Szombathely will host its Savaria Historical Festival evoking the historical past and ancient traditions of the city founded in the Roma times between August 22 and 25, the organisers have said. Szombathely is one of the oldest settlements in Hungary founded by Emperor Claudius around 50 AD. Then known as Savaria, it is the only settlement in the Carpathian Basin which has been continually inhabited ever since its Roman foundation.
Organised for the 20th time, the festival will offer some 400 events at 30 venues. In a highlight event, about 1,200 people dressed in costumes will be evoking the glorious and memorable historical events of Szombathely and the province Pannonia at a Grand Procession taking place on Saturday and Sunday. The march will be followed by music performances, and acrobat, fire juggler and banner waving shows. The four-day festival will offer a wide range of other programmes including exhibitions, national costume shows and art workshops. Delegations from Szombathely’s sister cities in Austria, Germany, Portugal and Romania will also attend the event.