Kultúrák Háza (“House of Cultures”) in Budapest is a new shoots grew from MigHelp (Migrants’ Help Association of Hungary) for the presentation and discussion of arts with a special focus on non-European cultures and societies. It presents art exhibitions, concerts, film screenings, workshops, trainings, language conversation clubs and literary events. All events are in English and free to public.
Some of the past events that we have presented are a painting exhibition by an Afghan artist focused on women’s rights, a discussion on understanding the present crisis in Syria, music concerts by Turkish, Hungarian and Argentinian musicians, documentary films from India and Hungary focused on migrants’ and women’s rights, and a most recent photo exhibition titled “Colors and Prayings from Rajasthan” by a Hungarian photographer.
The mission of “House of Cultures” is to generate a dialogue between the host (Hungarian) and migrant communities and help integration or social inclusion of migrants through joint activities.
Many programs focus on encouraging the sharing of experiences between migrants and Hungarian host communities. Through intercultural and interfaith dialogue, the project aim to build tolerance and respect. It goes without saying that, it’s very hard to hate someone when you have been empathising with their stories and having good time together through shared music and humour.
Current recurring programs are the film club meetings occur every other Sunday, French language class meetings occur twice a week and gender equality trainings occur every Saturday. There are also new language conversation clubs (Hungarian/English) as well as public speaking workshops and literary events (poetry and music evenings) planned in the near future.