The program of this year’s Budapest Spring Festival was presented in front of circa two dozens of Belgium’s leading touristic and cultural journalists on Monday in Balassi Institute, Brussels. This will be the 34th Spring Festival in Budapest, Magyar Hírlap reports.
The presentation held on Monday was part of a sequence within which many European cities are going to provide information about this prestigious cultural event of Budapest. Káel Csaba, Budapest Palace of Arts’ (MÜPA) Chief Executive gave detailed information about the festival, which will occur between March 21th and April 6th.
Kovács Tamás Iván, Brussels Hungarian ambassador accredited to Belgium and Luxembourg greeted the participants. In his speech he put big emphasis on the fact that the Benelux states represent a significant proportion of Hungary’s foreign tourism, and a very important source of this interest is Hungarian culture.
Vitézy Zsófia, director of Brussels Balassi Institute informed the Belgian journalists about several Hungarian cultural events which are going to be held in Belgium during the following months, for instance Mundruczó Kornél’s upcoming play, the Bluebeard’s Castle introduced in April in Vlaamse Opera, Antwerpen. As the Vitézy Zsófia mentioned, the Brussels institute itself is going to give place to interesting programs, like the concert of Sebö band on March 11th.
Urbányi Péter, leader of Hungarain Tourism Ltd.’s Brussels agency said that regarding the number of yearly guest nights, Germany remains to provide the most tourists visiting Hungary with 2 million guest nights. Austria is on the second place with 760 thousand guest nights, and Russia takes the third place with 750 thousand guest nights.
The United Kingdom and Italy occupy the fourth and the fifth places with 680 thousand and 630 thousand nights. However, Urbányi Péter pointed out that if we take a look at the summarized data of the Benelux states, ergo sum up the Netherlands’ 470 thousand, Belgium’s 220 thousand and Luxembourg’s 8 thousand guest nights; this will result a higher number higher than the British data.
Translated by Zsofia Luca Szemes