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Livestreamed on this page Sunday 8 December 2019 at 1:30 p.m PST (Los Angeles, UTC -8) / 4:30 p.m EST (New York, UTC -5) / 21:30 GMT (London, UTC +0) / 22:30 CET (Budapest, UTC +1) / 23:30 (Bucharest, UTC +2).

Budapest, Hungary
Sunday 8 December 2019

Hungary’s Funding Emergency in the Performing Arts

A call-to-action panel discussion about the context of this crisis and how to help.

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Sunday 8 December 2019

A call-to-action panel discussion about Hungary’s funding emergency in the performing arts livestreamed from Jurányi performing arts theatre, Budapest on the commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Sunday 8 December 2019 at 1:30 p.m PST (Los Angeles, UTC -8) / 4:30 p.m EST (New York, UTC -5) / 21:30 GMT (London, UTC +0) / 22:30 CET (Budapest, UTC +1) / 23:30 (Bucharest, UTC +2).


Panelists include:

  • Robert Alföldi, actor and director, and former director of the Hungarian National Theatre
  • Anna Lengyel, dramaturg, representing the Hungarian Independent Performing Arts’ Organisation
  • Martin Boross, director, representing the Hungarian Independent Performing Arts’ Organisation
  • Moderated by Anita Gocza, journalist



Sudden, lethal, unprepared, undiscussed structural changes of the performing arts funding in Hungary in the last few days has resulted in a petition with now some 25,000 signatures (and counting), one planned demonstration set for Monday 9 December 2019, and a slew of letter-writing campaigns.

A proposal leaked out from the Ministry of Human Resources earlier this week including three major changes:

  • Giving the right to the Minister of Human Resources to appoint the directors of city theatres around the country—which is now the right of the mayors being the elected representative of that community.
  • The reorganization—which practically means the closing—of the National Cultural Fund, that has been responsible for the funding of arts projects, new work, and distribution, as well as the support of self-financing of CE projects.
  • Cutting the operational funds of the independent performing arts scene. This concerns practically all independent venues and production houses, as well as theatre and dance companies and collectives.

All this is planned to pass to the Parliament next Wednesday 11 December without any discussion with the stakeholders. The new system shall come into force as of 1 January 2020.


How to help:



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