'International Roma Heroes Theatre Festival' In Budapest, 14 – 15 September

  • 27 Aug 2019 10:28 AM
'International Roma Heroes Theatre Festival' In Budapest, 14 – 15 September
Independent Theater Hungary organizes the third Roma Heroes International Theatre Festival this year, between 24th August and 15th September, presenting Roma companies and their plays from several European countries.

In the past two years (2017 and 2018) monodramas and storytelling performances were invited to Hungary. The festival keeps growing and in 2019, the audience can get to know Roma chamber theatre plays.

The goal is to show the diversity of Roma theatre, also presenting different genres and topics. The artists tell stories from Germany, the Czech Republic, Romania and Hungary about the past and present of Gypsy communities, showing their everyday challenges related to education, health care, migration, integration and assimilation.

"So far, the plays presented the viewpoint of one hero, but this year, different points of views and the diverse relations of Roma and non-Roma communities will be in the spotlight", said Rodrigó Balogh, artistic director of the theatre and the festival.

The plays are performed with English subtitles and Hungarian interpreting, so they are accessible for Hungarian and foreign audience as well.

In September 2019, two plays discuss the deadly challenges of the community

While one play evokes history, the other explores the circumstances of a young girl's death.


Czech ARA Art company will be evoking Roma history in a new form, building on the elements of circus arts.

The storytelling of the old Roma women guides us through the fate and past of the community, starting with the origin legend of Gypsy people, through modern history and Holocaust till the assimilation efforts of the socialist regime. Even though the story presents a Czech perspective, it raises topics and issues that are important for Roma communities in Hungary as well.

Hungarian premiere: 14 September 2019, 6 p.m., Eötvös10 Közösségi és Kulturális Színtér
Audience discussion with the artists after the show.

Who killed Szomna Grancsa?

Giuvlipen company from Bucharest tells the story of a young Roma girl who would like to keep studying but neither her family nor her school supports her.

The play is based on a real story and presents the struggle of the girl from various perspectives, raising the validity of different approaches and at the same time pointing out collective responsibility that no one can escape.

Hungarian premiere: 15 September 2019, 6 p.m., RS9 Theatre, Vallai kert
Audience discussion with the artists after the show.

If you would like to book your ticket, contact at szinhaz@fuggetlenszinhaz.hu.


Eötvös 10 Theatre
1067 Budapest, Eötvös u. 10.

Vallai kert, RS9 Theatre
1075 Budapest, Rumbach Sebestyén u. 9.


Photo courtesy of the organisers

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