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Cry God for UNICEF and St. George This April 24

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The organizers of the annual St. George’s Day party, to be held on Wednesday, April 24, in support of UNICEF, have issued a last call for early bird tickets to the charity fundraiser.

XpatLoop.com publisher Stephen Linfitt promises “an evening full of excellent English-related entertainment, social networking and free-flowing refreshments” hosted in the Etele Cinema’s Premium Section. the main sponsor is B+N Referencia Ltd.

“You’ll be in good company with friendly expats and cosmopolitan locals from Hungary’s business, diplomatic and cultural circles at this popular annual gathering to mark the Patron Saint of England, also known as Szent György,” Linfitt tells the Budapest Business Journal.

Early-bird tickets cost HUF 16,500 per person and can be bought via the xpatloop.com website. A limited number is available, sold on a first-come, first-served basis. On-the-spot tickets will be HUF 30,000 per person; prior reservation is required, with payment on arrival.

Although the evening has a very English feel in honor of St. George (for all that it is challenging to deal in absolutes with historical figures, he wasn’t English but probably a Cappadocian Greek from Anatolia who served in the Roman Pretorian Guard), every nationality is welcome.

Attractions include a red carpet reception featuring fine wine tasting, international street food, a screening of the Amy Winehouse biopic “Back to Black,” and a musical afterparty with an expat DJ playing English hits. A prize auction hosted by TV star Zsuzsa Demcsák will raise funds for UNICEF Hungary.

Master of Ceremonies (and Budapest-based actor, coach and artistic director of Scallabouche Theater Company) Alexis Latham will get things started with a “short yet powerful” Shakespeare Recital. St. George’s Day in England is celebrated on April 23 (generally accepted as the day the saint died), which is also both the birthday and the date of death of English playwright William Shakespeare.

“Back to Black” will be shown in the Etele Cinema Premium rooms, where guests can enjoy the movie from super-comfortable and adjustable luxury reclining armchairs. On either side, DJ Woods will play English classical music hits (from Elgar, Purcell, and Handel), followed by English soul, pop and rock hits during the afterparty.

Guests of honor for the evening include Paul Fox, Ragnar Almqvist, and Désirée Bonis (the ambassadors of the United Kingdom, Ireland and the Netherlands), Antónia Mészáros (executive director of UNICEF Hungary) and Georgina Szilágyi, country director of the British Council Hungary.

“I was delighted to attend the St George’s Day celebration in Budapest in previous years, and I am grateful to XpatLoop.com for organizing these events,” Ambassador Fox commented.

The XpatLoop.com St. George’s Day Event will be held at the Etele Cinema Premium Level (Hadak útja 1, 1119 Budapest) on Wednesday, April 24. The welcome reception starts at 6 p.m., and the event runs until midnight. Dress Code is smart casual, with an option to wear party outfits and a prize for the best Amy Winehouse costume. For full details and links to early-bird tickets and more, visit xpatloop.com.

This article was first published in the Budapest Business Journal print issue of March 22, 2024.

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