The independent Hungarian site Fidelio reports that the future of the Budapest Spring Festival is doubtful. The Hungarian government has refused to renew the current contract for the organization of the festival with the municipality of Budapest. The contract expired in December.
This comes after Gergely Karácsony, prominent figure of the Hungarian opposition became mayor of Budapest. The Hungarian ruling party, Fidesz is leading a Kulturkampf for years against artists who don’t support their politics.
Budapest stands to lose a 40-year-old cultural fixture.