Siófok 55 Town Day
November 30-December 3 2023
2023 is the year of jubilees in Siófok!
The 55-year-old town of Siófok, where this year the 100th anniversary of the birth of the sculptor Imre Varga and the 60th birthday of the Balaton Dance Ensemble also colors the jubilee program series. With a new exhibition space, colorful events and the birthday Siófok55 Town Day, Siófok welcomes all interested parties all year round.
Under the aegis of Siófok55, the town is organizing this year’s special events. Between November 30 and December 3, 2023, we will celebrate the 55th anniversary of the town of Siófok within the framework of the unique and large-scale 4-day Town Day program, where we will commemorate the past and celebrate the present by involving local residents, with colorful cultural and leisure programs, award ceremonies, involving civil organizations and sister cities, crowning the evenings with a concert by local bands and the Bagossy Brothers.
We celebrate the 55th anniversary of Siófok becoming a town with a four-day event that fits the theme of local history and cultural memory. Within this framework, the current jubilee of several creative artists and organizations connected to the town will be emphasized, in the interpretation of various artistic and cultural events (exhibition openings, book launches, folk dance performances, 50th anniversary concerts, etc.). For the purpose of communication and community development, we also consider it important to involve civil organizations and volunteers in the series of programs.
By its nature, the traditional and family-friendly, free event represents a high cultural value, the priority target group is those who like literature and art, as well as folk art and music (ages 0-99). In addition, when putting together the programs, we tried to involve a group as wide as possible – with different interests and ages, and to address the local and surrounding citizens as well, giving them the opportunity to introduce themselves on stage. We have included program elements for all age groups (preventive screening bus, blood donation, town cake, quiz night, drawing competition, gift search, children’s dance hall, serious and light music concerts, etc.). There will also be a handicraft and gastronomic fair at the event.
As a district center supported by the VEB 2023 EKF Program, we want to convey the city’s values to the surrounding population, the Veszprém-Balaton-Bakony region, and visiting tourists in a high-quality and free of charge.
The anniversary event will offer many cultural experiences. The 60-year-old Balaton Tancegyüttes commemorates their teacher, Árpád Együd, who died forty years ago, with a show. The students of the 50-year-old Apáti Dixieland Band, who have been awarded the Kossuth Prize, congratulate the band’s head teacher, János Apáti, at an anniversary concert. The event is an exceptional opportunity for the town of Siófok to present all the faces of the town, its colorful cultural and built heritage, bring together generations, residents and visitors, pay homage to the past, create value for future generations, condensing the essence of Siófok into 3 eventful days.
In addition, we offer the opportunity to present the traditional programs of the surrounding settlements in collaboration with civil associations, as well as giving space to our international relations, the sister cities of Siófok will appear in the program with their symbols and greeting messages.
Location: Siófok, Imre Kálmán Cultural Center; Balaton Regional Historical Research Institute, Library and Imre Kálmán Memorial House; Water tower, Civil House; Main square of Siófok
Start of event period: 30.11.2023.
End of event period: 03.12.2023.