2nd Progress International Amateur Theatre Festival Sopron

Federation of Hungarian Amateur Theatres and Players    

The Hungarian Federation of Amateur Thetres and Players (FHATP) gladly announces

that 20-24th September in cooperation with Pro Cultura Sopron and Petőfi Theatre organizes the 2nd PROGRESS International Amateur Theatre Festival where 5 Hungarian and 4 international groups will present their performances in Sopron (West of Hungary). The festival is a competitive one with Jury Board and presents additional “off” programs as well. The organizers welcome observers from aita/iata and CEC! If anyone of you would like to come please contact TIBOR VÁRSZEGI (head of local organizing committee) tel: +3630 9081656   e mail: varszegitibor@malomszinhaz.hu or me (jjregos@gmail.com)

Few words about us: The legal predecessor of Magyar Szín-Játékos Szövetség (Hungarian Federation of Amateur Theatres and Players – FHATP) has been founded in 1995. The main endeavour of the present Federation is backing and supporting the Hungarian speaking non-professional theatre groups, their members, co-associations, their filial organizations with residence out- or within the borders of Hungary. Our members are of drama-, poetry reading-, dance- and puppetry groups, including of student- and children’s, seniors’, urban and village theatres. The HFATP gives important service for them both on an administrative and international level. The Federation organizes two annual national festivals and co-partner in the PROGRESS SOPRON 2017 festival.

Way to the PROGRESS SOPRON 2017 Festival: The predecessor of our international festival was “Kazinbarcika Festivals” a competitive meeting of youth and adult amateur theatre 1971-2014. In this industrial town North-East of Hungary the best amateur and independent groups came together to meet and exchange ideas, inspirations by their shows.  The festival has grown out to be the most important meeting of Hungarian “top” groups. From all over the country (and later from abroad) people came like in a pilgrimage to share the experiences. Outstanding Hungarian professionals undertook to be in the jury and by the in the morning time colloquies sharp and profound professional debates took place in the conference hall. Two years ago Pápa hosted the new edition of the festival and Tibor Solténszky, who left us forever in the last year, gave the name PROGRESS to the new born festival. The name PROGRESS expresses well the mission of the festival that is to open up the space for new and progressive initiations and real dialogues. After Pápa the artistic and managing director of Pro Kultúra Sopron and the Sopron Petőfi TheatreMr. András Pataki invited the PROGRESS 2017 where five Hungarians and three international groups will present their shows. Besides the performing groups the festival welcomes the representatives of aita/iata asb**l. The competitive and off programs have been set together by the artistic director of PROGRESS SOPRON 2017 Sándor Komáromi nominated by the board of FHATP* and András Pataki. The international groups hold the recommendation of their national aita/iata** centers.

The program:

20. Wednesday:
15.30 Opening
16.00 Apple grenade – opendoors show of Soltis Theatre
19.00 Italian Movie Factory – Avanzi di scena
21.00 RÉV Színház – IRINA  

21. Thursday:
11.00 Colloquia
15.00 Gogol: The Diary of an Insane
18.00 VMG Student Theatre – Truncated
20.00 Soltis Theatre – M. McDonagh: The Lonesome West

22. Friday
10.30 Polish Youth Puppet and AnimationTheatre from Bielsko Biala: Hello Mr. Andersen
15.00 Red Apple Theatre Gathering (Colombo) Puberty
16.00 Colloquia
20.00 Compania Sincara (Leipzig) : Don Q

23. Saturday:
15.00  Deszka Theatre (Deszk) Still/Life
17.00 KB 35 Company (Inárcs): Disobedients
20.00 Sopron Petőfi Theatre (off program) I’have KilledMy Mother  

24. Sunday
10.00 Colloquia
12.00 Players called Sturcz József (Kupuszina, SRB – off program) Trezka
14.00 Closing and prize giving ceremony


Warm Greetings from
János Regős of Hungarian National Center
chair of Hungarian Federation of Amateur Theatres

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