Lithuanian actors likened the Russian occupation of Ukraine in the National Theater to 1956


The performance, which provoked the pro-Russian policy of the Orbán government and against indifference to the war, was not to the liking of the leadership, nor did it prevent it.

In the wake of the Russo-Ukrainian war, two Lithuanian theater companies also spoke to Viktor Orbán at the MITEM international theater festival at the National Theater on Tuesday evening.

The actors of the Vilnius City Theater fell to the ground instead of the usual applause, and in the background a “Orbán, are you sure? Hungary 1956 – Ukraine 2022 ”with a picture depicting the situation in Ukraine, while on another stage the performers of the Klaipėda Dramatic Theater with Ukrainian flags and a “Hungarians, don’t be indifferent!” demonstrated with a molino labeled.

The National Theater → draws attention to hvg.hu – on Wednesday night it reacted to the events: they wrote that they were aware of the upcoming action, but “they did not roll out an obstacle to the free expression of opinion of Lithuanian artists”.

Nevertheless, it was explained that the Hungarian government and the Hungarian population provide significant financial, logistical and humanitarian assistance to the refugees of the war in Ukraine, and as part of the MITEM, a special solidarity day was organized with the participation of Ukrainian artists. They wrote that they regretted that the Lithuanian companies had not taken note of this and were unilaterally setting the attitude of the Hungarians on this issue.

Interestingly, on the Facebook page of the National Theater, the performance reminiscent of Orban in 1956 was not mentioned, only the one calling on Hungarians against indifference. The National Theater website Attila Vidnyánszky’s speech at the MITEM commemorative award ceremony is quoted at length. – Fortunately, we are at a free festival in a free country, where they can also openly express their opinion about us. (…) Our nation has lived this way for a thousand years; where the Tartars, where the Turks, where the Germans, where the Communists, where the Americans want to tell us how to live, what to think. But we always knew inside: the way we want it is good, ”he said. The audience allegedly responded to his words with applause:


Source: Népszava by nepszava.hu.

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