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SKH supports SZFE Solidarity Statement

08/09/2020

The Higher Arts Education Network has issued a statement following the restrictions on artistic education introduced by the Hungarian government. In particular, the restrictions that apply to the Theatre and Film University are condemned.

In solidarity with the Theater and Film University of Budapest, SZFE, SKH supports the statement from the Higher Arts Education Network and therefore chooses to publish the statement in its entirety.

- Artistic freedom as well as academic freedom are cornerstones of our democracies. Any threat or real restriction of these freedoms must therefore be combated. Therefore, it is important for SKH to support the statement of Higher Arts Education Network, says Paula Crabtree, Vice-Chancellor of SKH.

AEC, Cumulus, EAAE, ELIA and GEECT stand in solidarity with colleague institutions in Hungary and SZFE Budapest in particular.

As European higher arts education networks, we express our deepest concerns regarding the recent direction and implementation of Hungarian policy, which is severely affecting free development of education in the arts. We particularly condemn the undermining of the autonomy of the University of Theatre and Film Arts (SZFE), a renowned 155-year-old higher arts education institution. Free development of education in the arts, together with freedom of artistic expression and freedom of research are cornerstone values of European societies and cannot be negotiated.

We urge the Hungarian government and policymakers to guarantee freedom of development and organisational autonomy for SZFE and all higher arts education institutions in the country.

AEC, Cumulus, EAAE, ELIA, GEECT