Oracle annual seminar in Budapest 2019

Oracle 2019 meeting in Budapest (Hungary)


World of values or Calamity Fair?

“Art above divisions”

We are close to the end of the 2nd decade of the 21st century. On the whole, we believe we have grown as humans. Many of us have learned to coexist in multicultural contexts and societies, we work together, we travel, learn languages, study other cultures – with their customs, religions, history, we have easy access to knowledge, culture, modern media. We have tools and a willingness to talk, help, create projects, activities to raise awareness of our responsibilities, respect for human rights and the knowledge to help our society grow (socially and economically). And now, when it would seem to be the perfect time for us, we feel powerless.

All over Europe we are suffocating in nationalism, in the rise of populism and right wing politics, in the rehabilitation of fascism, in the disaster of liberal capitalism that is ruining the very pillars of humanism, humanistic education and our culture of democracy, solidarity and citizenship. And all of it espoused in the name of core values shared by large groups of people – who treat the liberal, democratic narrative as a threat to their own identity.

To fight our disillusion, we have to unite and ask ourselves: How do/can we transform our frustrations into a creative energy which has power to mobilize citizens and can lead to a necessary change? What are the creative solutions, we can share if we are suppressed or ignored?


#culture #democracy #solutions #failures #cultural policy #independence

#resistance #censorship #cooperation #partnership #softpower #particpation

#activism #engagement #change #hatefree #citizenship #europeanvalues

#solidarity #againstfragmentation #meeting #alternative #capacity building #independence


4th April (Thursday)

13:00-14:30 Registration Jurányi Ház & welcome buffet lunch at Jurányi Kavézó és Galéria (for members only)

14:30-16:00 Jurányi Ház – presentation and guided tour by Bakk Ágnes

17:00 – 18:30 Round table at Trafó House of Contemporary Arts


How do/can we transform our frustration into a creative energy which has the power to mobilize citizens and can lead to a necessary change?

  • Štěpán Kubišta, director of Jatka 78, leader of the Association of Independent Theaters in Prague, Czech Republic
  • Dounia Benslimane, founder of cultural organization Association Racine,  Morocco 
  • Büki Dóra, Proton Theatre managing director, Hungary
  • Sade Kahra, artist, executive director of Photographic Centre Peri in Turku, Finland  

Moderator: Gáspár Máté, Board Chair, Krétakör Foundation and teacher at the University of Theatre and Film Arts

18:30 – 19:45 dinner at Élesztő (for members only)

20:00 – Theater performance at Trafó House of Contemporary Arts

PROTON THEATER: Imitation of Life, director: Kornél Mundruczó (provided with English subtitles)

21:30 welcome party at Élesztő


5th April (Friday)

10:00 – 10:30 welcome coffee at Műcsarnok (for members only)

10:30 – 12:00 David Lynch: Small Stories – guided tour and debate with Budapest Photo Festival founder and curator Mucsy Szilvia

12:30 – 14:00 lunch at Most Bisztró (for members only)

14:30 – 15:30 study visit Central European University, guided by Péter Inkei

16:00 – 18:00  Public debate at CEU


How can we create effective cultural policy which goes beyond governmental programs and national interests and which fosters cultural development and diversity?

  • Robert Alagjozovski, National Coordinator for development of culture and interministerial coooperation, The Republic of North Macedonia
  • Petrányi Barna, Pro Progressione, independent hub of art projects, Hungary
  • Marta Nowicka, Oracle Cultural Network President, the Gdańsk Shakespeare Theatre and University of Gdańsk , Poland  
  • Péter Inkei, Director of the Budapest Cultural Observatory, CEU Press Chief editor, Hungary

Márton Méhes, cultural manager & expert with focus on cultural diplomacy, EU Danube Strategy and European Capitals of Culture; ex EUNIC Global Strategy Group member, Vienna, Austria

Moderator: Nick Thorpe, BBC correspondent for Central Europe

18:0021:00 Multicultural dinner at Czech Centre (for members only)

22:00 – Visiting Rudas Bath (optional) or Ruin Pub Tour (optional)


6thApril (Saturday)

09:30 – 10:00 welcome coffee at Czech Centre

10:00 – 13:30 Open Seminar and Platform for Ideas Exchange “Art above divisions”

10:00 – 10:30

Welcome speech by Lucie Orbók, Czech Centre director and EUNIC Hungary president

Wake up call by Jean-Pierre Deru, Association Marcel Hicter

10:30 –11:30

Come and present your project at the market. Find new partners, inspire us, share with us your creative solutions to avoid a Calamity Fair.

Project presentations by both ORACLE MEMBERS and local cultural operators

Local cultural operators (10 persons):

Coffee break

11:45 – 13:15

Follow up with project market

Peer2Peer /speed date with local operators

13:15 – 13:45

Sum up

13:30 – 14:30 lunch

14:30 – 16:30

OCN General Assembly 

  • annual report 2018
  • strategy
  • activities & training sessions
  • visibility and communication

20:00 Dinner and farewell party

7thApril (Sunday)

Departures and/or:

  • Termal Bath Visit
  • Budapest Bicykle Tour