Andrea Ausztrics

Primarily works as a creative producer but has also been creating concept videos and documentaries for few years now. Her main interest is how art reflects on contemporary society. Through art she engages with religion, gender and identity issues. She studied at Eötvös Loránd University’s Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Departments and holds two master degrees in aesthetics and cultural anthropology. In all of the three faculties she dealt with visual communication, representations of cultural identity and memory. This year she is a Fulbright scholar at New York University and she is working on her PhD dissertation in History about Jewish museums and novel modes of representation. She has worked in film, video, media art, commercials and music video since 2003. She is living in New York at the moment but is based in Budapest and has lived in Vienna, Tel Aviv, Tarragona and Barcelona for a while.



Zita Mara Vadasz

Zita Mara Vadasz is currently the program curator at the Hungarian Cultural Center. She studied at the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest and holds an MA in Political Science. Specializing in cultural policy, she started working with a policy think tank before joining Balassi Institute in 2010. There she acted as liaison officer for Hungarian cultural centers abroad and worked on programs ranging from photo exhibitions to fashion shows in Hungary and neighbouring countries. Since November 2011, she has been overseeing cultural programming at the Center. In the past years she worked on and launched various cultural and creative projects in New York City and the US. In 2013 she was involved in the Smithsonian Folklife Festival's Hungarian Heritage program as a special event coordinator and member of the communication team. Together with Grammy Award winner Frank London she curated the Glass House Project (currently active as the Glass House Orchestra), a musical experiment that brought together 8 contemporary musicians who revisited and reimagined Hungarian Jewish musical traditions. Since its launch in 2014 the project became an orchestra, touring around the world. In 2015 she was co-curating Pop Up Budapest, a series of events that unfolded in over two weeks mostly in NYC, showcasing what Budapest as a cultural metropolis and hub has to offer and why and how the city has an important role in global cultural exchanges today.