Viktor Orban, the Hungarian prime minister, has declared Eastern Europe ‘a migrant free zone’.
On Sunday, Ivan Fischer and members of his Budapest Festival Orchestra gave a Cocoa Concert for refugee families. They were responding to events in a Hungarian village that refused to allow its innkeeper to take in homeless families.
Ivan said: ‘The events in Őcsény really made me sad. That people are so afraid and react with such hatred toward unfortunate refugee families who go there to visit. If they listen to the concert together, a miracle can happen. I’ve been working for years to enhance Hungary’s good reputation in the world, and I wouldn’t like to abandon this goal.’
Here’s how it looked: