Veszprém city is a real gem of the Balaton Uplands, referred to often as the city of queens. The city government recognised that Veszprém stands out in the region as the capital of culture and music. Hangvető has long been cooperating with Veszprém, developing cultural strategies and managing the entire process from tender writing to implementation.
With a tender managed and curated by Hangvető, Veszprém city has won the European Capital of Culture 2023 title. Local institutions, formal and informal cultural centers, outstanding figures and influencers, civilians and culture industry specialists were all involved in the tender writing process, resulting in a truly multifaceted proposal. An ambitious team has assembled to implement the ECoC project year. They work tirelessly to build Veszprém’s community through culture, and to produce sustainable and innovative activities that are also rooted in local traditions and safekeep and boost the region’s living cultural heritage.
Music makes you happy – this is a scientifically proven fact, and also it is the engine that keeps all Hangvető’s projects going. The mission of the Soundplay (Hangjáték) project is to bring the joy of (making) music to as many people as possible, regardless of their age or skill level. Soundplay is implemented under the Veszprém-Balaton 2023 European Capital of Culture project year. The ultimate goal is to make Veszprém the most musical city in Hungary.
The Fortnight event series is part of the Veszrpém ECoC 23 project year. This holistic art project welcomes a network of 25 cities, presenting a different city every fortnight during 2023. The list of cities includes UNESCO Creative Cities, other European Capitals of Culture as well as twin cities of Veszprém itself . Hence the Fortnight project will not only present the cultural curiosities of Europe, but invite the audience for a round-the-world adventure from Bogotá to Katowice.
The working title of the closing event of the 4-year-long MOST – The Bridge for Balkan Music project is World Music Capital 2023, located in Veszprém. The three-day event is planned to feature the best and brightest of Balkan world music, illustrating the success of MOST. Planning with 25 performers – both renown and upcoming – and over 200 world music industry experts invited from all around the globe, World Music Capital will be a true celebration of all the untapped potential of the Balkan region’s world music scene.
It’s a cliché for a reason: young people are the future. It’s up to them what our lives will look like in five, ten, fifteen years. But being active in local issues isn’t always that easy, and motivation can get lost during the process. How do we get from idea to project anyway?
These internal and external blocs are exactly what Veszprém’s European Youth Capital tender wants to target. Good news is, the bid, managed and curated by Hangvető, was selected amongst the four best. The final round will happen in November 2021 in Brussels, where two young Veszprémers, Noel Simon and Barbara Hegedűs will represent the youth of the city. Fingers crossed!
Veszprém following the cultural strategy created by Hangvető, has become a part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network in the music subcategory. Veszprém, needless to say, loves music – from big names who can fill the greatest stadiums all the way to enthusiasts and street music performers, Veszprém welcomes music in all shapes and forms. The city has dedicated special attention to music and dance education as well, organises an outstanding number of musical events, and actively promotes music-related tourism as well. After having joined the Creative Cities Network, Veszprém later won the UNESCO – Music City title as well.