Founded in the early 1970s, Premio Tenco is the largest festival dedicated to songwriting in Europe. Award-winning artists include Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen, Laurie Anderson, Silvio Rodríguez, Gilberto Gil, Nick Cave, Fabrizio De Andrè, Bulat Okujawa, Mercedes Sosa and Sting, among others.
Last year, Premio Tenco decided to establish a new award dedicated to the memory of the Yorum Group. Three members of the group died after a long hunger strike in protest of Erdogan’s censorship and repression in Turkey. The award aims to recognize the many artists around the world who struggle with their music and art to protect freedom of expression and human rights. In 2020, the Yorum Prize went to Ramy Essam, an Egyptian singer-songwriter and musician, the voice of the 2011 Revolution, a singer from exile oppression of the al-Sisi regime.
The above list is now expanded with a Hungarian name, namely Ároné Molnár and the noar movement founded by her. Although the press has been full of the actor’s name in the recent period because he played the character of Győző Szabó in the Hungarian film Toxikoma, he usually devotes more spotlight to his activist activities instead of himself.
He spoke out against abuse and harassment several times, spoke publicly about his own experiences at the Comedy Theater under the direction of Enikő Eszenyi, or about events that he considered normal as a young actor, but he now sees in his head that the concept of sexual harassment has been exhausted. Arguing for the importance of dialogue, Attila Vidnyánszky was recently invited for a public debate, and although the director of the National Theater ruled out this possibility, they might meet once in a while, as they see theatrical life in Hungary very differently.
Áron Molnár will participate in the Premio Tenco 2021, where he can receive the Yorum Award. The actor will perform on stage at the Ariston Theater in San Remo on the evening of October 23, the closing night of this year’s edition of the festival.