Photo credit: Walter G. Breuer
Hamm | Budapest
europefiction-group from Helios Theater, Hamm
Why are you taking part in europefiction?
europefiction is a beautiful way to get in touch with young people from your own town and from other countries.
Once a week we meet in our group. europefiction means being here, feeling like myself in the theatre family, having fun and forgetting about everyday life – while learning and talking about the world, society and how we can shape it.
It is a great mixture of art and political work. (“Somehow, I didn’t expect political topics to be so interesting.”) All the different views on politics and in different political systems are reframing our artistic approaches and statements…!
 What kind of Europe would you like to live in?
We want to live in a free and peaceful Europe with open borders and open minds for minorities and people with different beliefs. A Europe that finds a common direction for big and difficult problems. …and a Europe that has weaker right wing political parties.
Which topic are you working on? Why is this an important concern to Europe?
Our topic is ‘Solidarity’. In a way, it is the essence of the European Union. Many different countries coming together to gain and give each other strength and to have each other’s back. Solidarity should be important not only towards the member states of the European Union and the EU citizens, but also to people who move here from other countries, especially if they seek refuge.
HELIOS Theater Hamm is an independent theatre with a children's theatre house in Hamm, where the ensemble creates performances and presents its repertoire. Directed by Barbara Kölling, it works on topics, dramatizes narrations and explores materials. The theatre pedagogues of HELIOS Theater develop theatre performances with three children's and youth ensembles.
europefiction-group from Kolibri Theatre, Budapest

Why are you taking part in europefiction?

The project is a fantastic opportunity for us. Getting to know the theater culture of other countries is always an exciting adventure: we were born in different places, we are talking in a different language, we are applying different methods; and yet, the theater is our common language to share our thoughts and feelings.

What kind of Europe would you like to live in?

We want to live in Europe, where we can open our mind to the different cultures and the joy of it determines every encounter. It would be a rational world, yet, full of dreams.

Which topic are you working on? Why is this an important concern to Europe?

Our theme is solidarity. We are going through hard times, in terms of politics, migration, poverty, etc., and in times like this, solidarity is of particular significance.  Yet, it is important to us that solidarity shouldn't be just an obscure but high-sounding word; it should be the experience of everyday life on the level of the individual as well.
Founded in 1992 by Executive and Artistic Director, composer and theatre director János Novák, Kolibri Theatre for Children and Youth Budapest is the only professional children’s and youth theatre in Hungary which has its own company and performs for children as young as 0 and up to 18 years of age.