Among other well-known speakers, this year’s MCC Feszt in Esztergom will also feature former Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, and Michael Knowles, one of the leading political commentators in the United States, Mathias Corvinus Collegium (MCC) announced on Monday.
Sebastian Kurz held the position of federal chancellor of Austria from December 2017 to May 2019, and then from January 2020 to October 2021. He was elected as the world’s youngest head of government and became Austria’s youngest chancellor ever at the age of 31.
Mr Kurz will give a lecture at the event, along with Mr Knowles, the acclaimed American media host, actor, writer, and author
who has publicly stood up for conservative values and currently hosts his own daily radio show.
Vincent Harinam, revolutionary of data science and statistical advisor at the University of Cambridge, will also be one of the speakers at the festival, as well as Professor Constantine Karalekas, Dean of the Centre for Australasian Studies at the University of Central Lancashire. Harinam focuses on the role of artificial intelligence in fighting crime and the effective analysis of various crime statistics and trends, while Professor Karalekas is the author and co-author of several books. According to the event programme, similar to last year, there will be renowned Hungarian public figures as well participating in the MCC Feszt, and various thematic discussions will focus on numerous fields, such as the state of the fintech sector.
In the panel discussion titled The Power of Digitalisation in the Financial Sector the participants, including Péter Fáykiss, head of the Digitalisation Directorate of the Central Bank of Hungary, Bálint Danóczy, senior specialist for open banking at Mastercard, János Pereczes, executive leader of Magyar Bankholding, and Zsolt Demkó-Szekeres, Deputy CEO of the Student Loan Centre, will explore digital banking, innovation driven by artificial intelligence, and the topic of cryptocurrencies.
A discussion on the revolution of office design will feature award-winning Hungarian architect József Finta, the co-designer of the MOL Campus, Zsolt Gunther, a Hungarian architect and Ybl Prize winner, designer of the Vision Towers office building, and Bence Vadász, an award-winning architect and designer of the Szabad György Office Building.
Among the Hungarian speakers will be Örs Hunor Detre, the lead developer of the James Webb Space Telescope, Ádám Pölcz, one of the most popular linguists of our time, Péter Szekrényi ‘Pedro’, an expert in digital transformation, and publishing editor Ágnes Katona, who has been the editor of the Agatha Christie book series for 25 years.
Visitors to the MCC Feszt will have the opportunity to meet renowned speakers and bands such as Ákos, the Bagossy Brothers Company, Irie Maffia, Budapest Bár, Balkan Fanatik, Random Trip, and Lili Regán. Additionally, popular speakers and bands especially popular with young people will also be represented at the event, including Valmar, T. Danny, Dzsúdló, and Blahalouisiana Symphonics.
For the first time in the history of the MCC Feszt, there will be a folk tent this year,
where the good atmosphere will be provided, among others, by Pál István Szalonna and his band. Concerts will start every day at five o’clock in the afternoon, as announced.
According to the organisers, the so-called Edu Promenade will be even more crowded this year compared to previous years, where in addition to MCC’s trainings and programmes, partner organisations in talent development will also present themselves.
As has been the practice ever since its inception, this year’s MCC Festival, which will take place from 27-29 July, will mostly be free of charge. However, those who are interested in attending all concerts and parties, as well as enjoying additional discounts and services, can enhance their experience by purchasing the MCC Feszt Pass, which will also grant access to the MCC Island.