Name/Title of Project

reSTART Theater Festival – Revival

Objective of Program to be Supported:

We hope that in the summer of 2021 the world and its people will finally experience some calm. And we, 4 theater companies already operating in Ráday Street and the 2 new ones that moved here during the pandemic, can stir up the mood again, in the most positive sense, with the reSTART Festival. We are planning to organize theatre performances, workshops and other performative activities free of charge or at a low price. All this will be launched with a street party, involving the restaurants and galleries of Ráday Street. So that we have something to relive.

The need and the problem we offer a solution to in the project:

Our partner, the Here and Now Community Space (Itt és Most Közösségi Tér), organised the START Festival in the years 2019 and 2020. Since then, the Here and Now and other independent theatres and cultural spaces came to a major halt due to the pandemic and lockdown measures. Our activities moved online and we tried to survive so that we can eventually have a reSTART festiva. We know it won’t be easy for anyone, as we are now used to social distancing and being in the safety of our homes. But we have to start again somehow. Let’s do it together!

Activities planned in the project with expected schedule:

MáSzínház recently moved to District 9 and in February 2021, we started to discuss cooperation with the theatres of Ráday Street; the Here and Now Community Space (Itt és Most Közösségi Tér), Studio K and the Kettőspont Theatres, offering the possibility to join in for the Caravan Theatre Company and Pince Theatre as well.
We are working on developing a common image and a landing webpage for the collaborators, which will also be the festival’s website.
The programme for the September reSTART Festival will be finalised in June and July. The three-day event will focus on the dual themes of independence and interconnectedness. The opening event, a street party, will build on these themes, with a colourful fiesta, with stalls from local hosts and NGOs on both sides of the street. There will also be a small open-air stage on Bakáts square. In the participating theatres there will be programmes for families and ones focusing on environmental protection, workshops during the day and performances in the evening. The open-air programmes will be free of charge, and the theatres’ events can be visited with a day or festival wristband, at a 50% discount for residents of the 9th district.

Planned total project budget, briefly (cost types and amounts):

Support for the operation of the cooperating independent theatres in the summer: 4×300.000 HUF, 1.200.000 HUF in total
Graphic design, website development, PR and marketing: 800.000 HUF
Honoraria for programme organisers’, per venue: 5×150.000 HUF, total 750.000 HUF
Performers’ honoraria, programme implementation; daily budget, per venue: 3×4×250.000 HUF, 3.000.000 HUF in total

Planned use of the donations raised at Swimathon:

Half of the money raised will be used to support the operation of the participating independent theatres, hopefully 300.000 HUF per theatre. That’s a total of 1.200.000 Ft for the four theatres.
We would like to use a further 2.000.000 Ft during the preparation phase, to cover the costs of the graphic design, website, PR marketing and to earmark some funds to finance the festival programmes, which can be supplemented by ticket sales.

What impact we hope from the implementation of the project and how we wish to measure it?

Our aim is what’s indicated in the title of the project: we want to bring back positive, community experiences for the people of Ferencváros and Budapest. We hope to attract 4,500 spectators and participants per day to the three-day events, which will take place outdoors and also six indoor spaces. The atmosphere and community life that develops during the festival will also be promoted online through sharing and online events.
We would like to negotiate a discount for visitors wearing a wristband at restaurants in the street.

Name and organisation of the civil organisation implementing the project:

MáSzínház, which will carry out the coordination of activities, is an open performing arts community. We work to develop the social and creative skills of people with intellectual disabilities through partnership-based arts activities. We make these skills visible by presenting inclusive theatre performances in public. Using our theatre education methodology, we sensitise and invite our participants, both children and adults, to think together, giving a different role to both performer and spectator.

Organisational data

Name: MáSzínház // AppArt Egyesület
Registered seat: 2083 Solymár, Móricz Zsigmond utca 5.
Date and number of court registration:
Tax number: 18659685-1-13
Name of contact person: Márton Gábor Csaba
Contact:, +3620-299-7366