Zita Mara Vadász is currently the program curator at the Hungarian Cultural Center. She studied at the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest and holds an MA in Political Science. Specializing in cultural policy, she started working with a policy think tank before joining Balassi Institute in 2010. There she acted as liaison officer for Hungarian cultural centers abroad and worked on programs ranging from photo exhibitions to fashion shows in Hungary and neighbouring countries. Since November 2011, she has been overseeing cultural programming at the Center. In the past years she worked on and launched various cultural and creative projects in New York City and the US. In 2013 she was involved in the Smithsonian Folklife Festival’s Hungarian Heritage program as a special event coordinator and member of the communication team. Together with Grammy Award winner Frank London she curated the Glass House Project (currently active as the Glass House Orchestra), a musical experiment that brought together 8 contemporary musicians who revisited and reimagined Hungarian Jewish musical traditions. Since its launch in 2014 the project became an orchestra, touring around the world. In 2015 she was co-curating Pop Up Budapest, a series of events that unfolded in over two weeks mostly in NYC, showcasing what Budapest as a cultural metropolis and hub has to offer and why and how the city has an important role in global cultural exchanges today. Her recent project is 585,000 m2 – a mixed media exhibition on the history and the present of the Jewish Quarter of Budapest.