European Playback Theatre Gathering

About the conference

INSPIRATION - Dialogue and co-creation in service of the communities around you
COOPERATION - Gathering in favor of long term playback connections

Discover how your community can inspire you:

Discover and experience it!
Absorb and share it!
Spread and use it!


What is the main goal of the 4 days?

We want to create an intimate space where we can be together, play together and can create long term connections and after the conference share the fruits with our communities we come from. For this reason, we limited the number of participants (200).

What about the Home Groups? I liked Home Groups!

Well, we like it as well. And we found out a new structure, and hope it would inpire you too and give you the possibility to discover the advantages of a different approach to connect and share.

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April 20-23, 2017


Budapest, Hungary


Dialogue and co-creation


Gather playback connections

Event Schedule

Download the detailed program as PDF


9:00 - 14:00

Jump in at MagNetHouse

We are ready to welcome You from 9:00. Please feel free to jump in for a small inspiring gathering.

14:00 - 17:00


17:00 - 19:00


19:00 - 22:00

Opening Ceremony

9:00 -

Meeting at MagNetHouse

We start the Day 2 together, and each of us will go to his or her chosen Atelier led by the hosts.

9:30 - 13:00


Inspire others and get inspired during your visit in the ATELIER where you can even find new friends and partners for future cooperations.

13:00 - 14:00


Enjoy the lunch together with the hosts and fellow participants

14:30 - 17:30

Workshops or Rehearsals

Go to your chosen workshop (or if you are member of one of the evening performer groups then it is your rehearsal time)

9:30 - 12:30


Workshops offered in different themes by Hungarian and international playback practitioners. Each of them provide a space for inspiration and common learning.

12:30 - 14:30

Lunch & PT Market

14:30 - 18:00


Workshops offered in different themes by Hungarian and international playback practitioners. Each of them provide a space for inspiration and common learning.

19:30 - 20:45

PT Essence Performance

Jam performance - open for everyone :).19:30 20:45 EPTG2017 Performaces

  • New Jazz & Theater X
  • Playback Psy
  • Dutsj Queer Playback theatre
  • Fine Art Playback Group (FPG)


Non-official closing of the Gathering

9:30 - 12:30

Closing Ceremony

Time to say goodbye - for a while...

12:30 - 14:30



Day 0 - On the 19th of April, Aviva Apel-Rosenthal & Tihamér Bakó invite experienced playback practitioners interested in the theme of 'Emergency and Crisis' for a Pre-Conference. The Stormy Waters Pre-Conference is about playback responses to emergency and crisis. It is for experienced playback practitioners. In this workshop, we will explore and share tools and understanding about the power of playback theatre to change and to heal. 19th April, 2017 10am-6pm Participation fee: 120 Euros Please send your application to


Aviva Apel-Rosenthal

is the founder and artistic director of the Play-Life PBT Company (and PBT School) in Israel, a company that has been working since 1991. She was the president of IPTN from 2007 to 2011. Aviva is a full time playback theatre practitioner conducting over 150 performances and workshops every year for artistic, therapeutic and social events. She is training and teaching PB internationally in 22 countries, and she is an accredited CPT trainer and Assistant Teacher in 'Leadership' with J. Fox.

Tihamér Bakó

is a trainer of psychoanalytic and psychodrama therapists. He was a founding member of the first Hungarian playback group, the Theatre of Improvisations (1992). Since 2002, he has been the leader, conductor and actor of the Pszínház (Psyeatre) Company. He has established cooperative relationships with many playback companies both in and outside Europe through joint projects and training courses. His courses focus on the growth processes of playback groups. He has held workshops about the art of conducting, of playback acting, and on the relationship between crisis and playback theatre. Making use of both his psychological expertise and his experiences in playback, he provides supervision to playback groups, conductors and actors. Tihamér Bakó is an accredited CPT trainer.



ATELIER means joining inspiring Hungarian projects which use Playback in their daily on- and off-stage work for not less than one year. In the morning of the second day you will visit your chosen organization to gain insight and get involved into their daily practice and work. You will have the opportunity to choose and register on one of the ATELIERs later, and in the meantime we encourage you to contact the ATELIER leaders if You are interested in the projects they offer to join.


You can choose among a great number of workshop offer from all around Europe. Please look around and enjoy the large variety of ideas. We will open the registration on the workshops later. You will have the opportunity to choose 2 or 3 depending on the lenght of the workshops choosen.


European Playback Theatre Gathering 2017 – Budapest
Inspiration & Cooperation

Dear Playback Friend,

Feeling happy and sad at the same time.

The Inspiration&Cooperation concept of the next European Gathering requires a more intimate space that is why we limited the number of participants in 200.

From now we can not accept Registrations to EPTG as there are more than 200 participants who will attend the Gathering.

With love,
EPTG2017 Orga Team



Please book via e-mail and while booking please refer to EPTG2017 to get discount prices.

Contact: Czakó Zsófia



Shared room with 12 beds – shared bathroom: 9.1 EUR/person/night, 4 nights: 36.4 EUR

Shared room with 8 beds – shared bathroom: 9.9 EUR/person/night, 4 nights: 39.6 EUR

Shared rooms with 7-8 beds and private bathroom: 10.9 EUR/person/night, 4 nights: 43.6 EUR

Shared rooms with 5 and 6 beds and private bathroom: 12.9 EUR/person/night, 4 nights: 51.6 EUR

Shared rooms with 4 beds and private bathroom: 13.9 EUR/person/night, 4 nights: 55.6 EUR

including: VAT + free breakfast + free towel + free unlimited apple 🙂

excluding: Tourism tax – 3,4% of the brut accomodation fee (app. 1-2 Euros/person)