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ANZAC DAY – 2017

Ode of Remembrance

“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.”

Anzac Day is celebrated on April, 25. each year, regardless of on which day it falls. The day is a public holiday Dowunder.

Regrettably, after the Australian Government  decided to close in  Budapest the Australia Embassy, the umbilical cord was cut off  to many Aussies in Hungary. In order for the ANZAC Day to be part of a commemoration, they should have had  traveled to Vienna / Austria. To attend at the  memorial  serve is  regardless of nationality.

In the „old days” the Ministry of Defense had a major role in implementing , taking part in organizing this event. Nevertheless, in Hungary the remembrance day was most probably kept by heart for many.

On April, 25. 1915., the armies of Australia and New Zealand entered into their premier battle of the First World War, at Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey.

In a nutshell … „It was on 25 April 1915 that the armies of Australia and New Zealand entered into their premier battle of the First World War, at Gallipoli, Turkey. At the time, Australia had only been recognised as a federal commonwealth for thirteen years.

Many Australians were sympathetic to the United Kingdom, which they regarded as the motherland. So the volunteer armies of Australian and New Zealand, eager to fight the good fight in the war, bravely landed on the shore of the Gallipoli Peninsula with the intent to capture and secure a safe passage for Allied navies.

At Gallipoli, the Anzacs faced off with one of the fiercest armies history has ever known. Despite landing under the cover of darkness, the Anzacs were met with immediate bombardment and gunfire. On the shores of Gallipoli, the Australian and New Zealand armies fought for eight months forcing a stalemate. Eight thousand Anzac soldiers lost their lives before the Allies called for an evacuation.

While the operation itself was not a success, the valour and determination shown by Anzacs, the “Knights of Gallipoli,” were immediately commemorated in Australia, London, and even at the Allies’ camp in Egypt in 1916. Parades and ceremonies were held in their honour, and even those who were wounded in combat were a part of the parade while they were still recovering.

By the 1920s, the day had become a way to memorialize the sixty thousand Australian soldiers who died in the First World War. By the next decade, all Australian states had a form of celebration for Anzac Day, and many of the traditions we still carry out today had already taken shape. Forevermore, the 25th of April would be known as the day Australia arrived as a force in the world.”

Source from Journalist – Phillip, F. E. Schuler – “Australia in Arms”

Previous memorial service in Hungary:

https://rollinginbudapest.com/2013/04/28/chapter2-anzac-day-commemoration-at-solymar-2013-hungary/

https://rollinginbudapest.com/2013/04/28/chapter3-rossmoyne-senior-high-scholl-at-the-anzac-day-commemoration-2013-hungary/

https://rollinginbudapest.com/2013/04/26/anzac-day-commemoration-commonwealth-war-cemetery-solymar-hungary/

https://rollinginbudapest.com/2012/04/25/anzac-day-in-hungary-25th-of-april-2012/

Update Aggie Reiter

The Best Wines of Badacsony Region in Budapest!

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The best wine producers from the North area  of Lake Balaton arrived to Budapest to the New York Palace Café to show their best wines for wine lovers. The event was organized by the organizer of  the Badacsony Guild Association for Tourism.

Badacsonytomaj, the region’s center was awarded the “Grapes and Wine International City” 30 years ago. This title has been focused to produce  since then the best of the wines.  On this occasion the old wines of the Badacsony winemaker personally filled with fresh and old vintages the great wines to the professional partners and wine-lovers glasses.

It was a fine time  for the visitors to get acquainted with the producers, wine makers  receive answers to their questions directly  from these professionals.  The scale of wine makers arrived from smaller wineries to the largest ones. Also were present from the handicraft producers up to the largest cellars. Everyone was able to taste the wines offered by them from the Badacsony wine country.  The wine tasting was pre-qualification by a committee composed of blind wine-tasting course, in order to offer and treat guests at the event.

The producers in connection with the 30-year anniversary this year the cellars brought their hidden treasures, including museum wines.

As last year, master classes enrich the event, which took place by well-known experts. Between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. professional partners and media representatives  accepted the wineries invitation, and thereafter the door was open to all the wine lovers  with entrance tickets for an exclusive tasting.

The event was enriched by the own-produced  seasoned dried crunchy, crispy fruits and veggies in special processing by Ms. Bella (bellabadacsony.hu) These products are available at the Badacsony – Káptalantóti Market  and a local homemade cheese producer’s offers. Also the famous Renaissance mouth-watering Pálinka from Badacsony was present in tasting.

Update and snaps Aggie Reiter

St Ephraim Gregorian Male Choir – St. Stephen Basilica – Budapest

Orthodox  Easter Concert –  Church Music  – Professional chamber choir!

Saturday, April, 22. 2017.

8 p.m.

St. Stephen Basilica District, V., 1. Szent István Square

Saint Ephraim Georgian Male Choir celebrates their 15th birthday this year. The invitation goes out to all locals,  foreigners, tourist staying in Budapest to enjoy the refreshing and enchanting realm of Byzantine music. The venue goes perfectly to the evening’s concert held at the St Stephen’s Basilica. Within the framework of the sixth season of the ORIENTALE LUMEN series this coming week-end the unique Georgian male choir will fill the air at the St. Stephan Basilica.  The outstanding vocal group „Iberi” … in ancient times Georgia was called Iberia … performing in Hungary for the first time. They are already on UNESCO’s list of Oral and Intangible Masterpieces of Humanity.

Blokes in black coats and boots, with rows of cartridges on their chests, long knives on their belts. Not an invasion force, but singers. Gorgeously rich, shifting blocks of improvise harmony, sometimes with wild, crowing falsetto over the growling bases and soaring tenors.

As Georgian culture has become more city-centred and pop-influenced its unique polyphonic singing has been seen as threatened, and apart from Easter folk songs will sing pieces of Boksay, Ljudkevics, Ligeti and Zombola.

Saint Ephraim Male Choir was founded in 2002 in Georgia. Specialized in Greek, Russian and Hungarian Byzantine music. To-day, it is the most acclaimed vocal group, renowned for their quality performances. The exceptional abilities of its members enables indeed the choir to choose from a wide selection of repertoire. They have sung together with such well-known performers as the King’s Singers, Márta Sebestyén, the Budapesti Festival Orchestra and the choir of the Moscow Patriarch, furthermore in the presence of the Moroccan princess – Lalla Salma.

Tickets for Adult: 3500HUF … Student/Pensioner 2500HUF. Purchase via http://www.jegymester.hu or on the spot.

Update Aggie Reiter

 

Get Closer with Daniel Melingo the King of Tango!

Daniel Melingo joining Lalo Zenelli, Romain Lecuyer,Facundo Torres,Rodrigo Guerra
Melingo the sound of Tango from Buenos Aires

MoMKult

Wednesday, April, 19. 2017. – 8.p.m.

District, XII.,  18, Csörsz street – Budapest

Melingo is the legend of Melingo, the main protagonist in a life sometimes too intense, which had, inevitably, to lead to the tango. To be Melingo must simply be the one,  must walk the streets sniffing out poetry like a bloodhound. One must dance like a whip and sing like a scar. Melingo is major musician. He studied at a Conservatoire but retains little of that institution. He was … and always will be … a furious adventurer, fevered, hallucinating. A bohemian of Buenos Aires and so of the world. We can call him Maestro because he has achieved simplicity. Nothing more natural than the roaring fire of its tangos. Santa Milonga pulverizes the barriers between the sacred and the profane. These songs hold as much adoration as irreverence. There is a truckload of orthodoxy and tons of heresy. There is excess and beauty. Love and mockery. Melingo enters the high places of River Plate music without knocking. The gates open as he passages for he has won himself the right to play with the law of tango.

Be ready for pure tango with the production of “The wonderful madness of Melingo.”

Tickets on the spot.

Update Aggie Reiter

24th Titanic International Film Festival – extra screening – RAW!

The 24th Titanic International film festival came to an end, but and yet the Urania cinema will have an extra screening in view of the huge interest on April, 20 at 8.30 p.m. screening the French arthouse horror on “GRAVE – RAW” (2016), which won the FIPRESCI Prize at last year’s Toronto Film Festival and Cannes. Be aware cause it cuts like knife throughout the 99 minutes and people in the audience fainted.

The young and talented film director first, Julia Ducournau beaten the French major port, disturbing film veterinarian Justine’s family and all vegetarian. He also enroll in veterinary school, which is unknown, relentless and dangerously seductive world accepts. During the first weeks of initiation ceremonies out of the desire to refuse inclusion of family law, and eating raw meat. Unexpected and faces horrible consequences when he awakens dormant, true self so far. While there is no doubt the film abounds with naturalistic sections, and recommended only for strong nerves behind the horror optional accessories unfolds growing up.

The film is only recommended for individuals over 18 years

The film was supported by the UIP Duna Film and the Urania National Film Theater.

The original language film, screened in Hungarian and English subtitles

RAW – tickets are available at the Urania Cinema – Budapest

Update Aggie Reiter

“An Evening with Pat Metheny” – Grammy winning guitarist coming to Budapest – 2017

MOMSport

8 p.m. November, 4. 2017.

Twenty  time Grammy winning guitarist Pat Metheny has announced an extended run of dates around the world for  2017 under the auspices of “An Evening with Pat Metheny”. Recently inducted into the Downbeat Hall of Fame as its youngest member and only the fourth guitarist (joining Django Reinhardt, Charlie Christian and Wes Montgomery), Metheny will present a range of music from throughout his career.)

After the massive worldwide successes of his Grammy winning “Unity Band” and “Unity Group” records and the extensive touring that followed, Metheny took a bit of a break in 2015.

While 2015 may have been less active than usual for Metheny on the touring front, he nevertheless created the critically acclaimed large-scale work.

For this upcoming 2017 touring period, joining Pat this year once again will be his long time drummer Antonio Sanchez who has been his most consistent associate in a huge variety of settings since 2000. Antonio’s score for the Oscar-winning Alejandro G. Innaritu film was nominated for a Golden Globe award and 2016 Grammy award as well as dozens of other prizes around the world.

Malaysian-Australian bassist – Linda May Han Oh has been extremely active on the New York scene for the past few years, playing with many of the major musicians in the community.

Rounding out the ensemble is British pianist – Gwilym Simcock, one of the most exciting new pianists to emerge from the UK in many years

The year’s concert could be anything and everything. A bunch of new music inspiring just by the thought of his presentation. Could be that playing only old music one night or even playing entire albums. Most probably with Antonio, Linda and Gwilym will do a wide range of things from throughout all of it – and maybe uncover what the next period has in store as well”.

Have to be there to witness and even though November is far away, good idea to keep in mind the date and get the tickets before they are sold out and have an awesome night.

Update Aggie Reiter

Newsflash … Unicum Riserva out by the Zwack destillery

 Izabella Zwack and Sándor Zwack revealed last week-end their brand new version of Unicum, the new super premium version of the Unicum Riserva liqueur –  The Tokaji oak casks  aged  has 40% alcohol and bottled in 0.7liter.

Will be available on the shelves in the beginning of May.

Unicum Riserva is  a liqueur and doubly unique because it is aged not once, but twice in two very different and special casks.

The Unicum is aged at first in the largest and oldest cask in the distillery which has been in the cellars for over eighty years. Over the decades the wood has acquired a coating of what we call “black honey” which gives the Unicum still more depth and character.

In the second phase the Unicum is put into a Tokaji Aszu cask where for years this legendary wine has aged in the cellars of Tokaji.

Once the familiar bitter-sweet taste of Unicum encounters the sensuous sweetness of Tokaji, Unicum Riserva becomes mellower but at the same time spicy and fruity, with hints of dried apricots and an exclusively herbal, minty taste like a cool breeze.

Finally the 2007 vintage of Tokaji Aszu from the Dobogo Winery is blended into the Riserva to further enhance this uniquely unusual blend of flavours.

Update Aggie Reiter