The silence of clowns
Posted by Katalin Török · Jul 14, 2014

Have you met some clowns in the night? It’s not an error in the matrix, they exist. The clowns of CSENDET (QUIET!) are doing their best to pacify party animals – with tricks, jokes, or stunts if needed.


The central area of Budapest with its ruin pubs, bars and cafés is a paradise for pleasure-seekers. The area became very popular in the last few years – not only among tourists but locals as well. Great fun comes with increased noise level, which for years had been a source of disagreement between party places and people living in the area. For a peaceful solution, a creative initiative was launched in 2009: clowns and artists of CSENDET pacify people, while they add a new color to Budapest’s culture.

These clowns aim to help clubs to stay accepted and popular by stimulating their consumers to be quieter, so there’s no cacophony after silence regulation. To achieve their goal, they use different techniques. If general chatting is not enough, they have tricks up their sleaves - they may come with stilts, they juggle, they fold balloons and play pantomime - to leave the crowd astonished. All the clowns are actors as well, which is useful when it comes to spontaneity.

In addition to calming the youth, they also function as a sounding board between clubs and locals in their neighborhood. There had been significantly less complaints since the start of their activity, and experiences show that to do this successfully, sometimes it’s enough to listen to each sides carefully. For example, some clubs have developed their soundproofing by curtains hung to their doors – after considering residential observations.


The services of CSENDET are very popular. More and more clubs see the potential in silence clowns, so you can meet them at various locations. Keep your eyes wide open and stay calm – maybe you’ll meet one of them during your next fun night out.

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