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Dec 10, 2019

New culture bill to streamline theater funding across Hungary

Under new guidelines local council-run theaters will be financed from the local council’s budget, state theaters from the state budget and theaters with a mixed operating structure will be financed by both entities.

The Ministry of Human Resources has said a new culture bill put before parliament will create “crystal clear and predictable” conditions around the funding and operation of theaters in Hungary.

According to MTI, the new bill will allow local councils to decide whether or not they want to operate their own theaters. If they choose to run a theatre, they will also have to determine whether it should be entirely locally funded or operated under a mixed funding scheme involving both the state and the local council.

“This will create clear conditions,” a statement from the ministry said. “The upkeep of the theater will be the full responsibility of its manager.”

Under new guidelines local council-run theaters will be financed from the local council’s budget, state theaters from the state budget and theaters with a mixed operating structure will be financed by both entities.

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