Please Introduce yourself in a few words to the readers.
As listed above, my name is Márton Vass, I am a student and a self-sustained artist. I haven’t touched the highest levels of publishing and fame, but still, this is my passion and I am proud of what I achieved so far. To me, art is one of the beauties of our human society, and our brain is capable of producing such wonderful ideas and images.
I heard that you are a passion poetry writer and storyteller. Tell me more about it.
My go-to form of communicating my emotions, worldview, ideas are through direct and indirect communication (poetry). I do like to sit down with someone in a quiet or busy place and exchange ideas about everything. It just fascinates me when you can jump from one topic to another and your partner can follow all this. Those memorable moments when you just sit there quietly because someone is drafted in his own ideas and they talk about what they think and love. Poetry is for preserving all this. It’s like a jar full of emotions. You put it away, and when you want it, you can open it and feel what you did at that exact moment. At least in your near past.
With writing poems and lines, music/vlogging/blogging is another reasonable passion. In your case which one fits the best?
It’s important to reach people with all the stuff you are good in. There is a sender and a receiver. There must be. Sometimes you write for yourself but just on rare occasions. I’ve always liked to talk on camera, record my voice, or just be able to make up stories from random words. Vlogging would be a good idea, since you can use all forms of communication, like visually attracting the viewers, music and of course talking. With written poetry, you have to be careful and precise when describing something. The other good idea is using pictures, memorable pieces of this plane of existence which is basically your perspective on all this. Blogs can connect people with identical point of interest and it is also encouraging for writers since it can be a place for feedback. That’s why I’d like to start a blog so I won’t do all this just to put it away in my drawer.
I know that you are one of the team members of Targu-Mures’s local Hungarian Slam Poetry association. What are you the team doing?
We are a fairly young association, just a bit more than 1 year old. Basically, we saw a small “empty field” in our town which could be filled with Slam Poetry. It was already a big trend in Cluj Napoca even more in Budapest. These events are gathering for people, who want to say the things no one is brave enough, about the world, or themselves. We just offer these people the possibility to do all this. They only need a place, a mic, a good atmosphere and they won’t stop talking.
What is your recommendation for a good Slam?
That is a frequently asked question. There is no recipe for all this. There are rules and there are tips. Like it must be credible, and it must be yours. Usually, a piece of Slam could not be longer than 3 minutes and 15 seconds. The topics vary from politics, emotions, worldview, child abuse, immigration, etc.
Best way to write something unique and catchy? What are your recommendations?
As with pictures you have to find your own style, the things you can notice in a slightly different way than others. But it also have to be something common, that others can relate to. You must let your brain out of its comfort zone. Just let it flourish with all its vividness and you only need to write down what you see and think. The best technique would be Brain Storming, I am sure you heard about it. Just write down everything that comes to your mind so you can select the things you want from that later.
Well since I read in so many genres it is harder to decide. Shakespeare’s good, I study drama. I love Hemmingway, Dostoevsky’s hard but it’s worth the struggle. I do like József Attila, who’s impact on Hungarian poetry is unquestionable. Also Party Nagy Lajos as a contemporary writer.
Tell me your best lines so far.
I do think I have a few of these but I can hardly remember any. The best I can do is: “In truth, the world is a good place without you, it just wouldn’t be so overturned”.
What do you like the most about Transylvania and why?
It’s the nature and the variety of people. It’s not like we are a multicultural center but we do have our own culture, mixed with Romanian and Hungarian traditions and beliefs and people.
Which one is your favorite city in Transylvania and what is the best thing you can do here?
The most I know about is Targu-Mures as I spent nearly all my life here. I do like Timisoara. It is bigger, there is a good theatre there, and it’s closer to the west geographically and mentally too.
What do you like the most about the people and places from here?
This place is in a really good position in Europe as it is not too East, and not too West. As you travel through Transilvania you’ll realize that every city has its own atmosphere. Some smaller ones are disconnected and more rural, and the bigger ones are full of students and social life. It is fascinating how you can experience such a change in a rather small country.
A recommendation for a foreign traveler in Transylvania for an event?
Since I am in a theatre-oriented environment I do suggest for foreigners to try local theatres. Some of them have English subtitles some don’t. There always are some cultural events they can attend to, like festivals, concerts, charity based events. But first of all, they need to explore the city they are staying in. Find some pubs or secluded inns where sometimes they can experience life-changing moments and find unusual people.
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