Budapest Brand, the previous organiser of Hungary’s probably most famous Christmas fair, did not receive the permission of the local government of Budapest’s 5th district.
Budapest’s central Christmas Fair to be held
According to hvg.hu, in 2022, the organisers of the Advent Bazilika event will run the Christmas Fair on Vörösmarty Square. That is because the leadership of the local government could not reach an agreement with Budapest Brand, the fair’s organisers last year. Meanwhile, Advent Bazilika got the approval in principle.
In a statement they said they conducted fair negotiations with the Budapest Brand. However, the company could organise the fair only if they signed a two-year-long contract, which the local government refused to do. The local government added they wanted an agreement that serves the locals’ interests and facilitates mutual satisfaction and success.
The Advent Bazilika event has been chosen as Europe’s best twice. This year, the event’s organisers will set up and run the Christmas fair on Budapest’s iconic Vörösmarty Square.
Here is their last post from last year’s Advent Bazilika event showing that they are professionals, so nobody should be concerned about the quality of this year’s central Christmas Fair:
The local government hopes this year’s fair will be worthy of the event’s traditions and the 5th district. The revenues will be spent on maintaining the public spaces in the downtown, the 5th district cleared. Before, the Municipal Council of the capital did not do so with the incomes of the fair.
Why can the 5th district decide on the issue? That is because the government modified the relevant laws and took several squares and public spaces in Budapest from the opposition-led municipal council, giving them to the 5th district. One of those was the Vörösmarty Square. Therefore, from now on, the 5th district’s local council will decide who will organise Hungary’s most famous Christmas Fair.
Source: hvg.hu, DNH
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