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June 2012, the Genfest takes shape

In Rome, 90 young people and adults of the Focolare Movement take stock of the preparations for the Genfest. Authors, producers, choreographers, costume designers, technicians, artistic directors and organizing members put together the pieces developed throughout this past year, composing the mosaic of Genfest 2012, which will take place in Budapest from August 31st to September 2nd.


- 12 thousand bookings, the seats are practically sold out.
- Even if the majority are coming from Europe, they are arriving from the most varied countries: for example, 2 young people are coming from Madagascar, 180 from the USA and Canada, 160 from Korea, 180 from Argentina and over 250 from the Middle East.
- Numerous activities to collect funds and a worldwide communion of goods has taken place, where wealthier nations are helping those with less economic possibilities.
- 500 people are involved in the production: young people and adults all over the world are working in a network.
- Logistics, lodgings, meals and institutional contacts are coordinated by the Hungarian team.
- Simultaneous translations in 27 languages, 3 host and 3 official languages: Italian, Hungarian and English.
- The participants will be welcomed by the mayor of Budapest,
Tarlós István, and the Hungarian Vice Prime Minister, Semjén Zsolt, who will be present for the opening of the event. Names??
- The event is also supported by the President of the Italian Republic, Giorgio Napolitano.


The Programme:

Friday, 31 August:
- 2:30 PM – Opening on the square outside the Sports Arena with thematic stands, artistic performances and a sports area. A welcome on behalf of the young people of Eastern Europe to their peers from every continent.
- 7:30 PM – Official welcome from Hungary to the 12 thousand participants and a concert in the Arena (in live streaming). Six bands from different countries, , and one formed for the occasion, will play the 21 winning songs of the song-writing competition promoted by Genfest 2012.

Saturday, 1 September:
- 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM and 3:30 - 5:00 PM – Programme in the Arena (in live streaming). “Let’s Bridge”: choreographies, experiences, music, lights and video-clips following the metaphor of building of bridges. Link-ups with other points that are connected. Launching of the first stage of the United World Project, which foresees the creation of a Permanent Observatory on universal brotherhood, recognized by the UN.
- 9:00 - 10:00 PM – Flashmob on the Chain Bridge with the 12 thousand participants. Communication through social networks.

Sunday, 2 September:
- 10:30 AM – Celebrations in the different Christian Churches. Moments of sharing with faithful of other religions and of non-religious convictions.
- 12:00 PM –  Closing good-byes and Time-Out for peace.

More information


For the experts of social communications, the online crediting is available in the Press Area of the Genfest website, at the address http://genfest.org/accreditations_form

Specific channels for the press are active on Twitter in Italian, English and Spanish.

There will be a press conference in Budapest on August 28th, also transmitted in live streaming on the internet.
During the days of the event, in addition to the press notes, there will also be multimedia content available online in professional quality.