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Hungary/ 3.4 International cultural co-operation  

3.4.4 Direct professional co-operation

Hungarian cultural operators are well integrated into their respective international communities and they are active in a number of European networks. At the same time, criticism about provincialism is often voiced: e.g. few Hungarians are active in European cultural policy forums and projects, lacking an adequate academic and educational background in cultural matters.

Most of the mainstream institutions (museums, galleries, theatres, symphonic orchestras, and especially large festivals) have rich programmes of international exchange. Outstanding venues attracting international artists and works of art are the Opera House, Müpa (formerly called the Palace of Arts, a concert hall which also houses the Ludwig Museum), the Modem in Debrecen, and the latest, the Kodály Centre with concert and conference facilities at Pécs, opened in 2010, when that city was European Capital of Culture. Cultural and artistic activities of many operations are international by definition. Trafó, the A38 ship, the Bakelit multi art centre and the MU theatre are popular and well-functioning spaces especially for innovative and experimental productions, both from Hungary and abroad, which regularly participate in EU projects and are financed by a variety of sources.

Among festivals, the Budapest Spring Festival and its twin CAFE (the contemporary art festival of Budapest in the autumn) have the largest number of international cultural links, not to speak of Sziget. The National Theatre launched its own international festival in 2014: MITEM, Madách International Theatre Meeting (Madách Nemzetközi Színházi Találkozó), celebrating its third edition in 2016.

Additional resources:

Mobility trends and case studies

Examples of mobility schemes for artists and cultural professionals in Hungary

Chapter published: 07-11-2016

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