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Recalling – The First Beatles Weekend Festival @ Budapest – 2019.

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It is not typical to report here on a past event, cause what’s gone is gone, but this is an exceptional case and should note a few words about the splendid two-day’s connected to The 1st Beatles Weekend Festival held Budapest – Hungary.

October, 5. – DayOneAnalog Music Hall – Budapest – Who else than Hungary’s best interpreted Beatles songs, rolling on stage the Beatles Tribute band, namely The Blackbirds!

They are the first Hungarian band to ever have been invited to the famous Beatle Week festival in Liverpool. They became known as one of the 5 best Beatles cover bands in the world. They have returned to Liverpool 5 times since, once to take the Cavern Club’s main stage for a whole evening as a standalone act. They have performed at nearly all the European events related to The Beatles. With all that experience they believe it’s time to share it all with the audience of their home country and give them their own Beatles Festival The Beatles Weekend.
Their shows is not the “Beatles Imitators” kinda performances. They interpret the Beatles songs with an approach that puts the sound of rock in the center along with authenticity. They like to show how powerful and also dynamic The Beatle’s music is reproducing the original feel of the songs live as much as possible. It covers the whole body of work of The Beatles. They are official partners of VOX Amplification Hungary.

Ms. Helen Anderson shared many of her memories from those days and some of which has never been published before. She talked about John related unforgettable memories. By-the-way, Ms. Anderson is the creator of the iconic “Lennon cap.” She and John and Cynthia (Lennon’s first wife) went to the Liverpool College of Art. Helen became a successful fashion designer in the ’60s, and John Lennon began wearing genuine leather hats she designed in 1964,  and among others in the memorable appearances movie A Hard Day’s Night. Helen’s words were  translated by Gábor Peterdione of the creators at the Beatles Museum – Eger.

Mr. Radchenko Ambassador of The Beatles Story Museum of Liverpool gave a special lecture focusing on John Lennon at the Analog Music Hall and is patron of the first Hungarian Beatles Festival. He is the writer of the book Touching The Universe Of The Beatles.He organize and holds lecturers at many Beatles related events all around the globe.

One of the favorit Beatles albums by the FAB4 is the Abbey Road,  a live concert for the first time by the Beatles Tribute band – The Blackbirds and the full Abbey Road album was on stage with Iván Vitáris. If there is anyone who knows and loves everything about rock music, it is him, who is able to bring all the values of the past into the present, adapt it all to today’s world and trends without losing the true meaning of it. He is basically, the singer and member of the popular Hungarian band Ivan & The Parazol. Ain’t no secret he is one of the craziest Beatle maniac of Hungary. The Beatles Weekend Festival was a superb opportunity for him to take the stage to perform his favorite Beatles album Abbey Road live together with his favorite Beatles Tribute Band.

The world’s No1. John Lennon cover act. Jay Goeppner is known and has been on tour around the world for decades as one of the most authentic sources of John Lennon’s music. For this special evening The Blackbirds band back him up and together performed breathtaking-heartbeating 2 hours selection of the best Lennon songs from the early Beatle years, to the end of Lennon’s career. The house was hot full of emotions with young adults and elder folks dancing, singing the Beatles tunes … unforgettable day and the Beatles lovers surely got the long awaited treat … nothing else mattered … love was in the air!

World know VOX Amplification has played a major role in the musical instruments industry for over 63 years. In the 60’s they actually developed their amplifiers according to The Beatles’ requirements. Their amps can be heard in nearly 160 Beatles songs and were used in more than 460 Beatles concerts. Paul McCartney still uses them on stage and in studio as well. Since 2016 The Blackbirds is the official partner of VOX Amplification Hungary. On October, 5.  the VOX and Vintage ’52 Music Store jointly held an exhibition of vintage and new musical instruments and amplifiers to Analog Music Hall. There was raffle tickets along with the purchased entry tickets. The main prize was a VOX electric guitar.

October, 6. DayTwo – Hard Rock Cafe Budapest.

István Mikó, Hungary’s famous actor and singer met the audience at the Hard Rock Cafe. As said, for ages has been a great fan of the Beatles and shared stories about his serious Beatles addiction. Among his countless other great work he created two plays that are based on The Beatles songs and his characters in them and the later together with The Blackbirds. He had a lot to share about his serious Beatles addiction with the local audience and many foreigners on the spot.

Closing Accord to the 1st. FAB4 Weekend Festival held an awesome unplugged  superb concert by Jay Goeppner together with The Blackbirds on stage, having all the Lennon songs fit in show at the Hard Rock Cafe –Budapest.

DayOne and DayTwo –  First Beatles Weekend Festival  was a “Magically Tour” and should be replayed in the future experiencing that the audience were hungry for living over sings from the Beatles era again!

Hopefully next year in 2020 the announcement will be made to the Second Beatles Weekend Festival in Budapest.

Update and snaps Aggie Reiter






Europe is Going to the Cinema – 2019.

The 4th European Art Cinema Day – October, 13. 2019.

The initiative, successfully launched in 2016 by the CICAE  (International Confederation of ArtHouse Cinemas)  in partnership with Europa Cinemas, reunited more than 650 cinemas spread in 39 countries in 2018.

To-day more than 700 cinemas across Europe, including almost all members of the Art Cinema Association and 28 Hungarian cinemas, have joined the international event organized by the CICAE and Europa Cinemas.

The Hungarian program aims to highlight the diversity of European cinema and the importance of art cinema as a cultural and community space. It is enriched by five award-winning European co-productions, and feature two new Hungarian films.

Also special programs the will be organised just for the young audiences on Friday the 11th and on Monday the of 14th October.

From film drama to contemporary youth film, comedy and crime, to animated Hungarian family film, five new European films and three Hungarian works will be screened in various genres, most of which will be screened before their national premieres. These movies will be screened at 9 Art Movie Theaters in Budapest these venues are at: Urania Movie Theater, Corvin Cinema, Kino Cafe Mozi, Puskin Cinema, Toldi Movie Theater, Tabán Art Cinema, Premier Kult Café, Artist Cinema, Art & Cinema.

Beside the Capital Cinemas, 19 National Region Cinemas throughout Hungary are also joining the 4th European Art Cinema Day on Sunday, October, 13. 2019. in screening art films.

 Update Aggie Reiter

Hearld News: Temples of Art Series – The Prado Museum – Film Premiere @ Budapest

Temples of Art: The Prado Museum – Collection of Miracles
color subtitled Italian educational film, 90 minutes, 2019
Director: Valeria Parisi

Premiere – Tuesday, October, 8. 2019. – 8 p.m. – Uránia National Film Theater – Budapest

The entire history of art are all in one extremely amazing Halls at the PRADA Museum in Madrid. Many may have been to the PRADA Museum in Madrid or perhaps many may have not. This film surely will take the audience right into  PRADA without taking a step out from their seats, instead stepping into the Halls at the breathtaking PRADA Museum.

On the 200th anniversary of its existence, one of the most visited museums in the world  now comes to Budapest to take a special tour through the halls of the eminent institution, presenting their history and secrets in the frame of the Temple of Art series. Journey through the history of beauty and art with Oscar-winning actor Jeremy Irons guides viewers through.

At the premiere the guest of honor, Dr. Joan Molina Figueres (University of Girona, Department of Art History), curator of the premiere screening of the film in collaboration with the Embassy of Spain and the Cervantes Institute.

The film is screened in original (English, Spanish) with Hungarian subtitles. and out at major cinemas throughout the country’s regions from October, 10. 2019. Tickets on the spot at the ticket booth.

Upon Pannonia Entertainment Ltd.

Update Aggie Reiter

First International Beatles Festival @ Budapest 2019!

Just in case if it slipped out of mind!

Are you extremely fond of the Beatles? Wish to purchase a couple of Beatles relic? If you say yes to at least one out of two then your place is nowhere better place to be on the first weekend of October at Analog Music Hall and Hard Rock Cafe in Budapest! Organizers will bring a huge slice recalling the Lads from Liverpool to Budapest as part of the first Hungarian Beatles Festival!

Previous Herald News:



Here are the planned programs and the performances:



2 p.m. – Doors open

2.30 p.m. -Official Opening – The BlackBirds, Sergey Radchenko, Egri Road Beatles Múzeum, VOX

3 p.m. – Sergey Radchenko (UA) – storyteller – Ambassador of The Beatles Story Museum, Liverpool). Where does genius come from and how young John Lennon found the key to his success, s

4 p.m. – Petruska – Acoustic concert with Petruska. Little known songs by The Beatles.

5 p.m. – Helen Anderson (UK) – designer from Liverpool, creator of the iconic Lennon hat talks about John Lennon’s school years and the times they spent together.

6 p.m. – Intermission

6.30 p.m. – Raffle (FREE raffle with entrance tickets.) Prizes include VOX harmonica with Beatles sheet music, radio, promotional gifts, Hard Rock Cafe gifts, official APPLE and Beatles Museum Merchandise sponsored by Egri Road Beatles Museum.

7 p.m. – The BlackBirds (Hungarian Beatles & Solo Years Tribute Band) feat. Vitáris Iván (Ivan & The Parazol) – Abbey Road full album LIVE – celebrating the 50th anniversary of the release of the Abbey Road album with The BlackBirds, feat. Vitáris Iván (Ivan & The Parazol).

8 p.m. – Jay Goeppner (USA) – (top John Lennon tribute act from Chicago) From Please Please Me to Double Fantasy – John Lennon songs from the first Beatles LP to the last John Lennon solo album.


3 p.m. – The winner of the Beatles Weekend’s Talent Contest.

4 p.m. – Márton András (drummer of KFT) talks about his book Yesterday, his translation of Beatles lyrics.

5 p.m. – Zoltán Czutor (Belmondo, Nyers) talks about his love of The Beatles and plays his favourite songs.

Other events all day long:

Sgt. Pepper’s Cafe & Bar – hot and cold  yummies.

RomKafé  – exclusíve Beatles Specials – hot chocolate in 3 different flavors: Honey Pie, Savoy Truffle, Strawberry Fields Forever.

VOX exhibition – vintage and new amplifiers, guitars, pianos, harmonicas.

Official APPLE Beatles merchandise and CD’s available in Egri Road Beatles Museum’s shop.

Beatles Fair – vintage record (vinyl) market – Official Beatles Weekend Shop

Alcoholic & soft drinks at Analog Music Hall’s bars.

DAY 2 – SUNDAY, OCTOBER, 6. 2019.

Hard Rock Cafe is exclusive to Beatles Weekend all Sunday afternoon.

Extra day for the biggest Beatles fans. Special event with original Hard Rock Cafe Beatles relics.


2.30 p.m. – Doors Open

3 p.m. – István Mikó actor talks about the Beatles and the legendary Beatles Forever stage play.

4 p.m. – Intermission

4.30 p.m. – Jay Goeppner (USA) & The Blackbirds: Unplugged. Best Lennon ballads and rare Beatles songs.

6 p.m.  Oh Boy … Now you missed the Beatles Week-end Budapest 2019 – THE END

Update Aggie Reiter

Premiere in Hungary: Rakuten Viber – instant money transfer service powered by Mastercard

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So it was announced at the Bestia Budapest Restaurant the new service, named “Moneytou”, which had been developed in Hungary and will initially operate with cards issued in Hungary, rolled out from October, 3. 2019. Easily send money to each other using a brand new feature available in the Viber mobile app.  and  within plans for it to be out in other markets as well as on a global scale. The new feature, which leverages Mastercard’s Send technology that is a result of an exceptional cooperation of Rakuten Viber and Mastercard allows users to send and receive money immediately through the app in a secure, fast and easy way. The innovative service behind Moneytou has been developed by NeoPay with the aim of making the service available to customers of most Hungarian banks from the very start.

Ms Cristina Constandache – Chief Revenue Office at Rakuten Viber said: Q.: “We’re happy to announce the upcoming launch of Moneytou, a strategic project launching in Hungary, which will offer a unique payment solution for all our users in the country. Partnering with Mastercard and NeoPay has enabled us to offer Hungarians the ability to easily send, receive and transfer money to friends and family with just a few taps. Continued saying Q.: “Our mission has always been to bring valuable solutions to our users by opening up our platform to allow for partnerships with innovative companies. We are excited and eager to roll out Moneytou in more countries by the end of the year.”

Customers will be able to benefit from the speed of transactions, with funds being transferred within a matter of minutes, including evening hours and weekends. As Saturday’s are the Party Time for many young adults, this service will most probably be number1 to gain money in just a wink in use of this transfer mood with special discount on Moneytuo. This discounted rate ends at the end of 2019. On these days transfer fee for amounts within 3000 HUF will be 49 HUF and for higher amounts it will be 49 HUF + 1,5% of the sum above 3000 HUF. From Sundays to Fridays the transfer fee for amounts within 3000 HUF will be 79 HUF; while for higher amounts it will be 79 HUF + 1,5% of the sum above 3000 HUF.

The transferred amount will appear in the recipient’s balance and is immediately available to spend by card or withdrawn in cash. To launch the app feature, consumers will need to tap a separate Moneytou icon within the Viber app. Once they have done this, they’ll be able to send money to friends or family members without having to use their bank account number or waiting for the transfer to go through. For easy trouble shooting the feature’s online chatbot is always ready to help.

“Leveraging Mastercard Send technology and NeoPay’s new service, Rakuten Viber’s customers will be able to benefit from near-instant money transfers, meeting the consumer demand for an always-on payments network. Whether customers want to split a bill, pay back money to a friend or put their children’s pocket money directly onto their card, Moneytou can enable this instant transaction in an easy and secure way for all Viber users” said by Gabriel Ghita, Vice President, Business Development at Mastercard.

 “The good thing about Moneytou is that is works incredibly easily: users only need to register once, and from then on, money is “just one of the many things” that they can share within Viber. The transaction takes place between the cards of two private parties which means that Moneytou is not a “wallet” application. Our company’s goal in the first phase of expansion, is to also appear in more than 25 million Rakuten Viber users’ apps in Ukraine, Romania, Serbia and Bulgaria” outlined by Gergely Benda, NeoPay’s founder-executive.

The service’s financial and technological background is provided by Libra Internet Bank and Wirecard with the use of Mastercard and VISA instant payment systems. This kind of partnership is perfectly suited for our organization, as we are highly customer oriented, agile and digital intensive” said by Emil Bituleanu, CEO Libra Internet Bank.

“The cooperation of these outstanding partners and the innovative payment technology developed by NeoPay have attracted GB & Partners Investment Management. The Exim Crossborder Fund managed by GB & Partners invests in NeoPay thus providing the financial background for the launch of Moneytou first in Hungary and then potentially in neighboring countries” added Gábor Bürchner investment director of GB & Partners.

Rakuten Viber’s groundbreaking money transfer feature is now available for consumers, adding another really important application of payments to our innovative range: peer-to-peer transfers” commented Endre Eölyüs, Country Manager of Hungary and Slovenia at Mastercard.

Source: Press Release

Update Aggie Reiter

Design Week – Designs Wanted – Trade Show @ Budapest – 2019.

Friday, October, 4. 2019 – Sunday, October, 13, 2019.

This year, the Baltic countries – Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania – will be honored guests of the festival.


For the sixteenth time now, Budapest Design Week festival awaits visitors with 250 programs at 150 design locations during the period of October, 4 – 13., similarly to previous years in its structure but with many new features a number added to the content.  The aim of the biggest design event in Hungary is to encourage cooperation between designers and companies beyond the formation of attitudes, thus strengthening the economic role of during the period of  the Hungarian design ecosystem.

The organizers will be waiting for the participants with several programs aimed at economic recovery. In a series of lectures tailored to the needs of small and medium-sized creative industries, experts will answer the most common strategic, financing, commercial, copyright and communication issues.

The program series includes events for the general public … exhibition openings, children’s programs, thematic tours, workshop visits, professional events, round-tables, professional presentations, conferences, awards gala and many more activities.

The Service Design Day program … a series of lectures and workshops illustrating the relationship between strategic planning and design, will be held this year, as well as the Design Management Awards, which recognizes successful practices of design management-oriented corporate governance by the Hungarian Design Council.

Constant programs, rural events … the permanent program elements: insight allowing designers Open Studios, guided tours of the city’s interesting sites Design, founded forty years ago this year, the Hungarian Design Award and the transfer of the Design Management Award.

The number of partner cities in the countryside is also expanding this year: besides the already successful cities of Debrecen, Győr, Pécs and Sopron, the city of Eger will be added as a new entrant, so in 2019 there will definitely be local designers, institutions and businesses Relationship Design Week.

The patron of Design Week Budapest is sponsored by the Hungarian Intellectual Property Office, organized by the Hungarian Design Council.

 Update Aggie Reiter