Trafó House of Contemporary Arts
1094 Budapest, Liliom u. 41.
Trafó House of Contemporary Arts in Budapest, a receptive venue unique to Hungary, is embedded in the international contemporary scene, where the various genres – theater, dance, new circus, music and other visual arts – are presented in an individual and authentic manner.
The professional program of the institute, operating in a postindustrial space, is organized according to a unified, yet diverse approach, which is experimental and audience-friendly at the same time, based on new directions as well as our cultural memories and providing space for the presentation of both domestic and international artists.
Trafó is a mediating site dedicated to social issues, a platform for establishing values and contexts as well as generating new ideas and productions. Its performances, concerts, exhibitions, community and audience-building programs address a number of different generations, viewers of all kinds open to something new, whilst in its operation devoting special attention to the younger generations.
1116 Budapest, Sztregova u. 7.
The Artus Company is an independent contemporary physical theatre, established in 1985 by Gábor Goda. Since being founded, the company has created more than 100 performances and played in 25 countries. Right from the beginning, they have been actively involved in seeking and organizing international projects, residency programmes and co-productions.
Artus is not only an interdisciplinary collective, made up of the 30 artists working here, and the association that provides the infrastructural background for artistic work, but also a studio: a creative centre, with its own 2000-square-metre venue converted from an abandoned factory building. The studio regularly hosts performances by the Artus Company, as well as visual art exhibitions, guest performances and various other cultural events.
1071 Budapest, Bethlen Gábor tér 3.
The theatre is located in the peripheral part of Budapest’s 7th District, on Bethlen Gábor Square. In 2012 it was renamed the Bethlen Theater – the same name it used to have before it was closed in 1937.
The change of name went hand in hand with a change of profile: before its reopening, the building had functioned as a dance theatre for more than 15 years; since then it has been a host and production theatre. Its objective is to breathe new life into the place by actively involving contemporary young artists and performers without imposing any restrictions on genre.
The programmes are organised in the spirit of “total art”. The four pillars –prose performances, dance, children’s puppet theatre and cabaret – have been extended with other genres, such as dance circus, visual theatre, improvisation and folk performances. Every month, visitors can enjoy festivals, contemporary dance and theatre performances, Sunday plays for children, free film screenings, and new exhibitions at the Bethlen Gallery. The café plays host to acoustic concerts, stand-up shows and improvised theatre performances.
Három Holló Café (Three Raven Café)
1052 Budapest, Piarista köz 1.
Jurányi Production Community Incubator House
1027 Budapest, Jurányi u. 1.
In October 2019, the Jurányi Production Community Incubator House celebrates its seventh birthday: it was established with aim of creating a stable and public home in the 6700 m2 building of the former high school for the increasingly fragmented independent theatre and creative sector; of providing a rehearsal place, a creative studio, an office, a storage room, a gallery, a smaller and a bigger theatre hall for the artists. Besides the duties of a production and incubator house, there is also an emphasis on community building: with the establishment of Jurányi the goal was to create a cultural centre where the youth who interested in theatre and even the large families find their place and programs they like.
1117 Budapest, Kőrösy József u. 17.
MU Theatre, a 130-seater black box presenting contemporary dance, theatre and music productions from both Hungary and abroad, was established in 1991. Based on a new artistic vision, MU Theatre extended its hosting function in April 2009, including the launch of a theatre teaching program, introductory public discussions on selected performances, and the management of own productions. In the compilation of the repertoire, emphasis has shifted from quantity to quality, thus giving more attention and energy to the hosted artists and creations.
In addition to the presentation of finished productions, MU also undertakes to organize and host workshops, seminars and platforms as well as festivals.
National Dance Theatre
1024 Budapest, Kis Rókus u. 16-20.
A new cultural venue opened its gates on February 15th 2019 in Budapest. It is the new home of the National Dance Theatre located in Millenáris Park. The building is fitted with state-of-the-art theatre equipment and unique architectural elements. It awaits dance-lovers with a large and a small performace space, and with its several rehearsal rooms provides for the preparation work of professional dancers. The venue’s foyer also functions as a community space open to the public, thus broadening the Millenáris Centre’s profile and turning it into an even more significant part of the capital’s cultural life.
SÍN Arts Centre
1139 Budapest, Gyutacs utca 10.
SÍN Arts Centre is a Budapest-based production house with 4 spacious dance studios, operating in the field of contemporary performing arts. SÍN is open all year long, hosting rehearsals, production periods and researches of more than 100 artistic formations a year. Beyond the infrastructure we offer a professional environment to work in production management, fund raising, help and advice in the artists' career development, assistance in finding the best possible context and partners for their work. We provide the artists with a professional background and environment: we organise workshops led by local or international artists, initiate discussions and cooperations between the stakeholders. We play an active role in the strategic thinking of the field's present and future in Hungary and beyond the borders. SÍN has the aim to develop a flexible and innovative, yet strong community of artists and art professionals locally and globally.
Studio K Theatre
Studio K Theater is the only independent theatre in Hungary that manages a permanent venue and troupe and operates in a repertory system. Its shows are aimed at audiences of all ages, including children, youths and adults. It also receives other independent companies and productions and supports young theatre creators. In addition to performing arts, Studio K Theater has focused from the outset on equal opportunities, supporting the disadvantaged, providing quality theater education, and expanding access to culture. Within the frame of its Lifelong Learning Program, the theatre’s team uses fine art tools to help elderly people keep their minds fresh and remain active members of society.
1111 Budapest, Műegyetem rkp. 3.
Szkéné Theatre has been working in its present home in the main building of Budapest Technical and Economics University since 1970, more than forty years. This chamber theatre has been the 'alma mater' of the alternative, independent movement in Hungary for decades. Well-known practitioners of almost every branch of artistic life have begun their careers here – theatrical ensembles such as Árpád Schilling or Béla Pintér, dancers, musicians, painters and sculptors and performers have had and still do have today the confidence and the opportunity to try out their talents at the start of their careers. At present the theatre is functioning as a receiving theatre, an open-minded alternative theatrical and artistic base, with no resident company.
1027 Budapest, Jurányi u. 1 - 3. 4th floor
Workshop Foundation was founded in 1993. It focuses mainly on the following aspects: social and professional environment, partnership, collaboration, crossing borders among geographical and artistic disciplines as well as long-term thinking.
WSF runs 4 studios in two highly important, independent art institutes - in Trafó House of Contemporary Arts and in Jurányi Incubator House. The Foundation works with nearly 200 Hungarian and foreign artists yearly - principally - on the field of contemporary dance. Workshop Foundation is mostly known abroad for its international coproductions, training and residency programs as well as its active role in networks. Important networks, partnerships: Life Long Burning, Aerowaves, GPS - Movement Research, Philadelphia Dance Projects, PEJA.