The “One With Nature” World of Hunting and Nature Exhibition will be held between 25 September and 14 October in different venues, including Budapest, Hatvan, Gödöllő, Keszthely, Pécs, and Vásárosnamény. This expo will be the largest nature exhibition of 2021, covering a wide range of topics, like hunting, the protection of nature, aquatic habitats, nature conservation, biodiversity, and the sustainable use of nature.
The 75,000-square-metre venue at HUNGEXPO in Budapest will have 8 pavilions. Foreign exhibitors will have their stands exhibit in the International Hall (Pavilion A). The World Conservation Forum, one of the exhibition’s most important initiatives, will also be held in this location. This forum will provide an opportunity for professional and non-governmental organisations to discuss the most crucial aspects of the future of hunting, fishing, forestry, etc. and nature conservation.
The FeHoVa+ (the International Weapons, Fishing and Hunting Exhibition) and the OMÉK (Hungarian Agriculture and Food Industry Exhibition and Fair) trade fairs will be held in the Commercial Halls (Pavilions B and E).
A total of six international conferences – such as the 35th congress of the International Union of Game Biologists, the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation’s (CIC) 67th General Assembly or the International Hunting and Game Management Conference − will be organised in the Conference Centre (Pavilion C). The Future of Nature Innovation Showroom will also be located in this pavilion, allowing Hungarian startups and companies to present their policies and developments and show that they are creating value in sustainability and nature conservation.
In the Fish, Water and Mankind Pavilion (D), visitors can learn about Hungary’s characteristic water habitats, the native fish fauna of the Carpathian Basin, and different fishing methods. The greatest spectacle of this pavilion will be Hungary’s largest exhibition aquarium, with 2,000 individual fish from almost 50 species.
According to the exhibition’s website,
“the spectacle is rendered more realistic by the following: unusual, water-filled, naturalistic dioramas; live waterfowl; giant muscular sturgeon; thousands of tiny fish; special, rarely seen protected species; taxidermy specimens; nature films projected on the back wall; panoramic printed photographs.”
Those who are interested in traditional hunting methods, such as sighthounds, falconry, bowhunting, and muzzleloader hunting should visit the Hall of Traditional Hunting Methods (Pavilion F).
The Hungarian and International Trophy Exhibition and the 12th Open European Taxidermy Championships, as well as the Hunting in the 21st Century Exhibition will be located in (Pavilion G) where, in addition to the best Hungarian trophies, valuable and rare trophies from around the world will be exhibited. Visitors will also be able to gain insight into international trophy judging.
The Central Hungarian Exhibition “will take visitors on a thousand-year walk around the Carpathian Basin, during which we can experience how the history of the Hungarian people has been made ‘one with nature’ through disciplines that are close to nature.”
This pavilion will display taxidermy specimens presenting Hungarian large game in an area of almost 1,200 square metres.
The Treasures of the Carpathian Basin will be exhibited in an area resembling a cross, which is a reference both to Saint Hubertus – the patron saint of hunters – and to the four points of the compass.
The “One With Nature” World of Hunting and Nature Exhibition will exceed the limits of a traditional fair since, in addition to dioramas, films, displays of live animals and trophies, the exhibition will also showcase and employ the latest AR and VR technologies to present Hungarian hunting traditions and show the importance of the sustainable use of nature.
The exhibition’s most important message is that sustainable hunting is key to nature economy. Organisers want to raise awareness of the importance of nature conservation, the sustainable utilisation of nature, and the coexistence of humanity and wildlife.
The event has so far cost 77 billion forints (~EUR 220,751,794), and one of the main attractions will be a massive gate made of ten tonnes of deer antlers. If you want to read more about this “organic masterpiece”, check out our previous articles:
The exhibition will also be the year’s largest dog-friendly event, which means that in addition to several watering stations, the venues will also have professional veterinary services and a dog-sitting tent.
We have reported that the restrictions introduced due to the coronavirus pandemic will not apply to the Budapest Hunting Expo, and participation at the events will not require an immunity certificate. You can read the complete article HERE.
With less than 10 days until the opening of the exhibition, preparations are going to plan and according to schedule.