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