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70th anniversary of State of Israel marked at Sziget Festival

The heads of mission of 25 countries to Hungary marked the 70th anniversary of Israel’s independence at a reception held at Budapest’s Sziget Festival on Friday.

Jossi Amrani, Israel’s Ambassador to Hungary, called the decision for Israel and Sziget to sign a cooperation agreement for the anniversary a “great idea”.

Amrani expressed his country’s appreciation of the opportunity to bring Israeli culture to Hungary. The ambassador also voiced his satisfaction over the fact that during his recent visit to Israel, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán secured the organisation of a Hungarian Cultural Season in the country next year.

Péter Fekete, the state secretary responsible for culture, called it an honour that Hungary and Israel could discuss their friendship, arts and stability at the Sziget Festival on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of Israel’s independence.

Sziget Festival CEO Tamás Kádár said the festival attracts visitors from more than a hundred countries. He highlighted the Love Revolution campaign, which he called the “most important message” of this year’s event, whose goals include the elimination of violence and fear, the sustenance of a liveable Earth, the enforcement of fundamental human rights and the elimination of prejudice and exclusion.

The cooperation agreement signed between Israel and Sziget also brought a number of Israeli artists to the festival, including singer-songwriters Borgore and Asaf Avidan, rock band Jewish Monkeys and singer-songwriter and guitarist Omer Netzer, among many others.

Source: Daily News Hungary

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