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Szekely Festival returns to Budapest after two-year hiatus

The Szekely Festival dedicated to Szekler gastronomy, handcrafts and music will return to Budapest after a two-year hiatus from Friday to Sunday, Finance Minister Mihaly Varga said.

Varga told a presser on Monday that the event strengthened economic cooperation between Szekler Land and Hungary, with some 150 Transylvanian businesses getting a chance to present themselves in Budapest’s Millenaris Park.

Following a two-year hiatus caused by the coronavirus pandemic, visitors can once again experience Szekler hospitality and learn about the treasures of Szekler Land, Varga said. The revival of person-to-person ties is much needed after the pandemic, he added, noting that Tusvanyos, a large intellectual meeting of the Carpathian Basin, is scheduled to be held between July 19 and 24 this year.

Building links between Hungarians in the mother country and ethnic Hungarians abroad is important for the government, which has provided some 200 billion forints in support for economic development in the Carpathian Basin, helping some 3,500 companies, he added.

Ethnic Hungarian businesses abroad contribute to strengthening Hungary’s economy and vice versa, he said. “The markets of production and consumption must be interlinked in the Carpathian Basin,” he added.

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