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Judit Polgar’s Global Chess Festival Hungary – 2021.

Invitation celebrating the power and inspiration of chess … chess connects us!

At Saturday, October, 9. 2021 as a hybrid event the Hungarian National Gallery gives home to the local events, those interested can take part in the festival from the comfort of their homes, through Youtube Live. Furthermore, online chess enthusiasts can login to a plethora of interactive digital activities.

This year’s focus is on Education and Innovation

Major Programs: Education Chess Summit (Live and streamed from the Hungarian National Gallery).

The speakers include experts from Hungary, Sweden, USA, Spain and France.

During the Educational Chess Summit demo classes will be given based on the Judit Polgar Method.

Special guest: Ernö Rubik, the inventor of the world-famous Rubik’s Cube, will share his thoughts on modern education.

Creativity and Innovation
… Talks (Live and streamed from the Hungarian National Gallery).

Noam Manella from Israel: the author of the highly successful book “Think Like a Machine”, on how to awaken the dormant creativity inside ourselves.

Indian engineer Ashwin Subramanian on using biofeedback tools to explore what signals chess players’ bodies are sending while playing and how they can utilize these little cues in preparation.

Judit Polgar talks with the legendary Ernö Rubik, about his views and thoughts on creativity and innovation.
Judit Polgar will also share her thoughts on the role creativity played in her childhood and career. And how she implements creativity in her daily life and her various projects.

Norbert Fogarasi – Head of Morgan Stanley’s Budapest Office, speaks about the connection between chess, innovation and business.

Furthermore, there will be an unforgettable musical experience provided by Juga Di Prima – Chilean singer-songwriter performs five new “Chess Divas” songs that were composed in the spirit of gender equality and pay tribute to the best women chess players of history.

Other Programs: Interactive Chess Channel

Games, quizzes, masterclass, tournaments (Online Presentation of the Judit Polgar Method (at the National Gallery in Hungarian language).

Arts & Crafts for Children (at the National Gallery)

Winners of the Goodwill Ambassadors of Chess Awards announced (at the National Gallery) Simultaneous exhibitions with Judit Polgar and GM Zoltán Almási (Hungarian National Gallery)

For furthermore information visit the website. All programs are free!

Update Aggie Reiter

Wind Gate Park @ the Millenary – “Musical Budapest” Closing Chord – 2021

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Sunday, August 29 – Millenáris, Wind Gate Park
District, II.16-20 Kis Rókus Str. Budapest

Herald News: … 7 years, 12 venues, 2 months, 350 concerts were performed this year – the end of the seventh season of the “Zenélő Budapest” – “Musical Budapest” free program series brings the historical and cultural past and present of the capital to life in a unique way in the world; concert series. This year, the musicians of Zenélő Budapest gave 350 concerts in the cult venues of the capital, crowning the rich program with an unforgettable closing chord. Children are also welcome with colorful programs

On August 29, they will say goodbye to the 2021 season as part of a full-day closing event hosted by Millenáris, Wind Gate Park.

During the all-day free program, brass players in hussar costumes, popular classics will be sung by the string quartet, as well as the greats of Hungarian romance and the evergreens of the swing era. The closing concert of the evening will be performed by Micheller Myrtill – Tibor Pintér “Voice and Guitar” duo formation and Götz Saxophone Quartet gives.
Artistic director: Nándor Götz
Brainstormer: Béla Götz
The concert series is supported by the Ministry of Human Resources.

Update: Aggie Reiter

The “St. Stephen’s Day Bread” Award Ceremony & “The Cake of Hungary”- 2021

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The press representatives, award-winning, cakes and loaves at to-day’s media gathering was held on the terrace at the Castle Garden Bazaar @ Budapest.
A lot of people are looking forward year-after-year to see what the Hungarian bakers and confectioners will present  for the public on St. Stephen Day Hungary’s national holiday. The competition to win the title of “Bread of the Country” is ongoing for 10 years.
This outstanding holiday is connected to the year’s first made wheat bread. The competition was held in 3 categories. In the traditional wheat bread the “Bread of the Country”. In the line, the concept was with the needs of the age, in the innovative and wholemeal category.
József Septe, President of the Hungarian Bakers’ Association, led the award ceremony. As he said, the professional jury judged 7-7 loaves of bread in two categories. The title of St. Stephen’s Day bread was finally given to the “Pearl of Solymár”, which was made by the Hel Bakery at the village of Solymár. The innovative bread of the year was the seeded artisanal bread of the Princely Bakery from the town Tiszakécse, aside on the banks of the River Tisza.

In the competition of cakes Sándor Fodor confectioner -the “Sunflower” won the title of “The Cake of Hungary”, which was also presented in person on the spot. The Habcsók Confectionery @ Budapest introduced the roasted sunflower seeds, vilmos pears, honey and chocolate. Krisztián Füredi won the title of Hungary’s sugar-free cake namely: “The rose of Bistrița”. He already has been involved in a row with cakes participating in the competition for ongoing three years. As he said he is experiencing there is a growing demand for sugar-free and all-free, quality cakes and pastries. The rose of Bistrița is made without added sugar, and the apricot plays the main role in it, the fruit appears in several layers and harmonizes well with the nuts as well as the dark chocolate.
“A Drop of  Attention Foundation” was also on the spot giving an opportunity for free test of blood sugar and blood pressure measurement. Due to the extremely high temperature, getting to know the sugar intake before and after tasting the cakes was a good opportunity to scale oursleves.

Riport/Snaps: Aggie Reiter

André Kertész and György Lőrinczy “Outstanding Emigrants” – Mai Mano Gallery – Budapest

ANDRÉ KERTÉSZ / GYÖRGY LŐRINCZY: NEW YORK

AUGUST, 4. – SEPTEMBER, 12 2021.
OPENING HOURS: TUESDAY – SUNDAY NOON – 7 P.M.
CLOSED ON MONDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS.

“André Kertész and György Lőrinczy both worked in New York in the 1970s, their albums were published in the same year in Hungary, but these were not the only occasions when their work was presented at almost the same time and place. In the spring of 1984, “outstanding emigrants” were invited to the fourth Budapest Spring Festival. On that instance, Kertész travelled to Hungary as a guest of honour, and his solo exhibition was also organized at the Vigadó Gallery. Almost at the same time, György Lőrinczy’s exhibition titled New York, New York, featuring the photographs of his album published in 1972, was opened at the Fotóművészeti Galéria [Gallery of Photography] – but unfortunately without the artist’s direct involvement due to his early death. The oeuvres of the two artists came to a close at nearly the same time: Kertész died at the age of 92 in 1985, while Lőrinczy died at the age of 46 in 1981. They belonged to different generations and went different ways, creating works of distinct characters with contrasting approaches, that’s why the meeting points of their oeuvres may seem surprising at first …

They became acquainted in New York a few years earlier, when György Lőrinczy travelled to America in 1968 following the invitation of his friends, Edit de Ak and Peter Grass. To get a passport and some foreign currency, Lőrinczy was planning to make a photo album about New York. As her wife, Kati Lőrinczy recalled, he even received a down payment of two hundred dollars from the Corvina Arts and Foreign Language Publishing Company. His album featuring the photographs taken in 1968, titled New York, New York got finally published by Magyar Helikon [Hungarian Helikon Publishing] in 1972. At that time, the atmosphere in New York was defined by the hippies, the Civil Rights struggles of African Americans, drugs and student movements, among others. This environment completely enraptured the Lőrinczys as they roamed the city day and night, attending parties and concerts, and getting to know other artists. At that point, André Kertész had been living in New York for more than thirty years. From the early 1950s he began to photograph with renewed vigour, thereupon his work received international attention, including a large-scale retrospective exhibition at the Bibliothèque Nationale (Paris) in 1963, and a solo show in 1964 at the Museum of Modern Art (New York), curated by John Szarkowski …

Meanwhile in Hungary, the official cultural policy of the Kádár Era showed increased interest in Hungarian artists living abroad in the 1960s. Indicating this tendency, the works of Amerigo Tot and Victor Vasarely were presented at solo exhibitions held at the Műcsarnok [Kunsthalle Budapest] in 1969, and a group show curated by Krisztina Passuth titled XX. századi magyar származású művészek külföldön [XX. century Hungarian artists abroad] also took place in 1970. An exhibition titled A magyar fotóművészet 125 éve [125 Years of Hungarian Photography] was held at the Hungarian National Gallery in 1966, featuring a section dedicated to the works of Hungarian photographers living abroad, including several photographs by André Kertész. The Hungarian National Gallery then also organised a solo show for Kertész in 1971, and Corvina published his first Hungarian album in 1972 as part of the Fotóművészeti Kiskönyvtár [Small Library of Photography] series. Kertész referred to these events on the greeting card addressed to György Lőrinczy, quoted previously: “My exhibition will be held next May, but at the same time I would like to publish a little book, as you know …

To get the full picture of their relationship visit the  exhibition at the MaiManoHouse – Budapest.

CURATORS: IMRE KISS AND FLÓRA JUDIT SCHULLER

THE EXHIBITION IS REALIZED IN COLLABORATION WITH VINTAGE GALLERY. MAI MANÓ HÁZ – BUDAPEST

Source Mai Mano Ház

Overview by Aggie Reiter

A Little Summer … A Little Moonlight @ Foundry Yard – Castle Garden Bazaar – Budapest

August, 13. – 8 p.m. 

Jazz concert of the Barber Workshop

Kátya Tompos

Artisjus, eMeRTON, Lovagkereszt, Gábor Szabó and Liszt Prize winner, Mihály Borbély, one of the most versatile multi-instrumentalists in Hungary, has also won the Kossuth Prize as a member of the Vujicsics ensemble. His compositions are performed by renowned chamber ensembles and symphony orchestras. He has participated in the recording of numerous records, given concerts in Hungary, all over Europe, the USA, Mexico and Australia, as well as performed at major festivals with prominent domestic and foreign representatives of various genres. Balázs Horváth and the Junior Prima Prize winner Áron Táll the commissioned members of the rhythm section of the Barber Workshop, both outstanding musicians of Hungarian jazz life, and Hunor G. Szabó, also known as the frontman of The Qualitons , joined the band in January 2018. The eMeRTon award-winning band has released five albums under the care of the prestigious BMC label, two of which (Meselia Hill, Come to Me for the Evening) won the “Hungarian Jazz Record of the Year” award in the critical vote of the prestigious Hungarian magazine „Gramofon.”
Junior Príma and Jászai Prize winner Kátya Tompos came to the forefront of the Hungarian acting community at a very young age. In addition to her theatrical and film roles, she has released two solo albums, Both Through Europe -2013- and Moonwalk -2017-, proving her outstanding musical talent. The popular singer-actress is confidently adventuring in the world of various musical genres, her concerts are always an extraordinary experience for both her music colleagues and the audience.
This evening, at the summer evening concert of the musicians and wonderful guests of the Barber Workshop, arrangements of old Hungarian hits and jazz evergreens will be performed, as well as special Balkan melodies.
Particiants: Mihály Borbély – wind instruments, Balázs Horváth – bass, Áron Tall – piano, Hunor G. Szabó – drums … Guest: Kátya Tompos – vocals.
Upon rainy weather – organized in the Event Hall at the Castle Garden Bazaar will issue a notice on its website 3 hours before the performance. If no announcement is made, the Castle Garden Bazaar is preparing to hold the performance.
Várkert Bazár reserves the right to cancel the performance on the spot, depending on the weather, or to interrupt the performance that has already started and to continue later – after the rain. In case of no performance, the tickets are valid for the designated rainy day, the date of which can be found in the description of the given event. If the performance also has a designated rainy day, it is not possible to redeem the purchased tickets.
In case to bad weather, the performance is interrupted after at least 35 minutes, the performance shall be deemed to have been held.
Organizers wish to draw the attention for the coming audience that if the event will Follow the epidemiological precautions carefully for more information.

Update Aggie Reiter

Make My Day … Bake Your Day – Bakery … “Magic Pencil” Civil Road Foundation

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As to kill two birds with one stone.

The press gathering was held at the Bake My Day – Bakery located at district, XII., 34/A Böszörményi Road – Budapest whereas a collection box is placed at the store. The bakery is the second in line to be open whereas the bakery employing disabled people in Budapest. Bake My Day is a real success story – not only because they increase the number of wild sourdough bread sites, but also because they employ people with altered working abilities in their stores. After their first store at the Kérő Street Őrmező, they can be found from no one at the Hegyvidék -Mountain area on the Buda side of Budapest. In addition to their mouthwatering breads and pastries, there you can choose from a variety of breakfasts, sandwiches and a couple of salads throughout the day. Daily changing pieces, wholemeal spelled bread, sourdough brown, 100% rye, as well as onion, beetroot and cranberry bread. In addition to baked goods and breakfasts, you will also find a variety of cakes on the counter – in the form of cheesecake, brownie or truffle slices.

And about the organized event …  “Magic Pencil” – Draw a Smile on the faces! This stands for a charitable fundraiser for the benefit of injured children; As part of the action, 6265 packages of drawing tools were collected and distributed last year to children with disabilities in cooperation with the National Association for the Protection of the Interests of People with Intellectual Disabilities and their Assistants (ÉFOÉSZ) with the assistance of the Directorate-General for Social and Child Protection.

Andrea Gulyás, the curator of the Civil Road Foundation, said that with the charity action of the Magic Pencil we want to draw even more smiles on the faces of injured children this year. Let’s smile even more this year! They would be happy for more people to get to know our action and support the initiative this year – Andrea Gulyás – curator of the Civilút Foundation.

The drawing tools will be collected by the Civil Road Foundation from today until September 10, 2021. The initiative can be joined in several forms by those who wish to support the action. The drawing tools can be submitted to the Bake My Day Bakery Mountain Budapest XII. In a collection box located in the shop at 34 / A Böszörményi út.

In addition, the charity initiative can be supported with a monetary donation to the following account number: GRÁNIT Bank Ltd. 12100011-10545117. Enter in the box: Magic Pencil! From the proceeds, the Civil Road Foundation will purchase mainly drawing tools, colored pencils, crayons, paints, felt-tip pens, but they also welcome painters, stickers, booklets and pen holders other items for children with disabilities.For example, a pack of colored pencils can draw a big smile on the faces of injured children and art therapy sessions for people with disabilities, the process of creation, self-expression contributes to the communication of injured people.

Last year the Civil Foundation were very pleased to receive the items which was a great help during the pandemic period. This year, on the Day of Injured Children, will be hand over many drawing tools at th large-scale event – said Piroska Gyene – president of ÉFOÉSZ.

Alexandra Pintácsi also immediately joined the charity. As said she considers such initiatives to be very important. Anyone can get involved and help to draw a smile on the faces of injured children.
The collected drawing tools will be handed over to the EFOÉSZ by the Civil Road Foundation on Monday, September 20, at a large-scale ceremony to be held on the Day of the Injured Children at the Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden. Magic Pencil – Let’s smile even more this year!

Riport/Snaps: Aggie Reiter

From Leonardo to Miró – The Paper Side of Art @ Budapest

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Under the Spell of 150  years of Collection in Prints and Drawings.

 The Museum of Fine Arts  finally  reach the time to reopen its gates to the visitors to the world of Fine Art at the Michelangelo Hall.

From June, 4. – August, 15. 2021

Just a couple of minutes walk from Heroes’ Square

Around midday the Director of the Fine Art Museum Mr. László Baán opened  to the media representatives and talked about the reopening of the museum again for the public after the pending pandemic. He spoke about facing a brand new catalog and an extraordinary exhibition, whereas marking the 150th anniversary of the Collection of Prints and Drawings. With this exhibition and the catalog they are celebrating the 150th anniversary of their unique European ranking collection. Also added…“Last time the finest pieces in the Collection of Prints and Drawings were published was 22 years ago, in 1999.  Then the exhibition was entitled Dürer to Dali. Master drawings in Budapest at the Museum of Fine Arts.  The 150th anniversary is a perfect opportunity to revisit the history of the collection in  the light of new  criterion and can present the finest works of collections of the two institutions reunited in 2012, the Museum of Fine Arts and the Hungarian Gallery – Budapest. Following the museums tradition, the new richly illustrated volume “The Paper Side of Art. Eight Centuries of Drawings and Prints in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts – Hungarian National Gallery – Budapest, containing 50 of our most excellent works on paper, is so accompanied by a cabinet exhibition. The Paper Side of Art: from Leonardo to Miró. Spellbound by 150 years of collecting Prints and Drawings. The pieces on display are among the most sensitive drawing and prints, therefore can be exhibited only rarely. Some exceptional pieces are along well-known artist such as: Leonardo Raphael,Rembrandt, Picasso,Miro, Schiele,  Mihány Munkácsy,  József Rippl Rónai, Jenő Zichy and Miklós Barabás. In the frame of the exhibition can also discover some outstanding new acquisitions as well as some hitherto  less familiar works.”

The various collections at the Museum of Fine Arts – Hungarian National Gallery hold over 10000 drawings and almost 200000 prints, dating  back from the mid 14th century to the 21st century.

The new catalog gives a comprehensive overview of the entirety of paper-based art, shining light on the parallels that appears throughout the centuries … e.g. chiaroscuro prints, creative copies, autonomous landscape drawings, the emergence of printmarking as an autonomous genre and the expanding of the boundaries of drawn and printed techniques and the distinctive artistic attitude that derives from  the use of paper.

The visitors  to the exhibition and readers of the album are likewise guided behind the scenes of the museum. In the catalog, curators write e.g. about the museum’s involvement in research and about how the collection are managed and operated. In addition contemporary artist speak for better understand of the special relationship that artists have with paper. The  album can be purchased on the spot at the “Gift Shop”

The editors of the volume and the curators of the exhibition are art historians  Ms KInga Bódi and Ms Kata Bodor. The Exhibition can be visited… Wednesday – Thursday: only the temporary exhibition entitled From Leonardo to Miró is open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday – Sunday: temporary and permanent exhibitions are also open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
checkout and last entry: 5 p.m.
closing of exhibitions:, 5.30 p.m.

On Monday – Tuesday: closed,

Updated and snaps  by Aggie Reiter

PMJ on a world tour and coming to Budapest

PMJ - Budapest 2022

After five years Postmodern Jukebox will arrive to Budapest again on their „Roaring ’20s” tour. The band became popular on YouTube, last year’s Postmodern Jukebox tour, but whilst interrupted by the Corona epidemic, the band is now one of the first to announce that it will give a concert in the Capital of Hungary rolling to reopen on tour. The theme of the long-awaited return of world-famous musicians is the celebration of the 1920s, in which modern pop hits are performed in the classic style of bygone eras – accompanied by a spectacular show.

Scott Bradlee’s pop-jazz band will perform at the László Papp Budapest Sports Arena on June 23, 2022. Tickets are now available in advance from 10 a.m. on May 19, 2021 through Tex national ticket offices and eventim.hu.

Fans cans also  choose between various VIP packages, by the favor of the production team, with which they can meet the performers from up-close. 

Update Aggie Reiter

Visit to the Ráth György Museum again

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The Museum of Applied Arts is pleased to inform its audience that its exhibition space at the György Ráth Villa in Budapest welcome visitors again. Opening hours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, except on Mondays.

In addition to the permanent exhibition “Our Art Nouveau”, the villa will also feature a completely new temporary exhibition: this time the series “In Circulation” will feature the Dechem Studio in Prague. The exhibition can be visited until 5th of June 2021.

Dechem Studio in Prague is one of the most renowned representatives of contemporary Czech glass art. Its designers, Michaela Tomišková and Jakub Janďourek, are a party at work and in life. In 2012, Dechem Studio was founded. They have a wide range of design and manufacturing experience.

The two contemporary designers become acquainted with the museum’s internationally unparalleled rich collection, selected an objects that inspires within their own work, and created their own design that reflects upon it. The design object(s) born from the inspiration of the museum’s collection will also become a part of the collection, which will also provide the opportunity for further relations and exhibitions.

The excellence of contemporary Czech glass art reflects the 1930 volume of Madame Bovary selected from the art book collection of the Museum of Applied Arts, while at the same time unveiling the secrets of a magical raw material, lithyalin glass, reminiscent of semi-precious stones.


Due to the epidemiological situation, the area of ​​the villa can be entered after a fever measurement and hand disinfection, with a certificate of protection and a mask.
Visitors to the exhibition halls will also be asked to keep a safe distance.

Update Aggie Reiter

SZIGET Festival Budapest 2021

Hungary’s SZIGET, which organize some of the largest music festivals in Europe and yes for sure many people are not unfamiliar with the Hungarian word SZIGET which mean ISLAND in English language.

Newsflash goes with deep sorrow for many locals and foreigners having a time of their life the organizers of “Sziget” – The Island” one of Europe’s largest festivals, canceled the event for 2021, citing uncertainties linked to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Background reason about the cancellation … was taking into consideration all the uncertainty around traveling to-and-from and catering industry, furthermore the national and international role of immunity cards, the decision was made to be focused on organizing only next year the Sziget Festival.

The Sziget Festival was held last time in 2019. Then it welcomed over half-a-million individuals from more than hundred countries and also from Hungarian regions taking part at entertainment-ville for over seven days.

As many who participated earlier at the Sziget Festival they were able to have the experiences about its diverse programs such as: several stages also holding workshops with performance art, comedy cabaret, gym and dancing.

This year two other music festivals in Hungary … the Sopron Volt Festival and the Balaton Sound Festival, are being also canceled.

Update: Aggie Reiter