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Budapest theatre offers preferential tickets to DK party members

Wednesday, November 29th, 2023

The pro-government daily dismisses the explanation of the director of Budapest’s Katona József theatre about their 30% ticket reductions for members of the Democratic Coalition. READ MORE

Theatre and Film University conflict rolls on

Wednesday, September 9th, 2020

Reacting to a several thousand strong demonstration organised  by students of the university on Sunday, and to their already week-long occupation of their school, opposition-leaning commentators see their protest as harbinger of a new era, while pro-government authors believe they are manipulated by left-liberal intellectuals trying to protect their leading positions in Hungarian cultural life. READ MORE

No compromise in sight over Theatre and Film University

Monday, September 7th, 2020

As the controversy over the restructuring of the University of Theatre and Film rages on, the political debate has escalated into a full-fledged culture war between the government and the opposition. Both sides rule out the possibility of compromise. READ MORE

Students occupy Theatre and Film University

Thursday, September 3rd, 2020

A pro-government commentator accuses students occupying the Theatre and Film University of political bias. A left-wing pundit calls for dialogue. READ MORE

Veteran pro-government actor calls for dialogue

Friday, August 28th, 2020

Amidst what is widely seen as a pro-government takeover of the main Theatre and Film Academy from liberal-minded academic staff, a leading conservative actor deplores the lack of dialogue during the restructuring of the institution. READ MORE

Budapest theatre directors appointed under double political pressure

Friday, February 28th, 2020

A right-wing columnist castigates the Budapest Mayor for taking what he calls politically motivated decisions against the advice of a professional panel, while a left-wing outlet accuses the government of meddling in theatre nominations. READ MORE

Government to overhaul how culture is financed

Wednesday, December 11th, 2019

Left-wing and liberal commentators accuse the government of changing the way culture is financed, in order to bring it under its control. Pro-government pundits dismiss the accusations. READ MORE

Vígszínház: another battle in the culture war

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

A liberal commentator thinks Budapest Mayor István Tarlós should take the blame for a decision to change the leadership of a major Budapest theatre, instead of playing it safe with hand-picked expert reviewers. READ MORE

Vienna Burgtheater declines invitation to Budapest

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

Magyar Nemzet carries a bitter comment on an open letter by the Vienna theatre director who declined an invitation from the Budapest National Theatre, saying that he did not intend to risk the “good name” of his theatre. READ MORE

Orbán compensates Alföldi with a new theatre

Friday, June 14th, 2013

One left-liberal commentator finds Orbán’s sudden embrace of Alföldi just another publicity stunt, while another pokes fun at Jobbik who suspect “a homosexual or Jewish” lobby in the background. READ MORE