„Iván Fischer and the BFO perform miracles with children. It’s so inspiring to see how he implants the joy of collaboration through dance and music.” (Béla B. Molnár, a member of the audience)
Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra initiated the large-scale Dancing on the Square project in 2015. It is not only about music and dancing as a group, it’s also about mutual responsibility, tolerance and respect.
The most important of the project’s participants are those children who become real heroes for the day when they dance together in Heroes’ Square, to the live
accompaniment of the Festival Orchestra. Roma and non-Roma, poor and more fortunate children work for months towards a common goal, and they enjoy the results of being part of a real creative community.
The Dancing on the Square project is far more than a simple open-air concert. Alongside the rehearsals, with the help of Foundation for Democratic Youth we organise regional meetings and development camps with drama, music, dance and game workshops, with professional help from the Foundation for Democratic Youth. We thus enable the children to get to know each other so they can learn to trust each other and cooperate.
In 2017, we will be organising our third free open-air extravaganza.
Click here to visit the Dancing on the Square website.
The project is supported by EEA Grants.