MUSICIANS, DANCERS and artists from around the world will showcase their local culture at a new area being launched at this year’s Sziget festival (cap. 95,000).
Called Global Village, the line-up includes musicians from the Roma community, an Indian travelling circus and Puerto Candelaria from Colombia. It’s part of a festival-wide programme called The Love Revolution, which launched last year and aims to “celebrate and share the best from cultures and people across the globe”.
“We believe in embracing diversity, respecting human dignity and looking out for each other. All nations and individuals should be treated equally and social and individual responsibility should be encouraged and nurtured,” says festival spokesperson, Csaba Marinka.
The festival says its audience is made up of people from 100 countries, around 34 per cent from Hungary, 20 per cent from UK and Ireland, 12 per cent from the Netherlands, eight per cent from France and 6 per cent from Germany.
Now in its 27th year, the event takes place on 7-13 August on an island in the Budapest stretch of the Danube (‘sziget’ is Hungarian for island).
Headliners on the Dan Panaitescu Main Stage – named in honour of the festival booker who was killed in a car crash in 2016 – include Ed Sheeran, The 1975, Post Malone, Foo Fighters and Florence and the Machine. Tickets are HUF23,500 ($81) for a one-day pass, HUF65,900 ($227) for three days and HUF104,900 ($363) for the full seven days.