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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

Homophobic cultural commissioner wrapped on the knuckles

Monday, May 27th, 2013

After a stormy reaction on the left to a rude homophobic remark made by special government commissioner Imre Kerényi, the leading right-wing daily runs a short editorial on its website repudiating both his words and his person in no uncertain terms, giving rise to speculation that “open season has been opened on Kerényi”. READ MORE

Culture war around the National Theatre

Friday, November 23rd, 2012

A centre-right columnist welcomes the endorsement of the left-leaning director of the National Theater by a prominent right-leaning rock musician as a rare example of how to ease tensions between opposing camps. READ MORE