Covid cancellation fears for festival season in Hungary this summer
There is uncertainty in Hungary over which concerts and festivals will take place this summer, if any, amid confusion over government coronavirus rules.
A representative of the Prime Minister’s office, Gergely Gulyas, told Euronews that it was realistic that mass events would only take place after the deployment of five million vaccines.
But this information is not considered useful as it is not possible to plan ahead and the larger events have already been canceled for the year.
“Some of the larger events canceled this year’s events, such as the Sziget Festival, Balaton Sound or the Fezen Festival and replaced them with smaller events,” said Natalia Oszko-Jakab, co-chair of the Foundation. Hungarian tourist program.
“But a lot of organizers are still persisting and we hope it will be really possible to organize festivals, at least with a certificate of COVID protection or immunity.”
There is also uncertainty for musicians.
Szabolcs Arkosi is one of the vocalists in Los Orangutanes but instead of making music he works in a vintage clothing store.
In May of each year, he usually gets to know his entire summer concert schedule – but not this year.
“According to the event organizers and based on my experience from previous years, most festivals are fully set up in March and performers are selected. This year, nobody knows much about it, ”he said.
The Kobuci Garden is one of the most popular concert halls in Budapest, but it is now empty as the organizers are unable to plan ahead.
The season should have started in April and concerts would be held six days a week, which was also arranged in advance this year.
“There are a lot of scenarios but there is nothing to sort out, so we don’t know what the government’s intentions are,” said Gabor Kaszap, managing director of Kobuci Kert.
“Our program is already organized, and we will try to reorganize it two or three weeks in advance, to coordinate it with the groups.
“But if we don’t do it now, then when?” In which circumstances? Uncertainty is the biggest problem at the moment. “
Festival organizers are hopeful that they will soon be given a date on which events can take place and what restrictions will be in place.