Dancing on the Square
Project ID: HU07-0205-B2-2016
|Projektgazda/Projekt Promoter||Budapesti Fesztiválzenekar
Budapest Festival Orchestra
|Program Operátor/Programme Operator||Miniszterelnökség - Társadalmi és Örökségvédelmi Ügyekért, valamint Kiemelt Kulturális Beruházásokért Felelős Helyettes Államtitkárság / Prime Minister’s Office, Deputy State Secretariat Responsible for Cultural Heritage, Social Affairs and Major Cultural Investments|
|Megvalósítási időszak/Implementation period||2016. május 1.-2017. április 30.|
|Hazai Projekt Partnerek/National Project Partner||Demokratikus Ifjúságért Alapítvány
Foundation for Democratic Youth
|Donor Projekt Partner/Donor Project Partner||-|
|Összköltség / Total budget (EUR)||57 233 529 HUF/ 188 454,16 EUR|
|EGT/Norvég támogatás összege / EEA/Norwegian Grant (EUR)||42 693 021 HUF/ 140 576,3 EUR|
The aim of the Dancing on the Square project was to diminish the strong tension between social groups of Roma and non-Roma origins in Hungarian society, with a special attention to school children, their parents and their teachers. The project aimed at promoting understanding, dialogue and cooperation primarily through a joint cultural project, the Dancing on the Square, initiated by one of the world’s best orchestras, the Budapest Festival Orchestra (BFO), and through a process of self-organizing and self-expression in 5 regions in cooperation with the Foundation for Democratic Youth. The primary target groups of the project were 500 school aged children from 23 schools from 18 local communities, and youths and adults from 5 regions who were willing to participate in the development process through various tools, as well as citizens of Hungarian society.
The most important results of the project: a high quality artistic event was produced by BFO and 500 children on Heroes’ Square in Budapest performed to an audience of several thousands. The Dancing on the Square concert was a very special cultural event whereby the participating children became co-creators of the concert of a world famous orchestra and experienced what cooperation really means. Based on this exceptional experience, a summer camp was organized for the children and their teachers and at 5 locations (Apátfalva, Berettyóújfalu, Budapest, Ózd, Salgótarján) training and mentoring was secured for local champions ready to be part of the development process.
In the 2nd phase of the project a new rehearsal cycle started in order to prepare for the next performance on Heroes’ square and 5 regional meetings were organized where the children met, got to know each other and performed the dance to peers, and local adults.
In addition to that, BFO’s musicians offerred interactive musical programmes for the participating children in Budapest and at the regional meeting site as well.