A Performance Series

Budapest

July 13 – August 12 2009

The third itineration of the project began in July of 2009 in conjunction with Washington State University and the Hungarian Multicultural Center.

Why Budapest?
Not only is Budapest the capital of Hungary, but it is also the cultural, political and economic hub of this country of 10 million people. Along with Prague, Vienna and Berlin, Budapest is also considered one of the most important population centers of Central Europe. Aesthetically, Budapest is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe partly due to its number of designated World Heritage Sites. In 2009, the Economic Intelligence Unit ranked Budapest as the most livable Central European city, a significant honor.

Budapest is also gifted with a rich history that dramatically shaped the climate of the city today. It was fist settled by the Celts before 1 AD. Since then it was occupied or governed by the Romans, Tatars, Turkish, the Habsburg Empire and later the Germans and Soviets. This political upheaval or systemic change was certainly not always positive. The city was significantly destroyed serveral times and the people persecuted, and in some cases nearly exterminated.

Budapest and all of Hungary has only enjoyed some freedoms since 1988/89. Free elections, allowed by the communists in 1989, gave way to a social democracy, a free market economy and political, economic and social reform. As is so often the case with drastic system change however, new freedoms were paired with economic turmoil.

About HMC
The Hungarian Multicultural Center (HMC) is a 501(c)(3) educational non-profit corporation, founded in 1990. HMC’s mission to bridge cultural, geographic, and linguistic divides by bringing people together through the arts in order to foster a greater understanding of world cultures. The HMC’s cultural programs include film screenings, concerts, workshops, seminars, exhibitions, videofestivals and artists residencies in both Hungary and the United States.

The INTERNATIONAL ARTIST-In-RESIDENCY PROGRAM was founded in 1995. HMC offers a unique opportunity for artists chosen from around the world: the opportunity to reside and work as a resident artist in an atmosphere designed to stimulate personal vision and encourage new and exciting artistic expressions. It is neither a school nor an artist`s colony. It does, however, offer an opportunity for professional artists to explore their full creative potential. Residencies and exhibitions are yet another way to bring the contemporary art and artists featured in the series directly to local communities and audiences. Providing an opportunity to interact with new work and new ideas, residencies can initiate important conversations and create forums for further public dialogue. Facilitating connections between artists and different communities can deepen the conversations started in the broadcast series. Involving the artists directly in outreach is an important aspect of the HMC series. (From HMC)

For more information you can contact Beata Szechy, HMC, Director (bszechy@yahoo.com)