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“The Real thing is the Domestic” – slogan 2022 campaign for Hungarian Products!

“Real thing is the domestic” is the slogan of the 2022 campaign series of the Hungarian Product Nonprofit Ltd. It aims to spread a message about domestically sourced, controlled, reliable products to a wider range of consumers, helping them make informed purchases.

According to the latest statistics the integrated campaign for the real domestic products, almost 5000 products from 210 companies are entitled to use the Hungarian Product trademarks.

The press gathering was held by Eszter Benedek, Managing Director of Hungarian Product Nonprofit Ltd., Márk Maczelka, Head of Communications at SPAR Hungary Trade Ltd. and Éva Kulich, Head of Sales and Marketing at “Haladás” Agricultural Ltd.

Eszter Benedek reminded that during the period of the coronavirus epidemic, the importance of domestically produced products became especially important, and consumers were more conscious than ever looking for these products. In order to protect the Hungarian economy, domestic producers launched the “protect domestic product” campaign in March 2020, which was embraced by many people and became a real movement. In order to join it, was the only the condition as to have products made in Hungary.

Márk Maczelka, the communications manager of SPAR Hungary Trade Ltd. SPAR Hungary has always been in favor of domestic producers and products, which is also an important part of its overall sustainability concept. As a trademark user, GoldenBurg = golden potato is one of the first in the unprocessed food category. Was told,that their company helps Hungarian manufacturers to become suppliers and increase the volume of their sales in several ways. With the Hungaricool by SPAR product competition, they prefer Hungarian products that are newly developed or even more widely known. Starting last summer, the high-quality, traditional flavors of the “THE LOVE for HOMELAND” product line have been on their shelves. A regional partnership program has been set up for Hungarian small producers and small businesses.

Eva Kulich, head of sales and marketing at “Haladás” Agricultural Ltd., provided information on their latest consumer research in February. As he said, GoldenBurg, the brand of “Haladás” Agricultural Ltd. is a very young brand, barely 3 years old, which is why the results of the research are appreciated.
In a product category that is not otherwise branded, the GoldenBurg brand achieved 37% brand awareness.  She also highlightes that the data of the representative customer survey of 600 people also showed that it is of value to us to be a trademark user: 80% of the buyers of GoldenBurg potatoes prefer the trademarks of the Hungarian Product in their customer decisions.”
The “Haladás” Agricultural Ltd at Dunaegyházi. are in addition to growing feed corn, rapeseed and carrots, it has been a major player in the table potato market for more than 50 years. They harvests 10,000 tons of potatoes on an annual average of nearly 350 hectares. It serves their trading partners all year round with soft and packaged potatoes, including Goldenburg and S-Budget.

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Herald News: Sons of a Stone-Hearted Man – Legend – Musical @ Erkel Theater Budapest

  District: VIII., 30. Pope John Paul II. Square.

Tuesday, March, 15. 2022. – 7 p.m.

Premier: The Great Reading Trial – Music and Text

Most likely the historical novel of Mór Jókai takes us back to the timezone of the XIX. century, during the War of Independence.

The Legend of the Baradlay Brothers is one of the most important and well-known stories in Hungarian history. After Mór Jókai’s novel (1869) and the film in (1965) this time will be adventures musical following the novel of Mór Jókai presented on the stage @ the Erkel Theater – Budapest.

The work was written in the midst of political struggles, in which its creator stood for the goal of independence. The theme in addition to patriotism, love, brotherly and parental self-sacrifice, and honor, betrayal, immorality, and revenge control people and history alike.

The adventurous and romantic history of the Baradlay Brothers is guided by a spectacle and awesome melodies that have never been seen nor heard before in Hungary.

The authors of the play are Szente Vajk, Attila Galambos and Levente Juhász, directed by Szente Vajk and produced by László Szabó.

Just a reminder … the musical play is in Hungarian language, yet the awesome cast and melodies surely  skip the barrels for the foreigners. Tickets on the spot.

Source: Musical for You – Production

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Visual Insights and Stories @ Robert Capa Center Budapest


David Claerbout: The Quiet Shore, 2011 © David Claerbout

Saturday, March. 5, 2022. – 5 p.m.

District, VI., 8. Nagymező Str. – Budapest

Public Talk with artists David Claerbout and Gábor Ősz Robert
Free admission
The event will be held in English.

Within the framework of the Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Center’s program called CAPA VISA, leading foreign professionals in the field of contemporary art and photography – visiting Budapest for professional or private reasons – present their activities, research areas at the Capa Center. The aim of the program series is to create an opportunity for knowledge exchange between international and Hungarian photographers, artists, heads of institutions, curators, independent professionals, writers, and editors.

David Claerbout and Gábor Ősz will give a presentation about their work in general and their unique artistic methods. The lectures will be followed by an open discussion, which will also provide space for questions from the audience.

Wearing a mask is obligatory throughout the Capa Center. We recommend the use of hand sanitizer and ask that appropriate social distance be maintained.

David Claerbout (1969) was trained as a painter but became more and more interested in time through investigations in the nature of photography and film. While his works depict mundane actions and events, his main subject matter is the passage of time and the complex relationship between reality and illusion. He refers to today’s photographs as “mechanical images” because they require no specialized skills other than the push of a button. In his view, photography has lost the magical character that had been attributed to it for much of the last 160 years, and the intimate relationship between the creator and the subject of the photographic image has also come to an end. These days, this earlier – one might say: genuine – concept of photography is mostly kept alive by those who, at some level and in certain ways, exercise power over us viewers and want to control how we see the world. In this sense, the world of the “anticamera” is the one that lies beyond the field of vision of the photographic apparatus; it is the world of truth in which things exist in their own right and not in the service of some propaganda – as do the photos in the media disseminating ideas rather than real information. It is this very dilemma that Claerbout’s works on display in this exhibition seek to expose and impose.

Gábor Ősz (1962) has taken a similar journey – starting out from investigating problems in painting, he ventured into the field of picture theory extending to include the questions of the technical image. In his works, which explore fundamental artistic problems, he has always been concerned with the relationship between the image, its medium, and wall it appears on as well as the exhibition space it is exposed in as a whole. In his works delving into the inherent laws of black-and-white photography, color images, and projections, he explores the boundaries of photography. His themes emerge at the intersections of visual representations, politics, history, built environments, and related the material artifacts. For him, the “anticamera” – possibly in the sense of camera-less photography – is a philosophical point of departure inviting to reflect on the photography of the future. In his search for capturing light, time, and space in novel, objective ways, he tinkers up large-scale, image-taking and generating devices whose principles of operation diverge from those of conventional cameras and projectors. The camera obscura and other special contraptions Ősz builds are core elements in the making of his moving and still images and installations, which allow us to better understand the physical phenomena of the visible world with the help of critical analysis rather than through the semblances of the imagery that today’s consumer devices offer.

The word ANTICAMERA* condenses the disturbing idea that today we are constantly documenting our lives with smartphones and digital cameras, we may have almost completely forgotten how we once perceived reality back when it was not yet so easy to capture the mundane events of our lives. As technology advances and image reproduction processes along with the internet becomes widely accessible, the technical image has become our primary means of communication, and visual representation fundamentally drives the way we think and communicate today. In the era of visual overload in the 21st century, some of the most important questions are as to what effect this influx of images exerts on our consciousness, how we are affected, both emotionally and mentally, by the images that flood us, and how the fact that a digital camera is almost constantly within our easy reach shapes our perception of reality. From the dawn of photography, it has been argued that despite all its formal resemblance, the photograph does not coincide with the fragment of reality it depicts. And the fact that our own era has become marked by the ubiquitous use of digital and moving images, allowing us to virtually construct realities we want to show the world and thus imagine living in, has only raised further questions about the authenticity of technical images and their correspondence with reality. While exploring these issues, ANTICAMERA refrains from filling the exhibition space with what is considered photographs in the classical sense of David Claerbout and Gábor Ősz.

Source: CAPA Center

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Second Greatest Movie In The American Cinematic History „An Offer You Can’t Refuse” @ Budapest!

The GODFATHER digitally renewed & released on its 50th ANNIVERSARY.

The offer to a classic, often cited as one of the greatest films of all time, will receive a limited screening release only for a week, in the original language, with Hungarian subtitles.

February, 10 – 16. 2022.
In Hungary, the screenings will take place in the renewed cinema with comfy armchairs at the MOM Park, Cinema MOM – Budapest

Godfather fans who have loved it for decades, younger generations who still find it relevant today, and those who will discover it for the first time. The excellent acting, the history of the Corleone clan from 1945-55 continues to captivate the viewer even after 50 years. The film depicts the machinery of an Italian-rooted mafia that has become one of the most dreaded powers in the world, interspersed with shocking scenes that were shocking at the time.

The 50 years after its original premiere, Paramount Studio Coppola, under the professional guidance of the professional director, has completely restored the film and will be screened again on a large screen and expected to roll out across the globe in other venues.

The film was based on Mario Puzo’s novel of the same title, introduced the general public to the traditions, hierarchies and activities of Italian-American crime families that has become one of the most dreaded powers in the world, interspersed with shocking scenes that were shocking at the time being. His story, centered on the Corleone family, an organized crime dynasty in postwar New York City.
The Godfather was adapted, based on Mario Puzo’s novel of the same title. Also became Puzo best-selling book, the novelist who grew up in New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen.

The Godfather created screen magic and was hailed as an instant classic from the moment it premiered on 24 March 1972, winning three Oscars including Best Picture. Far more than that, it also changed cinema.
The movie earned more money than any other film 1972, and it won Best Picture at the 1973 Academy Awards. The sequel, The Godfather: Part II, released in 1974, received comparable accolades.
Studios: Paramount Pictures and Alfran Productions, Director: Francis Ford Coppola, Writers: Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola, Music: Nino Rota, Cinematographer: Gordon Willis.
Cast: Marlon Brando (Don Vito Corleone), Al Pacino (Michael Corleone), James Caan (Sonny Corleone), Robert Duvall (Tom Hagen), Diane Keaton (Kay Adams), Talia Shire (Connie), John Cazale (Fredo), Abe Vigoda (Tessio).
Academy Award nominations: Picture, Lead actor: Marlon Brando, Supporting actor: James Caan), Supporting actor: Robert Duvall,  Supporting actor: Al Pacino.
The excellent acting, the history of the Corleone clan from 1945-55 continues to captivate the viewer even after 50 years. The film depicts the machinery of an Italian-rooted mafia that has become one of the most dreaded powers in the world, interspersed with shocking scenes that were shocking at the time.

Distributor: Pannonia Entertainment Ltd.

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Edward Albee: “Three Tall Women” – running now @ Bethlen Square Theater – Budapest

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Premier – 7 p.m. Friday, February, 4. 2022.

District, VII., 3. Bethlen Gábor Square – Budapest

Three women in one-to-one life stages or one woman in three life stages?

The play is only in Hungarian language!

The play will be staged in Hungary through THEATRUM MUNDI Theater and Literary Agency. Director: Csaba Jantyikm, Translator: Gabriella Prekop, Costume set: Johanna Kupi, Director: Dóra Majláth, Production manager: Dávid Putz.

It’s not exactly a light play, but most people will identify with some aspect of it and it definitely provides food for thought.

Once again the Bethlen Theater has tackled a serious and demanding play, that by turns acerbic, anguished and sarcastically funny.  Barbara Hegyi as old woman known to us only as the №1 aged 92 lays bare her inner life in sometimes shocking detail to the other two  …  Virág Marjai the  52-year old caregiver identified only as №2  and Enikő Nagy a young legal professional as №3 26-year-old version.  In the play, three women of different ages talk about their lives and their relationships with their families. Gradually it emerges that they may all be the same woman. But it’s certainly an interesting play, showing how perspective changes as life goes on, and what life does to people. The drama profound meditation on aging, death and the very nature of the self as conversation becomes a sort of cat-and-mouse game involving memories and experiences. Who knew what when, or should have been? Which selves are dishonest and denying and which self-aware, and who are we really, and how do we become who we are? Barbara Hegyi – №1 gave a splendid, sustained performance, being both hilarious and tragic, capturing both the pleasures and torment of the character. Her empathy and focus were critical and absolutely will be holding the audience’s rapt attention. What a production! … The language is striking, the characters true to life, and the observation so accurate that this is truly a deeply moving piece of theater. It is not a poetic question, however … “Let’s play it so we know our fate in advance is!? When is it best when we’re past it, when we’re in the middle of it, or when it’s all still ahead of us?” The world premiere of “Three Tall Women” was at the English Theater in Vienna in June 1991, directed by producer Franz Schafranek. The creator of the first U.S. production is River Arts, Woodstock, New York, theater director: Lawrence Sacharow. The play was performed at the Vineyard Theater in New York City. The Vineyard Theater production was shown on Off-Broadway by Elizabeth I. McCann, Jeffrey Ash and Daryl Roth in collaboration with Leavitt / Fox / Mages at the Promenade Theater in New York City.

Overall, the Three Tall Women was a great production, showcasing some really wonderful performances highly recommend having a look.

Tickets available on the spot.

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Pinchas Zukerman Violinist @ Budapest

Grand Hall of the Music Academy

Friday, 7 p.m. February, 25, 2022.

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

Pinchas Zukerman

Pinchas Zukerman a world-famous violinist and violinist, will visit Budapest and, as a guest of the MÁV Symphony Orchester, will fill the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music Grand Hall.

There are no barriers to language skills to enjoy music!

Contributing: Pinchas Zukerman (viola), Manager: Gábor Takács-Nagy, Director: MÁV Symphonic Orchester.

Will be performed … Kodály: Dances of Galanta – Kodály: János Háry suite – Kodály: The peacock variations on Hungarian folk song – Bartók: Viola Competition.

(Zukerman was born in Tel Aviv, to Jewish parents and Holocaust survivors. He began his musical studies at age four, on the recorder. His father then taught him to play the clarinet and then the violin at age eight. Early studies were at the Samuel Rubin Academy of Music (now the

). Isaac Stern and Pablo Casals learned of Zukerman’s violin talent during a 1962 visit to Israel. Zukerman subsequently moved to the United States that year to study at the Juilliard School under Stern and Ivan Galamian. He made his New York City debut in 1963. In 1967, he shared the Leventritt Prize with the Korean violinist Kyung-wha Chung. His 1969 debut recordings of the concert by Tchaikovsky (under the direction of Antal Dorati, with the London Symphony Orchestra) and Mendelssohn (with Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic) launched a successful recording career of over 110 releases … (quoting from Wikipedia)

On March 25, 2021, the MÁV Symphony Orchester prepared for a festive concert on the occasion of the 140th anniversary of the birth of Béla Bartók. The concert would have been made even more celebratory by the performance of world-renowned violin and violinist Pinchas Zukerman. His idea was the special “birthday present” to perform the duo of Zoltán Kodály with the help of the wife of an excellent cellist at the beginning of the concert. The work, composed in 1914, is Hungarian music to the fullest, using the possibilities of the two instruments beautifully. The Viola Competition was created during the composer’s emigration to the United States, but due to his illness he was no longer able to finish it. The competition was completed by his friend, Tibor Serly, following the author’s sketches and personal guidance. This concert was missed in 2021 due to the corona epidemic, but to the for music-loving audience with great pleasure Pinchas Zukerman and Amanda Forsyth will come to Budapest and hopefully that this time there will be no obstacle to holding the special concert.

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Aftermath … Home Wellness No Longer An Unattainable Dream!

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Everything that is connected to the bathroom … visitors were welcomed to their comfort zone and chose their own taste of style.
Thousands of products from hundreds of bathroom and tile brands were open for 2 days on 7000 square meters at the Bathroom and Home Wellness Exhibition @ BOK Hall – Budapest 2022.

Considering that a bathroom is usually built for ten years or even more the interest was high by the visitors and on the spot were able to gain information about the products quality, practicality, comfort, innovation and durability.
The manufacturers also held presentations … tile by tile, piece by piece … to the public about the latest bathroom and home wellness developments and rolling up a number of unique innovations that have never been seen earlier in Hungary such as: a wide range of – vinyl flooring from Baudekor, showers from Hüppe.  Bau-Styl offering to choose from Italian, Polish and Hungarian coverings, German, Polish, Italian and Spanish sanitary ware, with unique ideas smart toilets that can be controlled from the application. Wide range of products from  Strohm-téka, such as: bathtubs, basins & bath cabinets, showers, accessories, WC & bidets and children’s jacuzzi.

Walking through the hallways heard from the exhibitors, saying they do not design bathrooms for homes they design them for people with their own ideas. Therefore, people can also make sure that home wellness is no longer just a dream, in luxury.

Most of the bathroom brands were presented in ready-made bathroom solutions, interiors, range of whirlpools, steam rooms, saunas and salt rooms. Those interested pick up a bunch of ideas on the spot without just flipping through brochures.

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Premiere … Symptom (Tünet) Ensemble „Nothing Personal” Performance.


District II., 1-3 Jurányi Street – Budapest

In the coming month, on February, 25 and 26, 2022, the Jurányi Theater House will show approx. Celebrating its 20th Birthday, Symptom Ensemble has a new performance, Nothing Personal. This time, Réka Szabó, the world-famous director, deals with the topic of burnout with her film The Euphoria of Existence. The storytelling method of Ildikó Boldizsár provided inspiration for the trial process. Ildikó Boldizsár, use a storytelling researcher and the therapeutic method she developed to tour their stories in order to create their own tales and fairy-tale heros. In the play, Réka Szabó, Krisztián Peer and Dániel Szász create their own tales and their own fairytale heros who face their own inner demons. The composer-cellist Albert Márkos creates a sensitive musical medium for the story. The Symptom Ensemble recommends the performance in memory of Attila Szirtes.

Director: Réka Szabó
Performers and co-creators: Krisztián Peer, Réka Szabó, Dániel Szász
Composer, musician: Albert Márkos.

Tünet Ensemble has been an independent company operating in contemporary dance and theater since 2002. Their performances are at once thought-provoking, dramatic, childishly liberated and liberating. The company knows no genre boundaries, treating text, movement, music, visuals and special technical solutions as equal elements.

Ticket on the spot.

Sponsor: Ministry of Human Resources, Jurányi Production Community Incubator House

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Bathroom & Home Wellness Exhibition @ Budapest – 2022.

28-30 January, 2022.

Venue: BOK Hall
Where: District, XIV., 1. Dózsa György Road – Budapest

Near to the last weekend of January will be all about to get to know the bathroom and the design of the home wellness space hundreds of bathroom and wellness products sold in Hungary. Once again be available on 7,000 square meters showcasing developments, products to be offered such as: waterproof warm coverings and accessories, cast marble washbasins, bathtubs, laser engraved shower enclosures, waterproof wall paints, wallpapers, in-wall shower systems shelf towel dryers, non-brush toilets, antibacterial washbasins, laminated glass coverings, black colored bathroom and remotely controlled jacuzzis large tiles, special shaped bathtubs, flush-mounted showers, push-in faucets, matte color black faucets, premium bathroom porcelain products, premium sanitary ware, hot and cold floor coverings, infrared saunas in the bathroom. At the same time the visitors may gain insight into the latest trends, and have opportunity also to consult with renowned representatives and contractors of the profession.

At the Bathroom and Home Wellness Exhibition, the public may view the majority of bathroom brands in ready-made bathroom solutions and interiors, so those interested can get an idea of what their dream bathroom might look like just by getting personal ideas and/or just flipping through brochures.
In addition to presenting the latest bathroom solutions, the organizers also aimed to show the public that home wellness is no longer just a dream, in luxury by transforming their own!
A couple of developments, products to be offered: waterproof warm coverings and accessories, cast marble washbasins, bathtubs, laser engraved shower enclosures, waterproof wall paints, wallpapers, in-wall shower systems shelf towel dryers, non-brush toilets, antibacterial washbasins, laminated glass coverings, black colored bathroom and remotely controlled jacuzzis large tiles, special shaped bathtubs, flush-mounted showers, push-in faucets, matte color black faucets, premium bathroom porcelain products, infrared saunas in the bathroom.

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Anne Frank … Diary … Parallel Lives … Hungary’s Cinema.

New 90-minute documentary in original language with Hungarian subtitles

Anne Frank’s tragic story unfolds on a new screen from a new perspective Anne Frank: Parallel Lives, premieres in Hungary.
(If Anne had survived she would now be 90).

Anne Frank – Parallel Stories is an extraordinary documentary that evokes the darkest period in human history and the tragic fate of children abducted in an emergency.

The Oscar-winning actress Helen Mirren is the narrator, adding a powerful presence, traces Anne Frank’s life through the pages of her diary by telling a story that has made the tragedy of the Holocaust known to readers all over the world.
The viewers are taken through the confines of Anne Frank House in Amsterdam and reads extracts from The Diary of Anne Frank. (Anneliese Marie “Anne” Frank a German girl of Jewish descent who was born in 1929 and died tragically at a young age, transported to an internal concentration camp. She died of typhoid there at the age of 15.)

The documentary holds intertwining stories with Holocaust survivors who were also sent to concentration camps at a young age of five and share their memories of the emergency. These are those five women who were also deported as children or adolescents to ghettos and then concentration camps and miraculously escaped. The intimate conversations reveal Arianna Szörenyi, an Italian writer of Hungarian descent, Sarah Lichtsztejn-Montard of Polish descent living in France, Helga Weiss, who was deported from Prague to the Terezin ghetto and then to Auschwitz. The personal story of Andra and Tatiana Bucci, who were deported as young children between the ages of 4 and 6. In addition to the survivors, the film features several renowned experts, including Michael Berenbaum, an American university professor, rabbi, writer and filmmaker who specializes in studying the Holocaust. („The Holocaust was the systematic, state-sponsored, persecution and murder of six million Jews by the Nazi regime and its collaborators between 1933 and 1945 across Europe and North Africa. The height of the persecution and murder occurred during World War II. By the end of the war in 1945, the Germans and their collaborators had killed nearly two out of every three European Jews.”)

Italian film-makers Sabina Fedeli and Anna Migotto have taken the known facts of Anne’s life and set them against the stories of five other Jewish women, all in their 90s now, all of whom survived the Holocaust. One of them even met Anne. Their stories are a moving reminder of a generation that was all but destroyed by hatred.

Anne Frank: Parallel Stories needs to be revisited more than we might care to admit!

Nationwide will be shown in the Hungarian cinemas from January, 27. 2022., on the International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Premieres at Cinemas: MOM, Toldi, Pushkin, Tabán, Art + Cinema and the Urania National Film Theater can be seen in Budapest, as well as in many other locations across the country, including cities as: Szeged, Pécs, Szolnok, Szombathely, Miskolc, Kecskemét, Eger, Zalaegerszeg and Mosonmagyaróvár.

(The Diary of Anne Frank, first published by her father Otto in 1947, is one of the best-known books in the world, while the secret annex in Amsterdam where Anne, her parents, sister and four friends hid from the Nazis for two years is now a museum and one of Holland’s most visited tourist attractions. Over the years there have been books, exhibitions, films and even stage productions centered around Anne Frank’s diary, which she started writing soon after her 13th birthday in June 12, 1942. Anne wrote her thoughts and dreams in her diary, which was discovered by one of Otto’s friends, Miep Gies, soon after Anne was arrested and deported by the Nazis in August 1994. Gies kept it in the hope that one day she would be able to return it to Anne.)

Distributor – Pannonia Entertainment Ltd.

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