Secrets of Rembrandt’s portraits @ Hungary’s Cinemas

My Rembrandt

Thursday, January, 20. 2022.

Art theaters will be screened nationwide at the Uránia National Film Theater in Budapest, in original language, with Hungarian subtitles, as well as in Hungary @ several other art cinemas including Debrecen, Szeged, Pécs, Székesfehérvár, Szolnok and Szombathely. The length of the projection is approx. 108 min.

Through the My Rembrandt documentary personal stories of art collectors, art dealers and art historians, the work of the Dutch painter giant is still captivating millions of art lovers to this day.

Rembrandt, the master of intimate portraits, is still able to shake the art market more than 350 years after his death, generations of art lovers, there are nations there for his paintings. Aristocrats admire his works, experts make revelations about them, art dealers search for them, collectors hunt for them, while museums compete for them. My exceptional documentary Rembrandtom digs deeper than ever into the art of the Old Masters and attempts to uncover the motivations of the painting princes.

My Rembrandt is nailed to the canvas with exciting story crumbs stemming from an obsession with Rembrandt paintings, more than once with a dramatic, unexpected ending. Passionate art collectors such as the Dutch Eijk and Rose-Marie De Mol van Otterloo, the American Thomas Kaplan and the Scottish Prince Buccleuch testify to their close connection to Rembrandt’s paintings and then witness an open clash between the Rijksmuseum and the Louvre when the French bar Eric Eric offers two portraits of Rembrandt for sale. The film accompanies Dutch aristocratic art dealer Jan Six as he proves the authorship of not one, but two “new” portraits of Rembrandt right away, fulfilling his childhood dream.

Oeke Hoogendijk, the new documentary for the director of the award-winning work The New Rijksmuseum.

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Herald News – “NETWORK” Play Budapest @ Central Theater


Saturday, January 15, 2022

Network … the stage adaptation of the 1976 movie is to be coming up at the Central Theater – Budapest a super production and the most monumental performance in its history. Author Based on Paddy Chayevsky’s script, the adaptation was made by Lee Hall. Translated by György Baráthy – Director Tamás Puskás.

Sidney Lumet’s creation, Network, was the first to talk about the power and manipulation of television under the pretext of a fictional television company, UBS, whose leaders do not shy away from the most unscrupulous means of viewing while conveying only its illusion to viewers instead of reality.
Sidney Lumet stage for an adaptation of Lee’s 1976, multiple-time Oscar-winning film Lee Hall.

Summary: When a well-served, battered-successful announcer broadcasting news anchor who cracks up on the air is fired, he announces live that he will commit suicide. This is the world that we live in today. So this was also the challenge, of course, how to make this work that was a little bit of a parody in its time — how to turn it into a tragedy.”

The spectators will see Róbert Alföldi, Dorina Martinovics, Zsolt László, Tibor Fehér and Gyula Bodrogi, among others, in the lecture on the poppy power of the media, which features spectacular video technology.

The movie was made almost 5 decades ago, and yet it is still completely relevant to how things are still current in 2022. It is kinda weird seeing a play from the 70’s having more truth in one scene than most movies today have in their entire run time.

Róbert Alföldi an awesome Hungarian actor, director. His best known for his numerous controversial theatrical adaptations as a director. Played in dozen-and.dozen roles. Directed performances: Shakespeare, Beaumarchaisand Friedrich Schiller. Received countless prizes and awards. In 2014 the Hungarian edition of Forbes named him at number 1 in its List of The 100 Most Valuable.

Those whom saw the movie and/or the stage performance on Broadway and/or London are welcomed to see the piece in Hungarian language for those who Hungarians who understand English and even  without knowing the Hungarian words must see this NETWORK play by the superb actors. Every person in Hungary, all ages, colors and creeds need to watch this in the coming days.

Tickets available on the spot – District VI., 18. Révay Street – Budapest

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In Kashmir Valley 125-y-old church opens again for prayers.

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With less than 1,000 Christians in the Kashmir Valley according to official estimates, St Luke’s Church was shut down for prayers before the onset of militancy in Jammu and Kashmir. The church remained abandoned for decades until 2016 when the Christian community approached the J&K administration.

With Christmas around the corner, a dozen people gathered in Srinagar on Wednesday and offered prayers inside the 125-year-old St Luke’s Church — for the first time in over three decades.

With less than 1,000 Christians in the Kashmir Valley according to official estimates, St Luke’s Church was shut down for prayers before the onset of militancy in Jammu and Kashmir.

The church remained abandoned for decades until 2016 when the Christian community approached the J&K administration. The renovation work has started last year, halted for a while due to the pandemic, and restarted a few months ago.

Inside the  Church there is a library and people used to come and read there. But this was for the first time since the 1980s that prayers were held here and the church bells rang.

The church is being revamped with a budget of Rs 90 lakh as a Srinagar Smart City project under the Center’s Smart Cities Mission. There are no seating or heating arrangements in place yet. Therefore was no Xmas mass held this year.

The St Luke’s Church situated in the foothills of Koh-e-Sulaiman or Shankaracharya hill which was built in 1896 by Dr Arthur Neve and his younger brother Dr Ernest Neve, who were with a missionary hospital that mainly provided treatment to TB patients. The hospital and the church were built by British engineers. In the 1960s, the doctors handed over the hospital to the J-K government. The main reason for the closure (in the 1980s) was that the Christian hospital staff moved out of the Valley.

Source: Embassy of India in Hungary

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Fairytale World – Vajdahunyad Castle @ Budapest

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The area in front of the Vajdahunyad Castle @ Budapest is changing into a Magic Park. There are magical programs and countless Xmas delicacies for children.

 December, 10. 2021 – January 2,. 2022. – Open Daily 2 p.m. – 8 p.m.

A lively fairy world and magical children’s programs at the joint event of Tulip Fairy Production and HG Media. The Magic Park offers wonderful relaxation for young children and family. The Tulip Fairy lives in the castle of the Magic Park. The little ones can make their own fairy wings and magic wands. The magic carousel of the MagicLeaf spins every day, the MagicWall invites you to draw together, and Papito the Clown invites you to find a special chest.
Visitors to the weekends and holidays can join the Magic Dance to the songs of the Toy Maker and Dream Traveler fairy tale musicals led by Fairies and Firebirds.
Of course, there will be no shortage of delicious snacks: hot chocolate,  chimney cake, fragrant roasted chestnuts and many Xmas delicacies await visitors.

Visitors will be asked to present COVID certificates on the spot to the security service upon entry.

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Winter Season – Recreation in India – Health & Ski Resort.

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While the pandemic played a huge part of poor tourist numbers in the Kashmir Valley, after two years Kashmir welcomes tourists back with week-long celebration to ring in the 2022 New Year. Many may know and most probably many are aware of Kashmir itself giving a splendid and panoramic view of the Himalayas.

The celebrations began last Saturday, on Xmas, at the twin tourist resorts of Gulmarg and Pahalgam.
The series of celebration will end on the year’s last night 2021.
Normally, celebrating Xmas was usually for a day and then New Year for another single day.
This time, holding a grand weeklong festival, organizing it to send a message, welcoming hosting the tourists in the valley to visit Kashmir.
While the pandemic played a huge part in the lower tourism numbers in the Kashmir Valley, experts realized it has helped to revive winter tourism @ Gulmarg.

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Gulmarg

After two dismal winter seasons, Gulmarg has witnessed a heavy rush of tourists coming to enjoy the winter sport activities this year. The ski resort of Gulmarg has the festive look from Saturday as it marked a white Xmas. While hotels and buildings are illuminated, a musical program enthralled the tourists attending the celebrations in large numbers.
Last year, most adventure hunger tourists couldn’t go to Europe because of the travel ban caused by the pandemic. The local Winter Sports Association brought to life by discovering the slopes of Gulmarg – the ski capital of India. Thus the locals spent their holidays there. The ski slopes of Gulmarg match any ski slope of Europe and are found inexpensive also. Perfect place to relax, recharging at the beauty of Kashmir this year as well.
Less tourists visited the valley in the three months of summer tourism season than in November when 125,000 tourists arrived to Kashmir and most of them headed over to Gulmarg. Xmas celebrations are also held at the Pahalgam health resort in South Kashmir.
Expecting a huge rush and congestion at Gulmarg this year, the J-K Tourism department has already planned to open two more tourist destinations @ Sonamarg and Dodapathri for winter tourism this year.
(Travel restricted to these destination COVID-19 test required on arrival)

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Real Hungarian Walnut Guba – Igazi Magyaros Diós Guba.

Hungarian Walnut Guba

Guba is served mainly as a dessert. It is best known and popular with poppy seeds and is an essential part of the menu during the holiday seasons, especially at Xmas.  The Guba with poppy seed or walnut is really simple yet nourishing sweet. The poppy seed Guba is considered lucky for the new year, because of the poppy seeds.

Always have to use a dried breadrolls and to cut in the shape of cube and is the best it hardens slightly after 1 day. Hungarians are poopy seed fans baking several delicacies.

Here the receipt of the walnut is the main „protagonist”. The Walnut Guba can be baked for festive dessert and/or anytime of the year.

Walnut Guba Preparation time 20 minutes – Baking time 30 minutes. Serve for 4 portion.

Ingredients:

Dumps: 4 pieces breadroll, 5 dl milk, 1 bag of vanilla sugar, 10 dkg powdered sugar, 20 dkg ground walnuts, 1 part egg yolk.

Soda Cream: 2 pieces of eggs, 2 dl milk, 1 bag of vanilla sugar, sugar to taste.

Baking: Preheat the oven to 150 degrees. Place in circle the breadrolls, put on a baking sheet and off it goes in the preheated oven to dry well. If the breadrolls are a little drier, may save this step. When it is dry, put it in a buttered yen.

Heat the milk, stir in the vanilla sugar and an egg yolk. Pour over the breadrolls and wait until it is well absorbed. Mix the walnuts with the powdered sugar, sprinkle on the breadrolls, mix well and put back into the oven for approx. 20-25 minutes.

For topping – the soda cream, mix the milk and eggs with the sugar and vanilla sugar and stirring over low heat until thickened.

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An Easy Quicky – Checky Snack Not Only New Years Eve

Hungarian cheese sticks - Magyaros sajtós rúd

Hungarian Cheese Bar – Magyaros Sajtós Rúd

Preparation: To make a 30-minute cheese bar, mix the flour, baking powder, butter, sour cream and salt in a bowl. Knead and then stretch to a thickness of 1 cm.

Spread the top of the dough with the beaten egg, then sprinkle with grated cheese, and finally cut into strips with a slice cutter.

Baking: Preheat oven to 200 degrees. The cheese sticks are placed on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and approx. Preparation time: 10 minutes. Bake in 20 minutes.

Ingredients: 30dkg of fine flour, 1pc baking powder, 10dkg butter, 15dkg sour cream, 1 tsp salt

On the top: Also may also sprinkle a little red pepper powder and kernel seeds on it, or poppy seed, or pumpkin seed. Mouthwatering yummy.

Then 1 egg (Beat up the egg and cover the dough with it), Spread on top 15-20dkg grated cheese.

Thereafter cut the dough into short rod or leave it as the long length.

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Awesome Highlights – Light Festival – Summer of 2022 @ Pécs

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The Zsolnay Heritage Manager organized for tens of thousands of people interested this past Fall visiting the attractive venues.

The “Zsolnay Light Art” mapping competition venue was the most visited event this year during the Zsolnay Light Festival. In 2021 the 10 best audiovisual mapping works were created for the facade of Pécs Cathedral, harmonizing with the architecture, sacredness, spirituality and traditions of the building.

Aftermovie of 2021:

In 2022, July, 8-10  the visitors are welcome to the seven-time award-winning event!

Due to the Zsolnay Light Art – International Light Painting Competition with the selection of the best productions will start in the beginning of Spring 2022.

Within the special spectacular festival, will bring to life the façade of the Cathedral with the 3D light creations. The attractions of the Path of Light, street art productions, musical delicacies and light professional programs will also return to the city center.

The collaborating professional partner of the Zsolnay Light Art and the host of the competition is the group of Hungarian visual artists “Glowing Bulbs” – active over 21 years.

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The World’s Eye Will Focus in January 2022 on Budapest … See Why!

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Budapest International Circus Festival – January, 12 – 17. 2022.
Venue: District, XIV. 12/a Zoo Blvd. Budapest – Hungary

On Monday’s opened press conference in the Budapest Grand Circus, Péter Fekete – Secretary of State for Culture and Minister for the Renewal Circus Art, announced that the Monte-Carlo International Circus Festival, the world’s largest circus festival, will be missing for the second time due to the epidemic. Those professionals who are unable to go to Monte-Carlo will be able to attend the event in Budapest. He emphasized: Q: „This extraordinary situation adds value to the Budapest event, which is one of the three or four major circus festivals in the world.”
Within the press conference were highlighted the following:
The first Budapest International Circus Festival was organized in 1996 by the experts of the Hungarian Circus and Variety (MACIVA). The then director, István Kristóf and his son, Kristóf Krisztián, were greatly assisted in the work and establishment of the festival by László Varjasi, Impressionist Eduardo Murillo and Tihany Franz Czeisler, circus director of Hungarian origin.

One of the most prestigious circus festivals in the world, the Budapest International Circus Festival will be held for the 14th occasion between January, 12-17. 2022, at Capital Grand Circus – Budapest the one-and-only stone circus theater in Central Europe. 

Circus professionals and lovers eyes will have their eyes wide open  screening  Budapest – Hungary  from every corner of the Earth.
The honorary citizen at the circus will be Dr. Alan Ferry.

Within the festival’s program:
The line up of the international jury made up of variety leaders, circus members from around the Globe speaks for itself … Ukraine, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Georgia, Canada, France, United States, Russia.
Introduction of the young Hungarian artist and arriving from Kiev and Italy artist training students.

Within the 6 days … Programs Day-by-Day will be held at several venues:
Day„0” – January, 11. Two scientific programs are connected to the festival the international scientific Conference and Exhibition from 10 a.m. can be visited to the end of the festival. The international scientific conference entitled “Circus Buildings in Europe” … covering cultural – societal research, with speakers from Canada, United Britain, France and Bulgaria. Venue: Museum of Fine Arts Budapest. The conference will focus on the processes and issues of the emergence, survival, change of function, transformation, destruction and renewal of European circus buildings – researched and research-ready European examples and documents. The invited circus experts, scientific researchers and public collection experts present the place and role of circus buildings in the European architecture from several perspectives, the peculiarities of circus buildings in the context of the characteristic architectural culture of the entertainment industry and the performing arts.
Also to be held the pedagogical methodological conference entitled “Possibilities of Circus Pedagogy in the Hungarian Education System”. Participation is free of charge, no registration is needed.

Day0 – January, 11. @ 7 p.m. those interested in the circus wonderland will be able to attend at the workshop of the CircusTheatrum entitled “Saint Witch” written and directed by Ákos Kalmár and Dániel Lev Pál. Based on the Midsummer Night’s Dreamers – Shakespeare’s classic stage work comes to life in the circus. Theater, circus, music and dance are combined into a special all-arts production in the new performance. It is a project of the Performing Arts High School of the Imre Baross Artist Training Institute.

Day1 – January, 12. @ 5 p.m.“The Red Carpet Show” a solemn procession of artists in front of the Capital Grand Circus

Day2 – January, 13. from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m A scientific and methodological conference entitled “Possibilities of Circus Pedagogy in the Hungarian Education System”. Venue: ceremonial hall @ the Hungarian Agricultural Museum. The focus of the event is on the research and use of the pedagogical aspects of circus art, the connection points between circus and education, which seek the answer to: how, by what means and methods can circus pedagogy make the Hungarian education system more efficient, diverse and interesting. Invited circus professionals, scientific researchers and educational leaders will be present.

Day3 – January, 14. @ 1 p.m. „Newcomer Show.” the future Hungarian artist talents performance whereas not only to the audience, but also to be shown to the professional excellence, circus directors and impresarios.

Day1 to Day6 – January, 12-17. 2022, the Capital Grand Circus – Budapest the only stone circus in Central Europe, is awaiting visitors to the WonderVille of Arts to watch the “A” and “B” competition programs on several occasions. There is no clutter between the two performances only the participation of a large number of artists had to be divided to “A” and “B” performances.
January, 12. “A” Show @ 7 p.m.
January, 13. “B” Show @ 7 p.m.
January, 15. Show “B” @ 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
January, 16. Show “A” @ 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
January, 17. @ 7 p.m. Gala Show
January, 17. Within the award ceremony production the “Star Dance” will be presented.

The XIV. Budapest International Circus Festival Gala program will be a lifetime to remember for all those visitors and artistic members who took part in it.

The circus capacity is not infinite, so arrange in advance for tickets to the performances ASAP on the spot.

By the end of the Press Conference, we got a taste of a world number performance which was Unicycle, ridden by the Spanish Pavel Valla Bertini. The audience will also be able to watch a breathtaking performance at the 2022 International Circus Festival.

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Herald News: Temples of Arts – Hungarian National Theaters – Story of Salvador Dali’s path to surrealism.

Coming up at Hungarian National Theaters from December 16 the latest episode in the series of educational workshops on Temples of Art, which focuses on the period from the birth of Salvador Dali to his accession to the surrealist movement from 1904 to 1929.
The film, made with the support and professional assistance of the Gala-Salvador Dali Foundation, presents unprecedented archival documents and footage of the youth of the master of surrealism, including details of Dali’s personal diary and recollections of contemporary interviews. Thanks to these, the painter’s youth emerges from a new perspective, which was undoubtedly greatly influenced by his brother’s infant death and his early insight into art history.
Dali first studied art at his hometown of Figueres and later in Madrid, where he met such influential personalities in the art world as Federico García Lorca
and Luis Buñuel. He first traveled to Paris as a young adult and then moved there shortly, where he met Miro, Picasso, and the surrealist group, which he joined in 1929.
The film explores the transformation of Dali’s art, following the process as his creative style shifted from the classical to the avant-garde in the early years of his career upon the influences he experienced. It shows how the inimitable vision and distinctive creative style that has now become an integral part of universal art has evolved.
The premier of David Pujol, who also recorded the previous Dali film – „In the Footsteps of Immortality” – released in 2018, will be screened on December, 17 at the Urania National Film Theater, where art historian Kata Bodor, curator of the University of Fine Arts

In addition to Urania National Theater the film will be screened also at several other locations throughout the country:  Debrecen, Szolnok, Szombathely, Pécs, Miskolc and Székesfehérvár.

The exclusive accompanying film for the art history documentary is the special animated short film Destino (Doom), which was co-produced by Salvador Dali and Walt Disney in 1945, but was interrupted by World War II and was not completed until 2003 by Disney Studio animators Roy. E. Disney – initiated by Walt Disney’s nephew. The end result is a wonderful short film about an unfulfilled love between a mortal girl and Kronos, the god of time, created with almost entirely traditional animation, in which a typical Disney female figure dances the story within a surreal setting full of countless song motifs.

The six-minute work, based on original drawings and storyboards, was first screened at the world’s largest animated film festival, Annecy, France, and was nominated for an Oscar in the Best Animated Short Film category in 2004.

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