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13th Contemporary Drama Festival Budapest

2-10 December 2016


The Contemporary Drama Festival will be held for the 13th time in December 2016, organised by SzínMűHely Foundation and Creatív Média Literary Agency. The aim of the Festival is to support contemporary drama, to make it more popular, but first of all to make the activities of the scene better known both by the Hungarian public and the international theatre professionals. One of the missions of the international festival initiated by civilians is to offer a Visitors’ Programme for foreign professionals. It is a Hungarian Theatre Showcase Programme which contains performances subtitled in English by traditional public theatre companies, independent, Budapest based or from the country side as well as of some from beyond the borders of the country. This program aims to be one of the most important facilitators in making Hungarian theatre better known internationally.

Young theatre-makers in the focus

The festival has always put great emphasis on presenting young professionals in the foreground but this year they will be the protagonists. According to the basic concept, the young generations will be given opportunities to present themselves in all of the programmes, in the showcase and the accompanying events as well. The main idea is to try and present an overall image of the multi-colored nature of the contemporary Hungarian theatre both in the conceptual and aesthetic sense. The professional jury (the members are: literary manager Ildikó Lőkös, playwright Ákos Németh, theatre critic and editor-in-chief of the theatre periodical Játszótér Anikó Varga, literary manager Bence Bíró, theatre critic and publicist of Index Bálint Kovács, theatre critic and editor of Revizor Panni Puskás) have made their selection of the most outstanding theatre performances of the 2015/16 season, paying special attention to new Hungarian plays and innovative theater aesthetics. One of the most important aspects of the selection has been to make sure that the performances reflect on the present in a progressive way.





Budapest Drama Festival is a Knockout

The Resident: Budapest Drama Festival is a Knockout
By Rory Winston
Enter New Hungarian Dramatists Stage Left, Right and Politically Centered

+1 presentation

Today from 8pm at our CDF Festival Club at Auróra (8th district, Auróra utca 11.) we present to you the project SpieGel - comedy against violence.

SpieGel is a European project that took place in 4 countries (Germany, UK, Romania and France). This project was made with financial support from the Daphne III Programme of the European Union.

We hope to meet you there to discuss the results of this project and also to present you the handbook of the project, a methodological manual - Comedy against violence - that can be a useful tool to help pedagogues and youth workers to implement comedy in youth work.

The presentation will be in English.

8 DECEMBER, Monday

20:00 - Auróra, CDF Festival Club
Project SpieGel presentation: Comedy against violence