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Covid Case Postpones Tranzit Festival with Anticipated Orbán Speech

Hungary Today 2020.08.27.

Due to an active coronavirus case among the organizers, the Tranzit Festival, which would have begun on Thursday in Tihany, has been canceled. Prime Minister Viktor Orbán would have made a speech at the exclusive, pro-government event, alongside numerous ministers and state secretaries who would have clashed with opposition politicians in debates regarding their fields of expertise.

On Wednesday a person infected with the coronavirus was detected among the organizers of Tranzit Festival. The organizing committee has therefore decided to postpone the event which was already planned on a smaller-scale due to precautions to prevent the spread of the pandemic.

“We were really excited about the weekend meeting, but we think this is the only responsible decision; the well-being of the participants and guests is paramount. We will decide on the new date later,” the organizers announced on social media.

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One of the main attractions of this year’s festival would have been Viktor Orbán’s keynote address which was greatly anticipated by those interested in politics as the Tusványos summer university, where the Prime Minister takes the stage every year to talk (often philosophically) for an hour or more on how he sees the state and future of the Hungarian and worldwide politics, was also canceled due to the novel coronavirus. In the absence of the Tusnádfürdő event, Tranzit Festival — organized by the Kommentár Foundation, publisher of the pro-government Kommentár magazine — was expected to be somewhat of a substitute forum to discuss political, economic, social, and cultural issues.

Additional debates were also scheduled between Fidesz and opposition politicians such as Momentum MEP Anna Donáth and Justice Minister Judit Varga, and Socialist MP Attila Mesterházy and Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó.

In the featured photo illustration: PM Orbán in Tusnádfürdő in 2017. Photo by Nándor Veres/MTI


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