The nominees for the 2016 European Festival Awards have been announced, and several Hungarian festivals and festival organizers have made the list.
The Awards, which began in 2009, are
dedicated to recognizing the contributions and achievements of the event organizers and performing artists that generate billions of Euros for local economies and brighten up the summer for tens of millions of festival-goers each year.
This year, Hungary’s biggest festival, Sziget, has been nominated once again for ‘Best Major Festival’, and also earned a nomination in the ‘Artists’ Favorite Festival’ category. In the category of ‘Best Small Festival,’ Hungarian festival B my Lake, which is held in August on the shores of lake Balaton, received a nomination.
In addition, two people who were very involved in the Hungarian festival scene have been nominated for the ‘Award for Excellence and Passion.’ The first is Fruzsina Szép, who was head program director of Sziget Festival for seven years, and who today serves as the director of six Berlin festivals, among them the European version of the well-known American festival Lollapalooza. The second is Dan Panaitescu, whose nomination comes posthumously following his death in a tragic car accident this past summer. Panaitescu was involved in the running of Sziget festival from the very beginning, and was an internationally-known music promoter.
This is far from the first time that Hungarian festivals have gained such international recognition. In 2015, VOLT Festival, which is held every year in the Western Hungarian city of Sopron, won the Best Medium Sized Festival Award at the Festival Awards. And Sziget Festival has achieved even greater success, winning the coveted ‘Best Major Festival’ Award in 2014; this would be followed by Sziget’s clinching the ‘Best Line-Up’ award last year.
Via eu.festivalawards.com, cefestivals.wordpress.com, szigetfestival.com, index.hu, and the Sziget Festival Official Facebook page