It all just started organically. In the heart of Budapest, on one of the main bridges, some people were hanging out. Then more and more. By this summer, they have closed the whole bridge for several weekends to….well, just for people to be there.
The movement called Szabihíd (short for Liberty Bridge) aims to make us look at our environment with a different eye. Instead of just using it to get from A to B as fast as possible, let’s stop and take a look. Realize, that this is all 100% your living environment. They refuse to let anyone take financial advantage of the program, nobody is allowed to sell anything here. This is not to make a profit, this is not a festival to sell. This is ours, everyone’s place, as it is supposed to be. People really got the idea, as they’ve shown up playing guitars, practicing sports or just chilling and reading in their hammocks. And why not?
While we (at least Hungarians for sure) are kind of raised to only feel like home at our home indeed, live some other parts of our lives in organizational or commercialized places, actually everything around belongs to us. While this initiative is more urban-focused, it has a really positive direction – opening us up. Once we start to deeply realize that our home does not end by the door of our houses, we can start to feel truly responsible for what is happening in our world. The woods, the oceans, the sky – it is not the property of some mysterious concept of humanity. It is our home, and we are to take care of it.
Her focus is on how personal decisions and behaviours can make a difference. Ildiko is constantly looking for ways to live a more eco-friendly life in our current consumerist society. She is a yoga fan, vegetarian, DIY enthusiast and the mother of a devil-puppy.