Archive for the ‘For Travelers’ Category

Unforgettable Showtime for Hungarians … “Tina” Movie Just Around the Corner!

American-British documentary film – 2021 –  with Hungarian   subtitles – 1h 58m

Live through your memories by attending again of the life and career of musician Tina Turner.

Oscar-winning director Daniel Lindsay and T.J. Martin’s intimate and intimate documentary of Tina Turner is about to arrive on the 4th of November to the Hungarian Cinemas. Music by: Danny Bensi; Saunder Jurriaans.

The documentary will explore the life of Tina Turner, from her abusive relationship with Ike Turner during the ’60s to her present-day retirement. The film includes new interviews with the music icon, plus recently unearthed footage from over the years.
A girl from the cotton field who pulled herself above from her rocky childhood to her divorce and the life and career of a musical icon In the movie Tina Turner charting her improbable rise to early fame, her personal and professional struggles throughout her life and her resurgence as a global phenomenon in the 1980s.

Needless to say … Tina Turner is a living icon. There’s no denying the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer has lived a legendary life, with a music career that spans over six decades. Her defining career is being explored in a new this documentary.

I had the honor being at Tina Turner  concerts three occasions at Budapest … Budapest Sport Arena – December, 1982. – Népstadion (People’s Stadium) August 1996 MTK Stadion Budapest September 1990. Tina is certainly a gift to our generation. Will always cherish those memories. I wish I could go back-in-time and truly watch her marvelous concert still today. She is truly loved by all of her fans around the Globe.

Distributor – Pannonia Entertainment Ltd.

Update Aggie Reiter

The 4th Russian Music Festival @ Budapest – Debrecen – Tihany 2021.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

A day before the official opening to the Russian Music Festival, was held a press conference in the Great Hall of the Kölcsey Center together with the co-organizer of the concerts  at Debrecen with the Kodály Philharmonic Debrecen.

After last year, well-known and lesser-known Russian melodies will be heard again at three places: Budapest, in Debrecen and in Tihany between  1-12 October.2021.

This year, too, the focus will be on Tchaikovsky, whose celebration of the 180th anniversary of his birth last year, but due to the virus situation, had not been able to keep the entire program, so this year wished to make up for that.

Marcell Szabó – artistic director of the festival, has put together a program for the festival that focuses on different instruments at each concert, such as violin, harp, organ and piano, as shown by the Russian masters.

Imre Kollár –  chief conductor of the Kodály Philharmonic said it was a fantastic thing and a challenge for an orcheser a to be able to perform at such a festival at the beginning of the season with such an exceptional show.explained that this year Tchaikovsky will be the focus of the festival program. Added  “The Russian Music Festival” is like a treasure trove, because Russian classical music is an inexhaustible source, of which even the knowledgeable, practicing musicians know only a small part.

Ernő Kállai – violinist expressed his joy that the concert, which was already planned for last year, can now be performed with the Kodály Philharmonic. He plays for the first time in Debrecen, but he has also collaborated with the orchester and conductor Imre Kollár several times, mainly presenting Tchaikovsky pieces.

In addition to Tchaikovsky, the works of Prokofiev, Rachmaninov Mussorgsky, Klui, Glinka will also be performed at the festival.
Naturally thought about the next generation … the children of today also, therefore will be holding children’s programs in Budapest, Debrecen and Tihany.

Music and faith inspired the works of the Grand Master of Russian Romanticism, having the opening concerts will take place in the sanctuary of music, the Academy of Music and the sanctuary of faith in the Tihany Abbey.

The Pest Vigado
will be appearing as a new venue, where may gain an insight into all three of Tchaikovsky’s ballets within the framework of an exciting piano marathon. Last year, the National Library for Foreign Languages ​​made its debut successfully, so this year, colorful shows will be held in the beautiful reading room. Our traditionally recurring event venue is the Russian Cultural Center, where there will be concerts, exhibitions and film screenings.

Of course, there will be co-events this time as well: opera and ballet film screenings, an exhibition, a prose evening, Russian folk music and a children’s program will add color to the music offer.

Have a look at website and/or Facebook page for accurate shows and updates.

Tickets available @ https://ozf.jegy.hu/

Riport & Snaps Aggie Reiter

Taste Gastro Locations Around the Lake Balaton

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Last Rays of Summer @ The Lake Balaton

Balaton Circle – “Taste the Circle!” … This year’s first event of the “Kostold Körben” – “Taste Around” wine & gastro festival with restaurants, wineries was held in a worthy location … where else … than at the middle of Lake Balaton, on the ferry between Szántód and Tihany.

GasztroFerry gave gastronomic presentations within 10 restaurants and 10 wineries out of almost 50 members of the Balaton Circle. Find out what flavors, scene, experiences and programs awaited the invited guests and media representatives.

We were one of the One Million passengers on the ferries on Lake Balaton!

In recent years, September has also become a summer month, and it is during this period that Lake Balaton shows its most beloved face. There is no more mass tourism, so they can deal with the guests even more and organize a quality program that promotes the region and the restaurants of Lake Balaton. The goal is to even out the often extreme fluctuations in terms of the number of guests, and to allow entrepreneurs in the region to plan with a year-round opening time. Also added…Many new quality restaurants have opened around the lake this year not only for local businesses, but for the interest of all of them to make Lake Balaton not just a weekend destination. In the future, travel decisions will not be determined solely by the weather report, as in all circumstances and every month, guests will find the right place to visit where programs, attractions and gastronomic experience are in favor around Lake Balaton. With the services and local products of the members of the Balaton Circle, they contributed in making Lake Balaton one of the outstanding gastronomic regions of Hungary – told Lajos Szilágyi – President of the Balaton Circle.

Alíz Markovits – CEO of Veszprém-Balaton 2023 Ltd., spoke about the framework of the European Capital of Culture 2023 project, it had already been recognized in the tender phase that only the region and Lake Balaton could achieve outstanding success. “This aspiration is confirmed by the fact that more than 103 settlements have already joined, and together with them, they can support the aspirations of the Balaton Circle with diverse cultural programs”

“This year celebrating the 175th anniversary of the BAHART was pleased to join the initiative of the Balaton Circle. During the autumn season must be filled with meaningful programs and quality services, which include wine, gastronomy and shipping.” – emphasized Gábor Veigl, CEO of BAHART.

A total of 26 restaurants, confectioneries, wineries and brandy distilleries of the Balaton Circle were presented at the Autumn Opening GastroFerry event. All dishes were freshly prepared on portable hotplates. Participants could get a taste of the yummy finger-food and delights.

“Taste the Circle!” The fleet was divided into two parts, serving on one side were the gastro delight and on the opposite side the wines, Pálinka and gin.  There was an abundant supply of wines and Pálinka. Wineries such as Attila Hajdú – Olaszrizling ⋕1 from Fürjes Winery. The winemaker. former goalkeeper later found his future occupation in hospitality – deals with wine production and can be reach at Fürjes Villa PensionBalatonfüred, Pócz WineryBalatonlelle, Kemendy Traditional Champagne Workshop – Balatonfüred, Szabó and Son Wine Cellar – Balatoncsicsó, Martinosa Winery – Mount Tagyon … just mention a couple brilliant wines from a/m wineries.

An everday Q! …Wanna be loose well all who tasted the „Dare-Devil” – „Fenegyerek” selection of Pálinka from Zamárdi surely felt the succulent fruit flavors. Gábor Pach, one of the founders of the Balaton Circle, opened his pálinka distillery in 2014, but he calls it the Wellness Fruit Center. Gábor Pach has been dealing with pálinka over12 years, but he would not have thought at all that he would moor in this area, in fact, he didn’t particularly like pálinka. Then, through an old business relationship, he started working with the Zimek Pálinka Distillery and was completely enchanted by this world. He completed all the training related to pálinka in Hungary, but he actually learned a lot in practice. At the Zamárd plant he still practices the cooking of mostly fruits around Lake Balaton. Was a real pálinka oasis, on the spot to taste almost complete offer of Fenegyerek pálinka and Gin … such as: blueberry, apple, married with apple+raspberry, peach, quince, grape, grape+late cherry. Every sip was exploding and powerful. Tasted a couple and must say Gábor Pach’s pálinka deserves to be known not just in Hungary and/or Europe but overseas as well. Succulent fruit world – wizard of man.  The COVI-DINKA pálinka within the series of “Dare Devil – “Fenegyerek” bombastic within 73% Alcohol. It is a booster of mix fruits. Furthermore, it is so strong that could probably kill the COVID as well :-). A guy who tasted the „Dare-Devil” „Fenegyerek” pálinka said „Leaps and bounds better than anything in showy boutiques or that you can find in a store. We made sure to get a few extra bottles to take back to Texas this time.”

The invited guests on board the ferry were invited to sample the region’s traditional and flavors.  On board the John’s Pub (Restaurant in Keszthely) served a mini mangalica burger with all the goodness of flavors, sweet potato bars, celery salad and various homemade sauces. Tasty cold appetizer were amazing, the salmon trout with beetroot remula and wasabi salad. Next to it, the Lavender Terrace – Balatonvilágos offered pistachio duck liver on top “ice cream” with a cake stick. The sweet tooth lovers made their day as the taste buds felt like being in heaven tasting the MóniSüti Confectionery – Gyenesdiás. The guest tasting plum pie and “Rákóczi” cottage cheese cakes along other sweeties. Walking along the fleet the eye caught the sight of the catfish ceviche of the Vocational Training Center – Siófok – could not resist offering their avocado slices, decorated with sprouts and burnt dough donuts and the pear-chocolate cream dessert.

The “Taste Around!” Lake Balaton following stations of the wine & gastro festival series will be on  October, 9. 2021 – Siófok, November, 6. 2021 – Kövestál, December, 12. 2021 – Balatonfüred, January, 29. 2022  – Zamárdi, February, 12. 2022 – Keszthely.

Riport & Snaps Aggie Reiter

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

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

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

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

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

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

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

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

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

Herald News: Celebrating World Culture Day India – Hungary 2021

poster

“World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development ”

Needn’t have to pull on your boots, just simply sit in your comfy armchair and enjoy the ride from 11 a.m. – Noontime.

eec29e8f40d810d3874fbbc521ce6dd8f6c2bdc8

Here comes the day to enjoin the sights on a virtual tour through an online program. In the event, will be taking a virtual tour of Indian and Hungarian locations that connect the two countries through their cultural heritage.

Online Webinar – Overview of locations … such as:

How does Herend porcelain end up in a small museum in Kerala?

Where did Amrita Sher-Gil, the famous Hungarian-Indian painter, spend her summers and what is the Szepessy Villa famous for today?

Where did the talented poet, Sándor Weöres, who made translations of Sanskrit poems, lived?

Also paying a visit to India, showcasing one of the most ancient cities, Benares.

Can hear about the Chola dynasty and how the Tamil language is related to Hungary.

The program will be of mixed language (Hungarian, English and Hindi) with live check-in and recorded material.

Here’s the link to the online tour programs:
www.eoibudapest.voxomos.ai/cultureday

Update Aggie Reiter

Visit to the Ráth György Museum again

02_DECHEM_ZRCADLO_f_Kristina_Hrabe__9568__tova__9568_u

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

Jazz Picnic – Paloznak – Hungary 2021.

Here’s a peck into the mood to get into…

Paloznaki Jazzpiknik Aftermovie 2019

North to Lake Balaton is set to be held between July, 29 – 31 featuring Candy Dulfer – saxophonist, Mario Biondi – singer and groups MF Robots and De Phazz.

The artists were scheduled to play at last year’s festival, but cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The 9th jazz picnic, held in the Village of Paloznak which is one of the popular holiday resort in Hungary. Will feature music for all ears …  soul, jazz, funk. English jazz-funk band Level 42, Dutch singer Caro Emerald and Dutch group Kraak+Smaak will color the world  for music lovers.

One of the superb timeless classic UK bands the „Level 42” was formed in 1979 and the rest is history.

Just in case for the younger generation haven’t heard their  awesome  music earlier. Their  career started squarely a jazz-funk fusion band, contemporaries of fellow Brit funk groups like Atmosfear, Light of the World, Incognito, and Beggar & Co.
As reaching the ’80s their music was instantly recognizable from Mark King’s thumb-slap bass technique and associate member Wally Badarou’s synthesizer flourishes . Then came a point where they were often classified as sophisti-pop and dance-rock likely to be placed in the context with Sade and other danceable pop/rock.

The Early Tapes Featuring Mark King (bass, vocals), Phil Gould (drums), Boon Gould (guitar), and Mike Lindup (keyboards. Released in 1981, their self-titled debut album was a slick soul – R&B collection that charted in the U.K. Top 20, resulting in the release of The Early Tapes. Level 42 had several minor hit singles before 1984’s “The Sun Goes Down (Living It Up)” hit the British Top Ten.

I then late ’85, World Machine broke the band worldwide with the “Lessons in Love” hit  which gain number one in Britain and “Something About You” hit number seven in America and this catapulted the band tot he international stage.

Their next two records, Running in the Family (1987) and Staring at the Sun (1988), were a big success in the U.K., yet made little headway in the U.S. Both of the Gould brothers left the band in late 1987; they were replaced by guitarist Alan Murphy and drummer Gary Husband. Murphy died of an AIDS-related illness in 1989; he was replaced by the renowned fusion guitarist Alan Holdsworth for 1991’s Guaranteed. The band followed Guaranteed in 1995 with Forever Now.

Level 42 released a studio album, Retroglide, in 2006. Four years later, the band celebrated its 30th anniversary with a special tour, as well as a box set, Living It Up, which included a disc of fresh acoustic versions recorded by Mark King. 2010 also saw Husband leave the band once again, replaced by Pete Ray Biggin.

The group continued to tour over the next few years before releasing new material in 2013, in the form of the EP Sirens. Supporting the release with an extensive tour of the U.K. and Europe, the group also recorded the live release The Sirens Tour, at their stop in London in 2015. The band continued to tour into 2016 with performances at festivals across Europe and South America.

Tickets prices: 
3-day pass: 28990HUF … Daily: 12990HUF
More info follow: jazzpiknik.hu

Updated Aggie Reiter