Barna Petrányi

Barna is a founder and managing director of Pro Progressione. With an academic background in economics, he worked as controlling director for Sziget Ltd., the organiser of the most important outdoor festival of the region. After working for Cie Pal Frenak, a well-known Hungarian-French choreographer and his company, he founded Pro Progressione a decade ago. Personally, Barna is active in the art community. He served already as board member of the Association of the Hungarian Independent Theatres and was one of the advisory board members of the IETM, the most important European network for the independent performing scene.

Sara Pallag

Sara is a project manager at Pro Progressione. She studied Hungarian and Cultural Studies at the Eötvös Loránt University. She also attended Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies and received a honorary Master's Degree in 2016. Sara worked as a project manager at the Pentaton Artist and Concert Management, the oldest private agency in Central and Eastern Europe. She also worked as an assistant in the Rózsavölgyi Szalon, a small theatre with great Hungarian artists. Sara has spent her entire life in the world of arts: dancing ballet from the age of five, playing flute, singing as a student of Schola Cantorum Budapestiensis, and being on the stage as a student of drama class during high school. As a person commited to social and community affairs she is happy to work with Pro Progressione.

Réka Orsolya Bogdán

Reka is a project manager assistant, working at Pro Progressione since last October. Parallelly, she is studying community coordination at the Eötvös Loránd University. Her interest for the artistic field, especially in acting, theatre and also in TIE (Theater in Education) developed during her teenager years as a member of a drama group where she got the chance to take part in the local theatre’s performances. These experiences encouraged her to go to an acting school in Budapest, where she got to know different theatrical tools, including the theater in education method. Since Réka finished her studies as an actress, she has been leading interactive plays on alcohol prevention for high school students and she is also a part of a gastro theatre performance. As a member of Pro Progressione she got the opportunity to work in fields that are close to her heart.

Pro Progressione

Founded 10 years ago, Pro Progressione is working with both, emerging and established artists and small independent organisations and public institutions to promote international networking and to implement new types of contemporary art projects. In recent years Pro Progressione has become one of the most important actors in the international art scene in Hungary. As part of the Creative Europe programme in Hungary, all four successful projects have been carried out by Pro Progressione. Currently, the organisation works as a project manager for all of these projects and as an umbrella organisation for six different artists and art collectives in the fields of theater, contemporary dance and visual design. This year, Pro Progressione brings in the interdisciplinary approach and expertise in bringing together international and local actors from the arts and civil society to host the MitOst Festival in Budapest.


Kathrin Oerters

Kathrin is cultural manager in Berlin and coordinates the MitOst network of members and alumni at MitOst e.V. Since 2016, she has hosted the annual International MitOst Festival together with changing local teams. After studying history and philosophy, she worked as a research assistant and lecturer at the Institute for Social Movements in Bochum. From 2013 to 2015 she worked and lived as a Robert Bosch cultural manager in Astrakhan, Russia. For Kathrin, the most important aspect of the MitOst Festival is that it creates a place for meaningful encounters that inspire participants to reflect and initiate something together.

Lisa Schulze

Lisa is from Berlin and loves urban interventions and the city’s hidden beauties, especially in the outskirts. During her Literature Studies she got a taste of Prague and Pilsen. In Berlin, she experiments with sustainable and minimalist practices. At MitOst she supports the Network of Members and Alumni to create spaces for professional exchange as well as encounters in our humanity.

Ivana Mandić

Ivana has recently obtained a Master’s degree in cultural management from the University of Bologna. Before that, she studied Italian language and literature in Belgrade, worked as a travel guide, language teacher, and for several music festivals. Since March 2018, she has been with MitOst Network of Members and Alumni, first as an intern and then as an ESC volunteer. She is interested in social innovation and participatory approaches in culture and urban development, especially in East and South East Europe.

Anna Jankowska

Anna has a background in German Studies and Local Government and Development Studies. She is active in the fields of Polish-German cooperation and non-formal education. After her fellowship in the German Bundestag, Anna is rejoining the Network of Members and Alumni Department and becomes part of the  Festival team again.

Jelena Kostić

Jelena is from Belgrade, Serbia, where she studied Comparative Literature, currently working on her Master thesis. After completing her studies, she was working as a primary school teacher and she is equally interested in formal and non-formal ways of learning.  She is alumna of the Belgrade Open School, department for advanced undergraduate studies, and alumna of “Balkans, let's get up!”. Besides literature, she is interested in movies, especially documentaries. At MitOst she will be working at the Network of Members and Alumni Department as an ESC volunteer.

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