The hard work of the last three years has been accomplished, by the decision of the professional jury and the Government of Hungary, Veszprém and the Lake Balaton region can host the title of the European Capital of Culture in 2023.
The decision was announced by the jury in Budapest on Friday afternoon, with the participation of the teams of the three candidate cities: Debrecen, Győr and Veszprém.
In her opening statement, Anikó Krucsainé Herter, Deputy State Secretary for Cultural Relations and Development, said that we are all winners and are wiser, regardless of whether to the title of European Capital of Culture 2023 can be only one city selected. In fact, all three cities would deserve this title, as they have demonstrated exemplary stance and hard work in recent times.
- In 2018 we celebrate the European Year of Cultural Heritage, which puts the spotlight on the significant artistic achievements, traditions and values of Europe. It offers an opportunity to show the cultural diversity of Europe and to support that the culture even more significant contribution to the development of Europe's economy and society. The initiative of the European Capital of Culture also serves these goals, emphasized Gábor Zupkó, Head of the European Commission’s Representation in Hungary, in his welcome speech. - The title intended to enable European citizens to learn more about each other's culture, admire the memories of our common history, experience the richness of European values and the sense of belonging to Europe.
A total of 60 cities have been awarded the honourable title so far, which has always led to long-term development of the city's cultural infrastructure, increased self-esteem of the citizens and the pride for the city, improved the previous image of the city, led to more active participants in culture, increased tourism, broadened awareness and led to economic progress.
The title has been awarded to two European cities so far each year, but in 2023 exceptionally the winner would be only Hungary. In the first round, a total of seven candidates participated: Debrecen, Eger, Gödöllő, Győr, Székesfehérvár, Szombathely and Veszprém, of which Debrecen, Győr and Veszprém were finally included in the second round.
The finalist cities had to submit their final application by November 9, and then five members of the 12-member committee visited the cities of the applicants personally - they visited Veszprém on Wednesday, 12 December - and last Friday they presented the cities their ideas before the jury.
Aiva Rosenberg, president of the EU jury said, that that they would want all three cities to win because they did a great job and brought many new, progressive ideas since the first round. In the final decision, six main points were finally taken into account - then they suggest to EMMI (Department of Human Resources) which city is worthy to host the title in 2023 - the city's cultural strategy and its relationship with the EKF (European Capital of Culture), the artistic and cultural content of the tender, the representation of the European dimension, the financial and organizational capacity of the city, the social impact of the ideas, and the budget of the application.
THE WINNER OF THE EUROPEAN CAPITAL OF CULTURE BECAME VESZPRÉM
With this, the city and the Lake Balaton region was given the opportunity to create the future of Europe by the culture and by involving citizens - as it is the essence of the EKF initiative (European Capital of Culture initiative): to pass on our heritage and create something new through intercultural dialogue - said the President in her speech.
The greeted the decision with a tremendous ovation, and the Mayor Gyula Porga said that they had won a fantastically fierce competition against two very prestigious Hungarian cities.
“If I have to appreciate the victory, the first thought is definitely the pleasure. The second is thanks because we could get to this point as a result of teamwork. I would like to thank the mayors, municipalities, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), enterprises in the region for helping us and rooting for us.
At the same time, work will start tomorrow, because the fact that Veszprém can host the title of European Capital of Culture alone in 2023 is also a great responsibility and we also should represent Hungarian culture at the same time. But if we can keep the same unit, trust, and strength that led to the writing of the tender, then I'm sure it will succeed.”
The serious work is just getting started now, and the body of the EKF (Europan Capital of Culture) will not allow Veszprém's hand anymore: it will keep track of how the submission of the application is progressing.
15.12.2018 Porga Gyula: Veszprém's program has a significant public support
According to the mayor of Veszprém, the title of European Capital of Culture 2023 is a great success for the city. As Gyula Porga told to MTI (Hungarian Telegraphic Office) on Saturday, significant public support has been built around the program in the last few years.
Veszprém's application is entitled “Beyond”, which indicates that they want to overcome their previous difficulties, break down the walls between the municipalities, the entrepreneurship and the civil society – said the mayor. He added that a high level of confidence among the operator of the region was built during the preparation process and if this could be maintained, the implementation of the program will be successful.
Gyula Porga emphasized that the title of European Capital of Culture 2023 is not just about one year, but already at the beginning of 2019 should start to work. It is a great responsibility, because in 2023 Veszprém will be alone the city of European Capital of Culture, and not only the culture of the region but the whole culture of Hungary should have to represent by Veszprém.
The Mayor also talked about that they are not planning major infrastructure investments - which was already emphasized in the application submitted – and the mayor considers it important to implement the program in a sustainable way.
Their aim is to eliminate the seasonality of Lake Balaton and the region because the potential and infrastructure are available in the region to be able to receive guests throughout the year-said Gyula Porga. Although Veszprém has a vibrant cultural life, they want to integrate more people into the program, thus Veszprém also consider the program as a city development and community building action, he added.
He noted that like many other European cities, Veszprém is also characterized by the fact that talented young people go to bigger cities - either to the capital or to Western Europe - with the tender this trend could be reversed. They want to provide such services in the area - if young people go out – then they will return and be able to achieve fulfilment here.
The independent international experts of the EKF (European Capital of Culture) project supported Veszprém's application for the title of the European Capital of Culture 2023, and the decision was announced on Friday in Budapest. Seven Hungarian towns - Debrecen, Eger, Gödöllő, Győr, Székesfehérvár, Szombathely and Veszprém - were named for the title. In the second round, among Debrecen, Győr and Veszprém was decided, which city will be the Europen Capital of Culture in 2023.
Thanks to Zoltán Mészáros, the 250 years old downtown building, the Oliva Hotel and Restaurant became one of the most definitive guesthouses in the city. The quality live music provided by this place has given birth to one of the most renowned cultural festivals of Hungary. More Shorter
The Oliva Restaurant in Veszprém had great moments, however in the 1980s the floruit place has fallen into decay. The 250-year-old building has deserved a better future. Zoltán Mészáros has known that, when he bought and restored the restaurant and expanded it with a little hotel, made it one of the greatest guesthouses in town. The quality live music provided by this place has given birth to one of the most renowned cultural festivals of Hungary.
- When I was a child the Puszta Restaurant, the predecessor of the Oliva was a really hyped place, actors, lawyers came here from the surrounding areas to eat the classical Hungarian dishes - remember Zoltán Mészáros, recalling the whitewashed, wild vine arboured garden was a kind of center of the town’s culture life. Nevertheless, the restaurant was closed after the change of the regime to reborn nine years after, thanks to Zoltán Mészáros.
The Oliva has preserved it’s previous clientele which was expanded by young couples and jazz enthusiasts. The owner usually invited the most famous persons of the Hungarian jazz-life to provide quality live music for the guests. - I can proudly state, that’s the place where the prominent VeszprémFest has come from - he said, then added: the frontman of the late Cotton Club Singers has brought up first, that it would be a good idea to organise a concert for more people. - First we’ve rented the aula of the University of Pannonia and that’s where our road has started to the castle -pointed out.
VeszprémFest is indeed one of the greatest event of the Hungarian Jazz community, where you can find worldwide famous international and domestic performers every year. The gastronomy connected with it has also some specialities. The Oliva provides the most delicate dishes for VIP guests and stars for 15 years now.
- This is a huge, but also an exciting task to us -explains Zoltán and add: We should fulfill the catering requests of the international stars as well.
- To tell you the truth in the past 15 years, we have organised 70 major international productions, and I have a feeling, that they can not surprise us anymore -laughing. - We try to acquaint the foreign performers with the Hungarian gastronomy, next to their specific demands. From Tom Jones to Nigel Kennedy, we could satisfied everyone’s caprice. None the less, we could convinced the Gipsy Kings who were famous for being a french wine lover band, that they should taste the best domestical wines here - emphasize. In the end, it was so successful, that they went home with boxes of Hungarian wine.
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Veszprém municipality and along with its Bakony and Balaton region is applying for the Capital City of Culture 2023 title. The results of the preparations of the past months will be presented on a press conference on the 4th of October. More Shorter
Three graphic studios got an invitation for creating the design of the European Cultural Capital City 2023 tender. Their task is to plan the logo, expressing the concept fitting into the spirituality of the keywords “stairs and corners”, “water and wind”, “game and inspiration”.
All the three graphic studios sent several plans and logo drafts to the tender, which evaluation was anonym, where many partners helped to evaluate the drafts (area characters, organisations, representatives, local institutions, members of Council of Arts, specialists etc.) Altogether six logo sketches from three applicants were sent to further evaluation.
The Stalker Studio Ltd. got received the most votes on the audience vote.
The six chosen drafts extended with visual background and concept, and the competition work were evaluated by a jury and an expert group. Based on these, the final logo was designed by the Munkácsy prize winner Gerhes Gábor and his group, the Art-And Bt.
The logo of the competition depicts the cooperation between Veszprém and region Bakony-Balaton, furthermore the positive content of the cooperation. The wave symbol of the emblem depicts the cultural and geographical diversity, their interaction, and blurring. The wave refers to the water of the Lake Balaton and to the hills of Bakony, furthermore the geographical and cultural merge of these two. The logo concept was the plan of the animation planner, Jokesz Anna.
merging – interaction – harmony – playfulness – landscape outgrowing from water
The Veszprém inscription in the logo refers to the whole (Veszprém) being born from the single parts (letters), following the keyword of playfulness. The official webpage of the project was also designed by the Art-And Bt., and its development was carried out by the Bemind Ltd.
The official webpage of the project:
The official Facebook page of the project:
Interview with the ambassadors:
Furthermore, you may watch a short movie about Veszprém and its regions, presenting the project, and an interview with the ambassadors.
The ambassadors of the Veszprém, the Capital City of Culture 2023:
Freund Tamás, Széchenyi prize winner neurobiologist, university teacher, the member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, vice president of life sciences section from 2014. He studied the cerebral cortex.
Gulyás Péter, Hungarian handball player
Laposa Zsófia, vintner
Laposa Bence, vintner, president of the Balaton Circle
Likó Marcell, Fonogram and Gizella prize winner, leader of Vad Fruttik music group and radio presenter
Mikósa Erika, Kossuth, Liszt Ferenc, Prima Primissima prize winner coloratura soprano singer
M. Tóth Géza, Oscar prize nominated, Balázs Béla prize winner movie director, producer, the founder and leader of KEDD Creative Studio, rector of University of Theatre and Film Arts, the member of the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
Ókovács Szilveszter, opera singer, music critics, publicist, radio and television presenter, chief executive officer of Duna TV between 2010-2011, government commissioner and then director general of the Hungarian Opera House from 2011.
Szakály György, Kossuth and Liszt Ferenc prize winner dance artist, university teacher and the rector of Hungarian Dance Academy
Zoób Kati, fashion designer, founder of Katti Zoób fashion brand. Her work was rewarded with a number of domestic and international prizes.
The city cooperating with its citizens and supporters would like to make the project real. According to the intension of Veszprém, the project focuses on the city’s outstanding cultural mobilising strength and its exceptional conditioned program sites and the travel attractiveness.
They pay emphasized attention to the social role taking in the international and European background of the project.
Veszprém has been a church, episcopal and then archiepiscopal centre since the foundation of the state. We may find a lot of Catholic churches in the city, which chime for a mass and midday for example in the castle, in the St. Michael Basilica Cathedral. Besides the chimes, we can hear the Fire Tower, which plays the Verbunk of Csermák Antal every hour, but it chimes every quarter. From 2015 it plays new songs occasionally.
When we cannot hear any chimes, we can hear the wind blowing. “Veszprém is under rule the northwest wind of Bakony, which characterises its climate and formed its environment and landform. – wrote Cholnoky Jenő, teacher, writer and geographer about Veszprém in his study in 1938. “The citizen of Veszprém knows exactly what the Bakony wind is. (…) When it appears in Veszprém, the population is seized by fear. It is so loud, it shakes the windows, and the streets rumble so fearfully, especially in the Temetőhegy, Jeruzsálemhegy and Cserhát. It is impossible to walk against it. One may go to the end of the castle, where it shakes the building. The clouds swirl rushing in the sky, the air is clear…”
In Veszprém thanks to the Bakony wind the air is replaced many times, so there is usually no smog.
According to the information above, we can say: the wind is blowing or it chimes in the city of queens.
We cited the words of Kovács Győző Gyula in our article. (Veszprémi Szemle, 2013)
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The second largest rural sport and program hall of the country means the domestic place to the world-famous handball team, to Telekom Veszprém. The man handball team has a bright past and present, which is the city’s pride, since the team has won the Hungarian championship twenty-one times, has won the Hungarian cup twenty-two times, has won the EHF cup Europe twice and has won the EHF champions’ league once. Its home is the Veszprém Arena.
Besides the sport programs the modern establishment grants dance competitions, exhibitions, fashion shows, ice-shows, motorist and horse riding programs, as well. Several stars has presented their shows – like the Lord of the Dance, Boney M, DJ Tiesto – on the stage of Veszprém Arena. The program hall serves as the rain site of VeszprémFest year by year.
Several sports experts, organisers of Hungarian and international congresses recognized the perfect conditions of Veszprém Arena, so many programs like these are organized in the establishment. The exclusive interior decoration carries solutions, like unobstructed spaces, conference rooms, VIP blocks, foyer, it can be the host of international conferences, as well.
We can reach the location from the city centre on foot and by bicycle easily, but the dear guest may arrive from the other part of the world, since it has an own helicopter landing strip and a parking place for at least a thousand cars.
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The carillon of the tower does not change first anyway: the first song was played for the first time when the Highlands were reattached, which included seven works, twice a day at 12:20 and 19:20. The 40-minute blocks were selected by Brodszky Ferenc, the headmaster of the music school. The fire tower was in silence during the World War II, and it started over in the ‘80s. The well-known Csermák-verbunk was played in every hour.
Some years ago several people wished to extend the repertoire, and play festive songs during the occasions. The first carillon was audible at the Advent of 2015, and repertoire was extended with some 70 pieces from Händel or Kodály, and even King Stephen from Szörényi-Bródy. The fine-tuning did not stop, the town management have been thinking continuously how they could make the play more unique. These songs could also make Veszprém more individual in terms of tourism – said Brányi Mária, the deputy mayor at the city hall.
As a result of this, the carillon was renewed, which will be live music from now on – said Rostetter Szilveszter, the organ artist, who is making the transcripts.
“There is no change in terms of time and music, the Csermák-verbunk will be played in every hour, but instead of the synthetized bell sound citizens may hear the live version with real musical instruments by Szilágyi Harangegyüttes” – he said. Of course not just the verbunk was reorganized, but all the other festive songs, as well. For example in next March, on the anniversary of the Polish-Hungarian friendship the Polish anthem will be audible.
Albertné Balogh Márta, the leader of the bell band of Szilágyi Religious School said that the nearly 70 recordings were recorded with the help of 12 students, during the summer holiday in the Ferences church. In the supplementary works sound engineer Almásy András and Trieb László helped. The band celebrated its 10th anniversary this September, so they would like to hand over a gift with the renewed carillon to the city of Veszprém.
The music of the Fire Tower became very Veszprém-like, since the Csermák-verbunk and the unique bell band are coming from Veszprém. A new demanding and parochialist performance with personal bonds, which is rich in stories was born – highlighted Perlaki Claudia, the leader of the local government’s cultural group.
The renewed Csermák-verbunk can be audible from the 30th of November
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We have collected the most important pieces of information, if it is the time of a big coastal walk in winter. Here you can see a collection of the best places – you can start organizing the forthcoming spring trips and you may find the destination of your summer holiday. More Shorter
Lake Balaton has got two important characteristic features that everyone knows: the Hungarian sea, and the biggest lake of Central Europe. Of course it has got many other features, such as wines, lookouts, museums, fortresses and castles… all of these can be found around Balaton, and those who would like to ride their bikes around Balaton, they can find their own useful pieces of information, as well.
Hungary’s climate is continental, although many Mediterranean effects can be recognized around Balaton. These make not just the citizens but also the wine growers glad, since the Mediterranean climate offers perfect circumstances for grape farming on the sunny hills of northern parts.
The lake itself is 77 km long, it is the narrowest between Tihany and Szántód (only 1,5 km distance), and we should swim the most between Balatonalmádi and Balatonvilágos if we wanted to swim from the northern part to the southern one, since the distance of the two towns is 12,7 km long.
The development of the cycle track contributed to the upswing of the tourism. The works started in 1993 and the roads were ready to be used in 2002. However several parts of the cycle track require a continuous development, there is a coherent road around the lake – somewhere with a totally built cycle track, somewhere with the roads of coastal towns –, which is 210 km long.
Balaton offers a wide range of facilities both in summer and winter. The local organizations focus on winter as well, so it is worthy to visit the neighbourhood on rainy and cold days, for example because of the baths.
Families with small children, or those who are looking for adventure may choose from several amusement parks.
Balaton and its neighbourhood has got several natural treasures, for example the thermal water of Hévíz, Kőtenger or the Saint György mountain offer interesting sights for the people. The cave of Tapolca is a rarity for the visitors, where they can go around the cave system under the land with a boat.
Besides the previously mentioned programs, visitor centres and museums are waiting for the tourists, where they can look into the secrets of the lavender plantations of Tihany, or they can visit the flora and the fauna of Balatonfüred.
Those who like spending time with animals can choose from several local animal and wild parks.
Special vehicles around Balaton:
Last but not least Balaton is really exciting not just on two or four wheels but there are many opportunities for those who would like to try other vehicles.