The 2023 Sziget festival kicks off today with hundreds of thousands of visitors expected to descend on Hungay's capital to celebrate its 30th anniversary. The festival will end on August 15.
Organizer Tamás Kádár said Dutch festival-goers form the largest group of foreigners at this year's Sziget, Hungary's biggest music festival. About half of the visitors to Sziget are foreigners. After the Dutch, the Brits and the Irish are the next biggest groups of festival-goers, he added. Among the headliners the six-day Sziget boasts this year are Billie Eilish, making her debut in Hungary, Florence + the Machine, Imagine Dragons, David Guetta, Mumford and Sons, and Macklemore. Visitors will also be treated to a showcase of four circus troupes on each day of the event being held from August 10 to 15. Two circus schools, Amoukanama of Guinea and Hungary’s Baross Imre Circus School, will get to perform in the Cirque du Sziget area of the festival grounds, while visitors will also have an opportunity to see Ukrainian circus students who have fled the war perform with Prague-based troupe Cirk La Putyka, along with Canada’s Cirque Alfonse troupe. Australian group Circa will be closing out the show each night.