Virtual Vinyl Gallery – Now Actually Live – Vote for the Best 2020

First of all maybe for some would be unknown and asking …

“Q” What is Art Vinyl?
“A” Founded in London, England in 2005, Art Vinyl is the original way to display your favourite vinyl records. Perfect for music or art enthusiasts and those with an eye for stylish interior design.

With necessity so often the Mother of Invention, the Art Vinyl bringing this unique chance to wander round their gallery, featuring some of this year’s amazing sleeve designs, which is brought by Folkestone Harbour who enabled this one off Art Show. The gallery is situated in the harbour Customs House, and it is honoured to have this venue for Art Vinyl virtual exhibition.

Play & Display Flip Frames … The unique Play & Display Flip Frame gives the chance to stylishly display favourite vinyl albums or 12″ singles and their contents on personal wall. With this record frame’s unique design can also change over any display within seconds, without having to remove the frame from the wall.

Just a hint from the past years … the winners of Best Art Vinyl 2019 were announced on January 16th 2020 at the Koppell Project Gallery in Soho London. The public vote in 2019 placed French band “Klones” sleeve art, depicting the broken symmetry of sun and clouds for the album “Le Grand Voyage”, in first place; Nick Cave and the “Bad Seeds” fantasy landscape for Ghosteen in second; and in third, “Efterklang” the Danish bands 6th album “Altid Sammen”

The search for the most creative and well designed record cover of the year for 2020 has now begun.

Mind you, the Best Art Vinyl 2020 nominations will be revealed in November and the winner announced in January 2021. https://artvinyl.com/best-record-cover-design-competition/

Depending of your daily/evening mood, may change the sleeves and design your own gallery wall,  framed and listen to the vinyl record.

In the meantime like to share one tune of my favorit RollingStone album “Tattoo” that meant something so powerful about in the early Stones days. … Might take you into  the mood already to enjoy Art and Vinyl of your own: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKLVmBOOqVU

ie.: “Since 2019, we’re very proud that the Best Art Vinyl Award has been re-designed and manufactured by Vinylize. The Budapest based brand has been handcrafting glasses out of unwanted vinyl records since 2004 and is a design pioneer within alternative vinyl culture.”

© Aggie Reiter

Hungarian Home Made Appetizer – Ham Cream – Pâté – Sonkakrém Pástétom

A great appetizer, may serve with thinly sliced brown bread, crackers or chips.

Served for 4 persons- Preparing time 15 mins.

Ingredients: 25 dkg cubbed smoke ham or Prague-style (if available), 10 dkg butter, 6 tsps sour cream, 2 tsps finely chopped onion, 2 tsps mustard, a drop of tomatoe pasta on top,salt, pepper.

Preparation: Fry the onions in oil, remove from the heat, sprinkle with paprika, dissolve in a little water and fry back on its fat. Stir in the ham into strips and chop it together with the butter in a shredder and melt with a little water and simmer (about 20-30 minutes). Then add the sour cream, mustard, a pinch of salt and pepper and let rest to cool down in the fridge for one hour. Very delicious breakfast to start off the day with a toast or two, hard boiled eggs and fresh vegetables. Indeed may enjoy this home-made appetizer anytime of the day … can spread it on sandwiches, snack or enjoy the smooth taste even as an afternoon dip. For dieters, recommending with a slice of wholemeal toast with this yummy Hungarian pâté. 

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Mario Biondi the Italian Barry White “müpa-home” Concert – Budapest

The Italian Barry White – that pretty much sums up everything about the Sicilian-born Mario Bondi.

Hopefully with this video recording will make your evening at home more pleasant and enriching with uplifting moments.

https://www.mupa.hu/media/mupa-home?secure

With his sensually crooning voice, he is an extremely popular interpreter of soul and R&B tunes. Born Mario Ranno, the singer probably had his fate set out for him in advance, as his father, Stefano Biondi, was himself a hit factory, while other family members – his grandmother as a singer and his great-grandfather as a painter – also enjoyed widespread acclaim in the arts. Mario launched his professional career as a teenager: he was all of 17 years old when he took the stage alongside Ray Charles, with the cream of the crop of Italian vocalists also taking up inviting him to their recording sessions and concerts. He would not deny that Isaac Hayes, Luther Vandross and Donnie Hathaway all had a major influence on the development of his own style. He exploded onto the international music scene and public consciousness in 2004 with his first real hit: This Is What You Are. This number, which he recorded with the High Five Quintet, climbed to the top of numerous charts, inspired numerous remixes and was performed at the Sanremo Music Festival. But Biondi still would not end up sticking with this style, instead going on to experiment with other musical directions ranging from jazz and funk to pop and Brazilian sounds. His popularity has continued unabated into the current decade. Outstanding proof of this fact is his 2013 album Sun, which features such guest artists as Leon Ware, Chaka Khan, Al Jarreau and James Taylor. Never waiting for the wave of success to subside, Biondi instead rode it and came out with Mario Christmas, a CD of holiday tunes that kept him in the spotlight. He performs his songs in impeccable English. Although it is rare for him to sing in his mother tongue, at the Bridging Europe festival he delivered a few songs in Italian.

This recording was made at a concert held at Müpa Budapest on September, 27. 2019.

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“India Hungary Dialogues” 2020



“India Hungary Dialogues” 
is an interview-based video series created by the Embassy of India to bring out salient aspects of India Hungary bilateral relations.

This video series, prepared in the format of a dialogue with accomplished Hungarian personalities and experts, covers many fields within co-operations to make the general public aware of the significant work being undertaken in both countries to strengthen their partnership and also throw light on many important but perhaps yet unknown aspects of this vibrant and dynamic bilateral relationship.

“India Hungary Dialogues” is being launched from  November, 18. 2020, the day of establishment of diplomatic relations between India and Hungary.  The series would be broadcast and disseminated on television as well as social media platforms in both Hungarian and English languages.

The series would consist of a dozen episodes which will be regularly released.  Topics will be providing an incisive, in-depth interview series where India experts from different fields in Hungary would be interviewed to share their knowledge & experience about their field of India study. So beside a/m mentioned others such as insights through art and music, building cultural ties through networking relations with Indian partners, friendship and goodwill, tourism, culture, yoga, etc. In each episode, the interview aims open up different elements that bind India and Hungary together.

Update in the frame of press release by the Embassy of India – Hungary.
Dates and channels timing about the dialogues to be announced.

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Hungarian Home Made Appetizer – Veal Liver Pâté – Borjúmájas Krém with Fennel Salad

Preparation time: 10 mins. –  Cooking time: 25 mins. – Additional: 1h 10 mins.  Total: 1 H 45 mins.  Served for 4 people.

Ingredients: 40 dkg goose veal liver, 10 dkg salted butter, 2 dl dry red wine, 1 strand rosemary, 1 head onion, 3 dl cooking oil, 3 dl vegetable stock, 1 fennel, 5 dkg baby spinach, 5 dkg fries salad, 1 lime lemon, 1 dl extra virgin olive oil, 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar, salt, freshly ground black pepper.

Fry the peeled garlic and onion in the heated fat, add the liver cut into thin strips and the rosemary. After the liver has released its juice, add the red wine, salt and pepper. Replace the boiled juice with vegetable juice.

After about half-an-hour of cooking, filter if necessary, blend with cold, chopped salted butter to a creamy finish, then shape and freeze overnight in the refrigerator. Cut thin slices of fennel, fry some of them in golden oil at 170 C° until golden brown, which will add a little crispiness to the salad.

Place the other half in a mixing bowl, add the already washed baby leaves, the torn fries, grated citrus peels, vinegar and olive oil, then mix and serve. The liver is sliced ​​as desired with a knife soaked in hot water.

Can be served with thinly sliced brown bread, rye crisp or crackers. … Mouthwateruing and very delicious.

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18th Online Anilogue International Animation Film Festival – Hungary

November, 25- 29. 2020. – Budapest’s Toldi Remote Cinema – Hungary

The films can be viewed within original languages and English & Hungarian subtitles.

Anilogue is organized for the 18th in Hungary, but for the first time through the Toldi Remote Cinema will be covered throughout the whole country. For animation movie lovers between 25 – 29 November the newest and most fascinating screenings will be available. This year 24 short films are competing for the Best Film Award and 15 films for the Best Children’s Film Award. Viewers will be able to see 52 works, including three full-length animations.

Anilogue 2020 will focus on Portugal and two online workshops will also add color to the festival’s offerings.

The program opens with the wonderful adventures of director Anca Damian’s poetic and moving film, Marona. The protagonist of the film is an optimistic stray dog.The animal looks back on its human companions, whom it loved throughout its life. The dazzlingly colorful, overwhelming visual world is partly noted by renowned artist Brecht Evens. The film is a life-affirming story told by a dog’s patient and endless devotion that reminds us how little is enough for happiness.

One of the highlights of the festival is Ilze Burkovska Jacobsen’s
award winning My Favorite War that is a personal, animated documentary about the director’s life growing up in Latvia during the Soviet era 1970-1990, where Sovjet used WW2 as an ideological weapon to suppress and scare the population.

The closing film of the festival will be Ayumu Watanabe’s Children of the Sea. Based on Daisuke Igarashi’s original manga, this new Japanese anime excitingly combines traditional, hand-drawn drawings with state-of-the-art CGI technique.

The protagonist of the special visual film is 14-year-old Ruka, who feels an inexplicable attraction to the scenario and the two mysterious boys, Umi and Sora, whom he met there.

Tickets for 1500 HUF can be purchased through: https://film.artmozi.hu/anilogue-2020/.

Full program: FB: https://www.facebook.com/anilogue/events

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Hungarian Home Made Appertizer – Chicken Liver Cream – Pâté

 

Wish to have something less artificial tasting … try Chicken Liver Cream – Pâté and serve with thinly sliced brown bread, rye crisp,  crackers,  garlic toast or chips.

Spreads are in great fashion … creamy pâtés are suitable for cold dishes,  appetizers, but a pâté sandwich is also a perfect solution for breakfast or dinner.

An excellent appetizer recipe is so easy and quick to make.

Recipe for 16 servings – Preparation time: cca 20-30 mins.

Ingrediens: ½ cup unsalted butter, 1 onion soup cube, ¼ cup white wine, 50 dkg chicken livers, rinsed and trimmed, 10 dkg. cream cheese, ¼ cup water, fresh garlic crushed or garlic powder to taste.

Preparing:
In a skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Mix in soup mix and white wine. Arrange chicken livers in pan, and cook until browned and cooked though. Add cream cheese and water; process until smooth. Add chicken livers, and process until smooth. May season to taste with onion and/or garlic powder, Chilly for taste.

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5th Italian World Gastronomic Week @ Budapest – Hungary – 2020

This year will be online programs during the Vth Italian World Gastronomy Week featuring four through November 23 – 29. 2020.

Along the week, two remote cinema screenings, a webinar and an online cooking course await for those interested.

Map of Art of Eating Well – Regions of Italy

Showing the famous foods of its originate.

In the framework of the 5th World Italian Gastronomic Week and on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Pellegrino Artusi the Italian Cultural Institute coordially calls audience online to the Pellegrino Artusi, the first gastroblogger event held by Prof. Massimo Montanari – Professor, Department of Cultural and Social History, University of Bologna @ 6 p.m. on November 24, 2020 to the Zoom platform. The webinar is designed to showcase the famous gastronomist and writer whose book The Science of Cooking and the Art of Eating which was published in 1897 after twenty years of research and in fifteen different editions published with the collaboration of readers who took an active part in sending their recipes and implementation. This is why Artusi’s handbook contributes in building a national culture of Italian unity that was not realized much earlier. The audience can listen to his presentation with simultaneous interpretation in Hungarian language.

On November 23, the film Spiced to Taste will be screened on the online cooking course, Domenico Cilenti remote Cinema platform from 7.30 p.m. Experience changes Arturo’s attitude to life forever.

On November 26, joining the program the Italian Cultural Institute in Prague, also with Prof. Massimo Montanari, Professor of the Department of Cultural and Social History at the University of Bologna, Pellegrino Artusi, through the webinar designed to showcase the famous gastronomist and writer whose book The Science of Cooking and the Art of Eating was published in 1897 and has since been published in fifteen different editions (lecture: 6 p.m.- Zoom platform).

On November 27, the Gastro Week program continues with an online cooking course, Domenico Cilenti introduces its viewers to the secrets of Puglia cuisine (7 p.m. – on the Zoom platform).

The Gastro Week ends with the screening of Gianni Di Gregorio’s Golden Lady of the Old Women (Pranzo di Ferragosto)nominated for the Golden Lion on 30 November. The hero of the film is a Roman man in his sixties who spends his daily life caring for his mother. Due to her financial problems, in mid-August, as the Ferragosto holiday approaches, she takes care of another lady and then doesn’t even notice, and her apartment will be full of unknown aunts she needs to take care of in a matter of seconds. (7.30 p.m. – Remote Cinema).

Members of the Italian Cultural Institute with a valid membership card (+1 person) can participate at the film screenings and webinars, participation is free and registration is required. Mandatory reservation until November 23, 2020 10 p.m. – through iicbudapest@esteri.it

Streaming codes in limited numbers, in order of application.

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The 9th Jewish & Israeli Film Festival – Online Event @ Hungary

This year as well just as in the previous years don’t have to miss the Best of the Jewish and Israeli films @ the 9th ZIFF film festival which will be screened exclusively online by remote cinema system between November, 24 and December, 6. 2020. Within the framework of the festival, the best films of recent years will be “screened” around Hungary throughout 2 weeks.

During this period a broad line-up of the latest movies depicting to-day’s Jewish culture, heritage and lifestyle will be introduced. The Jewish and Israeli Film Festival is the largest event of its kind in Central and Eastern Europe. Within the year’s program will features a fresh selection of recent pictures from the Germany, United States, Russia, Norway, France, Israel, Austria and Hungary.

The online streeningss will be accessible on computers, tablets and mobile phones. All the movies in original languages with Hungarian subtitles.

The organiser of the Film Festival is the JCC Budapest – Bálint House. The main sponsors of the event are the Hungarian Jewish Social Assistance Foundation, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), the Thalheimer family and both Embassies in Hungary, the Federal Republic of Germany, and the State of Israel.

In brief mentioning two films as highlights during the festival. Opening film “Resistance” on November 24. 8 p.m. and further dates: November, 28. 8 p.m., November, 29 3.30 p.m., December, 3. 8 p.m. … The true story of Marcel Marceau, the most famous pantomime artist of all time, who, as a novice actor as a member of the French resistance in World War II, rescued thousands of children from certain death with his companions.

Also on screen will be “GOLDA” Meir, a generation of founding fathers and mohers, provides a captivating insight. She was Israel’s first and so far only female prime minister, whose family fled the pogroms into the new world, who became a socialist Zionist in Wisconsin who defended and built Israel for decades. Vaslady was a grandmother and founder of the state. The documentary provides a captivating insight into the life of the “Queen of the Jews”. Screenings: November, 25. 6 p.m. and December, 6., 4 p.m.

Ticket sales will start on November, 12. 2020. – http://www.zsifi.org

Tickets can be purchased for the dates on the show, allowing ticket buyers to watch the movie at the time the movies are screened. Tickets price 1500HUF.
The process of buying tickets … may find information about movies and screening times in the “MOVIES” or “PROGRAM” menu and can also buy tickets from there. The movies can be viewed online at the specified time(s) – like at a real movie theater. That means with the purchased ticket, unlike streaming services, can watch the selected movie at any time. Tickets can only be purchased online by credit card payment. After the purchase, the ticket will be sent to the e-mail address you provided. Click the big green button in the email to enter the show, from where may proceed to the Lounge 1 hour before the start time. The start of the projection is indicated by a triple gong and can start watching the movie by clicking the flashing black button.

The main patron of the festival is Gergely Karácsony – Mayor of Budapest

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“Diwali”  Festival of Lights … #1 Most Popular Festival of India

“Diwali” or “Dipawali” means lighting “Diya” or earthen lamps.

Diwali festival is set on the date by the Hindu calendar so it varies in the Western calendar. It usually falls in October or November. Diwali is a New Year festival in the Vikrama calendar, depending on the cycle of the Moon in the month of Kartika. This festival is celebrated on “Amasvasya” considered to be the darkest day of the month. This day is chosen to brighten up with earten lamps in billions of homes.

Diwali, is a 5 Day Festival celebrated by millions of people across the world every Autumn. The theme of Diwali is marked with firework displays and family feasts. The festival is observed by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains, with its main theme the triumph of light over darkness and good over evil.

Diwali also is the festival of love, light, and happiness, furthermore, typically this time is meant to get along with friends and loved ones.

In 2020, Diwali commences with Dhanteras on November 12. It concludes on November 16. The main celebrations happen on the third day (this year, on November 14). Deepavali is usually celebrated a day early in South India, but sometimes occurs on the same day, when the lunar days overlap.

Legend says … “On this day the protagonist of the iconic epic “Ramayana” Lord Ram had returned from his 14 years of exile into the forest with his wife “Sita” and brother ’Laxman’ after defeating the demon kind “Ravana”.The day he arrived, Ayodhya was lit up with “Diyas” or handmade earthen lamps with cotton wicks and oil. This tradition has been followed till now. This legend symbolises the victory of good over evil. According to the Hindu tradition, this day Goddess laxmi enters the homes of every Indian to bless them with wealth, prosperity and happiness. In another tradition, God Ganesha is also worshipped together with Laxmi and he is said to bless everyone with good fortune. All in all, its a festival to spread happiness, harmony, peace all around as well as within us. A day not only to clean the houses from every nook and corner, and wear new clothes and make delicious food, but to also clean up our hearts and minds of all negativity and spread goodwill around.”

In India thousands of candle and clay lamp lights illuminate houses, shops, streets and markets. It’s that magical time of the year when the doors are lined with diyas and also with colorful patterns, rangoli for decoration and to spread positivity within the colors and to welcome Laxmi – the Goddess of wealth, prosperity, and luck.

This year, things will be a little different for all due to these challenging times of COVID-19 Pandemic and the organizers indeed will be aware in properly wearing the mask and keeping distance.

© Aggie Reiter