Fully Booked: St. George's Day Party @ Marriott, 22 April - ‘A Feast of English Music’

  • 29 Mar 2023 1:27 PM
Fully Booked: St. George's Day Party @ Marriott, 22 April - ‘A Feast of English Music’
You’re warmly invited to meet up with the English speaking community in Hungary at this special St. George's Day charity party, held in the coronation year of HM King Charles III. We will support UNICEF to help children affected by the earthquakes in Turkey & Syria.

Come to enjoy a great variety of English music and refreshments at this social networking party marking the Patron Saint of England - Hungary also recognises Szent György - all in the good company of friendly expats & cosmopolitan locals from Hungary’s business & cultural circles.

Every nationality is welcome, we will join together as an international community to extend the bonds of friendship, solidarity and #StandWithUkraine - as an auction will also help children in Ukraine via UNICEF + the raffle will support a Food Bank for Ukrainian Refugees in Hungary.

* Limited places available, it's best to get yours now.

'Free-Flowing' Refreshments

* English Whisky & Gin tasting by Cotswolds + WhiskyNET,
Unicum Cocktail Bar sponsored by Zwack,
* Draft St. George's Beer from Ruin Brew,
* Cider & Ale from James Joyce Budapest,
* Selection of Coca-Cola products,
* Coffee from DeLonghi,
* Water by NaturAqua.

* Fine wine tasting by Dúzsi Tamás Winery from  Szekszárd, French Wine by Le Troquet French Wine Bar in BudapestGilvesy from Szent-György Hill, Hilltop from Neszmély, Koch Winery from Hajós-Bajai and Villányi Wine Region, Ludányi Winery from Mátra, Pajzos Tokaj from Tokaj, Polgár Family Winery from Villány, Szeremley Wine House from Badacsony.

'Street Food' Buffet

* Vegan soup by Terra Catering
* Fish, Chips & Peas by Budapest Marriott Hotel,
* Chicken Tikka Masala, Indian Vegetarian Dish, Pilau Rice by Mr Masala - Fine Indian Flavours,
* English & Local Cheese Nibbles by Tesco + Halloumi Style grilled cheese variations by Kőröstej,
* Authentic English Eton Mess Dessert by Budapest Marriott Hotel,
* Selection of Ice Cream Treats by Cloud9,
* English party snacks from Kifli.hu.

Program Highlights

1. Cultural Features: Brief Shakespeare Recital by Master of Ceremonies Alexis Latham.
Classical performance of English hyme & 'sporting anthem' Jerusalem by Lucie Jurankova.
Intro to English music by Elgar, Purcell, Handel performed by concert pianist Mariann Marczi.

2. Two Amazing Bands will Perform Live, including a David Bowie Tribute.
The Bowie Boys will be followed by the mega party group: Just Show Band:
This globetrotting band of international standard will play English favourites.

3. Party Games: 'Wine Mafia' blind tasting with prizes by Bortodoor City,
+ Roulette & Blackjack for fun (not cash) to win prizes from Las Vegas Casino.

4. DJ Woods will spin English dance hits until 1am:
Top expat party DJ mixes pop, rock, & disco tunes.

5. 'Anyone for Cricket?' English Sport Corner with Bat & Ball Cricket Academy:
Meet local coaches and find out about the 2nd most popular sport in the world.
Have a fun photo taken of you holding a Cricket bat, wearing pads and a helmet.

Guests of Honour Include
Paul Fox, His Majesty's Ambassador to Hungary
Antónia Mészáros, Executive Director, UNICEF Hungary
Désirée Bonis, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
Rev. Frank Hegedűs, Priest at St Margaret's Anglican Church Budapest
Ronan Gargan, Irish Ambassador To Hungary (Kosovo and Montenegro)
Masato Otaka, Ambassador of Japan to Hungary
Camilo Sanhueza, Ambassador of Chile to Hungary

UK Ambassador Fox's Feedback

“I was delighted to attend the St George’s Day celebration in Budapest last year, and I am grateful to XpatLoop.com for organising the inaugural event. We raised funds for children and families in Ukraine, I couldn’t think of any worthier way to commemorate England’s national day.”

Headline Live Music: ''The Bowie Boys'' - Lead by Rob Robson 

Robert James Robson has become one of the most sought after David Bowie tribute artists, having performed across Asia, Europe and the US as Fauxie Bowie with his own bands and making guest appearances with other groups.

He will be joined at this event by Imre Poniklo (Amber Smith, Poniklo) on guitar and vocals, plus a pianist, and the trio will deliver Bowie's music with matchless energy and authenticity.


Ticket Types

Sold Out - Gala Table Tickets - HUF 22.000 per person.
Seat at a Gala Table together with fellow event guests.
(Ticket Price Includes Simple Pay Booking Fee & 27% VAT).

+ On The Spot Tickets - HUF 30.000 per person.
Limited number, payable in cash upon arrival.
Click here to arrange paperwork in advance.

Sold Out - Cocktail Table Tickets
Early-Bird Deal, Limited Places Available, First Come First Served.
Standing place best suited to people who like to mix and mingle.
(Ticket Price Includes the Simple Pay Booking Fee & 27% VAT).

Sold Out - Gala Table Reservation for 10 people
Bottle of Unicum Riserva on every Gala Table reserved in advance.
(Gala Table Price Includes the Simple Pay Booking Fee & 27% VAT).

Farewell Gift
* Fresh Long Stem Red Roses by Dr. Rose Private Hospital.

Timing Summary

Registration and Cheese & Wine reception start at 6pm featuring a classical music*, Welcome address at 7pm, 'Street Food' Buffet with Live Music from 7.30pm, UNICEF Auction at 8.30pm, Live Performance by 'The Bowie Boys' at 9pm, Charity Raffle Draw at 10pm, Live Party Music by 'Just Show Band' at 10.30pm, followed by top dance tunes by DJ Woods until 1am.

* The classical music element features a Piano Concert by Mariann Marczi, a highly talented local concert-pianist and professor of the Franz Liszt University of Music. This anthology of English composers will cover various works by William Byrd, Henry Purcell, Jonathan Battishill, Jeremiah Clarke, James Hook, Joseph Haydn, and Edward Elgar.

Feedback from Irish Ambassador Ronan Gargan

“St. George’s Day was a wonderful event last year, showcasing the best of what England has to offer, not least the great music that has emerged from England over the decades, which is enjoyed by legions of fans in Ireland. The night also had a very worthy cause, raising money for UNICEF. A thoroughly enjoyable evening!"

Charity Element to Support Ukraine, and also Turkey & Syria re Earthquakes

* An auction hosted by TV star Zsuzsa Demcsák will help children and their families affected by conflict in Ukraine via the Hungarian National Committee of UNICEF. The United Nations Children’s Fund has already been providing humanitarian assistance to millions of children & families in Ukraine for 9 years.

* Also, UNICEF has been working around the clock to provide life-saving assistance to those affected by the two devastating earthquakes and aftershocks that hit south-east Turkey & Syria. UNICEF teams on the ground have been working with partners to distribute essential supplies, as well as continuing to provide safe spaces for children to play and recover from the traumatic events they have witnessed. Millions of children are in need of urgent humanitarian support.

* The raffle is organised by and will support the Food Bank for Ukrainian Refugees in Hungary.

Live Auction Prizes Include

1. 'Metamorphosis of Bowie' Framed Signed Print by Gallery Privé  (Value: HUF 1.19 million),
1 of 1 Original Artist Proof, Signed & Certified with Hologram, on Giclee fine paper (100cm x 70cm),

2. Personalised Microbiome Analysis for optimal health from Medipredict (Value: HUF 400,000),

3. 'Manager Health Screening' from Dr. Rose Private Hospital (Value: HUF 320,000),

4. Pleasure Flight for 2 people over Budapest & Danube Bend for 30 mins (Value: HUF 150,000),  
   - starting from Budaörs airfield, fly over Gellert Hill, Erzsébet Kilátás, Margit Bridge in Budapest,
   then to Visegrád and Esztergom, back over Pilis hills thanks to Anna & Béla Jankovich.

5. 'Premium Health Plan' for a half year from FirstMed  (Value: HUF 130,000),

6. 'Private Wine Game' for 10 people inc. prize for winner from Bortodoor (Value HUF: 100,000),

7. Enjoy driving the brand new Land Rover Defender 130 for a long weekend (Value: Priceless).

Charity Raffle Prizes Include

HUF 40,000 Spa Voucher from Clarke and White, 2 night stay at a lodge in Zugliget (value HUF 130,000), Latin Dance Lesson for 2 couples (value HUF 45,000), Beauty Packages from Olive and Oliva (value HUF 30,000), Premium Wine Tasting from Bortodoor (value HUF 16,000), & more!

* Raffle tickets cost HUF 2000 each & you could take home any of those goodies,
* All raffle funds collected by Food Bank Aid for Ukrainian Refugees in Budapest.
* Charity raffle presented exclusively by Chris Clarke, Nikki Truesdale and team.

* Limited places available, it's best to get yours now.

Feedback from Former Ambassador of Ukraine

“It was my honour to attend the St. George’s Day celebration in Budapest, which was a well-organized, high-level event. The atmosphere of unity that prevailed was amazing. I would like to convey my sincere gratitude to XpatLoop.com for their hard work in organizing the event, and to all the guests for their donations as well as for standing with Ukraine,”

Event Sponsors

Platinum: B+N Referencia


DiamondBritannica International School, Dr. Rose Private HospitalJaguar Land Rover
The British International School Budapest.

Amazing VenueBudapest Marriott Hotel

Awesome Audiovisuals: Special Effects International

Event Supporters
American International School of BudapestBritish EmbassyBBJClarke & WhiteEstilo Fashion Hotel
FirstMedflowerMeFuncode, Prohuman, S3 Entertainment Europe.

This event is also made possible thanks to the super support of many individuals, including:
Arne Klehn, Anikó WoodsChris ClarkeMartin Coulam, Sanjay Sharma, Natalia Tkemaladze.

Please Consider Sponsoring
* There are various packages available to suit different sizes of company and budgets.
Click here to arrange a discussion about sponsorship opportunities.

Feedback from Ambassador of The Netherlands

“St George’s Event last year was a true hommage to English music and a cultural highlight in the Budapest Spring season. Thank you XpatLoop for a fabulous evening!”

Dress Code
* Smart Casual - Guests are invited to dress up for the occasion is they wish.

* Tip: Wear something blue if you want to, as it was said to be St. George's favourite colour.

* Tip 2: You could also wear a red rose if you wish, as another St. George's Day tradition involves pinning a rose to your lapel - both these dress code tips are optional of course.

Photos & Video
Marco Novkov / Árpád Bakcsy / Marcus Schirrmacher / ConnallCharltonFilms.com / Party Booth

Important Notes
* As photos and video will be taken at this community event, all participating guests consent to such images being taken and published by the organisers & partners for reference purposes.

* By joining in this elegantly relaxed and worthwhile community event you can socialise, eat, drink, network, and dance! The organisers reserve the right to change the program timing and content if necessary. Tickets are not transferable and refunds are not available.

Key Details
* Age: 18+
* Location: Budapest Ballroom, Marriott Hotel, 1052 Budapest, Apáczai Csere János u. 4.

Fun Facts
* This unifying saint was born in Turkey, and is recognised far and wide: St. George is celebrated in Ukraine and throughout Iraq and Lebanon, he even has a state holiday named after him in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and less surprisingly in Georgia’s calendar too.

* As well as England, St. George is also the patron saint of Bulgaria, Georgia, Portugal, Romania, as well as the Spanish communities of Cáceres, Alcoy, Aragon and Catalonia - see more here.

* English has 360 million native speakers, 1 billion people use it as a 2nd language, and it is the official language in 67 countries.

* Limited places available, it's best to get yours now.

This international community event is presented by XpatLoop.com - Your Expat Community Portal
* You can see what happened at this event last year here - and in the video below:

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