Explore the original experience of the future European Capital of Culture Veszprém-Balaton 2023 (VEB2023), Hungary. The University of Pannonia has become one of the key partners of the project. Pannon Unifest is the most important event for generating innovative ideas that help youngsters to see their talents through different lenses and benefit the community.

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The festival is the brainchild of the two former students Gábor Halma and József Szeles who set up the event in 2015. Kitti Deli joined them later.

Every October, Pannon UniFest, one of the main creative driving forces of Veszprém-Balaton 2023, creates a unique environment where students present their cultural projects. The goal is to build up real professional skills. Participants get useful feedback from the acknowledged jury.

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The festival consists of eight sections (singing, photography, poetry, storytelling, stage acting, etc,). This year due to the technical barriers it had just four categories with about 100 participants.

‘I enjoy making culture more accessible for the youth, – says Kitti, an elementary school teacher. – The most inspiring thing is that we grow the next creative generation’.

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The emphasis of Pannon UniFest 2020 was on personal connection and participation. The participants explored links between artistic trends and methods during a book presentation, a podium discussion with the author and the illustrator about the connection between picture and text.

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Many local organisations support the festival: the County Library gave a place and helped to record the podium speeches, the magazine Tempevölgy of the nearby town Balatonfüred published the works of applicants and supported podium speeches.

Now the team aims to make the UniFest an international event and invites university organizations from other countries for collaboration. If you’re interested in such cultural exchanges, do not hesitate to contact the organizers.

Images: Pannon UniFest website and by winners of this year Pannon UniFest competition Kovács Veronika, Vági Ilona, Körmendi Péter and Kis Richárd

More details about creative aspects of the region and the community building in Veszprem are in my recent interview with the local architect Daniel Magyar about VEB2023 community building.