European Cultural Festival

EUnderground - Censorship Festival

It was a one day long cross-national cultural festival to remembering the victims of the totalitarian censorship. With this festival we would like to commemorate to the oppressed artists and the cultural opposition movements from the Soviet Block. Our main aim was with the festival is to get the attention of the young generations and with cultural examples from the past, explain the democratic EU values nowadays. The programme of the festival: art performances from underground and dissent artists from the former socialist countries, concerts, opening ceremony of the traveling exhibition, displaying the student samizdat-journals from the workshops, public readings, interactive debates with the witnesses, film and slide projections, lectures, workshops, etc. We invited artists/speakers and students from the partner countries.

Location: Dürer Kert, 1146 Budapest, Ajtósi Dürer sor 19-21. Hungary
Date: September 19, 2019.
Language: English, Hungarian.
The festival was free of charge.

Workshops and performances (from 10 am):

Festival opening ceremony
Speaker: Daniel Biro, director of Laterna Magica

Dr Dariusz Leśnikowski: More than theatre. Polish alternative theatre of the 1970s and 80s as a means of resistance. (Poland)

The presentation of Ladislav Snopko about the underground culture of in Slovakia (Slovakia)

Martin Pilař: Underground poems (Czech Republic)

Professor Dr. Eldon Gjikaj: Literary and Artistic Dissidence in Communist Albania (Albania)

Krassimir Iliev (Sofia City Art Gallery): Forms of Censorship - Forms of Resistance. The State and the Artists in Bulgaria (1944-1985) (Bulgaria)

Workshop about the samizdat culture

Afternoon and evening programme (from 5 pm):

Opening ceremony of the traveling exhibition

Underground filmclub with the Hungarian Film Archive
Selection from the collections of the Hungarian Film Archive and Béla Balázs Studio (1959). Films to be screened: Gyula Gazdag: The Selection (1970), Self-Fashion Show, Tibor Hajas (1976), Memories of a City, András Monory Mész - Peter Hutton (1984), Pro patria, Sándor Sára (1970), Együtthatók, Péter Dobai (1972) and a presentation of a 16mm film projector.

Slidefilm projection for adults
Selection from the communist propaganda slidefilms with audio. Featured films: 1917 - Lenin and the Great October Socialist Revolution (1977), Socialist Patriotism (1985), Preparing for Marriage (1985), Community Life in Adulthood (1985), National Reporting Images (1980), New Conquest (1980).

Music of non-aligned youth in Romania. Forms of rebellion and attitude under dictatorship.
Presentation and concert of Mircea Florian (Romania)

All our thoughts buried into a free voice
The performance of the Excelsior Theater (Romania)
Name of the performers: Dan Clucinschi and Ovidiu Uşvat
Short description: Two young actors and the recent past of their soul profession. This is a moment of deep hopelessness and inner anger that Dan and Ovidiu, actors of our time, interpret with lucidity and cruel humour, following the archive notes of a censorship officer of the Romanian theatre under Communism. They give rhythm, personality and authenticity to our Voice removed from the grave of communist censorship. It becomes a state of mind where symbols and codes, all together, are used to voice the Voice. 

Dance hall, concert and dance teaching
Performing: Berka band. The dance house movement presents folk art as entertainment and social event for today's people. The basic principle of the method is to transfer the practice of local communities with folk traditions (eg Transylvania) to another cultural space. Although, not formally recognized by the founders of the initiative, the grassroots movement was initially associated with an alternative political spirit.

Hungarian Indians, concert
Tamás Cseh and his friends founded the Native American Indian tribe in 1961, which currently has 200 adults and children members. They also attracted the attention of state security organs, who were trying to find out, with a built-in person, whether they were divers or "dissimilar." The Indians of Hungary bring us a short introduction to the spirituality of Tamás Cseh, or in his Indian name: Smoke in the Eyes.

Víg Mihály, unplugged concert
Mihály Víg is a songwriter and singer, a founding member of the Trabant and Balaton bands, the legendary figure of the Hungarian underground music scene will perform with an exciting unplugged concert.

Török Ádám and the Mini, rock and blues concert
A selection of songs from the past 50 years. Few people know that Ádám Török was also observed by the state security agencies of the "Kádár" era. He was repeatedly brought for a "talk" because it was spreading that he was one of the organizers of the 1972 demonstration. He also missed out a lot of professional opportunities because, at the time, communist music producers said he "didn't live the way he should have," even though he just wanted -like all young people- freedom and having fun.


Hungarian Indians

Mircea Florian

All our thoughts buried into a free voice
Excelsior Theater (Romania)

Berka Band

Festival photos