A weeklond festival holiday in Budapest, 10-17 August 2015
Sziget Festival 2015: The Island of Freedom
Sziget Festival, recently crowned as the Best Major European Festival, will be as colorful and diverse as the audience expects it to be for 23 years now. The week-long festival holiday in the heart of Budapest will be the place to be this summer between 10-17 August on the beautiful green island in the Hungarian capital.
Sziget Festival is the reigning ‘Best European Major Festival’ award winner and aims to keep this title with its original program and unique atmosphere. When “Szitizens” (Citizens of the Festival in Szigetish) go through the legendary bridge they arrive to an island with extraordinary visuals and decorations. We can easily describe the location as ‘a great place to get lost’ as visitors can choose from more than 50 program venues with around 1000 programs at the week-long event. In addition, the amazing city of Budapest is a capital also worth to explore.
In 2014 the festival hosted more The multicultural festival that is held in the middle of Budapest on an island, hosting more than 415.000 people for 7 days is a real festival holiday with non-stop parties and to-dos. Sziget is one of the few major festivals you could even enjoy without a single second of music on the stages, but presenting a cool mixture of new and already established acts is still an important mission for the organizers. The already announced bands can be found on the festival’s numerous websites and be ready for a lot more music, fun, arts and activities to be revealed in the coming weeks. The programs can also be followed through the official application of the event, including special features as well.
The festival is unique when it comes to services and infrastructure. Szitizens can use the Sziget-Budapest Citypass to travel in and out in Budapest for free and visit the sights and enjoy various discounts. Several upgraded campings await the campers with left-luggage, guarded locker, phone charging possibilities as well as other great accommodation options, as festivalhotel, wooden houses, etc. Countless eating and drinking facilities are also on-site, so during the 7 days Szitizens can enjoy much more than regular festival food. The carefully chosen stands offer various international cuisine and specialties as well.
Music Program of 2015
Sziget is special because it offers much more than music. Naturally stages hosting the biggest acts can be found at Sziget as well. Among the biggest stages we can find the Main Stage with performers this year as Robbie Williams, Avicii, Florence + The Machine, Martin Garrix, Ellie Goulding, Kasabian, Alt-J, Limp Bizkit, Foals and many more. The A38 tent always hosts the fresh bands, so this year Interpol, Ella Eyre, Gaslight Anthem, Jungle, Milky Chance, MØ, Paloma Faith, Passenger, Selah Sue and many more will play an unforgettable gig in the huge tent. When it comes to electronic music, two venues will accommodate the fans. The giant tent of Telekom Party Arena will have Alesso, Nervo, Sander Van Doorn, Blasterjaxx and other prominent members of the EDM community. In addition, Colosseum, built entirely by pallets, will host underground electronic acts as Dixon, Gui Boratto, Ellen Alien, Apollonia and many others. The always colorful venue of world music, the MasterCard World Music Stage, will focus this year on gypsy music bringing iconic bands from all over the world, as the Dhoad Gypsies from Rajasthan, Taraf de Haïdouks, Goran Bregović Wedding and Funeral Band, Boban I Marko Marković Orkestar and more. Besides the gypsy focus many genres from the world music scene will be represented.
The concept behind the British Knights Europe Stage is to host solid European bands, who have already proven their talent in their home countries now have the opportunity to showcase their music in front of Sziget fans from more than 80 countries. Splendid, Delafé y Las Flores Azules, theAngelcy, Wailing Trees and many more will have to play. The Petőfi Rádió-Telekom VOLT Festival Stage will host the most popular and promising bands of the Hungarian music scene, as Middlemist Red, The Carbonfools, Magashegyi Underground and many more. Presenting the atmosphere and unique vibe of blues and Irish music, the Blues and Irish Stage will bring trendsetter Scarecrow The Blues Hiphop from France, American gospel-soul-blues icon Dorrey Lin Lyles with the Johnny Shepherd Band from Slovakia as well as Erik Ankoné & The Gone Wrong Kings from The Netherlands. When it comes to music, the crowd can also enjoy tribute bands on the Google Plays presents: Budapest Park Tribute Stage, afro - latin and reggae vibes at the specially dedicated venue and some chill sounds at the TDK Sziget Beach - Cökxpôn Chill Garden.
The "Soul of Sziget" - non-musical programs at Sziget 2015
The programs, that actually make Sziget different from any other festival, are those that are spread all around the island on numerous locations, making the festival vibe a real cultural experience. One of the most exciting highlights is this year's Giant Street Theatre brought by Fuerza Bruta. “The Bubble” is not just theater – it is a never slowing party that enchants the viewer, and makes the audience engage in the act. Called as interactive freedom – the experience is dependent on the individual attending the show. There is no stage, the audience is the main stage, and everything happens all around them. They are engulfed in a 360-degree featuring mind-blowing effects. A must see. In addition, the Cirque du Sziget venue, home for magnificent “new-circus” productions, will be an enchanted place to be on the Island. Szitizens can enjoy companies as Akoreacro from France, Cirk La Putyka form Czech Republic, ManoAmano, Manic Freak, Muruya, Tony Fratello from Argentina and Grotesque Gymnastics from Hungary.
While smaller venues are scattered around the island, there are also thematic zones, where art forms are grouped together. The Culture Zone will host the Fidelio Classical and Jazz Stage bringing some opera, classical music and jazz to Sziget. At the venue Szitizens can not only enjoy contemporary opera, but can also interact with the artists when it comes to conducting or composing. Fans of jazz should also migrate here as great concerts and programs will await them. The Theater and Dance Tent will also be a hot spot for the loves of contemporary art, especially when it comes to dance and theatre. Japanese world-known star Hiroaki Umeda, the Cuban DanzAbierta and DOT504 from the Czech Republic will arrive as well as the Compagnie MimH from France and Idan Sharabi & Dancers and Sharon Eyal from Israel. Acrobatics and contemporary dance will be brought by the Spanish Zen del Sur and numerous Hungarian companies will also come to Szitizens as the Compagnie Pál Frenák, the Éva Duda Dance Company, the Budapest Dance School and many more.
The venue of the Travelling Funfair "Vándor Vurstli" will bring a unique atmosphere, a magical world to Sziget, where everything is possible and we can all turn back time. Small street theatres will entertain the Szitizens as the Always Drinking Marching Band, Sienta la Cabeza, Circumloqui, Adrian Schvarzstein and Tutatis from Spain, Dynamogène from France, Teatr Gry i Ludzie from Poland, Basura Belleza from Argentina and Dario Rossi from Italy.
The I Ching Labyrinth is an interactive venue, where visitors can learn about themselves and help them to discover unknown truths with the help of the I Ching, the Chinese Book of Changes, and the 64 hexagrams. The Museum Quarter hosts 16 museums this year with interactive presentations making the venue a cultural and artistic meeting point. Designed to promote Hungarian customs and culture, the Hungaricum Village will once again welcome Szitizens to get a taste of the Hungarian tradition, virtue, food and drinks. This year's theme is "cifra" unique motifs in all fields of Hungarian folk art; its shapes are rich and decorative with a playful mood. The exiting and interesting venue of GameLandHub will present the digitally controlled world around us. Besides digital games, traditional games also can be found as well as the new generation of the world’s best and latest party board games. Also here TEDxBudapest will proudly present: “The city of ideas”. Innovative and magnificent ideas and products will be spread, so Szitizens who are interested in life-changing innovations.
At the Design Zone Szitizens get the chance to meet the most exciting people in the field of creative industries. In the village, designed by Hello Wood, visitors can participate in workshops, they can co-design with Hungarian designers, and they can meet the 3D printing and the latest developments of digital technologies, as well as get acquainted with the most promising fashion designers of Hungary. The Wamp Design Market, design fair and community event of outstanding Hungarian designers, is also present at Sziget. In the ArtZone, Szitizens will have the opportunity to try out different art forms and to create arts and crafts. In the main focus we can find re-cycled materials and with the help of the most prominent artistic groups there will be several opportunities to be creative.
Magic Mirror, queer venue of Sziget Festival for 15 years now, will host afternoon discussions about the new queer topics, film screenings and variété shows every night. International and Hungarian performers, acrobats and dancers will entertain like Gloria Viagra, Sally Morell, Alex Shchukin, Sergey Timofeev, Szulita & Dennis and many more. Parties will continue till sunrise with international DJs as Tama Sumo (Ostgut Ton, Berlin) and Manuel De Diego (Madrid), star DJ of Ibiza. This year the Architects of Air are arriving with Luminarium-Miracoco. A Luminarium is an 800 square meter inflatable sculpture made up of labyrinthine tunnels and inspiring spacious domes - a sensual world of liquid-light and color.
The Sports venue at Sziget is a more than 2500 square meter area on the island, where Szitizens can try out different types of sports, take part in tournaments and have more fun while their festival holiday. This year a special focus will be on beach sports.
The Campfire venue of Sziget hosts campfire musicians, who invite Szitizens to chill and sing along well-known songs together while sitting next to a giant campfire. The Civil Sziget „NGO’s Sziget” will once again welcome the NGOs and share their message and help better understand the world we live in. The Ability Park is an interactive adventure park, showing and educating Szitizens what challenges persons with disabilities experience in everyday life.
More details, venues, programs will arrive in the upcoming weeks!
Tickets and information: http://szigetfestival.com/