Fidesz is striving to bring all areas of public life under the control of people who share their vision of Hungary, one that emphasises national pride and patriotism but is also often hostile to foreign influence, members of Budapest’s art scene said.
“Whatever strengthens the principles of conservative politics gets the money and is strongly controlled and centralised. And whatever does not serve those ideas is left to wither and die,” said Szabo.
Supporters of the government meanwhile say it is only right that most of the available funds be channelled towards distinctively Hungarian arts projects.
“We now have to reinterpret our tasks, the interests of our community, of the nation and of the capital’s inhabitants,” a spokesman from the Budapest mayor’s office said in an emailed statement to AFP.