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|Sziget Festival 2009 Budapest|
One of the biggest summer figs in Europe is the Sziget Festival in Hungary.
The main Festival programme starts at 55 locations.
One week of pure entertainment, concert, movies, meet people around the world and be the part of this great experience.
The famous music festival, the Island Festival (Sziget Fesztival) is held every year in Budapest on the Hajógyári Island in the Northem part of the city, usually in August.
It is being held since 1993, and it grow in volume every year. This is originally a music festival, but there are other types of programs recently with so many visitors coming.
You can purchase a daily ticket or a weekly pass in order to enter the island.
Prices change every year depending on the quality of the performers.
It is almost impossible to park your car in this part of the city during the festival days, so we recommend everyone to get to this island by the suburban railway (HÉV), coming from the direction of the Margaret Bridge.
The main programme of Budapest is Sziget Festival (is starting 12 –17. 08.2009) with planned 200 performers at many locations over 5 days.
Special programmes were held on the festival grounds on Obudai Island on Monday
and Thuesday, including an anti –racism day organised with the involvement of the British Embassy.
Wednesdays list of performers will include Nouvelle Vague, Snow Patrol and Lily Allen on the main stage. The bill also includes Hungarian stars Harcsa Veronika Quartet, Zagar, Kispal és a Borz, as well as renowned Djs Jose Pedilla and Pete Tong.
To mark the 20th. anniversary of the collapse of the Iron Curtain and the Berlin Wall this year, a 50 metre wall has been erected to display art work, graffiti and messages by visitors. Martial arts and dance shows will be staged to celebrate the anniversary of the re-establishment of diplomatic links with Japan and the ambassador will visit the festival on Wednesday to open a barred of sake. Israel and Spain will also be in focus at various events, including an interactive statue park by Guixot de 8 and a spectacular show by La Fura bels Daus devised specifally for the Sziget Festival.
A total of 60 civil organisations will be represented at the Sziget this year and the Southern Hungarian city of Pecs, which will bear the European Capital of Culture tittle in 2010, will be featured at sevaral venues.
A Hungarikum village built on the festival grounds will be a new feature, to present Hungarian folk art, handcrafts, gastronomy and customs to visitors.
Budapest five –day –long Sziget Fesztival posted a record attendance of 390.000 visitors, surpassing the former all-time high by 5.000 – said Viktoria Veto festivals press chief.
On the closing day alone 68.000 people attended Sziget programmes. Overall, the festival is expected to make a profit this year, but the antiracism campaign concerts on Day 0 were not profitable. The organisers started dismantling Sziget structures late on Sunday, after the last show. It usually takes about two weeks to clean up the Obuda Island park and then gardeners can begin to fully return the park to its normal state, she added.
On Sunday, the main festival organiser Karoly Gerendai said the cost of the event came to 2.65 billion forints and there was a good chance profits could exaed last years 100 million forints. The global economic crisis had prompted regular festival –goers to skip smaller festivals but stick to bigger events.