St. George’s Day Party Returns to Budapest

In Budapest

For the second year running, a St. George’s-themed event will bring together the international community in Budapest this spring for “A Feast of English Music.”

Money raised from the live auction at the St. George’s Day Party on April 22 will go to help children affected by the devastating earthquakes in Turkey and Syria in February and will also help children affected by conflict in Ukraine via the Hungarian National Committee of UNICEF. In addition, money raised through the raffle will benefit a food bank for Ukrainian Refugees in Hungary.

Organizer XpatLoop.com invites guests to “Enjoy a great variety of English music and refreshments at this social networking party marking the Patron Saint of England, in the good company of friendly expats and cosmopolitan locals from Hungary’s business and cultural circles.”

St. George is the patron saint of England and several other countries (Hungary also recognizes him as Szent György), and this will be a special year for Brits as it will also see the coronation of King Charles III.

Commenting on last year’s event, Désirée Bonis, the Ambassador of The Netherlands to Hungary, said, “The St. George’s Day Event was a true hommage to English music and a cultural highlight in the Budapest spring season. Thank you to the team at XpatLoop for a fabulous evening!”

Guests of Honor this year again include British Ambassador Paul Fox, Ireland’s Ambassador to Hungary Ronan Gargan, Antónia Mészáros, the executive director of UNICEF Hungary, the Rev. Frank Hegedűs, the priest at St. Margaret’s Anglican Church in Budapest, and Ambassador Bonis.

Event highlights include a David Bowie tribute led by Rob Robson, who XpatLoop.com describes as “one of the most sought-after David Bowie tribute artists,” having performed across Asia, Europe, and the United States.

Shakespear Recital

Since Shakespeare is believed to have been born on St George’s Day, there will be a brief recital of a famous piece of his work by Alexis Latham, founder of the local theater group Scallabouche.

A second live music performance will come from the party group “Just Show Band,” and DJ Woods will spin English dance hits later in the evening. There will even be an “Anyone for Cricket?” sports corner dedicated to the bat and ball game distantly related to baseball.

Stephen Linfitt, the publisher of XpatLoop.com, is English but notes that nationality “is an accident of birth” and that the goal of the evening is “to bring the international community together in Budapest to extend the bonds of friendship and support charity in an enjoyable way.”

Event refreshments include English whisky and gin by Cotswolds, a cocktail bar thanks to Sándor Zwack, local wines, beer, plus a range of Coca-Cola products.

To keep costs down and make event tickets as accessible as possible, this is no formal black-tie dinner; instead, there will be a cheese and wine reception plus a buffet, including English favorites like fish and chips.

Linfitt told the Budapest Business Journal, “It’s interesting that England’s patron saint wasn’t actually English, and personally, I like that he’s a truly international figure. I appreciate everything St. George stands for, the courage to face adversity to defend the innocent, and he has an important unifying quality.”

For more information and to reserve tickets or tables, see the xpatloop.com website.

This article was first published in the Budapest Business Journal print issue of March 24, 2023.

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