Two Days at the Producers Forum in Szeged

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The second Producers Forum, a part of the K3CI project, was held on October 4 and 5 2019 in Szeged.

The event gathered numerous cultural producers from the fields of festival organization, as well as cultural management, theater producers, and many more.

The first topic of the Producers Forum was the ecological and economical sustainability of music festivals. Sziget Festival’s Akos Dominus presented the top activities of one of the biggest and most important European festivals, with the goal of pointing out the ecological sustainability, a key trend in the festival world. Tremendous amounts of waste left after the festivals have ended, as well as a huge consumption of energy-generating products necessary for powering up festival stages, are a huge challenge for festival organizers.

The second panel had a very interesting topic; advantages and disadvantages of the promotion of alternative music in clubs. Tamas Horvath, Peter Zoltan Toth, Zoltan Lengyel, and Atila Sirbik discussed their experiences in managing alternative clubs in Szeged, Subotica, and many other bigger towns in the region, putting in perspective the similarity of the problems in each of the aforementioned. Limited budget, low media coverage, language barrier between the organizers and foreign performers; all of these are backgrounded by enormous enthusiasm and the club owners’ love for the alternative culture.

Atila Sirbik from the Simposion magazine, together with Roland Sibrik and Marko Čudić, spoke at the third panel about the import and export of literary works, mainly including the problems of translation and promotion of such when it comes to the “smaller nations and languages”, or the situations concerning a narrower cultural area.

The fourth session concerned advantages, disadvantages, and difficulties with organizing guest performances, namely in the field of theater. Laslo Barnak from the National Theater of Szeged, together with Jozsef Balog and Gyorgy Bodon from MASZK, the association for the Hungarian Alternative Theater, shared their experiences with heading a big theater house such as the National Theater of Szeged; Alterra, the center for alternative theater, as well as the international theater festival Thealter held in Szeged.

Moreover, the participants of the Forum had the opportunity to attend theater performances at the opening of the Szeged Synagogue’s fall season on October 4, now organized for 30 years by MASZK.

On the same day, in Grand Café’s concert hall the Producers Forum also organized the performance by one of Hungary’s leading world music names, Meszecsinka, who delighted the attendees throughout the entire show.

The Producers Forum is a part of Interreg-IPA Cross-border Cooperation Programme Hungary-Serbia, and K3CI – Kaleidoscope of Contemporary Culture and Creative Industries, designed for managers in culture and producers from Serbia and Hungary. The main goal of the project is the to strengthen the cooperation between contemporary cultural and creative scenes in Huungary and Serbia through strengthening professional competencies, artistic production and transfer of knowledge. The partners of the project are the Cinema City Association, Kulturanova association from Novi Sad, and MASZK and KEP-SZIN-HAZ from Szeged.