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This is the month of festivals – July program guide

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  • Jene Boglárka

7/19/2017 8:29 AM

Don’t be surprised if you’ll see a stage at every corner this July. VeszprémFest, Babel Sound, Veszprém Street Music Festival, and Valley of Arts are all happening this month. There’re things to do between two parties as well: you can cheer at the World Aquatics Championship or spend time in Krishna Valley for some cultural recharging.

Mastercard Pleasure-Boat and Magical Boat (July 8 – August 27) (X)

Cultural fun awaits on the middle of Lake Balaton this summer, on board of Szent Miklós flagship, thanks to the collaboration of Mastercard and BAHART. The pleasure-boat of Mastercard welcomes travelers every Friday from July 14 to August 18: it leaves from Siófok’s dock at 8:30pm, and they have Hungarian stand-up comedians on board during the 1.5 hour long ride. Mastercard Magical Boat is recommended for families with small children: they entertain the kids with shows and gifts during the one hour ride. It stops at four docks on the north shore and six on the south shore, from Monday to Saturday.

Tickets for the boats are available at BAHART ticket offices. If you pay with a Mastercard or Maestro card, you’ll get a 50% discount for the pleasure boat, and 10% for the Magical Boat. You’ll also receive a 10% coupon if you pay with card, and you can use it at the buffet on board, where you can also pay with card. (X) 

Photo: Norbert Juhász - We Love Balaton

Badacsony Wine Week (July 14-28)

Balaton-wines are worth a climb, but now they will team up with the distillates from Badacsony Pálinka House and come to you to Badacsony Park. Visitors will have the chance to try the wines of fourteen producers, and to listen to professional lectures, in case any of them aim to become an expert. Once the night falls, it’s time for dancing at the free, open-air concerts – on July 27, for example, popular Hungarian band, Blahaluisiana will play.    

Part of the MOL Nagyon Balaton event series.

FINA World Championships – Balatonfüred (July 15-21)

The World Aquatics Championships has been organized by FINA, the International Swimming Federation, since 1973. Balatonfüred will host the open water competitions. The course is at the dock, near Tagore Promenade. You can learn more about the exact times of the 5, 10, and 25 kilometers long races HERE.

Babel Sound – Balatonboglár (July 17–23)

Babel Sound, a festival all about freedom and joy, will be held in Balatonboglár between July 17 and July 23. We can listen to Spanish, Bulgarian, Greek, Serbian, Israeli, Italian, Indian, Indonesian, Dutch, African, and Latin-American melodies on the seven stages of this arts gathering, but you can also learn more about the traditions, gastronomy, clothing, dances, and music of other cultures here.

Photo: Sebestyén Blanka - We Love Balaton

Veszprém Street Music Festival (July 19-22)

Joyous music will fill downtown on July 19, with talented musicians at every turn. Street musicians will arrive from every corner of Europe, from Austria and Germany to France and the Netherlands. Veszprém Street Music Festival is where cultures meet; it's a colorful community experience, one where it’s good to just be and to drift with the crowd from one stage to the next to hear some jazz, then blues, and then some rock or alternative music.  

Part of the MOL Nagyon Balaton event series.

Fair at Krishna Valley – Somogyvámos (July 21-23)

Krishna Valley might sound like a far-away, unknown, almost mystical place for many, but everyone can get to know the local traditions, the church and the Krishna Shrine, the eco-village, the Indian vedic wedding and fire ceremony from July 21 to July 23, but they’ll also have yoga presentations, music, dancing, craft programs, and many tasty bites.

Photo: Sebestyén Blanka - We Love Balaton

Valley of Arts – Kapolcs (July 21-30)

What goes on in Kapolcs is way more than a hippie convention. Valley of Arts is in the league of the big names, and they find a way to improve themselves every year. Their selection is pretty good this year, with 1,200 programs to choose from at more than 60 venues. Don’t miss Pink Martini’s concert at the Panorama Stage. For theatric fun, go to Taliándörögd, but they’ll also have literature and contemporary circus, while the Hello Wood village will be built again in Csórompuszta.
  

Part of the MOL Nagyon Balaton event series

Stereo MC's Ferry Concert – Tihany (July 28)

On top of all the stages on the shore, there’s even a floating one?
Something like that, yes. The summer ferry-concerts are becoming a tradition, but this is going to be the first time that a foreign artist will be on stage. The British electronic formation, Stereo MC's will provide the beats on July 28 – and they’ll be in rhythm with the waves of Lake Balaton.  

Part of the MOL Nagyon Balaton event series.  

Photo: Sebestyén Blanka - We Love Balaton

This article was sponsored by Mastercard.

Translated by Emma Póli

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