8.2.2 Policies and programmes
Events such as the World Days of Music, the Day of Open Heritage, the Night of Museums, the Month of Libraries etc., are becoming increasingly vigorous and public subsidy accorded to them is also becoming increasingly well planned. Public relations activity for these events is highly professional and their influence over the public is growing.
The Night of Museums, held on Midsummer's Night for the eleventh time in 2013, boasted 350 000 visitors across the country. The all-time peak, however, was in 2010 with 400 000 participants, concentrated then mainly on Budapest.
The campaign for "local governments supporting libraries (museums, community culture)" has been successful and expanding. By granting significant sums of money, the Minister acknowledges villages / towns which have recently allocated the largest sums of money for maintaining these services.
2013 was declared the Year of three personalities: Saint Stephen, the first king of Hungary (970/980-1038), novelist Géza Gárdonyi (1863-1922) and poet Sándor Weöres (1913-1989).