Kristóf Kelemen/Bence György Pálinkás
Hungarian Acacia

  • Theatre

The Hungarian acacia or ‘black locust’ came over the Atlantic to Hungary 300 years ago. Nowadays, it serves Hungarians, as the basis for honey and brandy, is a source of revenue and a symbol of national pride. When the EU introduced its regulations against invasive alien species in 2014, Viktor Orbán used it for his anti-Brussels campaign: “We send this message to Brussels! We will protect the country of Hungary, independent pálinka distillation, honey and the acacia!” As gardeners of a new myth, Kelemen and Pálinkás use satirical documentary theatre for activism in political happenings that redefine the acacia as a national symbol for an open society – so that all, who put down roots in Hungarian soil, can become Hungarians!


Direction, concept:  Kristóf Kelemen, Bence György Pálinkás
With: Angéla Eke, Katalin Homonnai, Kristóf Kelemen, Márton Kristóf, Bence György Pálinkás
Music: Márton Kristóf
Assistant director: Anita Totobé
Coordination performer: Réka Judit Kiss
Set construction: Dániel Balázsi, Fanni Hegedũs
Light and sound: Mátyás Major
Photos: Krisztina Csányi
English surtitles: Miklós Zsàmboki
German surtitles: Gábor Miklós Thury
Production management: Judit Böröcz

The festival „Unfuck my future. How to live together in Europe” is funded within the framework of the Alliance of International Production Houses by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media of Germany as well as the Federal Agency for Civic Education.

Koproduktion: Trafó House of Contemporary Arts, Workshop Foundation. Unterstützt durch: Trafó House of Contemporary Arts, FÜGE Productions – Independently Together, Workshop Foundation Budapest, Ministry of Human Capacities, National Cultural Fund, Jurányi Incubator House. Gefördert im Rahmen des Bündnisses internationaler Produktionshäuser von der Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien sowie von der Bundeszentrale für politischen Bildung.