Friday 24 May 2013 -
This event has now finished
Party atmosphere in Budapest!
At the beginning of the 1990s, Péter Müller and Karoly Gerendai, local rock star and promoter respectively, discovered Obuda Island, a derelict military area situated on the Danube right in the heart of Budapest, and decided to create an open air festival, mainly for the students at Budapest’s University of Technology.
This project saw the light of day in 1992: the first festival (Diàk Sziget: "Students’ Island") was in fact a free gathering that brought together several hundred young Hungarians, eager for cultural events that were still rare at a time when democracy and hardly begun.
Flushed with this first success, the Sziget Festival experienced meteoric growth: responsibility for the festival’s programme was handed over to professional music promoters, who before long made Sziget a unique festival of its type, through a programme based on artists from all over Europe, in particular from Eastern Europe.
Today, the Sziget Festival welcomes more than 400,000 festival-goers, brought together over 6 days by a varied and high quality programme (world, metal, electronic, reggae, pop, jazz, etc.), devised by around twenty artistic directors.
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