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World Refugee Day 2004: Hungary

World Refugee Day 2004: Hungary

20 June 2004


World Refugee Day took place in the Millennary Park, a cultural centre in the heart of Budapest. The programme included free children's programmes such as puppet theatre, pantomime, interactive fairytale theatre and handicraft workshops, which were attended by some 120 refugee children.

There were exhibitions of the artworks by a Palestinian refugee living in Budapest, and of refugee children's photo portraits done by a local association. There were also concerts by the Malagasy Taxibrousse and Djoliba music groups that included refugee and Hungarian musicians.

Refugees prepared culinary specialities while UNHCR and a local association set up an information stand on refugee issues at the Millennary Park.

On 16 June, a press conference was held to raise awareness of World Refugee Day at the Office for Immigration and Nationality's Headquarters in Budapest. On 20 June, UNHCR's World Refugee Day TV spots were broadcast by three TV channels.

On 30 June, a ceremony was held to open a children's drawing competition in Budapest, organised by the Office for Immigration and Nationality.