Verzió X Szabad Terek
Verzió is a member of the Szabad Terek (Free Spaces) network since 2019.
Szabad Terek is an initiative connecting independent community spaces and non-governmental organizations across the country in order to strengthen them and help them remain independent.
It has been a very important goal for Verzió since the beginnings to reach out to audiences in towns beyond Budapest. Since 2009 we organize screenings in a growing number of satellite locations following the festival in Budapest. Thanks to our cooperation with Szabad Terek, we can strengthen existing regional partnerships and initiate new ones. In 2019, 46 Verzió screenings were hosted in Pécs, Szeged, Kecskemét, Szombathely, Debrecen, Kaposvár and Szekszárd.
Highlighted partners within the network:
The Apolló Cinema is the region’s only art-cinema, and also a significant institution in the cultural life of Pécs. Dedicated to creating an opinion-shaping communal space, we embrace free debates, communities and cultures—with extra emphasis on diversity and minorities. Our screenings of Verzió films are usually followed by discussions and extra programs, co-organized this year by our partners at Szabad Terek.
Grand Café Cinema
Grand Café, a venue sustained by the Kép-Szín-Ház Foundation, started as an art cinema and café in 1996. Aside from functioning as a cinema, it has served as a comprehensive cultural complex from its beginnings: the screening room hosted literary events and concerts, and exhibitions were held in the café. During our twenty-two years of existence, a great number of nationally and/or internationally renowned filmmakers, writers, musicians, photographers, fine artists and social scientists have been our guests. The Grand is also a community held together by the shared values of the creative potential of communal work, DIY mentality, solidarity and active helpfulness.
Megálló Community Center
Megálló Community Center is sustained by the MASZK Organization, and is situated in the Tarján housing estate in Szeged. For more than 25 years, MASZK has been an important, independent art workshop in the area. The community program was launched in 2014 to bring new life to the neighborhood by utilizing MASZK’s experience, organizational knowledge and empathy. Megálló provides a community space for all generations to meet and deepen their knowledge while taking part in various workshops.
Bohém Community Club
Bohém is a loosely organized community space in Szombathely, a county seat close to the Austrian border. This café and event venue in the inner city, once the city wall, not only operates on a market basis, but also puts the social and cultural needs of its users in the foreground. Thus, it has become a meeting place for local communities and grassroots groups, and the base for joint projects.
AltKöz Community House
The Association for Alternative Communities (Alternatív Közösségek Egyesülete, AKE) was founded in 1998 in Debrecen. While their immediate focus is on young people of subcultures, they support everyone on the edge of society or who feels the challenges of social constraints. The association aims to reintegrate those citizens of Debrecen who have an alternative way of thinking, while allowing them to function according to their values. Today, AKE mostly generates grassroots initiatives, works with informal groups, develops communities and organizes events. Examples of such informal groups (which now function independent of the association) include: the Debrecen Bike Maffia, the Natív, the Főnix Fixed Gear and the Sub.hu.