THEALTER festival in Szeged is the oldest international theatre festival in Hungary and the most important forum for Hungarian independent theatres. It is a unique event of real tradition, characterised by renewal, innovation and fresh perspectives. Since 1991 nearly 200 theatre groups from more than 30 countries have presented their performances here, many for the first time in Hungary. THEALTER has offered contemporary theatre and dance, physical and movement theatre, open-air events, shows for kids and QandA's with artists for three decades now. The younger generations play an important part in the festival, too, both as theatre makers and as audience.