On Wednesday, the Department of Interethnic Relations announced the initiative to launch the NEON platform, a digital project that aims to create a common framework for theaters of ethnic minorities in the Danube countries.
The government institution in Bucharest introduced the Neon platform on the occasion of the World Theater Day. The project is coordinated by the Romanian Governmental Institution together with the Aradi Kamaraszínház Theater Company from Arad, which participates in the implementation of the plan as a partner institution.
Ernő Tapasztó, director of the Aradi Kamaraszínház Theater Company, told MTI that the international platform includes national theaters where performances are held in the minority language. Theaters can join the international network by voluntariate.
The purpose of the platform is to facilitate the exchange of information, the theater’s mobility and the discovery and promotion of new contemporary dramas. Initiatives include the organization of a theater festival.
According to the director, the theaters of ethnic minorities in the Danube countries can participate primarily, but later the project would be extended to other European countries. According to Tapasztó, the platform will be an Internet interface, for which the state authority of Romania will organize an auction.
According to Wednesday’s Department of Interethnic Relations, NEON has been implemented within the framework of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region. The project is open to national theaters from Austria, Romania, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Germany, Slovakia, Slovenia and Hungary, and also theaters from non-EU countries such as Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, Moldova and Ukraine.