Greek Inclusion - Migration Stories Yesterday and Today
In the 21st century, from a migration aspect, Hungary is a transit country. Most refugees tend to head for more welcoming countries and better economies. And those who stay have few opportunities for integration. There was also a wave of migration under the Hungarian dictatorship in the late 1940s: during and after the Greek civil war, 65,000 people had to flee, of whom 7,500 were taken in by the Hungarian People's Republic – on a rule of principle and ideology.
The reception of that group of Greeks is an exciting counterpoint to the post-2015 anti-refugee sentiment. The tension between the parallel of the two events was the starting point for the works that the week-long Liberty festival Greek Inclusion - Migration Stories Yesterday and Today will present at Trafó and other participating venues.
We have to go! For example, for a walk in the former Kőbánya Tobacco Factory with the STEREO AKT docu-theatre. Or unveil a mural made on the wall of a building reminiscent of the past. Or walk into the sea in the Great Hall of Trafó. Or take a trip with Kristóf Kelemen's telephone in Pécs and the Mecsek Hills. Or just stop for a while and listen to Bence Pálinkás and Makris Agamemnon's chorus about past and present.
By taking a new perspective, perhaps we can break free from the narrow space of overly politicised words, get off the ant-trail of every-day thinking, and look at the general issues of migration from a fresh point of view.
23. 7 p.m. Kristóf Kelemen: NIKE, the Statue of Our Liberty - live stream
23. 8.30 p.m. Böröcz/Pálinkás/Szigeti: Singing Youth – choir theater
24. 8 p.m. Where I Come From – organised by Trafo’s drama education group, Thought Generator – community theater
The festival and all our performances are created in the framework of the Liberty international partnership with the support of the Creative Europe Program of the European Union.