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What's up, Hungarian Drama?

Discussions on the current situation of contemporary Hungarian drama

You can often hear that contemporary Hungarian drama is in a difficult state. There are only a few opportunities to produce new plays or, for young playwrights, to introduce themselves to the audiences. But if you look closer, it turns out that the opposite is true. Many talents emerge, who can even introduce themselves in city theatres, or in the independent scene. Dramaturgs and already acclaimed playwrights help them creating forums, even in institutional settings. But can you teach playwriting? What is the BA in dramaturgy for? Does drama still exist today? What is the role of the text in a performance? How do they teach playwriting at the Univeristy of Arts at Târgu-Mureş?

Francesca Woodman the inspiration behind the performance Untitled

Francesca Woodman, american photographer, famous for her black-and-white conceptual photographs which depicted herself. She worked with fragmentation of the body, capturing it in unusual positions, gestures, in motion, framing it within the architecture of a space, in relationship with various objects. She can be considered one of the female artists of the 1970s who used their bodies as a means of visual expression. Woodman also experimented with video; short black-and-white videos, depicting herself, have survived. Surreal compositions combined with a blurred figure, caused by long exposure time, became the trademark of her works. 


28 November -  8 December 2014


The Contemporary Drama Festival Budapest is organized this year for the 12th time, running between 28 November and 8 December. Besides foreign performances, an international conference, workshops, staged reading events, a round table talk and concerts, CDF presents the most progressive and most inspiring theatre performances and projects in its Hungarian Showcase, staying faithful to its original mission. These performances were selected out of the performances that have premiered in the last season and the beginning of the current season, based on the recommendations of a professional jury consisting of seven members.

CDF 2014 Festival Club

There is going to be a Festival Club accompanying the CDF 2014. It is going to be held from 28  November to 6 December. The Festival Club has a special programme this year, because it is organized by a creative team consisting of the interns and volunteers of the festival, who are all taking part in higher education, learning arts and theatre.

The organizers wanted to raise awareness to the young theatre professionals and artists in Hungary. The Festival Club aims to present such artistic initiatives that are known only by a few even in Budapest. Auróra, a freshly opened community place will be the host of the Festival Club (8th district, Auróra utca 11.)

Hello Everybody!

We have good news for you: the Contemporary Drama Festival Budapest 2014 and its Hungarian Showcase Programme is here again, organized between 28 November and 8 December. This way, you have the opportunity to see a selection of outstanding and innovative new Hungarian theatre performances of the last and the new season surtitled or simultaneously translated in English!


Béla Pintér, Viktor Bodó, János Mohácsi, Sándor Zsótér, Csaba Horváth – what is common in them? … You can see their performances in the Contemporary Dramafestival Budapest, which will be held from 28 November to 7 December.

Péter Kárpáti and the HOPPart, the meaty monodrama of András Ötvös, Balázs Benő Fehér’s mise en scene at the University of Theatre and Film Arts, The Fatherless by Csaba Mikó in German, the award-winning visual solo performance of Sláva Daubnerová and performances by Gábor Tengely and the GroundFloor Group will be also presented at the festival. There will be theatre professionals from 12 foreign countries, there will be an international conference about creating self-sustaining cultural events and about the visions of theatre, a symposium about the future of contemporary Hungarian drama writing, reader’s theatre, concerts, festival club madness at the Aurora. More information follows this week!

the CDF team