Tuesday, February 02, 2016

One Billion Rising Budapest 2016

One Billion Rising Hungary 2016 Campaign

Across Hungary the One Billion Rising campaign escalates its call for the end of violence against women. Fundamentally the movement is a call for change within communities--structural, systemic, long term change. It makes these demands for change by raising awareness about domestic and sexual violence and challenges us to find the right ways to respond.

The One Billion Rising movement encourages creative and artistic expressions so a wide variety of people can enter into the conversation and work toward solutions in our communities. There are rational ways to respond to violence, but often we find rational solutions after we develop our moral courage through artistic play. Thus we once again take part in the worldwide dance phenomenon, “Break the Chain.” This year Hungary is proud to participate in the global movement by presenting an original theater piece, “Kérsz teát?”  (May I Offer You a Tea?), written and performed by Bánki Gergely and Sipos Vera. “Kérsz teát?” explores the idea of consent and provides a rich theater experience for audience members. It will be followed by a discussion about how we understand consent in own relationships.

“Kersz Teat” is a powerful tool to understand a complex, sensitive issue. Audience members walk away from the event with an awareness that may radically change the way they think about and engage in violence-free relationships. The actors, who created the play in collaboration with NANE, hope to use the piece in high schools and colleges.  We especially invite high school teachers and university staff who want to get a first-hand experience of the play before introducing it to their communities.  Introducing a discussion about violence-free relationships to our next generation can dramatically impact the future of Hungary and the safety of its women.

The One Billion Rising Hungary 2016 campaign is thrilled to dance and showcase “Kérsz teát?” The movement invites artistic energy to create new ways of responding to the problem of violence against women.  We look forward to how this energy will produce new ways of responding to those most in need in our community.

What is One Billion Rising? http://www.onebillionrising.org/
Learn the "Break the Chain" dance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRU1xmBwUeA


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