Herald News! Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess are arriving to Budapest/Hungary

PORGY AND BESS® performance at Budapest’s Open-Air Stage on the Margaret Island, the Island that is in the middle of the River Danube.

The show will be in English language with Hungarian subtitles

The performance will be on two dates.

Friday, June, 23 and Sunday, June 25. both at 8 p.m.

The 3Hs show will have 1 intermission.

“Summertime”, “I Wants to Stay Here”, “A Woman is a Sometime Thing” – well-known themes and evergreens by outstanding artists such as Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong are what this spectacular production is all about. The performance organised by the Budapest Summer Festival will be starring American star singers accompanied by a Symphony Orchestra, while a series of magnificent images will set the mood on Margaret Island Open-air Stage.

Gershwin’s thrilling jazz opera is marked by the complexion of its music and language making this unmistakably American-flavoured blend a masterpiece within its genre, as it combines elements of traditional African-American jazz, blues and Native American music. At the same time, the songs seem to be born the very moment they are performed.

The production stars two of America’s most renowned opera singers who will turn the performance on Margaret Island into an unforgettable experience. We are proud to welcome Laquita Mitchell as Bess and Kenneth Overton as Porgy as they give their debut in Hungary!

Completed by a Symphony Orchestra, plus an enormous choir and a magnificent visual world, this exhilarating show is all but limited to opera fans: Jazz lovers should get ready for an abundance of musical highlights!

PORGY AND BESS® was written by George Gershwin, DuBose, Dorothy Heyward and Ira Gershwin.

In the lead roles: Porgy: Kenneth Overton (USA), Bess: Laquita Mitchell (USA), Sportin’ Life: Robert Mack (USA), Serena: Lisa Daltirus (USA), Crown: Darren K. Stokes, Maria: Lucia Bradford, Jake: Jorell Williams, Clara: NaGuanda Nobles, Robbins: Taiwan Norris, Peter: Calvin Lee, Mingo/Crabman/Nelson: Bernard Holcomb, Frazier/Undertaker/Jim: Matthew Gamble, Lily/Strawberry Woman: Jeryl Cunningham Fleming, Detective: Gábor Bakos-Kiss.

Conductor: James Meena (USA), Producer: Teodóra Bán.

For those  folks who do not wish to miss the magnificent show, better to hurry up to purchase their tickets until they are available at the ticket offices or on the spot.

Update to the press release Aggie Reiter

Ari Kupsus Gallery’s  International Artists’ Camp

Invitation to the Exhibition Opening of works by the artists of the Ari Kupsus Gallery’s  International Artists’ Camp. 
 Saturday, June, 24.2017 
 4 p.m.
Venue: Amadé-Bajzáth-Pappenheim chateau in Iszkaszentgyörgy.
The Ari Kupsus Gallery has been organising International Artists’ Camps since 2010.
This year there were artists from ​India​, Egypt, Poland, Finland and Hungary. The artists have been enjoying Hungarian summer for ten days and getting the inspirations for their art works from the beautiful chateau, it’s Baroque and English gardens and the picturesque village situated next to the Bakony mountains.
The patron of the Artists’ Camp is the local government of Iszkaszentgyörgy and Mayor Attila Gáll.
Update Aggie Reiter

Ennio Morricone returns to Budapest – October, 18. 2017.

Even though the summertime is dazzling around in Budapest, the good news is never to early to draw attention and hit the ticket office to make sure to have your seat and spend relaxing,  miraculous evening at the Maestro’s concert.

The Italian Maestro, the composer that made a great impact on the history of film music is arriving to Budapest  to hold a monumental concert. The two-time Oscar-, Grammy and Golden Globe winner will present the very essential of his repertoire.

Ennio Morricone … “I go to Budapest with joy … these were his first words after the announcement that he is coming back to Budapest … then continued  by saying … Q.: “There are plenty of compositions that you can’t go without, the public demands them. It is important for me to preserve the magic of live music for myself …  I always try to bring a little game to the show. I never do the same thing again. The Hungarian fans can expect some surprises. I will have great artists at my side” … “This is a wonderful city with great chess players and – of course – musicians. I have great memories from Budapest. I feel blessed to do what I’m passionate about. Maybe when I get over 90 I will have less concerts but who knows?” – said Ennio Morricone.

At the concert will feature the Czech National Symphony Orchestra and the world-famous Kodály Choir.

Update Aggie Reiter


Budapest – 1st. World of Coffee – HUNGEXPO – 2017.

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Indeed…  true rare occasion where many people congregate to sample the world’s best coffee!

At first hand-roll through and enjoy the slide show maybe you will see yourself!

As it was indicated by the organizing committee … was expected to be at the Coffee Community in Budapest a very special event. It surely was, whereas featuring 2500 exhibitors, displaying 234 booths with a mixture from 100 worldwide producing coffee beans countries and approximately 7000 visitors/day by local and foreigners to hang around for three full days of thrilling competitions, impressive symposium, seminars, educational workshops and packed social programs filled with plenty of entertainment, excitement and fun. The interactive exhibition with over 200 of the world’s most innovative coffee industry suppliers attracted visitors.

Budapest is the first major city in Central and Eastern Europe where Europe’s most distinguished coffee event took place provided by the HUNGEXPO. The guests country was Mexico, one of the largest coffee producer in the world, that is why for many Mexico stands for „The land of Coffee”... as Italy stands for “The land of Espresso” .

The main sponsor of the event was the BWT water + more, Europe’s leading water technology business, a key player in the Hungarian water treatment.

Beside the coffee shows and exhibitions, in the five racing categories was the bartenders  fight was tight … had to pull up their sleeves and perform their best. Unfortunately, there were no Hungarian victories in the top competition, but regardless of that, everyone applause for the success of the other countries staff.  Hold on cause in 2018, Amsterdam will be the next venue for World of Coffee – a new opportunity to call for coffee lovers and not get into them mood for good coffee for those locals.

World Latte Art … Milk art is nothing more than the artistic way of producing and pouring milk foam. In this category, barista demonstrate their ability, expertise and creativity, which was limited by their imagination. In 2017 World Latte Art World Champion – Thitiprasert Arnon -Thailand.

World Coffee in Good Spirits
In this category, coffee and alcohol play the key role – innovative recipes, barista and mixer skills. The palette of works ranges from traditional Irish coffee (whiskey and coffee) to unique cocktail combinations. In 2017 World Coffee in Good Spirits World Champion – Martin Hudak – Slovakia.

World Brewers Cup  Only national winners can represent their own nation at this event. The task of the bartenders was to make coffee drinks using filter technology. At the same time, the contestants had to prepare their own coffee and the coffee designated by the organizers for each jury member. The most important points of scoring are aroma, flavor, aftertaste, acidity, body, balance and TDS, that is, the content of the total solute. In 2017 World Brewers Cup World Champion – Chad Wang – Taiwan.

World Cup Tasters Championship … This event was about tasting coffee, it is a test of senses and knowledge. The “cuppper” does not have to recognize the origin and type of coffees, but should choose the one cup that does not have the same coffee as the other two. In the event of difficulty, competitors must have had similar characteristics, often sorted out from the same cultivated area to decide. In 2017 World Cup Tasters World Champion – Lok Chan – Hong Kong.

Cezve / Ibrik World Championship …The contestants were preparing and presenting Turkish coffee drinks for the jury. In this case, Turkish coffee refers to the way coffee is made. Cezve, Ibis is a pot that is specifically used to make a certain style of coffee in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. The body of a long handle may be metal, copper or pottery.  In 2017 Cezve / Ibrik World Champion – Karthikeyan Rajendran, -United Arab Emirates.

The prizes  ceremony took place late afternoon to the “Best New Product” on the 13th June. The  recognition was  the development of new products that represent quality, value-added for specialty coffee and tea industry. From the Special Coffees Association (SCA), Ric Rhineland, CEO/Chairman and President Paul Stack, welcomed the Hungarian and international press at the exclusive Mexican tasting. Both senior executives called it a great success, one of Budapest’s premiers of the Central European capitals, the first to welcome the revitalizing Hungarian coffee culture, In view of this, the organizers have compiled a downloadable Budapest coffee map.
Ric Rhinehart, since 2007 one of the top head of the SCA, before that, for more than 25 years has held senior positions in companies engaged in tea and coffee. He has been designing, developing and manufacturing a wide range of tea and coffee products, while co-authoring the introductory book on premium teas entitled “Tea Basics” – 1998. He is a founding member of the American Premium Tea Institute, and was also a president.
President of the SCA, Paul Stack addition to professional SCAE (Specialty Coffee Association Europe) Trainer, a member for eight years in the Committee of the SCAE Education, the SCAE “Coffee Diploma System” development of key designer, lead author of the SCAE ‘Brewing’ curriculum, the SCAE ” Gold Cup Research “.

The main sponsor of the event, Europe’s No. 1 expert in water technology BWT water + more was represented by CEO Dr. Frank Neuhausen and sales manager Petró Vera BWT Hungaria Ltd. For over 18 years have had been committed to quality coffee, supporting the market with professional water optimization, specifically for coffee and other hot drinks.

The first World of Coffee in Budapest, which was regarded as a great success by organizers, exhibitors and, of course, Hungarian and international audiences as well.

Update and snaps Aggie Reiter

Zsolnay Light Festival –  June, 30. – July, 2. 2017. – Pécs – Hungary

The opening concert of the Zsolnay Light Festival will be worthy to roll over to the City of Pécs and spend the dazzling three-days at the festival! At the Kodály Center sharp at 8 p.m., the British DJ and musician, Emika stepping on stage with her latest album.

The transition between classical compositions and electronic music has never been so dynamic and lively! The first albums were released by the British Ninja Tune publisher. A truly diverse musician and dj, Emika created new work. This will be a worldwide premiere at Pécs – Hungary. The symphony inspired by the electronic music solutions is alongside played by one of Hungary’s best-known symphonic ensembles, the MÁV Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra have had already performed in the most prestigious concert halls around the world. Their repertoire ranges from baroque music to contemporary, contemporary works. This time, the Artistic Director of Prague Symphony, the teacher of the Prague Conservatory and the conductor of the Hradec Králové Philharmonic Orchestra will be Miriam Němcová. The concert also includes the soprano soloist  Marie Fajtova from Prague.

The visitors can experience the breathtaking fusion of music and visuals by Emika with the symphony at the Kodály Center.

And that not all folks … worthwhile to be on the spot, because the pioneer of the genre Zsolt Bordos László, a world-famous artist, creates a unique visual world and the audience will have an unforgettable sight brought to life. The creator previously showcased 3D 3D VJ in Budapest. Already known by his large-scale building projects and 3D mapping projects. He has been working with other artists since 2010. Since 2014, he has been focusing on his own projects, which are mainly operative and theatrical installations or projected scenery. Zsolt László Bordos this time preparing for a unique showcase of indoor architectures mapping projection.

Update Aggie Reiter

Herald News: Grammy-award winning singer-songwriter Macy Grey in Budapest

MOM Sport  – 8 p.m.

District, XII., 14-16, Csörsz  Street – Budapest

Monday, July, 17. 2017.

In the frame of the series of the Get Closer Concerts, Macy Grey the versatile star will be holding a concert to comfort the Budapest audience.

Grammy-award winning singer/songwriter Macy Gray concert tour of Europe started this year, and will be giving her first concert in Budapestt, presenting songs of her last year’s 10th album “Stripped”, but also accent on earlier iconic hits linked to her name as well. Gray also reached  film  thriving acting career  started off with „Training Day”  staring with Denzel Washington, the movie was screened Hungary as well. Also casted in „Spider-man”, „Scary Movie 3”,  „The Paperboy”. Her hits can be heard in nearly 60 movies and TV films.

Macy Gray first sauntered onto the popular stream of consciousness at the turn of the century with her debut multi-platinum album On How Life Is, featuring the international chart topping hit single, I Try, the success of which kicked off a career that includes multiple Grammy award nominations, including a winner for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, BRIT and MTV Awards, over 30 million units sold. 

Macy has forged a career creating music that leaps genre barriers from experimental soul to alternative rock, from retro-disco to hip-hop, collaborating with artists including John Frusciante, Erykah Badu, Gang Starr, Mos Def, and Pharoah Monche.

Macy has forged an uncompromising musical path beholden to her own vision and garnering accolades at every juncture. Macy’s has her own signature sound as she covers powerful topics such as female independence, triumph over adversity, self-love and expression. Macy Gray’s unmistakeable sound is one that has captured the imaginations of a generation, a truly unique artist with a bucket full of soul and a wild ride of raw emotion undeniable pure talent and musicality.

And now, as a single mother of three teenagers and an established carrier woman in both music and film, Macy Gray is finally ready to share her journey with the world.

Update Aggie Reiter

The Műcsarnok – Kunsthalle – Gusztáv Merényi’s collection of china coffee sets.

Coffee in the drawing-room … explore the catching China sets from the Merényi Collection

June, 21. – until September, 3. 2017.

 District, XIV., 37. Dózsa György Rd. – Budapest

According to the press release … The Műcsarnok – Kunsthalle hosts an exhibition of the finest pieces of Gusztáv Merényi’s collection of china coffee sets. The show is organised in conjunction with the comprehensive All Around Us. National Salon 2017. Applied Arts and Design exhibition.

The collection chiefly features European porcelain manufactures, including world-famous names such as Augarten, Sèvres, Limoges, Wedgwood, Meissen, Fürstenberg, Rosenthal, Robj, Carlton, Shelley, Lenox and Noritake.

Many of the coffee cups and pots are the result of manufactures and legendary designers, including Josef Hoffmann, Walter Gropius, Victor Vasarely, Pavel Janák, Marcello Morandini, Matteo Thun, Dorothy Hafner, Gianni Versace, Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Bjørn Wiinblad, Lutz Rabold and Dezső Ekler, to name but the most famous.

The exhibition presents the utensils of the rite of coffee drinking from the past 200 years, showcasing styles such as Empire, Biedemeier, Historicism, Sezessionstil, Art Deco to contemporary.

The Curator: Mihály Medve

Update Aggie Reiter