More than 1 million people have already visited the ‘One with Nature’ World of Hunting and Nature Exhibition and the attached programmes, Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjén said at the event’s press conference held on Thursday in Budapest.
Pavilions of the exhibition
Pavilion A: An exhibition space for our foreign guests where countries and organisations accepting Hungary’s invitation will be able to present themselves at their own stands. Here we can tour the world on foot!
Pavilions B and E: Events in these pavilions will change several times during the World Exhibition. The series of events will begin with an international dog show, followed by three fairs: one about hunting, fishing and equestrian sports; one about agricultural production; and one about the opportunities offered by innovation.
Pavilion C: This will be the venue for international conferences, and a series of international scientific and professional events concerned with nature conservation and hunting. This pavilion will also accommodate a cinema.
“During the event we will host a number of important international conferences, including the General Assembly of the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation (CIC), the congress of the International Union of Game Biologists, a meeting of the Wildlife Forum and a meeting of the Parties to the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement. In addition, we will be the chief organisers of the conference to be held under the working title International Hunting Conference, which will introduce the permanence, sustainability and utility of hunting based on its ancient traditions. Our excellent speakers will explore a variety of issues from a practical point of view, based on many decades of research and professional experience.” – Péter Göbölös, curator of the conferences
Pavilion D: This pavilion will house an exhibition with a special visual atmosphere introducing Hungary’s freshwater habitats.
“In addition to hunting, fishing was among our people’s most ancient occupations, and after we settled here, our expertise in this field broadened significantly. In this pavilion, dioramas of Hungary’s characteristic extensive freshwater habitats and their rich flora and fauna will focus visitors’ attention on the natural treasures that surround us to this day. We are planning to create an exhibition atmosphere with few words, but with many thoughts and emotions to create a strong impression on visitors and send to everyone a message which stresses the importance of preserving our natural treasures in the interest of our future through getting to know our past and, at the eleventh hour, actively shaping an environmentally aware mentality.” – Olivér Kóródy, curator of the freshwater habitats and nature conservation pavilion
Pavilion F: This will be the venue for an exhibition introducing traditional hunting methods. The topics will be coursing, falconry, archery and muzzleloader hunting. Presentation of the relationship between horses and hunting will also take centre stage. There will be continuous heritage displays outside the pavilion.
“Coursing, falconry, archery and muzzleloader hunting are considered traditional hunting methods. We will dedicate around 70 per cent of our pavilion to introducing these four areas of hunting. The remaining part of the pavilion will be dedicated to the relationship between horses and hunting, while visitors will also be able to experience interactive and entertainment elements. The four methods have much more in common than one would think at first. The most important is a common mentality: the centrality of the challenge, the experience and the adventure that stem from the limits of older hunting methods and equipment, as well as from the relationship between hunter and game. For lovers of these four hunting methods, quality must always take priority over quantity.” – Dr. Balázs Németh, curator of the pavilion of traditional hunting methods
Pavilion G: The Hungarian and international trophy exhibition is expected to be extremely popular. In addition to the best Hungarian trophies, especially valuable and rare pieces from around the world will also be on display. We can look forward to some world records! The European Taxidermy Championships will also be held here, showcasing spectacular exhibits.
“We will no doubt be spoilt for choice. Introducing the most outstanding trophies from the Carpathian Basin and the wider world, including world record-breaking examples, will be a fantastic task. We are planning an exhibition where we will present the animals in dioramas showcasing their original habitats, thereby presenting diversity and biodiversity – and game management as a means for sustaining it.” – Róbert Pálinkás, curator of the pavilion introducing Hungarian and international trophies
Pavilion H: The venue for the central Hungarian exhibition. This multilingual exhibition will guide visitors through a tour of one thousand years in the Carpathian Basin, demonstrating that, through occupations closely linked to Nature, the Hungarian people’s history is one with Nature.
“The underlying concept of the exhibition is to convincingly demonstrate that hunting culture – based on respect for Nature – is an integral and exciting part of Hungary’s rich history of a thousand years. This is the central tenet of the exhibition. Acting as the most important defenders of our game stock, hunters in Hungary have always done a great deal for the preservation of our natural treasures. This historical exhibition will present a region, a typical game species and an important person from every century of the last one thousand years. Interesting stories will form an important part of the introduction of each period, while visitors will gain a comprehensive insight into the changes in the climate of the Carpathian Basin, and the development of the game stock and game management – which has not been independent of those changes.” – Gábor Gulyás, curator of the central Hungarian exhibition
“I believe in synergies, in cooperation, and I adopt an openly managerial approach to the task in hand. What is important, therefore, is not only my ideas; it is equally important to identify and approach the right partners, the right institutions. Without listing them all, let me just mention a few: the Opera House, the Palace of Arts (MÜPA), the Museum of Applied Arts, the Museum of Agriculture and the Uránia National Cinema. It will be very important to provide entertainment for the whole family at HUNGEXPO, with surprising and spectacular street theatre productions and mini concerts. Every weekend we will focus on different themes: in addition to a festival of world music, Hungarian specialities and equestrian programmes will also play a prominent role in this high-quality, inspiring series of cultural events across the whole of Budapest – and, we hope, the whole country.” – Curator György Lőrinczy
Without controlled and regulated hunting, there is no sustainable nature management, Government Commissioner Zoltán Kovács said at the opening of the International Hunting and Game Management Conference held as part of the ‘One with Nature’ World of Hunting and Nature Exhibition on Wednesday at the HUNGEXPO fair centre in Budapest.