Montag, 29. Dezember 2008

a short traveling report from Budapest by s.n

* Traveling around Europe is an exiting experience. These days we visit Budapest. Budapest , a beautiful eastern European capital as well as the capital of the live music. Walking in the center of the city it is awesome, with old buildings from the 19th century and a smell from the "langos" (a traditional recipe of fried bread). The cultural events in Budapest are increasing essentially as well. Tuz Rakter in the center is one of the most important cultural centers of the city*

The Tuzrakter Independent Cultural Centre, which is backed up by the Art Sector Foundation, had opened its doors on the 23rd of June in 2005, in a previously abandoned 10000 square meters factory building in Budapest's Tuzolto street.

As an opened cultural space, we organized programmes day by day in summer periods, that included a very wide spectrum of fine and performed arts. We also work as a creative centre by giving the opportunities to as many creative projects as we can. Musicians, theatre companies can use spaces for practising, artists can create studios in our building.

We are constantly trying to keep these opportunities free or as cheap as possible. We do the same with our programmes entry fees. The Cultural Centre is, due to these two main functions a place where the cultural products are not only shown but created. We also would like to improve our educational work. Thanks to its great publicity Tuzrakter became a meeting point, where before isolated activities can meet the mass public.

Tuzrakter is an absolutely civilian initiative, the organizers work as volunteers despite of the sometimes troubled circumstances.In the first two years of functioning we managed to have texhibitions of 180 artists, including a corporation with the Hungarian Academy of Arts, theatre shows, contemporary dance performances, concerts from jazz, world music to blues and punk, musicians from all over the world, circus shows, artistic performances, literature evenings, academic presentments, festivals, fashion shows

Many foreign artists have visited our centre, from Cuba, Mexico, Germany, Belgium, Austria, Venezuela, Canada, Slovakia, Romania, Estonia.

We organized festivals specially dedicated to show t blink of contemporary culture of different countries, like the BeEst Estonian Festival, we had international film festivals, like the Moviemento European Short Film screenings. Most of the artists performed for free on these events, so they also added up a piece of building areal communal and public place.

In 2006 we continued our work, constantly improving our technical background by providing better sound and lighting techniques, and professional technicians. We also could manage to provide financial backing for many of our visiting artists.

Concentrating on cooperation with different international and Hungarian institutions, we still work for our main aim, supporting young creative people, and bridging social and cultural gaps.

After the two years spent in our last place, Tuzrakter is now moving to a new building. We are discussing the possibilities of using more buildings at the same time, some of them temporarily, with the local governments of Budapest. Our goal is to make our project real long-term, and to create a well-working example of civilian cultural initiatives.

In point of fact Tuzrakter is not a building, but an intention, that can affiliate parallel projects, and cooperate with different kinds of initiations as in Hungary as on the international scene.

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