Season-Opening Concert – Franz Liszt Academy of Music – Grand Hall – 2021

The Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music is a music university and a concert hall in Budapest was founded in Hungary, on November, 14. 1875.

Wednesday, September, 22. 2021 – 7 p.m.

District, VI., 8. Liszt Ferenc Square – Budapest

Marcell Szabó (piano) – MÁV Symphony Orchester –
Conductor: Gábor Káli

Shostakovich: Festive Overture, Op. 96
Scriabin: Piano Concerto in F minor, Op. 20
Tchaikovsky : Symphony No. 5 (E minor), Op. 64

The performances of two young musicians in their thirties, who have already recorded many successes, make the season-opening concert of the MÁV Symphony Orchester memorable. Conductor Gábor Káli finished his studies in Budapest, which began in Budapest. In 2018, he won the Hong Kong International Conducting Competition and then also won the Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Conducting Competition. An internationally renowned conductor, he has achieved tremendous success at the Salzburg Festival, France, Germany‘s most prestigious opera houses and concert halls, Poland, Singapore, Finland, Ireland and, of course, Hungary.

Pianist Marcell Szabó graduated from the Academy of Music in 2012, winner of several international competitions. The concert presents a kind of cross-section of Russian music: Tchaikovsky composed in 1888 5.his symphony evokes the heyday of great romance. Alexander Scriabin in the XX. one of the major composers of the age leading to the music of the 19th century – his only piano concerto was presented in 1898. And Shostakovich struggled in the horrific conditions of the Stalinist Soviet Union to create – the imprint of this age is the Festive Overture composed in 1954.

Tickets available on the spot at the ticket box . Ticket price: 4500, 5000, 5500HUF.

Update Aggie Reiter

175th Anniversary of the Lake Balaton Shipping Day

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Saturday, September 18, 2021 on the occasion of the 175th anniversary of the Balaton Shipping Day (organized by the BAHART – Balaton Shipping Ltd.) has come to the series of events ending this year’s of the summer shipping season. Due to the closing in honor to the history of Balaton Shipping, from the port of Siófok at 7.30 a.m. on board invited VIPs, special guest, media representatives to the St. Nicholas motorcyclist and onwards to Balatonfüred to welcome, take part in the inspection of the line up to all the fleet of ships.  (In brief about: St. Nicholas motorcyclist, has a capacity of 550 people. This ship is the biggest on Lake Balaton. It actually replaced the former Beloiannis, which was in service on Lake Balaton until the late ’90s and was then scrapped. The ship sailed every day during the summer season departing at 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. When She was out of the system the shipping company planed to be replaced. Thereafter, St. Nicholas arrived to Lake Balaton from Istanbul in 2003 and was released into the water in 2006.)

Upon arrival to Balatonfüred greeting speeches followed by Miklós Mod – Deputy CEO – Representing the Hungarian Tourism Agency Ltd., Dr. Károly Kontrát – Member of Parliament, Mihány Witzmann – Member of Parliament, Dr. István Bóka – Mayor of Balatonfüred, Gábor Veigl – CEO of BAHART and thereafter flag raising took place. After the greeting speeches and flag raising in connection with the 175th anniversary was held the Széchenyi Memorial Ceremony on the Tagore Promenade, wreath-laying at the Széchenyi statue on Tagore promenade.

The 175th anniversary ceremony continued with the lined up, infront of the shore of Balatonfüred BAHART’s fleet … 18 passenger ships and ferries, ships belonging to other Lake Balaton shipping companies, and passenger shipping companies among them from private shipping companies were also present at this celebration. The fleet arrived upon the smooth waves to Balatonfüred from Csopak and stood lined up side-by-side on the Hungarian Sea in front of Tagore Promenade forming a picturesurous view of the 750 meters long line with their noses towards the promenade. An indescribable spectacle greetings saluting to the welcoming VIP visitors, invited guests and media representatives on board the St. Martin ship. Whilst the standing audience on the port welcomed ships by waving – applauding. The audience on the port whom could not be close to the spot to follow the awesome scene of the line up were able to watch the spectacular sight through the giant projector placed at the port of Balatonfüred.The Tagore promenade and the pier at Balatonfüred were absolutely full by visitors interetsed to watch the ships go by.

The István Széchenyi sailing memorial competition, which bypassed the peninsula also was added…. „Steadfastness, depth, accuracy, this is what characterizes geniuses, this is what characterized István Széchenyi to whom we owe many other merits to modern shipping. He wanted to connect the capital with the countryside.  He brought a lively life to Lake Balaton as well” – said by István Bóka – mayor of Balatonfüred at the ceremony.

The boats lined up at the port of Balatonfüred provided an unforgettable awesome sight. A total of 33 watercrafts and passenger ships lined up on the water surface. As the ships roll by, colorful smoke columns shot from the water surface also was amazing…(see snaps)

This was a one time event, a real curiosity, as a large-scale parade of ships can only be seen every 25 years! So those who missed it may come around next time to view the ships roll by in 25 years from today.

Highlighting a couple of ships … each of the 33 ships have an interesting history, yet to update of all the lined up 33 ships would be a very long reading, therefore will only talk about a few. Starting with a total of 4 watercraft on the Lake Balaton. As was told on the spot, the Kossuth Lajos ferry was built ’64 at the Balatonfüred shipyard, and later in the ’80s ship was extended with the funding of the army and a double-density ribbing was installed in the part below the carriageway.

There were two prominent representatives of the nostalgia fleet… „Kelén” and „Helka”. The iconic watercraft got their name from the love couple of András Fáy’s fairy tale “Sió”. Both ships were built in year 1891, practically separated from the water for three months. Both ships Kelén and Helka were sinked during 1945 in their shipyard by the crew, cause did not want the German aircraft hit them by bombing them. The crew was confident that after the front will be retreated and be again on the Lake Balaton. Counting the years in service means today in 2021 they are 130 years old, so these “grannies” are the oldest ships regulary operated at Lake Balaton. Both are ships with a capacity of 120 people and are 35 meters long. By-the-way, Helka in the late’70s served as a restaurant ship on the port at Balatonfürdő again until ’92.

Not only the smallest, active but certainly famous boat named “Luszi” also roll the waves at Lake Balaton. She is to transport passengers all year around. This boat is operated by a private shipping company, BL YachtClub.

Closing the 175th anniversary, memorial plaque inauguration and wreath-laying at the port of Siófok

Last come the presentation of awards and announcement of the results of the BAHART 175th anniversary art competition, whereas awards were presented to the winners previously selected jury of five.

Enjoy by rolling though the snaps … they speak for themselves.

Riport and snaps Aggie Reiter


The largest walkable underground Roman archeological site in Hungary

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Within the Zsolnay Light Festival Pécs 2021 a press conference afterwards was held an awesome guided tour “Back in Time” at the Cella Septichora Visitors Center – UNESCO World Heritage Site (Early Christian Tombs).

The UNESCO World Heritage List, which also includes the Taj Mahal, the Grand Canyon or the Great Wall of China, distinguishes between sites of outstanding cultural and outstanding natural value.

The Roman predecessor of the city of Pécs, the late Roman early Christian cemetery of Sophianae, was inscribed on the UNESCO list in 2000 as a World Heritage Site.

The 1600 year old painted tombs lay under the structor at Cella Septichora Visitor Center.

Center you can see the graves and tomb structures that form the complexity of the late Roman period, partly early Christian cemetery. The greatest value lies in the large number of partially painted hypogeums and their historical, fine and religious diversity.

Late Roman cemeteries in the northern and western Roman provinces generally did not have significant burial sites built of stone. Here the graves were composed by the use of sandstone. The peculiarity of the Roman Christian cemetery of Pécs, formerly known as Sophianae, is that a large number of such buildings are concentrated here. These are small, family tombs and larger community tombs, cemetery structures. Some of them are painted, their interiors are decorated with biblical scenes and early Christian symbols, which further enhances the collective uniqueness and universal cultural value of the memory.

The burial chamber was mostly a burial place for wealthy families. The underground part of the two-part edifice is the crypt, the actual tomb, where the dead were placed in brick tombs, or less commonly in sarcophagi. Few objects were found in some of the tombs, such as coins from that age, copper jewelry, different size of Roman soldiers belt buckles, and glassware. A memorial chapel (memorial, mausoleum) was erected above it. The two-story structures served a dual purpose: they served both as burial sites and for ceremonies.

The paintings in the tomb are partly surface-filling decorations and partly figural representations. The remaining series of frescoes basically consists of two parts; on the north wall is the fall of Adam and Eve, the prophet Daniel in the pile of lions, and finally the motif of the tree of life. In the axis of the east wall, under the ceiling, the symbol of Christ, the so-called we see a cryogram. In the cabin below is a torso of a red-dressed figure sitting on a throne surrounded by wheat ears and a palm branch.

Just a reminder … The City of Pécs is an ancient city in southern Hungary, close to the Croatian border. Founded by the Romans, it’s known for its architectural landmarks such as the Early Christian Mausoleum, which features frescoed tombs. Vast Pécs Cathedral towers over central Szent István Square. The domed Mosque of Pasha Gazi Kasim was built in the 16th century during the Ottoman occupation of the city and is now a Catholic church

Update & snaps by Aggie Reiter

The Best Light Painters Are Coming To Pécs – Hungary

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Pécs brings the highlight of autumn!

Attended at the press conference organized at the Cella Septichora Visitor Center @ the City of Pécs where a full overview  was given to the upcoming Festival of Light presented by Csaba Ruzsa, Deputy Mayor of Pécs. Péter Bleszity – festival organizer Zsolnay Heritage Management NKft. managing director. Tapodi Gabriella – Festival Director of Zsolnay Light Festival. Tamás Zádor – Zsolnay Light Art Light Painting Competition professional partner – Burning Bulbs
Serbian Light Beings – Mirror Crew

Was told … The Zsolnay Light Festival @ Pécs arrives between September, 30.  to October, 3.  with nearly 150 programs, including breathtaking attractions not found anywhere else in the country. The best light painters in the world compete with each other, and their international competition reveals who can best enchant the Cathedral of Pécs.

 Was told that the Zsolnay Light Art International Light Painting Competition attracts tens of thousands of audiences every year, three-dimensional light creations come to life on the façade of the Cathedral. The festival will feature the top 10 light artists, including Japanese, Italian, Ecuadorian, Spanish, French, Romanian, German and Hungarian artists. They receive a prize of € 1,000 to reach the finals, and the € 5,000 grand prize and the audience prize will also host the competition.

The country’s first and only light festival will be shown upon 23 venues @ Pécs, features dazzling light paintings and light installations, which form the Way of Light, which takes visitors into a dazzling fairy tale world during the festival … Day &  Night. 

After New York, Hong Kong, Amsterdam and Toronto, the grandiose work of light entitled Talking Heads will make its debut at the Zsolnay Light Festival in Hungary, in the fountain in front of the Theater Square! The two human heads of 4,000 LEDs communicate with each other with light – providing an astonishing experience.

For the first time, there will be a Path of Light station outside the city center: in cooperation with the University of Pécs, a 6-meter-high light installation will be seen on the new campus of the Faculty of Medicine (12 Szigeti Rd.), forming a detail of a neural network symbolize the flow of information between.

The works come to life at the Csontváry Museum …The spectators can can see of leaves on the branches moving of the lonely cedar … a breathtaking vision bringing it to life.

The lightwork of the award-winning Italian fuse * art studio depicts the eternal birth and death of parallel universes through its spectacular light installation. The installation of László Zsolt Bordos invites the visitor to a meditative experience of three-dimensional Space and Time. In addition, the visitors can admire the magical garden of light, walk on the carpet of light, control illuminated mandalas with a touch, see a rainbow slide and there will be a “foliage coronation” that shows how to organically interweave forms of nature with light.

Exciting programs await visitors not only in the evening, but also during the day: concerts, street art productions, acrobatic circus performances, as well as breathtaking performances by international street theater, dance circus and fire juggler companies.
Peruvian-Brazilian Equilibra has already performed in more than 20 countries, a fire show reminiscent of a love story, spiced with a rope dance.
We have already met Papito, the diaphragm-moving clown, at previous light festivals, this time he sees his previous success as coming with his partner, Pepe.
Arriving Joli Vyann Company  – UK, creates an innovative fusion of circus, dance and theater performances; and the first variety company of Pécs, Savage Works, is also introduced; their latest performance, MAZE, leads you into a maze.

Thoughout  the Light Road – (Fény út) free to visit according to the current  health regulations, the Zsolnay Light Art Light Painting Competition, street art programs and concerts  will require a certificate of protection.

Most of the programs are free of charge, but the Light Path Extra locations can be only visited by redeeming an armband.

Riport & snaps: Aggie Reiter

 

 

11th Francophone Film Days Indoors @ the Cinemas – Budapest

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September, 14. – 7 p.m. – September, 19. – 11 p.m.

Time to reconnect with the pleasure of laughing and crying collectively in front of a big screen!

The Francophone Film Days resume face-to-face from September 14 to 19 at Urania, Art + Cinema and the Institute français. Twice the fun, therefore, because none of the films that will be screened in theaters have been shown as part of the festival’s online session during April.

The guest of the 11th Francophone Film Days is Tony Gatlif, the director of the film Tom Medina, who was made famous in Hungary by the films Latcho drom or Gadji Dilo. His new work will be screened on Thursday evening at 8p.m. at the Urania National Film Theater.

On the program: hit comedies at the French box office, poignant romantic films, incredible genre films and sumptuous classics. Movie lovers will meet on screen Isabelle Huppert, Omar Sy, Monica Bellucci, Audrey Tautou, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jean-Paul Belmondo and Gaspar Noé.

As part of the 11th Francophone Film Days  – September, 19, 2021 from 3.30 p.m.  and 5.15 p.m. at the French Institute – Budapest. Belmondo highlighting New Wave cinema in the ’60s and 70s . One of his awesome film … Man from Jean-Paul Belmondo: The Man from Rio … Director Philippe De Broca – Adventure, Comedy, 1964. Runing time: 102 mins. will be screened in the original French language with Hungarian subtitles. Staring Jean-Paul Belmondo with Françoise Dorléac.

Synopsis: Second class Adrien Dufourquet witnesses the kidnapping of his fiancée Agnès, daughter of a famous ethnologist. He goes in search of him, which leads him to Brazil, and uncovers a traffic in Indian statuettes.

Ticket price: 1600HUF (1200HUF in reduced price) at the Uránia National Movie Theater and the French Institute. At the Art + Cinema ticket price available for 1000HUF

The screenings are supported by the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Hungarian Ministry of Human Resources, Groupama Biztosító, BNP Paribas and Cointreau.

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Un mundo normal … The Sea Beyond- Spanish Black Humor Movie

Date of presentation nationalwide @ Hungary

Thursday, September, 16. 2021.

Running time: 103 mins

A near-human drama imbued with distinctive Spanish black humor, road movie and having adventure film elements.
Synopsis
Ernesto (Ernesto Alterio) is an eccentric and nonconformist theater director who receives the news of the death of her mother and, what is worse, finds out that she is going to be buried in a cemetery. Determined to fulfill the last will of the deceased, Ernesto sets out to steal her coffin to throw her corpse into the ocean, just as her last wish was. Ernesto’s daughter (Gala Aymach), tired of her madness, accompanies him to try to make him change his mind. However, during the journey, he will discover that his father is saner than he suspected and also that there is nothing more important than being true to oneself, although this sometimes leads to going against the opinion of the most.
Achero Mañas (Whatever You Want, November), who signed the film as director and screenwriter, won the European Film Award in the Discoverer of the Year category for his first film (Ball / El Bolo). Its main characters are Ernesto Alteiro, who is known to the Hungarian public mainly for his festival-winning works at the Spanish Film Weeks, and Ruth Diaz, who won an award for her earlier film as an actress at the Venice Film Festival. The film got 1 nomination to Goya.

Casting. Ernesto Alterio, Ruth Diaz, Gala Amyach
The movie is screened with Hungarian subtitles
Distributor: Pannonia Entertainment Ltd.

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Bitcoin Sculpture Inauguration @ Budapest/Hungary

The world’s first Satoshi Nakamoto statue …  Inventor of Bitcoin @ Budapest

Tuesday, September, 16.

4 p.m. Graphisoft Park

District III., 7. Záhony Street Budapest

For the first time in the world, a statue is being erected to remember Satoshi Nakamoto – founder of Bitcoin and the blockchain technology.

The unique “faceless” sculpture was produced with crowd funding based on the idea of András Györfi, it will be located in the Graphisoft Park in Budapest in a green environment. The bronze bust depicts a hooded figure with stylized facial features, alluding to both Nakamoto and the “people of the internet”. The face of the sculpture is made of a bronze-aluminum alloy, which the creators polish heavily to create a reflective surface so that anyone can recognize themselves when looking at the face.

The aim of the work of sculptors Tamás Gilly and Réka Gergely is to pay tribute to the icon of reforming the world of finance and the creator of blockchain.

The statue official inauguration will take place at 7.30 p.m. and will continue with an after party from 7.30 p.m by the MADHOUSE group.

The event is also open to the public.

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HopTop Brewery Ltd. 5th Birthday – VIP Opening Party @ Kőbánya/Budapest

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The founder and owner of the HopTop Brewery Ltd., Ali Rawech Szamit, invited media representatives to a presentation with a visit to the HopTop Brewery in Kőbánya, celebrating his 5th birthday. Before that, he gave a historical overview of how he got on the steps of brewing.

At first a little background to Ali Rawech Szami the owner of HopTop Brewery. Ali Rawech Szami worked as a manager for a multinational company and then switched to the craft of brewing as an unexpected turn in his career. Because of his economist past and maximalist attitude, he was able to build and unite this company as one person. The award-winning recipes are all in His name, and he must also make economic decisions.

How did he become a “brewer?

First of all why, when, how he became a “brewer” which was founded in 2015.

He saw with the aim of making high-quality and varied flavors of kraft beers for the growing fan base of craft beers. Fate has shaped  site to operate in the industrial park of the former Royal Brewery, so have been able to smuggle the tradition back to this area a bit. Coincidence brought to try what it’s like to cook at home. He fell in love with the thing into the unknown. With the exception of a smaller loan, founded the company from equity. Met many good people on the way in this profession who supported him. He said he owe a lot to Antal Németh and Ádám Pein from the neighboring Monyó brewery.

Here at Kőbánya, the outside of downtown found a free infrastructure for brewing, which of course had to do with the past of the beer industry. But more importantly was to find a place where not seen as a competitor, but as friend, a colleague him. There was not a question that he want to make beer that he would like to drink as well. His brewery was born, sparkled out of love. There were no investors behind them who are only interested in profit. The HopTop Brewery at Kőbánya has competed in several international beer competitions. Out of the 2,100 entrants, only the top three in each category was awarded a medal by a 130-member jury. After their competitive successes were noticed and approached by foreign distributors, so today may say their beer exports are off to special beer lovers taste to Canada, Denmark, Finland, Russia etc. The HopTop beers can also be found on the shelves at the shops of large Hungarian chains, in specialty beer shops, also in downtown restaurants and pubs.

All who are the founders of the Kraft Beer Association give their faces and names to their product just as the winemakers do with their wines. This makes their products authentic and Kraft a real trademark.

After the presentation of Ali Rawech Szami, escorted through the entire area of the brewery factory, showing all the equipment, special barrels, hops and malts gain from abroad and held tasting of their latest beer on tap to crown our brewery tour, which is not yet on the market. Thereafter, the birthdays party began with a load of food aside the brewery at the food truck and taps of beer, and the mood was further enhanced by foot tapping to the party time music.

(The won HotTop beer awards can be traced at the upload snaps.)

Update & snaps: Aggie Reiter

Tales of the Lockdown … Original Name: Relatos Confinados

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Extraordinary film Made in Spain at the time of the lockdown.

Run time: 90mins. Original Spanish language with Hungarian subtitles

Made in Spain  – 2020 – Age limit:16

The film will hit theaters nationwide from September, 2. 2021.

Five excellent Spanish directors :  Fernando Colomo, Alvaro Fernández-Armero, David Marqués, Miguel Bardem, Juan Diego Botto came together to bring an unusual venture under the roof: to create a grotesque work that takes place during a quarantine situation. Starring: Carlos Bardem, Luis Tosar, Manuel Vasco, Carlos Bardem, Isco Alarcón, Alberto Ammann.

Shot during the confinement by the actors themselves in their homes, this is a film made up of five self-contained stories that range from romantic comedy to drama, through horror or should be said as thriller.

An assassin who wants to circle his master … A star soccer player who cherishes actoric ambitions … And furthermore could even list the strange characters that this comedy, interwoven with black humor,  stunning and dark, in some cases does not ignore touching moments.

Distributor in Hungary by Pannonia Entertainment.

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Herald News: MITEM Festival Budapest – Hungary 2121.

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Unfortunetely, the Covid 19 did not allowed it to hold the previous year’s MITEM festival, but this year it will be held between September, 17 to October, 9.

MITEM – Imre Madách International Theater Meeting is a meeting space created with the intention of creating tradition, which offers an opportunity for other cultures and nations to have a refreshing effect on the Hungarian theater profession, as well as for foreign professionals to get acquainted with Hungarian performances and artists. The past years countless foreigners have had already visited our country precisely because of the event, as it attracts the diversity of Hungary theatrical life and performances. Furthermore, it is a good opportunity for other representatives of foreign theatrical life to get to know each other’s work and strengthen their relationship with each other.

The series of events has grown into a meeting point for new and traditional workshops in international theater. Each participant will present the various stage works in their specific language. Keep in mind … Tickets for performances should be redeemed well in advance, even in advance, as they run out quickly. For those looking for cultural enrichment, this is a special opportunity in the spring, which already signals the approach of summer. It is worth
taking even the grandparents to these performances, as they also want to relax.

On the occasion to the forthcoming major theater festival, press gathering was held whereas massive overall presentation was given by Péter Fekete – Secretary of State for Culture, Attila Vidnyánszky – Director of the National Theater – also the artistic director of MITEM 2121, Alexander Popovsky – Artistic Director of the Slovenian National Theater in Maribor, Edit Kulcsár – playwright, festival organizer, András Kozma – organizer of playwright festival.

The MITEM will host almost all our foreign guests Hopefully,  the Vietnamese and Indian companies that were invited even before the epidemic will arrive as soon as possible, or maybe already in the spring.  Hoping to the extremely prestigious companies worthy of the history of MITEM, can embark on this heroic struggle. Robert Wilson, Teodoros Thersopoulos, Silviu Purc ă rete, Eirik Stub ø, Aleksandar Popovszki, Ivan Uryvski, Gábor Tompa, almost everything seems to be possible in the company of directors, …actors from Porto, Athens, St. Petersburg, Maribor, Satu Mare, Timisoara and Magyarkanizsa.  With their presence and strengthen the trust and theater quality. 

WOULD BE SUCH A PITTY TO MISS … HEAR … SEE ANY OF THE MITEM PERFORMANCES THEREFORE, KEEP IN MIND AND HERE BELOW MAY SEE  IN ENGLISH AND HUNGARIAN LANGUAGE THE FULL PROGRAM BULLETIN:

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