Events In Budapest On 23 October

  • 21 Oct 2016 9:00 AM
Events In Budapest On 23 October
On 23 October 1956, the revolt against Soviet occupation and Communist repression began as a demonstration of university students in Budapest. After the student demonstrations, hundreds of thousands outside the House of Parliament listened to Imre Nagy’s speech in which he promised reforms. The bloody volley shot into the unarmed crowd at the building of the Hungarian Radio resulted in the growth of an armed uprising by the evening. The protesters tore down the Stalin Monument – the symbol of Communist dictatorship – on Dózsa György Road, and occupied the building of the Hungarian Radio by dawn.

Saturday 22 October

10:00–18:00 - Visiting the Holy Crown in the House of Parliament

14:15 - Commemoration ceremony at the 1956 memorial of BME - (Budapest University of Technology and Economics)

Speaker: Péter Boross, President, Public Foundation for Freedom Fighters

The people made the history

15:00 - Commemoration ceremony at Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME) - Speaker: Mária Schmidt, government commissioner in charge of the 1956 memorial year

16:30 - Torchlight procession from BME to Bem Square, and the Flame of Revolution rises

Sunday 23 October

Flag-hoising Ceremony

9:00 - In the presence of the three highest public dignitaries, the flag of Hungary is raised in Kossuth Square

10:00–18:00 - All-day free admission for visitors to the House of Terror Museum

For a free Hungary

15:00 - Ceremony in Kossuth Square on the 60th anniversary of the 1956 Revolution and Freedom Fight
Speakers: Andrzej Duda, President of the Republic of Poland and Prime Minister of Hungary Viktor Orbán

19:00 - FreedomConcert, 1956

Period tram service with contemporary news on tram lines 6 and 49

The organizers reserve the right to make changes to the program.


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