Hello Europe – Hello Marathon Runners of the World – Join SPAR Budapest Marathon® Festival 2022.

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The 37th SPAR Budapest Marathon® Festival to this year the press conference took place at the Hall of the National Dance Theater on September 27, 2022.

Still 8 DAYS to come … hurry-up … catch-up … sign-up … to be at the start-off … to participate Hungary’s best-known running event.

SPAR Marathon® Hungary’s largest recreational sports event is running your way!

At the SPAR Budapest Marathon® press conference were present Budapest’s Deputy Mayor Dr Anett Bősz responsible for human areas – marathon runner – spoke about her own experiences, saying that the marathon does not begin with the start, nor does it end at the finish line. The person who crosses the finish line is not the same person who warmed up in the starting zone in the morning. Running a marathon is a way of life, when we experience that we ourselves are our own chance and opportunity.

Árpád Kocsis – executive competition director – Budapest Sports Office (BSI) said: “Q” : “The running fever is rising higher-and-higher in getting closer to the forthcoming SPAR Marathon® Hungary! Entries are pouring in from all corners of the country. Almost eighteen thousand Hungarians from 800 domestic settlements and more than two thousand foreign runners from 83 countries are to be enjoying their enter to Budapest’s world heritage panorama on October, 8-9.” Also added „Q”:The event is held each year over a weekend in the season of Fall. The „Marathon” begins with several shorter races for runners of all ages and abilities. Expecting more than 30000 individuals to put on their running shoes to start at one of the distances, “e.g”. 600-meter family run, and 5, 10, 30 kms. and/or the marathon relay, up to the classic marathon distance.

Almost everything is the same as what was interrupted two-an-half years ago, participants can get ready for a frenetic atmosphere having Music Marathon, Professional championships, Diplomat Cup, Charities participants, Exhibitors. There is great interest as was in the previous years by the actors to Run for the Theater competition, which is unique in Europe and announced as part of the Tolle Marathon Relay, and a list of other runners including the members of the Hungarian State Opera House, Comedy Theater, the Playhouse Theater, the Örkény Theater, the National Dance Theater, the Városmajor Outdoor Theater, the Pesti Hungarian Theater, the Jurányi Community Incubator House, the Újszínház, and the Ördögkatlan.

Máriusz Révész – State Secretary responsible for Active Hungary, emphasized: „Q”: “The Eurobarometer research was published recently, in which it was found that 71% of people in Hungary do not exercise at all or just very rarely. This figure puts us far behind the EU average. Because of our health and mental state, we definitely have to change this percentage! A well-organized event change the minds of people in having enormous power to start a heathier sporty life and many people start running, swimming, and/or cycling because they realize how good they feel after their activity.”

One of the special features of Saturday, October 8. is the jubilant 10th FODISZ Equality Run. László Szabó president of the National Association of Students, Competitions and Leisure Sports of the Disabled said the following: ”Q”: “The event invites young people living with disabilities, people with limited mobility, and those who want to express their solidarity to run a symbolic 500-meter distance. The aim of the program is to enable those children with disabilities to experience the joy and excitement of racing, for whom active sports are not necessarily part of everyday life. We also specifically welcome participants who want to express their sympathy to their fellow human beings with special needs. This also promotes social integration in the field of Hungarian sports. In light of this, outstanding athletes and para-athletes will also visit the movement, who will run together with the applicants. The race creates an excellent opportunity for community building and networking.”

The 37th SPAR Budapest Marathon® starts on Saturday morning October, 8. at 9 a.m. from the Pázmány Péter promenade. The 42,195-meter distance can be completed individually, in pairs, and/or in a four-person relay within the framework of the Tolle Marathon Relay. This year’s novelty, the SPAR 14 kms, also starts with this field. In addition to this large field, the participants of the Regnum 30 kilometer run will also join.

The organizer of the Budapest Sportiroda (Sport Office Budapest) members will be on the spot to support the runners with more than 80,000 liters of water, 32,000 liters of Gatorade, 1000 liters of Pepsi Cola, 280 kilograms of grape sugar and 13000 bananas. Around 1200 organizers and directors work on the safe conduct of the event during the two days.

Márk Maczelka – Head of Communications SPAR Hungary said:„Q”: “Since 2008, our company has been the title sponsor and main supporter of the SPAR Budapest Marathon® Festival. It is one of the largest recreational sports events in Hungary and Europe, which is also the featured running race of the year and a social event at the same time. Its primary goal is to make as many people as possible fall in love with running and to draw attention to the importance of a health-conscious, sporty lifestyle. We provide free entry for our own community and colleagues, thereby motivating them to participate and exercise regularly. The health-conscious lifestyle – to which we are committed not only with our products, but also with our social responsibility activities – is also promoted at this event.” He added „Q”: The course is a mix of gravel and pavement to ease the knees with some rolling hills to keep the legs awake on the entire route. The SPAR Marathon course opens the eyes especially to the foreigners participating in the run and will guarantee to make them fall in love with all its beauty of Budapest as racing to cross the finish line.”

Charity activities are traditionally associated with the two-day running festival. Thanks to the event’s 9 charitable partner organizations and the approximately 800 fund-collecting or donating participants, the “charity yield” of the two days can reach 10 million HUF.

At the end of the press conference, a one million HUF grant was symbolically handed over. The “Aktív Magyarországért” (Active for Hungary) award, established in 2021. It was one of the first to receive the Budapest Sport Office last November in recognition of its decades of activity in the field of promoting an active lifestyle. The two executives decided not to keep the one million HUF associated with the award, but to be in use to support the work of the “Sarolta Monspart Healthy Lifestyle Foundation”, which takes care of the spiritual and material legacy of Sarolta Monspart, who died last year. Botond Feledy, son of Sarolta Monspart and Péter Feledy, received the plaque representing this support from István Máth, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation, and also managing director of BSI.

The Marathon runners can enjoy the world heritage panorama of Hungary’s capital during running along designated sites. The competitors rolling over the River Danube bridges, three of which glinting the sights of Budapest and also enjoying their en route through Margitsziget (Margaret Island). Along the marathon route, 36 musical stations add strength to continue the runners passing by. Expecting a large number of audience en route to vision the runners and to cheer them on their way. Not only foreigners but local may relax after the run and rest their bodies, legs in the thermal pools at the unique 16th and 17th century Turkish baths or at the popular neo-baroque Széchenyi bath.

In the group photo, from left to right: Péter Ertl, director of the National Dance Theater, László Szabó, president of the National Association of Students, Competitions and Leisure Sports of the Disabled, Árpád Kocsis, executive competition director of the Budapest Sports Office, dr. Anett Bősz, Budapest’s deputy mayor responsible for human areas, Márk Maczelka, communications manager of SPAR Hungary, and Máriusz Révész, state secretary responsible for Active Hungary.

Registration/prices: (https://marathon.runinbudapest.com/prices/

Riport and snaps by Aggie Reite

Temples of Art – Napoleon – In the Name of Art

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101 minutes, 2022 DCP – Italian documentary – (ART film) – Age above: 12 yrs.
Director: Giovanni Piscaglia
Premiere screening in just a week at Uránia National Movie Theater – October, 6. 2022. – Budapest.

The first words heard in the movie … “After Jesus Christ, Napoleon is the most famous man in history. To mark the 200th anniversary of Napoleon’s death (in 2021)… this documentary explores the complex relationship between Napoleon, culture and art. It is about the language he used to build a new imperial iconography and a new architectural style, in a reconstruction that will also allow us to reflect on the relationship between power and image meditated by art, as well as look at the regimes of the twentieth century and the world today.”

A unique tour takes the audience from Brera Academy – Milan to the Louvre – Paris with guidance of the most renowned art historian expert and Academy Award winning actor Jeremy Irons, holding a torch to lead the audience all the way through the journey and expressing his respectful admiration for Napoleon.

As said above … last year was the 200th anniversary of Napoleon’s death, a documentary made on that occasion that tries to explore the famous statesman’s very complicated relationship with culture, especially with fine arts.
From what building elements did he create the iconography of the new imperial power … with what architectural style did he perceive the arrival of the new age? This historical and cultural documentary seeks authentic answers to the question of what kind of relationship there is between political power and its desired image displayed by means of visual arts, not only in Napoleon, but also in the 20th century. during the totalitarian systems of the 20th century, and even in our time!

For the first time in two hundred years, the Te Deum composed for Napoleon’s coronation as emperor will be heard again, as its sheet music has recently been unearthed from the State Archives in Milan.

The premiere screening will be led by Gabriele la Posta – director of the Budapest Italian Cultural Institute, who is also a historian.

Coming up the list of screenings in Hungary after the premiere in Budapest .

Distributed in Hungary by Pannonia Entertainment Ltd.

Recommender Aggie Reiter

Herald News – Part 2. – Opera and Ballet broadcast from Convert Garden @ Hungary’s Cinemas

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In less than a week an astonishing production for opera and ballet lovers will have the opportunity to watch grand performances at the Cinema MOM and other Budapest’s cinemas(see venues Part 1.) and the audience throughout the country may also enjoy these awesome presentation on screen (see the whereabouts Part1).

The 2022-23 season features international opera stars such as Juan Diego Flórez and Danielle de Niese in BOHEMIAN LIFE, Elena Stikhina and Ludovic Tézier in AIDA or Bryn Terfel in THE BARBER OF SEVILLE appearing in the main roles.

Dates & Performances 2022/2023:

The cinema’s opera season starts on September, 27, with Puccini’s thrilling opera, MISS BUTTERFLY. From October, 5, the audience can enjoy the opening night of Kenneth MacMillan’s Mayerling choreography to the music of Ferenc Liszt, whose historical background we Hungarians can understand even better than the Anglo-Saxon audience. The evergreen AIDA, conducted by Antonio Pappano, can be seen from October 12 in Robert Carsen‘s new direction. Argentine tenor star Juan Diego Flórez, who missed several seasons due to vocal cord problems, and Danielle de Niese in the lead roles in the cast of the parade presenting BOHEMIA LIFE on October, 20. From November, 16, the Royal Ballet’s celebratory evening entitled DIAMOND, composed of five separate works, one of which is Diamonds by the popular American choreographer George Balanchine, will be broadcast for the first time. The world premiere of a ballet piece will also take place, with the participation of the ÉTOILES and leading dancers of the time. From December, 8, a real family favorite, THE NUTCRACKER, will conquer the hearts of viewers – with its enchanting snow scenes, magic shows, and dances in the Kingdom of Sweets. In the new year, from January, 19, the screening series will start with an “adult” (meaning erotically charged) ballet choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon, based on the touching love story of the Mexican writer Laura Esquivel, titled: HA LÓ NILA … The ballet premiere will be followed by the opera BARBER OF SEVILLE and TURANDOT with the participation of Bryn Terfel, and then the Royal Ballet’s CINDERELLA  fairy tale ballet will be performed, by the choreography Frederick Ashton can be seen in a new arrangement. From April, 27, audiences can enjoy THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO with the evergreen melodies of Mozart, followed by the Royal Ballet’s production of SLEEPING BEAUTY from May, 24.

The season ends with THE TROUBADOUR, which this time in a daring new direction by Olivier Award-winner Adele Thomas, starring Rachel Willis-Sørensen, Ludovic Tézier and Yusif Eyvazov, will be available to cinema audiences from June, 13.

Tickets can be purchased at the local venues box desks on the spot.

Distributed in Hungary by Pannonia Entertainment Ltd.

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Herald News – Part 1. – Opera & Ballet Broadcasts from Convert Garden @ Hungary’s Cinemas

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World-class 7 opera and 6 ballet – on the big screen – London’s Royal Opera House performances @ Hungary’s cinemas. From the end of September, opera lovers in Hungary will also be able to experience the performances of the King’s Opera House – London, which is considered one of the most famous opera houses in the world. The 2022-23 season – including on screen with several world premieres – will be shown @ Budapest and numerous cinemas of locations throughout the country such as @ Budapest – Puskin – Pólus and Gobuda (former EuroCenter). The productions are also available throughout the country @ the Apollo cinemas – @ Debrecen – TiszapART @ Szolnok, Belvárosi @ Szeged and Apollo @ Pécs.

For nearly a decade and a half, the Covent Garden opera house has been broadcasting its world-class performances on cinema screens. The live broadcasts thanks to the excellent cinematography during performances recorded live and then projected from the recording. The viewers can enjoy the performances as if from a royal lodge, up close. During the broadcast breaks short live interviews and pre-recorded short documentary inserts shed light on the behind-the-scenes challenges of the rehearsal process leading to the awesome performances.

The main location of the broadcasts in Budapest will be @ the Cinema MOM movie theater equipped with absolutely comfortable armchairs as listening to the music. Historian Ádám Bősze, radio host with his colleagues dr. Márton Hoványi, humanities scholar, writer and Léna Megyeri a ballet historian and dance critic entertaining with informative introductory presentation accompanied by a quality cold dinner.

The broadcasts of the Royal Opera House are distributed in Hungary by Pannonia Entertainment Ltd., which specializes in stage productions and other special art cinema content.

The Royal Opera House presents itself with the cinema season’s richest repertoire to date: from September, the spectacular productions of the Royal Ballet and the Royal Opera will be broadcast from Covent Garden in more than 1,300 movie theaters and concert halls worldwide.

To be continued … Part 2

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Mary Page Marlowe – Directed by Tamás Puskás @ Centrál Theater Budapest

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Premiere: Saturday, 24. September, 2022.
District VI. 20 Révay Str. Budapest
90 minutes – Drama
The presentation is in Hungarian

Target Audience: Adult.

We can witness Mary Page Marlowe leads an unremarkable life. Fallow her life in 11 pictures, 11 chances to understand a woman’s life. As an accountant in Ohio with two children, few would expect her life to be inordinately intricate or moving. However, it is choices, both mundane and gripping, and where those choices have taken Mary Page Marlowe that make her life so intimate and surprisingly complicated. Her book of livelife journey in different stages – the human cost of social change, divorce, college, hospital, lover, lawyer, accident, husband/husbands.

Deeply moving and you feel an intense desire for more scenes to be following … would not mind more time to spend in your seat to watch the times and fate of the protagonist. Overall, smartly constructed and ultimately pretty moving.

A meticulously staged play of Mary Page Marlowe in different stages played by four superb actresses Juli Básti, Dorina Martinovics, Eszter Földes, and the new member of the company, Viola Lotti Gombó.

The Mary Page Marlowe original play by Tracy Letts – play writer already received Pulitzer and Tony-winning awards.

Last but not least! It should be mentioned that all of Mary Page’s stage appearances change over time and of her age, and in the meantime, as the curtain descends, the most famous music and singers’ songs played in connection to the next scene. These wonderful songs really trigger the mood and to hum to the songs.

Tickets can be purchased on the spot at the ticket desk, open from Tuesday to Friday from Noon to 6 p.m.

Riport and snaps by Aggie Reiter

Born With a Gift OF a Golden Voice

The “Tower of Song” represents the whole area of music (i.e. singing, composing, etc) and the people who are in this business.

Cohen incorporates themes of aging (grey hair), loneliness (looking out the window, burning bridges), melancholy (so damn close to everything lost), irony (the golden voice) and sexuality (crazy for love, not coming on), and regret (..don’t know how the bridges got this wide).

Leonard Cohen (September 21, 1934 – November 7, 2016) is a Canadian poet, novelist, singer and songwriter who would be 88 years old today.

Some might say that this is a bit of a stretch in interpreting these lyrics. As Cohen says about judgment, “I may be wrong”. One thing’s for sure: parts of his poem show that he can be humorous and light-hearted, not just dark and depressing.

This is magical … The lyrics … The music … His voice … His presence is very much missed 😦

Reminder by Aggie Reiter

Dichterliebe … “A Poet’s Love” – Átrium Film Theater @ Budapest

A Road to Music – 90 minutes production

Soon to come on October 14th and October 21st. The one-and-half hour production the audience can be part of a unique all-arts production at the Átrium Film Theater – District, II. 55. Margit Blvd. Budapest.

The Nineteenth-Century Reflection of Gender in Selected Songs. True Romantic in style and choice of metaphor, but the work is laced with irony and thematic mix of sentiment and self-derision, so close to modern sensibilities.

Dichterliebe, “A Poet’s Love” (composed 1840), is also the best-known song cycle by Robert Schumann (Op. 48).

In the performance entitled Twelve Giants, an imagined love story comes to life together on the screen, in music and on stage, directed by Lili Horvát, musical direction by Máté Hámori, arranged by Máté Balogh, performed by the Danubia Orchestra, starring János Szemenyei and Fanni Wrochna. Zsolt Nagy and Natasa Stork are also featured in the film scenes, with whom the director has already worked in his previous film, which won several international awards, Preparation for an Indeterminate Period of Cohabitation.

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Cultural Heritage of Pécs … Three days free guided programs


Would like to know in depth the cultural heritage of Pécs then roll over to one of the free programs.

September, 16–18. 2022.

Tours starting at 6 p.m. – 11 p.m.

The world heritage sites in Pécs will once again participate in the national event called Cultural Heritage Days, as part of which free guided tours, concerts and a spectacular light installation await those interested who would like to get to know the outstanding historical monuments of Pécs. 

The program starts at the Early Christian Mausoleum, where visitors can get to know the underground painted burial chamber of the Roman burial building and above ground memorial chapel. During the unusual walk, the visitors will also be introduced to the currently closed exhibition spaces, as they will be visiting Apáca Street in the second half of the program world heritage sites can also be found. The main theme of this year’s Cultural Heritage Days is monument protection, so the tour also talks about the protection of Pécs’ world heritage sites.

The center of the ongoing programs is the Old Christian Mausoleum, renovated and handed over in June this year. (The 4th century Early Christian burial sites part of the UNESCO world heritage … Sopianae, predecessor of Pécs in the Roman times had its late Roman Paleochristian cemetery included in the UNESCO World Heritage list in the year 2000. In their architecture and wall-paintings the excavated finds present the Early Christian burial architecture and art of the Northern and Western provinces of the Roman Empire. From among the Hungarian world heritage sites the Early Christian cemetery is the only one that has won itself a place on the UNESCO world heritage list in the category of culture-historical architecture.)

The program is free, but registration is required  … info@pecsorokseg.hu. The number of guided tour is limited.

Recommendation by Aggie Reiter

As September Arrives, the Coop Rally Hit the Road

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September 7-8, 2022

The press conference was earlier held by Dr. István Nagy, Minister of Agriculture, László Pekó, Chairman of the Board of CO-OP Hungary Ltd., László Fábián, Secretary General of the Hungarian Olympic Committee – MOB, Géza Tóth, CEO of CO-OP Hungary Ltd.

It was said, among other things, that Coop, which operates 2,300 stores in 1,450 settlements in the country and supplies another 2,000 convenience stores, provides a living for 20,000 people, and serves one and a half million customers with fresh food every day, is committed to continuing the started developments despite the difficulties.

About the COOP Rally itself … The goal of the organizers is to call local entrepreneurs and support Hungarian products. Aim was to draw attention to the traditions and innovations of world-class domestic food production. Visited 8 leading food industry manufacturing and distribution companies and two COOP member companies. Within 80 cars started the COOP Rally and visited COOP customers at each station, they have had to perform different tasks at each stations the Eastern part of Hungary.

The XVI. COOP Rally members arrived at different locations and fulfilled tasks at the COOP stations every day:
Start day 1 / station 1: Lipóti Bakery Ltd. @ Hatvan
Day 1 / Station 2: CO-OP Star Ltd. – Coop Super Plus Store @ Recsk
Day 1 / Station 3: Unió Coop Ltd. – Coop ABC store @ Dédestapolcsány
Day 1 / Station 4: Juhászvin – Juhászwine Ltd. @ Egerszalók
Day 2 / Station 1: Nagyhegyes Meat Ltd. @ Hajdúszoboszló
Day 2 / Station 2: Master Good Ltd. @ Kisvárda
Day 2 / Station 3: Ave mineral water Ltd. @ Debrecen
Day 2 / Day 4 station: Alföldi Milk Ltd. @ Debrecen
Target point: Hotel Délibáb @ Hajdúszoboszló

The 16th COOP Rally was won by the team of Coca-Cola HBC Hungary Ltd., and the special prize of the Ministry of Agriculture was handed over to the team of Master Good Ltd.

Snaps were taken at the media gathering earlier before the Coop-Rally took place.

Riport and snaps Aggie Reiter

Premium Harvest of the Pajzos Vineyards – Buda Castle Wine Festival @ Budapest 2022

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One of the wines met and tasted at the Buda Castle Wine Festival was from Pajzos Cellar and I don’t want to sound biased, but before headed to the background of the winery, I highly recommend the late harvest wine made from sun-kissed grapes.

Many may already know and tasted the King of the Wines made in the Tokaj Wine Region or already have not experienced the Pajzos wines then at the festival go for it, taste another excellent wine from the world-famous region. The wines made in the Tokaj Wine Region are characterized by a unique minerals. The wines with a nice acid structure go perfectly with the dishes of international and Hungarian cuisine. The Pajzos product line includes dry, late-harvest, and asu wines.

At the Buda Castle Wine festival roll over to the Pajzos Cellar exhibitor number 8.

Find out how the Pajzos wines trigger your taste enjoy the grapes ripened in the summer sun. Also can be purchased, available in bottles at the festival.

The history of Pajzos wine in a nutshell, ” The Cellar was founded in 1992 by 12 investors. The current owner, agricultural engineer Jean-Louis Laborde, was only a background presence in the life of the winery until 1997, in which he acquired a majority share in 2000. At that time, on his initiative, the Pajzos vineyard was replanted, thus ensuring optimal grape cultivation. Since then, Pajzos wines have found a place on the dinner table in many countries of the world,, also at the excellent prestige restaurants, as well as at exclusive gala dinners, thus enhancing the reputation of the Tokaj Wine Region and Tokaj wines. The wines of the Pajzos product family are made from the premium harvest of the Pajzos vineyards in Bodrogolas and the Megyer vineyards in Sárospatak. The winery makes these wines according to Tokaj traditions with careful viticultural and oenological work, aging in barrels, and also in a reductive version according to modern winemaking procedures.

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