01 October 2020 to 02 October 2020

IETM Multi-location in Budapest

The local Plenary meeting in Budapest, Hungary, will be hosted by our member SÍN Arts and Culture Center in collaboration with IETM members from Hungary/Budapest: Association of Independent Performing Artists, PLACCC Festival, Hodworks, Platform Cultural Association, Pro Progressione, Trafó House of Contemporary Arts

Please find below the introduction by the local hosts, as well as the local programme and practical information to help you plan your stay in Budapest.


Introduction by the local hosts

During IETM Multi-location 2020: Local meeting in Budapest, we mean to deal with issues affecting the sector in the changed/constantly changing circumstances, as well as to look for connection points and opportunities for cooperation with other sectors.

Now, it is important to us to stay open to each other and to the world while we experience limitations and closure both in personal and public life.

Our topics include, among others: the rearrangements caused by the epidemic, the future of international mobility, the issue and problems of sustainable touring, and the importance of online space.

Registrations for this local meeting closed on 30 September. However, you can still join the full online programme.

Maximum capacity: 40 participants

Participation fee: free for both members and non-members although a small contribution to the host would be highly appreciated. 



The following on-site programme of the local meeting in Budapest prepared by the local hosts will include the participation in the main IETM online programme, to which all the locations of the Multi-location Plenary will simultaneously connect on 1 and 2 October.

To connect to the sessions below that will also be live-streamed, please click on the title of the session and you'll be redirected to the session page, where the link to connect is displayed.

CEST: Central European Summer Time (local time in Budapest)

Thursday, 1 October

12:30 CEST

Performance: Banquet for Bees by Pro Progressione, Secret Hotel and Triage Live Art Collective
Have you ever felt like a bee? By presenting the participatory ‘Banquet for Bees’ theatrical performance, we make an attempt to introduce the life and everyday habits of these beautiful creatures. Walking, dance, trust, smells, tastes, sounds – imagination meets reality in this 1,5 hours-long experience. We hope that by taking part, humans can get closer and get to know better the magical world of bees.

The entry is free but registration is required. This performance will be in Hungarian only.

Register now

Meeting point: Városmajori Szabadtéri Színpad – at the entrance

13:40 CEST

Intro, welcoming of the local participants

Venue: Trafó House of Contemporary Arts (and online)

15:45 CEST

Collective participation in IETM's online programme:

What matters now? Plenary discussion
The theme of the Multi-location Plenary Meeting will allow us to speak out on what truly matters in the different context in which we now evolve. A series of short addresses from speakers with versatile backgrounds will trigger live and online, local and international discussions.

Venue: Trafó House of Contemporary Arts (and online)

17:45 CEST

Exploring Degrowth, participatory discussion with Vincent Liegey
The idea of de-growth has emerged over the last 15 years dealing with the question whether infinite growth in a finite world is desirable or even possible. It tries to understand the convergence of today’s crises, argues that energetic, environmental, political and existential, economic and social crises are interconnected. It aims at exploring alternative and coherent solutions on different levels.

In the workshop led by Vincent Liegey, a Budapest-based French researcher we first learn about the basic idea of degrowth, then think together about its implications and opportunities in our arts world.

Speaker: Vincent Liegey, researcher, Hungary

Venue: Trafó House of Contemporary Arts (and online)

Friday, 2 October

11:00 CEST

Collective participation in IETM's online programme:

IETM Pitchorama
This brand new session will showcase a series of 6 projects pitched by IETM members in 5-minute videos before leaving room for questions and feedback from participants.

Venue: Trafó House of Contemporary Arts (and online)

13:00 CEST

Round table discussion: Sustainable touring
When planning a tour, will financial sustainability always win over environmental considerations? Or can we work on making these 2 aspects meet, or at least getting closer to each other? These questions are becoming even more burning with the exacerbation of the climate crisis and the Covid-19 situation. Bringing (a part of) our work as artists, curators, producers, even theatre technicians to the digital sphere often seems to promise an ultimate solution – what pros and contras can be mentioned for the digitalisation of artistic creation and dissemination?

Virág Csiszár, Sziget Festival, Hungary
Edina Vadovics & Kristóf Vadovics, Greendependent, Hungary
Csilla Nagy, independent choreographer, dancer, Hungary

Moderator: György Ujvári-Pintér, Hodworks, Hungary

Concept / Host: Placcc Festival, Hodworks, Hungary

Venue: Trafó House of Contemporary Arts (and online)

15:00 CEST

Collective participation in IETM's online programme: 

IETM info cell
An hour of valuable information on IETM: overview of the current and upcoming activities and projects, update on the recent and forthcoming policy and advocacy work, and introduction to the different working groups of IETM.

Venue: Trafó House of Contemporary Arts (and online)

17:00 CEST

Roundtable discussion: Environmental organisations and artists
We aim at stepping out from our performing art frame and tackle the question: how to establish (mutually beneficiary strategic) partnership between artists, producers and environmental organisations, to explore our relationship with landscapes, the science and the heritage, through the medium of art while taking account of major environmental issues?

What can be the benefits of such cross-sectorial collaborations for the environmental organisations and for us (artists and producers)?

Thomas Lamers, Collectief Walden, the Netherlands
Diána Berecz, PAD #szabadonbalaton, Hungary
Gergő Halmos, director of Hungarian Ornithological and Nature Conservation Society, Hungary

Moderator: Zsófia Huszár, Pro Progressione, Hungary

Concept / Host: Placcc Festival, Pro Progressione, Hungary

Venue: Trafó House of Contemporary Arts (and online)

For any question regarding the programme of the local meeting in Budapest, please get in touch directly with Luca Kövécs at [email protected].


Covid-19 regulations

Before booking your travel, please check the travel regulations of your destination. Please make sure you also check here the list of countries whose citizens can get into Hungary without restrictions. Please also make sure to check the regulations of the country where you are based, which might still limit the destinations to which you can travel.

Please be aware that local Covid-19 regulations may affect your journey as well as the local meeting itself until the very last minute. For the latest information please feel free to check the official governmental information here.



Trafó Kortárs Művészetek Háza — Trafó House of Contemporary Arts

Liliom u. 41
1094 Budapest
in Trafó Club

More information about the accessibility of this venue will be uploaded soon.



In the city

Budapest is increasingly becoming more wheelchair friendly as more and more cafés, restaurants, hotels and public buildings have adapted their infrastructure. Although distances can be considerable when getting around the city, it is possible to move around with autonomy. 

Read more about wheelchair accessibility of Budapest here.

At the meeting

It is our aim to make IETM meetings as accessible as possible. However, it may not be possible to offer services at every location and, therefore, we recommend that you check the accessibility conditions of the location of your interest.

In order to meet the needs as much as possible, we collect your access requirements when you create your account and register for the meeting. Regarding speech-to-text captioning, we can only guarantee captions for the main IETM online programme.

If you have any questions regarding the overall accessibility of the local meeting in Budapest, you are welcome to write to our Production Officer at [email protected].



By plane

There are many direct connections between Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport (BUD) and the city centre. You may choose to take the Minibud shuttle from the airport or buses 200E and 100E.

You will find more information on airport transfers here.

The bus line 200E is equipped with a low-floor for wheelchair users.

By bus

Népliget coach terminal
Budapest Üllői út 131 1091

Budapest has train connections from  Belgrade, Bratislava, Munich, Prague, Split, Vienna, Zagreb. You may also choose to travel by coach as there are many direct connections to neighbouring Hungary’s countries.

By train

Budapest-Keleti Main international railway station
Budapest, Kerepesi út 2-4, 1087

Public transport

There are various options when it comes to wheelchair accessible transportation in Budapest. The metro, tram and most bus lines are wheelchair adapted. Find out more about the wheelchair accessibility of public transport here.

The use of facemasks is mandatory when taking public transport.



Most hotels in Budapest have reopened so you should be able to book your stay via the usual booking platforms. New hygiene measures have been adopted.


Eating out                 

Most restaurants have reopened since 29 May. The use of facemasks is mandatory in most public establishments and clients need to respect a 1.5 metre safety distance when possible.



For any question regarding the local meeting in Budapest, please get in touch directly with Luca Kövécs at [email protected].

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