[caption id="attachment_12198" align="alignleft" width="300" caption=""Man ex Machina," by Hungarian artist Venelin Shurelov. Courtesy Open Theatre Baltimore."]

Arts Organizations Host Discussion on Politics and Theater in Hungary

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, a new organization offering free performances of contemporary theater and dance, holds its first public event this month: a discussion about "the political dismantling" of Hungarian theater. Led by Andrea Tompa, president of the Hungarian Theatre Critics' Association, the discussion will explore the artistic silence brought on by Hungary's move toward nationalism and the ways in which freedom of speech and Hungarian theater are being threatened by this shift. Joining forces to put on the event are Baltimore Open Theatre,


, and the

. This event is free to the public and you can get your tickets online. But if you can't make it, catch the discussion later, via webcast by the

. The discussion will be held on March 9 at 7 p.m. at Center Stage, 700 N. Calvert St. For more information and for free tickets visit the

and for more background on the situation in Hungary check out the blog