Hello Sziget Festival 2011! Hello Budapest!

Kristin Kruthaup, E&M reporter has been in Budapest, Hungary since Friday to cover one of Europe’s biggest festivals. Not only is the Sziget Festival is expected to have 400, 000 visitors in total but is probably the most European one. From the Netherlands alone more than 12, 000 guests come each year. But in the festival’s John Lennon and Bob Marley street, you can also hear a lot of Italian, French, German and English speaking people.

Fruzsina Szép, 33, is the programm director of Sziget Festival in Budapest. She is an interesting mix of Hungarian-German and grew up in Munich beore moving to Budapest. For the past 12 months she has worked organising the festival with overall repsonsibility for the 1000 programs and 60 venues at the festival, she is the one who decides what is shown and who gets this presitigous invite.

E&M: Fruzsina, where did you just come from and where are you going next?

Roskilde Festival is a special place to be. The logo of the festival, the orange canopy backdrop, is accompanied by the slogan of the festival: The Orange Feeling. If you have never been to Rosilde, I can imagine that it is hard understanding just what this Orange Feeling is and why it means so much to many people. Let me explain to you what it means. 

The Orange Feeling is a state of mind. It is having a beer by the bathing lake in the sunshine, enjoying a coffee in the chill-out area, and of course, it is experiencing the music. But most of all, it is enjoying that special feeling of "We share something because we are all here at the same time."

Photo: Carmen Kong

Invited by the European Youth Press Network, the biggest youth media organisation in Europe, E&M is attending "Integration Europe Online", a one-week training workshop organised by FEJS Macedonia (soon to be renamed as Mladiinfo), a non-profit independent organisation that promotes civil engagement and fosters professional journalism among young Europeans.

These sunny July summer days brought together around 40 young journalists from more than 20 countries, to discuss and share their experience and visions of reporting in Europe. Coming from Armenia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbian, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland and, of course, Macedonia, the conversations are truly transnational.

Participants arrived at Ohrid, the hosting city, mostly with no or little knowledge of this country with a population of around two million. Frankly, many of us, including myself, even had embarrassingly little knowledge of this part of Europe.

Monday, 04 July 2011 12:28

Festival guest of the day #4

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Andreas is 34 and lives in Copenhagen. I knew he had to be festival guest of the day when I heard that this year is an anniversary for him, and quite an impressive one as well. This year is Andreas' 20th year in a row at Roskilde!

Andreas is here for the atmosphere. He wonders if he would go only for the music, but thinks that he wouldn't - although, as you an imagine, is it hard to separate music and atmodphere after twenty years at the festival. "Even when the music program is weak, I still go, and I still have a good time," he says. When asked to describe Roskilde Festival in three words, he says "time warp" (you can literally forget what time it is when all you do is go to concerts, drink beer, and eat burgers), "all-embracing" and "intense". His best Roskilde memory made me green with envy: "Back in 1996, I was right in front of Orange Stage when Rage Against the Machine played. It was right when they were most succesful, and they are notorious for their live performances. Right after the concert, I stayed in front of Orange Stage, and Aerosmith went on. That was a crazy day, music-wise." However, Andreas thinks it is hard to determine one favorite Roskilde memory - because really, it is always the same, at least the atmosphere - and thank God for that!


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