Letter to my 14 years old self

If you had the opportunity to talk to your 15-year-old self, what would you say? What would you say thank you for? What would you warn her about? What qualities would you be proud of? What advice would you give to your younger self?Dear Kinga!I’m writing you this letter because today afternoon we have talked about heroes. I was asked who I consider to be a hero in my life and why. Immediately I wondered if I can be my own hero – why not? This letter is to my 15-year-old self, with lots of love. There are a few things that you don’t know yet (you are good at writing poetry, rollerblading is not for you, it was a great decision to dye your hair) but I do already. And to this very day there are a few things that I learn from you.I know that you like to be comfortable, too, there is something very warm and reassuring in being safe. But this is not enough for you, you leave your comfort zone again and again. You stand up for yourself, for other people, for your principles and truth, for ev…

Children Perform Better When We Leave Them Alone

Do we really believe in young people? Do we give them enough space to reach their full potential? What are a disadvantaged youngster’s chances in life? Get to know the story of the students who were left alone because of the virus! How successfully did they study at home?
I have been teaching in Füzes Utcai Primary School in Tatabánya for almost a year. I have always considered teaching an exciting challenge, that is why I accepted this task of great responsibility. We had to switch to online education, that is digital courses, during the pandemic. It was a huge burden for the teachers and parents but especially for the children. Lots of students did not give any "sign of life" at the online platforms. We thought that we lost them and they will not return even when classroom-based education starts again.
However, in many cases the students’ results have improved – I am not talking about the average of their marks but the actual knowledge that they acquired on their own, withou…

Heroes are born when...

Heroes are born when you make a step even though your legs can hardly move. Heroes are born when you stand up and speak out. When you conquer your fears, when you pass the test, when you fight Goliath. When you let something go. Heroes are born when you tell someone: "I'm here for you". When you ask for help, when you bare your soul, when you make a new friend. Heroes are born every day. You may be the next one!

The blog entry was written by Kató Klára Fazekas at Independent Theatre Hungary's Roma Heroes workshop.

Make it happen!

What are the values that we learned at home? Why is it important in our adult life? How was Independent Theater Hungary founded? What were the initial goals?
Rodrigó Balogh, artistic director of Independent Theater Hungary tells about his career as an actor and director as well as about founding his own theatre.

If you want to achieve your goal, you have to see things through!

What is the first step in accepting ourselves? What challenges does a Roma actor have to face in theatre? Why is it important to be present in society?
Among other things, Joschla Weiss actress shares her ideas on these questions. She speaks with heartfelt honesty about what the biggest challenges were in her life, how she managed to embrace her true self and how she became an actress. "I feel I have to go my way."

First we dreamt about it, then we made the dream come true!

About Roma, without Roma? Why is Roma theatre important? What are the qualities and virtues of Roma actors and creators? Why is it important that Roma people also share their stories?
A conversation with Simonida Selimovič, a member of Romano Svato company on the biggest challenge she ever had to face, her career, her goals and the importance of Roma theatre. "I felt that I have a mission, I want to be an actress and I want to make my own theatre.” 

Related video: Simonida Selimovič' message on World Theatre Day, 2020, presented by Emília Lovas

I live my life openly

How are theatre and art activism connected? Why is it important that the Roma and the non-Roma create art together? What is the work together like and why is it special?
David Tišer, the director of the Czech ARA ART Company talks about the establishment of the company, the cooperation between the Roma and the non-Roma, its potentials and how he accepted his own identity.