Guiding principles

Trafó House of Contemporary Arts in Budapest is a receptive venue unique in Hungary, and is also a cornerstone of the international contemporary arts scene, showcasing various genres – theatre, dance, new circus, music and visual arts – in a unique and authentic manner.

The venue’s professional programme of events, presented in a post-industrial space, is based on a unified, yet diverse approach. Experimental and audience-friendly at the same time, and inspired by new innovations as well as cultural heritage, it provides a space for the presentation of work by both domestic Hungarian and international artists.

Trafó is a forum dedicated to social issues, and a platform for establishing values and contexts as well as generating new ideas and productions. Its performances, concerts, exhibitions, and community and audience-building programmes, while focusing on younger generations, are accessible to members of any generation who are looking for something new.

Building and facilities

The transformer station at Liliom Street was built in 1909. It has the original industrial Hungarian Art Noveau style. The building that has been abandoned for more than 40 years was occupied in 1991 by a French anarchist collective called Rézonances occupied the building and for a while it functioned as a squatted house, on a half-illegal basis. Performances, concerts, fine art happenings were held in the venue in great numbers. Next year the Budapest City Council bought the building with leftover funds from the unrealized World Expo in which the Trafó House of Contemporary Arts was established, as a successor of the Andrássy Avenue Young Artists’ Club (FMK). The Trafó House of Contemporary Arts opened its gates during the 1998 Budapest Autumn Festival with a piece by Yvette Bozsik.

The industrial hall could convert it into a suitable, multifunctional, well equipped contemporary arts center appropriate for the current times. It is a non-traditional theater, an inclusive contemporary art space, complete with gallery organizing brave and high quality exhibitions. Instead of having its own troupe, it provides an opportunity for independent troupes that do not have a permanent venue to play at.Trafó is not afraid to introduce audiovisual musical theater or digital performances, either.

EDN at Trafo

In 2019, Trafo organised the Atelier "Expression of freedom and mobiltiy". The video below presents our activity at Trafo:

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dunaPart 5

27 to 30 November 2019

Platform in Hungary

dunaPart5, platform of Hungarian performing arts, is set to take place in Budapest from 27 to 30 November. It will be presenting the most interesting artists and productions from the past 2 years, both from theatre and from contemporary dance.


Dancehouses in May and June

May - June 2020

Join EDN members remotely

While many EDN members are still closed for public, activities continue to take place remotely - both for artists and audiences! We bring to you plenty of shows, trainings, celebrations, reflections. Take your peak!


IETM Multi-location

1-2 October 2020

Online & Onsite meetings

In place of a large plenary, IETM gathers members and non-members online and on-site in more than twenty locations around the world - including some EDN members

Activities EDN

Freedom of Expression and Mobility

Yasen Vasilev shares his thoughts on the EDN Atelier on Mobility and Freedom of Expression held in January 2019 at Trafo, Budapest.

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A Hundred

Initiated by EDN, A Hundred aimed to create a map of European Dance Resources that promote and support contemporary dance and stimulate international dialogue and collaboration.

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B.motion 2019

The second edition of the EDN Carte Blanche for artists took place from August 20th to 26th, 2019 hosted by the CSC – Centro per la Scena Contemporanea. Twelve artists from nine Dancehouses attended B.Motion under the guidance of local mentor Eva Zilio.

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B.motion 2020

Four days of performances, dialogues, interviews, shared physical practices and conversations about dance.

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