London, United Kingdom (PressExposure) July 12, 2011 -- The Sziget Festival is one of the largest music and cultural festivals in Europe. The festival is held annually in August in Budapest, Hungary and takes place on Obudai-sziget ("Old-Buda Island"), a leafy island of 108 hectares (266 acres) on the Danube, thus Sziget stands for Island. Currently it holds more than 1000 performances each year.
The week-long festival has grown from a relatively low-profile 1993 student event to become one of the definitive European rock festivals by the late 1990s, with about half of all visitors coming from outside Hungary, including the UK and France (11 000 French visitors in 2007). It also has a dedicated "party train" service (with resident DJ's) that transports festivalgoers from Western Europe. The second event (1994), labeled Eurowoodstock, was headlined by performers from the original festival 25 years after. In 1997, Sziget attendancy rates surpassed the 250 000 mark, and in 2001, the 350 000 mark. The all-time peak year was 2009 with 390 000 visitors. It is now being increasingly labeled as a European alternative to the Burning Man festival due to its unique features ("an electronically amplified, warped amusement park that has nothing to do with reality").
Held on Obudai Island, Budapest's Sziget Festival draws hundreds of thousands of revellers for a week of great music, camping and partying. Dance and rock acts dominate the main stages but jazz and world music also fill the festival programme.
Sziget's self-contained setting on an island in central Budapest makes for a very special atmosphere. Although it's possible to attend just on special days many party-goers stay on the island for the entire week, camping and celebrating with like-minded people from Hungary, Europe and beyond.
Never a dull moment, with theatre, outdoor movie screenings, fitness classes, volleyball, football matches and children's entertainment happening away from the stage, visitors are spoilt for things to do.
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Date: 10-15 august 2011
Venue: Hajogyari-sziget (a former shipyard), Obuda, III. District, Budapest, Hungary