Sziget’s ʼLove Revolutionʼ Brings World ‘Influencers’ to Hungary


Sziget Festival first announced its “Love Revolution” campaign two years ago, with a focus on the importance of sustainability, human rights, condemning war, and speaking out against discrimination based on skin color, religion, or sexual orientation. This year’s program features a range of world famous speakers such as Dr. Jane Goodall and Emi Mahmoud.

Emi Mahmoud

“For the first time in the history of Sziget, we would like to call attention to the most important agendas of Love Revolution through the invitation of real ‘influencers’, who will express their opinion on their own topics on the main stage,” says Sziget CEO Tamás Kádár.

Among others, visitors will have a chance to hear primate researcher, U.N. peace ambassador, and environmentalist Dr. Jane Goodall; former U.S. Vice President and Climate Reality Project founder Al Gore, who will convey his thoughts to the festivalgoers through a video message; and activists Rosa Anders and Milan van der Meulen, who will perform “The Truth in Ten Minutes”.

However, the lineup of celebrities who preach the Love Revolution’s messages does not end here, as Sziget will also host poet, activist, and UNHCR goodwill ambassador Emi Mahmoud.

As a former refugee herself, she will call attention to fellow sufferers and those who live in disadvantaged communities. Mahmoud is known for both her heartfelt speeches and her slam poetry pieces.

The main stage will feature Drew Dollaz from the United States. As a street dancer, he rose to fame with his unbelievable flexibility, forming his own hybrid style by combining multiple types of movements.

Over the course of his career, he has collaborated with partners such as Madonna, Rihanna, and Skrillex. Besides dancing, he tries to makes his voice heard in human rights questions, with a focus on childhood and teenage bullying leading to suicide, exclusion, and problems related to poverty and a lack of education.

Meaningful Dance

There will be another dance production: Swiss artists Dakota and Nadia will try to demonstrate things which are impossible to put in words, through dance. Their choreographies will investigate the question of domestic violence, calling attention to a problem that affects many.

Acrobatic duo The Arrow will tell the story of the first glance, the first hug, and a bond that lasts forever. “Looking at the process of developing feelings, anybody who has been in love before can recognize themselves as every love is equal, independently of their gender identity,” Sziget tells the Budapest Business Journal.

Finally, the SUPERAR Children’s Choir will invite the guests at the main stage to sing along. The choir provides free musical education to disadvantaged and refugee children, helping their integration.

At the interactive concert, the audience will get to know the songs of people near and far, experiencing the unique spirit of the choir, and the power of its diversity. The financing of the international SUPERAR organization’s Hungarian activities has been provided by Sziget since last year.

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