This year at Bánkitó, we’re upping our hungarovitamin dosage and diving into the long-neglected, mysterious world of our national identity politics. We’re calling it Hungarotherapy.
Our aim is to get together as a community, listen to sweet tunes, watch inspiring theatre, see exciting movies and alongside all of that, really knuckle down on what it means to be part of our nation – or of any nation, community or group of people, where you alone are not entirely in control of the narrative being told about the collective you’re grouped with. The collective that, perhaps, if it were more on your terms – you’d be happy to identify with!
We want to examine how we can sort through and reclaim the history, the stereotypes, and the symbols that have often been used as political tools for aims we might not be as close to. Which isn’t as simple as examining our old red-white and greens. We want to bring back the stories that shaped us, and we want to be able to share them as our own.
Progressive, contemporary, constantly renewing. These are the words we could use to describe the philosophy behind Bánkitó’s yearly music lineup. The formula remains unchanged but with the addition of international bands, the festival’s programme is better than ever. Our goal is to bring together neighbouring artists and showcase the freshest and most exciting bands of the European music scene. At Bánkitó this year, you can listen to others’ next year favourites.
The civil/cultural programmes at Bánkitó always poke at an important, actual and sometimes risky topic. Like in the past years, we will work towards understanding issues of world and society together with activists from NGOs, musicians, actors and artists.
As an independent theatre showcase festival, Bánkitó wants to present those contemporary Hungarian theatre pieces that tell us something about ourselves, the people around us and our society as a whole. Those pieces that everyone has to see, whose effects will linger on with the audience long after their end. Last year, the theatre tent had great success running full house throughout the festival. Hopefully, this year will be no different.
A contemporary art exhibition on 80,000 square meters of land. It’s hard to create a space where artists, their art, the message and the audience exist together at the same place, at the same time, with thousands of people. Bánkitó is such a space. Hungary’s most exciting contemporary artists will transform the shores of Lake Bánk into an art exhibition once again.
Bánkitó is not just entertainment. We look at our festival as a social enterprise that is capable of bringing attention to unduly neglected topics and raising awareness in the public’s consciousness. We provide appearance to a number of NGOs so that thousands of people can get to know causes to stand behind as conscious citizens.
As a nonprofit festival, you don’t have to worry about a flickering neonforest of brand logos at Bánkitó this year either. We choose our sponsors based on common goals and values, in a way that they actively contribute to the festival’s programmes, be it with their own ideas or by helping others realize theirs. The goal is to find supporters for our common goal so that the cost of the festival is not financed only through ticket prices.