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Bethlen Square Theater … “Nőkből is megárt …” @ Budapest

Photo from the Bethlen Square Theater

The Bethlen Square Theater and the production of Manna

“Nőkből is megárt …”  – The  mother becoming grandmother can be harming her daughter.

Teri Tordai – Mother, Lili Horváth – Girl (Nóra), Edina, Psychologist, Cseh Judit – Director

The story realizes that we dare to still say from experience from something has passed … also not to be afraid to meet new situations … and shows humor is one of the most important things in life.

The two actress is mother and daughter in real life. The play is about a family story … A mother-daughter story of how a parent will be a grandparent and a mother of a child. Time goes by aging from the outside, but there is an inner core, which freely roars independently of the body. What happens to us when we wake up to the fact that we are aging in the eyes of society, but not within us!?!

In the play, Teri Tordai explores the mysteries of family relationships with sensitivity and humor. Lili Horváth appears in several roles … plays as the psychologist and loving wife beside the main character being the daughter.

The production is played in Hungarian language, and hopefully there will be subtitled in the future for the  foreigners and  tourist audience staying in Budapest without having Hungarian language knowledge. In the meantime for those having a little knowledge in Hungarian will surely enjoy the performance for all ages. Such as: theatrical, temporary dance performances, folk performances, festivals, musical programs and exhibitions. The theater also has a line of programs for families and children. On Sundays plays for children, free screenings, and exhibitions at the Gallery await the audience every month.

Even if you stay in Budapest even for a short time, it is worthwhile to visit a cultural spot.  At the entrance hall, a little hall of fame where there are not just photos exhibited of great Hungarian actors from the past.

Bethlen Square Theater …  a little jewelry box where past meets present. It is a rather small theater. In 2012, it was re-named as Bethlen Theater – the same name it had before it was closed in 1937. The change of name went hand in hand with a change of profile: before the reopening, the place functioned as a dance theater for more than 15 years; since then it is a production theater.

Make it one of your favorite theater!

 Update by Aggie Reiter

Showcasing living tradition of the „Buso walks” @ Budapest

January, 12 – 5 March, 5. 2019

Hungarian Heritage House – Kallós Zoltán – exhibition hall.

District, I., 8. Corvin Square – Budapest

Fifteen Mohács “Buso’s” and the Poklade band also participating.

The exhibition is showcasing the revolutionary tradition of the „Buso walks” … in other words … „Masked Monster Carnival” celebration that is taking place  each at the city of Mohács.  It is also recognized by UNESCO as an intellectual cultural heritage. The history of the “Buso walk” in Mohács has undergone various changes, but in its renewed formation it has survived to this day and has been renewed its form.

First of all … the traditional Carnival, brings back celebrating  drunkenness and revelry  the week before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. Secondly, it’s the reenactment of a historic victory by the Šokci, a Croatian ethnic minority that has a large populous in Mohács.

As the story goes … „”Buso walks”is a national tradition dating back to the early Middle Ages. The townspeople fled the city to escape the Ottoman Turks who had invaded in 1526. Hiding in the forest, they were approached by an old mystic who told them to don masks, weapons, and bells, and that a night would appear to lead them into battle. Some nights later, when the masks were fashioned, the knight arrived and led them home to Mohács where the racket of bells led the Turks to believe they were plagued by demons. They deserted the town, and the locals had their homes back. Another, more ancient version tells that by the “Buso walks” are chasing away winter itself.

At the “Buso walks” are participants dressed in woolly cloaks and head coverings, wearing grotesque wooden masks, baggy trousers and leather moccasins; their identity is hidden, allowing them to engage in mischievous, good-natured pranks. They attempt to frighten away winter with a number of noisy devices: sheep’s bells, rattles during the”Buso walks” with horns and even cannons.

These masks can be viewed especially by foreigners and tourist staying in Budapest for the time being, to take some more memories back home from their stay in Budapest.

Visiting the exhibition free of charge.

Opening hours: Monday–Friday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. or until the end of exhibition.

Photo by Répásy Zsolt

Update by Aggie Reiter

Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas & Khadi Exhibition – India Culture Center @ Budapest – 2019.

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On the 9th of January – Celebrating Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas all over the World.

Amrita Sher-Gil Cultural Centre at Budapest, was opened by H.E Sri Kumar Tuhin Ji – India Ambassador to Hungary, by welcoming in saying “Namaskar  … Good Evening” to the invited local distinguished guests and from the Indian Community in Hungary. Thereafter followed his presentation by saying Q.: „Mahatma Gandhi as was one of the greatest human beings of modern times. His love for humanity was dedicated to Bapu who cared and natured the most downtrodden and needy … Gandhi within us in our beliefs and acts. Throughout the world we dedicate this day to the memory of Mahatma Gandhi.” Continued:”When we are far away from home, and decide to work and settle in a different country, what links us to each other is the cultural thread, that binds and nurtures us. We celebrate the festivals together. We lend our shoulders to each other in times of need. We build a harmony with the country that we live in, with the people, their mores, their cultures and their ethos, the importance of Gandhian values and khadi in the modern-day.”

The evening’s entertainment was provided by two esteemed guests … notable singers Jennifer Maga – Hungary and Selma Muhedinovic-Salyajdzi Bosnia & Herzegovia and Kathak dancer – Sonali Roy and teacher at the India Cultural Centre Budapest.

A talented duo gave a musical fusion on Violin & Piano with Tabla. Kavya Francis – Violin also a professional Bharatnatyam Dancer), Nicole Li – Synth (Both students of British Int School in Budapest, previously studied at the Royal Schools of Music UK) They played in the company of Pandit Rajesh Gangani on Tabla.

Christian missionary – Father Benvin Sebastian can truly be called a social reformer and philanthropist. Hailing from Kerala, Father Sebastian has been living in Hungary since 2003 and is very active in giving social & spiritual discourses and also taking spiritual tours for Hungarians to India.

Dr. Katalin Aklan – well-known veteran Indologist gave a lecture on keeping in mind the importance of Gandhian values and khadi in our modern-day. She is a Global Teaching Fellow at Central European University and besides being an expert in Indian studies has also translated and compiled bilingual essays, aphorisms & quotations of Mahatma Gandhi.  Spoked about  the Gandhian Values in today’s times, particularly the spirit of Khadi as a thought and not just fabric.

Forming a little India in Hungary is within the Bhartiya Samaj Association. Mr. Sanjay Gupta a proud member of the Indians living in Hungary. He is CEO  at one of the largest Organizational Development company in Hungary called the Grow Group. He also works as an executive Coach, Top Management Advisor and as Inspirational Speaker. He talked about the role of the Indian diaspora in Hungary. Sanjay stated that in many countries around the world there is one ambassador representing India, but there is not only one in all, there is 31 million Indians represent their country either as ambassador, CEO’s, top positions in politics, business, art, cinema, sport and other field, deputy managers, directors in High tech fields … etc. … just to mention a few working outside India. The goal is to bring everybody together, build a harmonious relationship with the locals and expats alike. Had an exemplary career spanning 25 years, over 2 continents  Asia and Europe and 3 countries India, Germany.  He was primarily in leadership roles for the last 18 years leading teams as large as 600 professionals in Engineering & IT companies. He also works as an executive Coach, Top Management Advisor and as Inspirational Speaker.

During the gathering was also carrying forward the mission to celebrate the 150 th anniversary year of Mahatma Gandhi … A Man who inspired India to fight against the colonial rule, make India free and who selflessly worked towards non violence, peace, tolerance and courage and who left an indelible mark on the entire globe, on young and old alike, and who has become a way of living and thought for generations to come.

Gandhi’s philosophy has been aptly depicted in the beautiful words written in the century by Gujarati poet, Narsinh Mehta  song „Vaishnav Jan to tene kaniye peer parayi jaane re” meaning … „Call those people Vaishnavas (or devotees of God) who Feel the pain of others.” Truly Mahatma’s each and every act of kindness and courage veered towards bringing people closer, helping the poor and the underprivileged and spreading kindness all around. Mahatma Gandhi said Q.: „To give pleasure to a single heart by a single act is better than a thousand heads bowing in prayer”.

As a part of the celebration day, the Indian Embassy’s contributing to Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, or Non-Resident Indian Day, which is celebrated on the 9th of January each year to mark the contribution of the overseas Indian community in the development of India. The date was chosen as it was on this day in 1915 that Gandhi returned to his home country from South Africa, led India’s freedom struggle and changed the country for ever. Gandi was the greatest leaders the world has ever known, and his role ended as he became victim to a political assassination in January 1948.

The celebration culminated by an exhibition on Khadi products at the Culture Center’s exhibition hall open by H. E to the guests, There was displaying sustainable & eco-friendly fabric & products sent by the Khadi & Village Commission of India. Sri Atal Bihari Vajpai – former Prime Minister announced the 9th of January – Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas to be celebrated all over the world, to acknowledge the contribution and achievements of the Indian soulful voice. Followed by High Tea reception.

Update, video, snaps by Aggie Reiter

Danubia Orchestra of Óbuda – Roberto Casero Spanish conductor – Academy of Music

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The first show of the seasonal concert series of the Danubia Orchestra of Óbuda begins on January, 17. 2019., at the Academy of Music – Budapest.

On the Program:
Takemitsu: Visions
Mendelssohn: E-minor Violin Concerto
Sibelius: Sea Nymphs
Debussy: The Sea
Featuring Pusher Júlia – violin
Conducted by Ricardo Casero

These were the first words at the press gathering by Máté Hámori – artist, after a short rehearsal of Mendelssohn: E-minor Violin Concerto by the Danubia Orchestra of Óbuda. Also present: Péter Ács, Managing Director, Máté Hámori Artist, Balázs Bús, Mayor of Óbuda-Békásmegyer, Ricardo Casero, Conductor . Was introduced and welcomed Ricardo Casero the musican and artistic director of the Spanish Royal Orchestra of Oragon (Orquesta Reino de Aragón).  In the beginning he was the first trumpet player and at that time he met the Hungarian colleague. He later chose a conductor career. He works with soloists such as Maxim Vengerov, Sarah Chang, and Natalia Gutma. His career as a conductor began after playing as a musician at the Palace of Arts (Palau de les Arts) in Valencia, Spain.
It took quite a while until to-day Casero was able to come to Budapest. As the saying says … “God’s mill grinds slowly”… It took a while to succeed in bringing together Ricardo Casero come to Budapest by the major support from the Spanish Embassy in Hungary. Meeting,for the first time with the Danubia Orchestra of Óbuda …As he said Q.: “It took only 2 minutes to feel the good chemistry… good feeling … just like the first sight of love”. The conductor is a real travelling man, been to Madrid, Italy, Barcelona, USA, Valencia and now for the first time in Budapest and pleased to be here, cause Budapest is one of the top cities in Classis Music.

The audience, for the first time see/hear Roberto Casero’s Spanish conductor, who will conduct the lesser-known works of Sibelius and Takemitsu alongside Mendelssohn’s popular violin concert. The soloist of the Mendelssohn work is a returning guest at the band: Julius Pusker was introduced to the Danubia Orchestra by Bartók’s early violin concert a few years ago

Julia Pusker started playing violin at the age of 5. From 2005 he was a preparatory member of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music – Budapest and from 2011 he was a student of the Royal Academy of Music in London.

The Danubia Orchestra of Óbuda continues to build a unique repertoire featuring many 20th-century and contemporary works in 2019. There are also authors and works of art whose popularity is rising all over the world, but for some reason they have been pushed into the background.
For instance, it presents Toru Takemitsu – Japan’s top rated music creator, Thomas Ades – a young British genius or Gubaydulina Sofia – the Russian esoteric visionary masterpieces co-Spring Music Academy series.

The orchestra’s mission is to bring as many kinds of excellent music as possible to the heart of the Hungarian audience. The mission remains a key element of the youth project, with dozens of concerts in the gyms of Danubia’s elementary school’s – Budapest, as well as a series of family mats in BMC, which introduces the world of classical music into innovative mini-concerts for the whole family.
Ticket on the spot at the ticket office, but better hurry-up to get your seat and enjoy at the Academy of Music your evening.

Update and snaps by Aggie Reiter

Salvador Dali – “In the footsteps of immortality” – art portrait film @ Budapest

Who would else think of an artist behind the extravagant mustache than Salvador Dali, the man who is listed among the greatest masters of art!?!

The next part of the artistic series of the Temples of Art is headed by the master of surrealism. The life of one of the most strange creators of art history can be seen in the film with the several experts.

Salvador Dalí and his muse-creator, Gala, lead the audience through his life and art. The comprehensive art portrait film, from 1929 onwards, tracks Dalí’s career – when he joined the surrealist, and in the same year when became familiar with Gala – until his death, on January, 23. 1989.

Salvador Dali – “In the footsteps of immortality” art portrait film – Urania National Film Theater

The Urania National Film Theater will  be premiere on January, 24. 2019.

Salvador Dalí– In the footsteps of immortality. 

The 105-minute film screened in original (English, Spanish) with Hungarian subtitles,directed by David Pujol.  Movie. Beside the capital screening there will be  a number of other cinemas location across the country. Viewers over 12 years of age.

The Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation film carries out all the places that have played a prominent role in the artist’s life, including Portlligat – the only self-owned workshop and home, Figuerest – at his hometown, where he created the Dalí Museum, and at Pubol, where he had the castle which he gave to Gala as a sign of Dalí’s love, and also showing Paris and New York, where he had major exhibitions.

The series are brought to Hungary by Pannonia Entertainment Ltd.

Update by Aggie Reiter

Exhibition – Paintings of János Balázs from the Horn collection – 2019.

Institution of the Hungarian Academy of Arts – Art Gallery

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

János Balázs – Hungarian artist and poet of gypsy origin  – 1905. – 1977.

Maybe it is only a short time for tourists to stay in Budapest, yet it is worth visiting the site, learning about the belief of the Gypsy’s Days-and-Nights through the eyes of Balázs János.

The exhibition is open from January, 12. – February, 10. 2019.

Upon press release … The man living in a rural gypsy slum and completing only two grades read everything he could obtain, from Homer through the Hungarian classics to Shakespeare, Balzac and Nietzsche. Nevertheless, his father, his grandfather, was a famous gypsy primate, he turn in his young age painting and writing poems that were inspired by his reading experiences and the world colored by his imagination. The “Hermit of Pécskődomb” even wrote a diary and played instruments created by himself. He started painting at the age of 63, and produced his oeuvre during only 8 years. He became acknowledged by his smaller community. At Salgótarján was his first exhibition organised at the Attila József County Cultural Center – 1971, where his memory has been cultivated conscientiously ever since. His nationwide fame has been followed with a series of international exhibitions, due to the aroused interest towards naïve art in the early’70s.

Domokos Moldován directed his film entitled Hungarian Naïve Artists 1972-74 after the Hungarian National Gallery’s 1972 exhibition Hungarian naïve artists in the 20th century – János Balázs got a significant part in the exhibition and the film alike. He illustrated his book of poems published in 1977 (With Brush and Pencil, Corvina Publishing house) with his own images. The most complete and representative monographs album until now, assembling scripts about him and his diary notes „Cigány büszkeséggel” (Gypsy with pride)… has been published by Kieselbach Gallery in 2009, in Hungarian and English volumes. There is a remarkable collection from the oeuvre of approximately 300 works in the Museum of Hungarian Naïve Artists at Kecskemét, opened in 1976, apart from the Béla Dornyai Museum in Salgótarján.

Nevertheless, the most significant number of the short but productive and unique oeuvre’s works is at private collectors, but first of all … Paintings of János Balázs from the Horn collection.

Update by Aggie Reiter

Season opening concert @ Italian Cultural Institute -Budapest

Italian Cultural Institute – Hall of Giuseppe Verdi
Thursday, January, 10, 2018  6.30 p.m. 

District, VIII., 8., Bródy Sándor Street – Budapest

Upon press release was announced, that  at the Italian Culture Institute on January,10. 2019 will  be held the season opening concert. This time, the MÁV Symphony Orchestra will be conducted by Claudio Morbo, an internationally renowned Italian conductor who has been several occasion in Hungary  and not for the first time conducting the Szeged Symphony Orchestra during the recent years.

Ottorino Respighi and Giuseppe Tartini play a role in the evening with many international award-winning pianists Nazareno Ferruggio and Mario di Nonno, known for their temperamental and virtuoso violin play.


Update by Aggie Reiter