A tale about "bled" theaters
Theaters across the country are being renewed one after another
Since 2010, almost HUF 15 billion more money has been allocated to support theaters, and with the support of the government, theaters are being renewed in the countryside and in the capital. Many theaters are still under construction, and plans are underway to renovate another theater building.
Compared to 2010, the government spends two and a half times more on culture, this year the amount will reach HUF 584 billion. This year, more support was given to theaters in Budapest than before. Theaters in the capital can manage HUF 500 million more in 2020, and the government has provided 30 percent more funding to rural theaters and 20 percent more to independent alternative theaters than in the previous year.
Not only is there more money to run theaters, but theater improvements are also underway. Theaters are also being renewed in Budapest. The government will spend HUF 2 billion on the modernization of the National Theater, from which the stage technology will be renovated. Renovation works are also underway in the Andrássy út building of the Hungarian State Opera House. With the support of the government, the Erkel Theater (HUF 1.8 billion) and the Thália Theater (HUF 1 billion) were renewed. The National Dance Theater (HUF 4.6 billion) received a new building in Millenáris Park equipped with the most modern theater technology. The largest institution in the Hungarian cultural area is also enriched with the Eiffel Workshop, which is about to be handed over, and a warehouse center, where there are opportunities for both rehearsals and performances. This investment will amount to HUF 27.6 billion. There is already a government decision to support the Modern Opera investment and to provide the National Dance Ensemble with a permanent playground, for which we will provide nearly 700 million forints. Among the tasks of the years ahead is the renovation of the József Attila Theater. Within the framework of the Liget Budapest Project, the construction of the Városliget Theater is also planned. But the fate of the theater became questionable after the new Budapest city council elected in October said it would not ask for cultural investments in the Liget building.
Rural theaters are also being renewed in turn under the Modern Cities Program. The Gergely Csiky Theater in Kaposvár was renovated inside and out with an expenditure of HUF 9.5 billion. In Nyíregyháza, the Rózsakert Outdoor Stage was renovated for 1.2 billion forints. At the Csokonai Theater in Debrecen, HUF 6.35 billion, at the Győr National Theater, and at the II. Renovation works are being carried out in János Pál Square for HUF 22 billion and in the Petőfi Theater in Veszprém for HUF 9.28 billion. The Hevesi Sándor Theater in Zalaegerszeg will also be renewed. With the support of HUF 4 billion, the renovation of the Szigliget Theater in Szolnok and the preparations for the renovation of the Katona József Theater in Kecskemét began.
The financial financing of theaters will also be more transparent. The Cultural Act passed last year creates a transparent operating model, a crystal-clear, predictable situation and responsibilities in the maintenance of theaters. Municipalities are still free to decide whether or not to maintain their own theater as a voluntary task and, if so, to operate it only under municipal or mixed (state and municipal) reservations. This creates a completely clean situation: the maintainer is responsible for the operation of the theater. Municipal theater will operate from municipal funds, state theater from state funds, mixed-theater theaters will operate from state and municipal funds.