Budapest Transfer is an interdisciplinary arts festival with its main focus on contemporary literature. This year it will take place from 15th-18th October. Each edition explores a theme through which we look at literary life in a regional and international context, which provides the backbone of a programme designed to be interesting not only for the literature enthusiast but for the general public as well. The eighth edition focuses on connections between literature and gastronomy, areas close to our hearts and stomachs.
The Czech Republic will be represented by Marie Iljašenko, a poet, editor and translator, Pavel Maurer, a well-known promoter of good food, and Viktor Faktor, the author of Švejkova kuchařka (Švejk’s cookbook) and other books about cooking. The Arts and Theatre Institue is a partner of the festival.
The main aim of the four-day event is to turn literature into an experience, as well as to acquaint the audience with creative artists and authors. Budapest Transfer provides a comprehensible channel towards present-day literature, popularizes reading as an activity, and enables meeting established authors. It puts literature in context, focusing on writing and other branches of the arts. In co-operation with various partners, the Petőfi Literary Museum (Petőfi Irodalmi Múzeum/PIM) stages round-table talks, concerts, urban walks, as well as playful treasure-hunts and a range of other programmes. New ways of presentation are sought in Budapest so as to address the potential readership of our time, for the festival establishes a dialogue between literature and the world at large. This objective is furthered by the international layout of Budapest Transfer, introducing both Hungarian and foreign creators to the broader public.
The full programme can be found here.