This weekend there will be an interesting festival in Hodmezovasarhely called The Festival of Towns. Hodmezovasarhely invited its sister towns to show their culture to one another and also to discuss different issues that all these towns have to face. The opening of the festival is on 24th June. In the morning there will be a conference about education in Hotel Ginkgo. It will be opened by Peter Koszo, deputy mayor of Hodmezovasarhely and there will be seven lectures on the topic. The actual opening ceremony is in the afternoon at two o clock by Janos Lazar, the mayor of Hodmezovasarhely in Kossuth square. At 2:30 p.m. there will be the first part of the folk dance gala. There will be dance groups from Arad, Bereck, Kelme, Nagybanya, Torda and Kankalin folk dance group from Hodmezovasarhely, of course. At 3:00 p.m. there will be another conference about renewable energies in Ginkgo Sas hotel. In the evening after 7 p.m. two groups are going to play in Kossuth square, first the Sheket group that uses traditional Hungarian music to create modern music and after that Group n Swing which is a swing and boogie woogie show group.
The next day, Saturday starts off with a conference about the future of Europe in the Town Hall at 10 a.m. From 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. there will be a hair and beauty competition in Fekete Sas and after that at 5 p.m. Hajas Laszlo, a famous Hungarian hairdresser, is making a show there. In the morning at 10 a.m. children can see a puppet show in Kossuth square and after that they can make puppets in a workshop. At 11 a.m. people can see clowns balancing with very high stilts. At 3 p.m. there is the second part of the folk dance gala with groups from Hechingen, Vidin, Zgierz and Arendas folk group from Hodmezovasarhely. At the same time those who like sports can visit the swimming pool where you can support your favourite team from the sister towns at the International Junior Swimming Competition. In the evening the clowns return for a spectacular parade with fire jugglers. After that at 10 p.m. you can listen to Bajnokok reggelije concert – they play Hungarian and foreign pop, rock and underground music. On Sunday there are aerobic, hip-hop and zumba shows between 10a.m. and 12 a.m.
From Friday afternoon until Sunday noon there will be a fair where you can see and buy local craftsmen products from Hodmezovasarhely and the sister towns. Come to Hodmezovasarhely and have a great time with programmes from all over Europe!