TV Free Europe

30 years after Radio Free Europe influenced and transmitted the Fall of the Iron Curtain, the Budapest-based art collective Pneuma Szöv. with partners from 5 countries explore buried hopes and possibilities of freedom of speech today. TV Free Europe is a series of practical research formats and theatrical late night shows.

TV Free Europe is a TV without an audience. Its audience is rather receiver and sender at the same time. It is theatre as a free channel between people, a satirical alternative to mass media. It transgresses social bubbles and connects voices, locations, times and stories, historical topics with today’s and tomorrow’s facts and fictions. The format “television” becomes a horizontal medium which creates immediate platforms of exchange. Sender and receiver mix up (as Brecht suggested in his radio theory) and people of different walks of life step up and connect over personal issues of freedom and change. 

It provides the joyful experience of “making TV” together through a series of practical research actions (many of which on the streets), public video shootings involving people with and without lived experience of the System Change and theatrical late night shows. The collected material will be published on a video channel, a homepage and printed zines.

TV Free Europe was initiated by the budapest-based artist co-op Pneuma Szöv. and KÖME – Association of Cultural Heritage Managers.

Partners to TV Free Europe: University of Nova Gorica (SLO), Offenes Haus Oberwart (AT), UT Connewitz (DE), Festival Tarnby Torv (DK)

The project is co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, Allianz Kulturstiftung and the U.S. Embassy of Budapes