A festival centred on dialogue between various faith groups held in the western Hungarian town of Győr has won an international award. Requirements for being granted the award by the international jury of “Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe” (EFFE) included artistic commitment, positive influence on local communities, and an international presence and message to the whole of Europe.
The Five Churches Festival, which was selected for the award from hundreds of European applicants, is centred around faith, tolerance and dialogue between religion. During the event, concerts, exhibitions and performances are held in the five churches along Kossuth Lajos utca in the Újváros neighbourhood of the western Hungarian city, which belong to the Roman Catholic, Greek Catholic, Reformed, Jewish and Lutheran faith groups. The series of events advocates the values of European cultural diversity and the acceptance and understanding of differences between cultures and religions.
The event, organised for the tenth time this year to unprecendented public interest, was held in the churches along the road and recently redeveloped public spaces in the Újváros area.