Sziget Festival 2012: 380,000 Visitors, 50% Not From Hungary

  • 14 Aug 2012 9:03 AM
Sziget Festival 2012: 380,000 Visitors, 50% Not From Hungary
The week-long Sziget Festival staged its closing events on Sunday.It attracted approximately 380 000 visitors in its 20th jubilee year, with 50 percent of these coming from outside Hungary. In addition to the numerous music events, the festival hosted a number of government organisations at its ‘Civil Village’.

To promote the Hungarian-Italian Cultural Season 2013, a Hungarian-Italian tent – initiated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs – was set up, providing an opportunity for young Hungarians and Italians to meet and get to know each other’s cultures. The Ministry of Rural Development was also present at the festival to discuss such topics as local products, youth for the countryside, Hungary’s native livestock species, wineries, the New Hungary Rural Development Programme and conservation of genetic lines.

Furthermore, at a press conference, Krisztina Berta, representing the Ministry of Interior, called for action at a European level to combat human trafficking. The Hungarian Consumer Protection Authority (NFH) was also in the Civil Village. In its tent, the Authority provided information on consumer protection-related issues. The Hungarian Competition Authority (GVH) also participated at the festival. Finally, as part of the New Széchenyi Plan, a free Internet service was available at a Wi-Fi point and a bus transfer to the festival was provided for those with disabilities.

Last year Sziget won an award for being Europe's best major festival, and this year Michael Eavis, founder of the Glastonbury Festival, recommended it to music fans.

Source: Prime Minister’s Office -

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