2018. December 12. Budapest100 festivals along the Danube?

The dedicated team of Budapest100 – Szilvia Lelkes, Barbara Szij, Julianna Libárdi and Rita Szerencsés – tries to capture the possibilities for adapting the Budapest100 festival outside the capital. DANUrB program provided a perfect field for this intention to research and experiment.

The Hungarian Contemporary Architecture Centre is a project partner in an interregional project called DANUrB – DANube Urban Brand, which is a regional network building through tourism and education to strengthen the “Danube” cultural identity and solidarity. The DANUrB cultural network aims to strengthen the Danube regional cultural identity and to create a common brand by fostering transnational cultural ties between the settlements along the Danube, and by exploring the unused or hidden cultural and social capital resources for a better economic and cultural return.[1]

Thanks to this international cooperation, the Budapest100 team started a mapping workshop-series in Esztergom last year, and in the Ráckeve micro-region this year.

During the Danube Days organized by DANUrB, the team members visited the representatives of the local cultural and civil organizations in Esztergom and Štúrovo, and they recorded individual interviews and held group workshop to explore the local opportunities, resources and existing activities related to the main principles of Budapest100: volunteering, community building and built environment. The results of this research were evaluated and, based on the collected information, the suggestion was to extend an existing local initiative with the core elements of Budapest100. This approach has also been supported by local stakeholders, so the adaptation process turned to its next phase, when operational knowledge is going to be transferred and a longer mentoring process would start. Hopefully he active members of the Esztergom’s cultural scene will organise a personalized Budapest100 during in 2019.

Similar processes took place in the Ráckeve micro-region, the only difference is that the isolated settlements should be connected by a joint cultural activity. The team members held a workshop in Ráckeve, then they made individual interviews in Szigetújfalu, Szigetbecse, Szigetszentmárton. The research of local cultural heritage has recently been completed, and the research document included suggestions how to adapt the principles of Budapest100 based on existing, functioning local events such as in Esztergom.

The work will continue in 2019, with concrete implementation goals in Esztergom and hopefully openness in Ráckeve region.


12 December 2018, Budapest
Rita Szerencsés, former project manager of Budapest100