About the event
The Veszprém Sings Festival is a large-scale event for choirs supported by the Veszprém-Balaton 2023 European Capital of Culture programme. Children's, youth and adult choirs from Veszprém and its surroundings will perform and sing at six open-air venues in the city centre, with the active involvement of the public.
The free event aims to promote choral culture and to showcase choirs of all ages to the people of Veszprém and visitors. Another aim is to get the choirs' members to know each other better.
The audience will feel the joy and the community-building power of singing together. This will be achieved with the help of expert choirmasters from the city's choirs and the nationally acclaimed choirmaster Dr. Árpád Tóth.
The main organiser is Gizella Female Choir, our partner is the Agóra Veszprém Cultural Centre.
Date: 16 June 2022, Thursday 17:00-21:00
Venue: downtown Veszprém, six open-air stages
Venue in case of raining: Antal Csermák Music School (Veszprém, Megyeház tér 5.)
The stage of poetry and music
In the former inner bishop's garden, today's Theater Garden, in a contiguous wooded park, is the Eötvös Károly Megyek Library, housed in the renovated red-brick building of the former bishop's cattle administration office. The glassy, pyramid-like part of the library was greeted with mixed reviews by Veszprém residents after the renovation - many likened it to a scaled-down copy of the Louvre, many to a rocket launcher. In any case, the architects, Antal Lázár and Zoltán Szécsi, were awarded the Pro Architectura prize in 2000 for their design of the reconstruction.
The stage of Renaissance works
In the late 1980s, during the renovation of the northern side of Kossuth Street, three pleasant courtyards - Fortuna, Gizella and Sarolta - were created on the site of the old Graner Courtyard. The Fortuna courtyard is the lower of the three charming courtyards, through which you can reach Liberty Square. The jewel of the courtyard is Gábor Mihály's Fortuna fountain sculpture (1988), made of copper plate and donated to the city by OTP.
The stage of popular plays
One of the most important cultural centres in Veszprém used to be the Séd Cinema, home to the Pannon Castle Theatre and the Expresso Youth Club (still in operation). The building was purchased by Swing-Swing Kft. in 2005 and has since become a modern complex of buildings for the city of Veszprém, with its rich musical tradition and present, serving the technological needs of the 21st century.
The stage of modern works and the stage of musical delicacies
If you look around the bottom of Kossuth Street, you can see clearly in the buildings themselves how the past meets the present. Alongside houses with a history stretching back hundreds of years, one of the city's most iconic buildings, the huge and uniquely sized 20-storey tower block, also stands out. Kossuth Street is considered by many to be the main street of Veszprém. And for good reason: the recently renovated street is home to shops, restaurants and even festivals.
The main stage and the stage for folk song arrangements
One of the most beautiful squares of Veszprém. It is the centre of the old town and also the scene of many city events. The history of the square goes back a long way, it used to be the site of the market, and the houses built here were inhabited by wealthy merchants. The Millennium Monument in the centre of the square, designed by Mária Lugossy, symbolises the passing of time. On the castle side of the square stands one of the most important public buildings in the city, the Town Hall, which houses the Mayor's Office.