In 2012 two Hungarian festivals were shortlisted for the European Festival Awards. Both events are among the top ten in their category: Sziget competed for the award for Best Major European Festival, while the winner Balaton Sound was in the contest for the Best Medium-Sized Festival award.
Károly Gerendai, Managing Director of Sziget Cultural Management Ltd. said: „This award is a huge recognition both for our company and also for Hungarian festival organizers as now we have two festivals being considered the best in their category in Europe.”
The award was received by the main organizers of Balaton Sound, Norbert Lobenwein and Zoltán Fülöp, 9th of January in Groningen, The Netherlands. They noted that the last six years of Balaton Sound is a success story in itself: the prime atmosphere of the festival was a professional and audience success from the very beginning. Since, the interest for the festival is increasing proven by more and more sold-out festival days. The organizers said: “This award is for the success of the previous years. It’s an honour for us and we take it as a challenge to improve the event in order to receive it next time as well.”
In 2013 we can enjoy Balaton Sound between the 11th and 14th of July. Until then, check out the official aftermovie of the 2012 edition: