Every year many enticing events attract crowds of visitors from the country and from abroad. With Hungary’s most popular music event of the summer, Sziget Festival is less than a week away, we have collected a photo album of the greatest music, gastronomy and art festivals of Hungary from the last couple of weeks.
VOLT Festival has been held annually since 1993, when only 800 people gathered in the western Hungarian Sopron to see its five performing bands; now it is one of the biggest festivals of Hungary, with over 200 performers and more than 10 stages. In 2015, the festival was voted Best European medium-sized festival at the European Festival Awards.
Fishing on Orfű
A four-day music festival, featuring the best Hungarian bands and musicians of Hungary at the Lake of Orfű, in southern Hungary, near Pécs. Fishing on Orfű is a smaller festival with a great atmosphere, thus it is usually sold out months before the event.
Balaton Sound is a big summer beach party, organized annually at Lake Balaton, which brings the most prestigious names of the electronic and hip-hop scene to Hungary. The five-day festival celebrated its 10th anniversary last year with many exciting venues and programs.
Valley of Arts
The 29th Valley of Arts, Hungary’s largest arts festival, started was held on the 18th of July and awaited guests with more than 1500 programs, hundreds of artists, and dozens of venues over the course of 10 days until the 28th of July. Check out the photos here:
Valley of Arts Festival Has Begun – Photo Gallery!
EFOTT is the largest student festival in Hungary, attracting over 100,000 students from across the country. Besides concerts, organizers also place a great emphasis on sport, gastronomic and cultural programs as well. Held every year well after the exam period, it is a perfect getaway from the university life.
Veszprém Street-Music Festival
Every year for a long weekend, the cobblestone streets of downtown Veszprém fill with music: more than 500 street musicians and famous performers with free gigs gather together to play and enjoy the music. The festival is not only about music, but meeting people as well, as it is a community experience. Everyone can join in and play music or just walk along the streets and listen to the various styles that the festival offers, from jazz to rock at any of seven venues.
Szeged Open-Air Festival
The Szeged Open-Air Festival has been the region’s most significant cultural event of the summer since 1931, and boasts Hungary’s largest open-air theater venue, which can seat more than 4,000 people. Each year, more than 70,000 people attend the drama, opera and musical productions on Szeged’s enchanting Dóm Sqaure between June and August.
Sziget, also known as the ‘Island of Freedom’, is Hungary’s most popular summer festival, which offers more than 1000 programs every year in the heart of Budapest. The 7-day-long festival kicks off next week, and will feature headliners like Ed Sheeran, Macklemore, the National, the Franz Ferdinand, Richard Ashcroft, Florence + The Machine, Johnny Marr, Twenty One Pilots and the Foo Fighters.
Sziget Festival Kicks off Next Week With Concerts, a Circus, Environmental Speeches and More
Check out some photos from last year below: