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Hungary/ 4.2 Specific policy issues and debates  

4.2.1 Conceptual issues of policies for the arts

Events and debates in the arts field mirror the sharp political division in Hungarian society. Critics accuse the government for aggressive takeover of decisive positions (director of National Theatre, boards at NKA – National Cultural Fund, in the film sector and the performing arts), and for the privileges bestowed on MMA – Hungarian Academy of Art, coupled with large funds. The independent sector feels neglected and in some cases treated with animosity (cf. the accusations about the use of the Norwegian Fund in 2014-2015).

On the other hand the government declares measures relating to the MMA as evidence of respect and generosity towards the arts (see chapter 4.1).

Chapter published: 07-11-2016

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