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The festival success story continues, MCC Feszt again in Esztergom, at the end of July: renowned international and Hungarian experts, opinion leaders, the cream of Hungarian pop music, and exciting family and interactive programs, all set against the magical backdrop of Esztergom, the historical jewel of Hungary. For the third time this year, Mathias Corvinus Collegium is organizing its highly successful festival. The MCC Feszt will feature new speakers and programs, as well as a renewed line-up and stages between 27-29 July.

The MCC Fest is unique in the field of entertainment and talent promotion in Hungary, as festival-goers have never before had the opportunity to attend an event with so many professional, public and cultural events, as well as exciting presentations by foreign professors, journalists and public figures. Last year's event attracted 32,000 visitors over three days, with 110 stage programs featuring 220 expert speakers and 48 exhibitors. This year, the MCC is raising the bar even higher: visitors can expect high-quality programs, the best speakers and the cream of the Hungarian music scene.

Participants will also have the opportunity to meet renowned foreign invitees

In keeping with tradition, presentations by and discussions with renowned foreign experts will be one of the mainstays of this year's MCC Feszt as well. Among others, Mark Daniel Regnerus, professor of Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin; Jay W. Richards, director of the Richard and Helen DeVos Center for Life, Religion, and Family and a senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation and the Discovery Institute; Dean Karalekas, research fellow at the Center for Austronesian Studies at the University of Central Lancashire, author and co-author of several books, including The Men in No Man's Land: A Journey Into Bir Tawil and Civil-Military Relations in Taiwan: Identity and Transformation. At this year's MCC Feszt, visitors can meet Rebeka Vital, an experienced senior lecturer at the Shenkar School of Design, who teaches Interior, Building and Environment Design, while leading innovative research in fields such as lighting and cultural heritage. David Wolpe, Max Webb senior rabbi at Temple Sinai in Los Angeles, author of eight books, including the national bestseller Making Loss Matter and David: The Divided Heart, will also be present at the festival. The latest, a biography of King David, has been optioned for a movie by Warner Bros. David Wolpe has been named the most influential rabbi in America by Newsweek.

A variety of musical and professional programs await the festival-goers

In 2023, the unique three-day talent festival will offer exciting entertainment for all ages in terms of musical performers as well. This year, the event will focus even more on showcasing musical talent, and will feature bands that combine classical music or jazz with pop music to create a unique sound. These include the Blahalouisiana symphonic, a rock band inspired by modern American songwriters and featuring blues and country elements, the Bagossy Brothers Company, a Hungarian band from Transylvania playing indie rock, alternative rock and folk-rock, and the Roma folk band Parno Graszt.  This year, the MCC Feszt will also feature Irie Maffia, a band that plays mainly reggae and dancehall, the Hungarian pop duo VALMAR, formed in 2018, and György Korda and Klári Balázs, who performed with great success last year as well. This year's event is also set to bring MCC musical talents to the stage.

The Hungarian professional events will include panel discussions with representatives of leading companies, as well as presentations on gastronomy, fashion, literature and Hungarian innovation. The 2023 MCC Feszt will also present the training programs of the talent institution, and a number of partner organizations will be represented at the Edu promenade, where family activities will be organized during the day.

New stages at the MCC Feszt

In response to visitor demand, this year's MCC Feszt will feature new stages, such as the Move stage in the pedestrian zone, where visitors can enjoy exciting sports-related discussions. The Mindszenty stage will continue to operate as the Bottyán Bridge stage, bringing its events closer to the city center, and the organizers will also build a new stage on Rákóczi Square. These changes are expected to make the festival more compact by bringing the venues closer to the historic city center. Just like in last year, the event will be essentially free this year as well. However, if you want to enjoy all the concerts and parties, and get extra discounts and services, you can boost your MCC Feszt experience by purchasing the MCC Feszt Pass, which includes free festival transport between Esztergom train station and the event venue, a tour on the sightseeing train, free camping and free use of the beach baths. A Pass also entitles you to a discount on food and drink prices.