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VISITORS’ PROGRAMME
 

The Contemporary Drama Festival Budapest was created in 1997 with the aim to facilitate cooperation and dialogue between theatre professionals in Hungary and abroad. The main goal of the organizers hasn't change since the very beginning: to promote Hungarian theatre on an international market and give professionals a chance to meet each other, and possibly invite Hungarian theatres to introduce themselves abroad, allowing the creation of co-productions and long-term collaborations.

To guarantee the impact of the Hungarian showcase a separate project, the Visitors' Programme was started in 2005 inviting festival directors, critics and other theatre professionals from all over Europe and overseas and offering them a complex whole-day program. For the purpose of the showcase performances are carefully selected: they are what one could call a real hungaricum - innovative performances showing the tendencies, strength and results of Hungarian theatre art, yet they are also compatible of the tendencies and phenomena of world theatre not copying them but engaging in a meaningful dialogue.

The performances selected for the showcase program are heavily promoted by the Contemporary Drama Festival: besides advertising and the information package sent to the visitors this also means accessibility. The festival takes on the challenge to make these often difficult performances verbally accessible, ensuring high-quality translation, proper subtitling or simultaneous translation, enabling the further usage of these texts.

The participants of the Visitors' Programme have the opportunity to meet the artists after the performance and to visit the most important theatre-related institutions, workshops and meet the cultural policy-makers during their stay in Budapest.

In the Hungarian theatre scene the Visitors' Programme is the first such initiative and we are happy and proud to announce that we are continuing the program, hosting more than 20 professionals coming from three continents, from Ireland

In the Hungarian theatre scene the Visitors' Programme is the first such initiative and we are happy and proud to announce that we are continuing the program, hosting more than 20 professionals coming from three continents, from Ireland (Ulster Bank Dublin International Theatre Festival), Scotland (Traverse Theatre), Germany (Wiesbaden Biennale New Plays from Europe, Festival Theaterformen, Salzburger Festspiele), Poland (Cracow Theatrical Reminiscences), Austria (Viennese Festival Weeks), Armenia (HIGH FEST International Performing Arts Festival), Iran (Fadjr International Theater Festival) South Korea (Seoul Performing Arts Festival), the United States of America (HERE Center, PS122, American Theatre, New York University Tisch School). Also, this year it is a special treat to be able to welcome an eight-member delegation from both the English- and Francophone community of Canada.

 

Read further at: www.dramafestival.hu