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

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

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

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

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

Update: Aggie Reiter

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

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

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

Riport/Snaps: Aggie Reiter

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

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

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

From June, 4. – August, 15. 2021

Just a couple of minutes walk from Heroes’ Square

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

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

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

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

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

On Monday – Tuesday: closed,

Updated and snaps  by Aggie Reiter

Herald News: Celebrating World Culture Day India – Hungary 2021

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“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.

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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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Update Aggie Reiter

Jazz Picnic – Paloznak – Hungary 2021.

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

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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


Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Canceled Their European/Budapest Concert

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds would have originally performed @ Budapest this summer, but it was canceled by the band in March. Then, due to a European tour, it turned out that they would afterall arrive in Budapest on May, 13. 2021., and hold their concert, but it seems as for the time being, this date has also become questionable, after the band has now signaled that the entire European tour will be blown away concert and will also be missed. The band had made their statement, hoping they can come up with better news next year.

The tickets purchased online are automatic at ticket sellers, and the Ticketportal initiates a refund. The amount of the ticvket(s) will be refunded to the account from which the purchase was made. Holders of tickets purchased online have nothing to do. Due to the large number of tickets sold, the refunding is expected to take place by January, 31. 2021.

Tickets purchased in person can be redeemed at the point of purchase. If the given office is not open, a copy of the ticket must be sent by e-mail to ticketportal@ticketportal.hu, no later than January, 15. 2021.

Update: Aggie Reiter

Zsolnay Light Festival – Painted Jami Building with Light @ City of Pécs

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Unfortunetely, due to the situation caused by COVID-19, the Zsonaly Light Festival @ the City of Pécs, planned for the summer of 2020, couldn’t take place.

The organizers, i.e. the state of Zsonaly Heritage Management Ltd. have been working hard in recent weeks not to let the light being out of order and make the most out of the situation in our daily situation. Photos Péter Marsalkó

Therefore, every night from November, 27. to December, 20. from 4.30 p.m. – 7.30 p.m. –  Jami of Széchenyi Square will be dressed up in a light robe. The light artists of the LaLuz Visuals creative group made it happen to enjoy the brilliant sight and make the difficult period better during the Holiday Season a little better.

The biggest light festival in the country is awaiting its visitors.

© Aggie Reiter

#12 Taste of Traditional Homemade Pancake Hortobágy – Hortobágyi Palacsinta

The Pancake Hortobágy – Hortobágyi Palacsinta is one of the excellences of our domestic dishes.

It’s actually a hot appetizer even though it is prapaired with the pancake, but leaving out the sugar!

The veal stew pancakes,or with chicken breast or with in advance have the filling with paprika chicken stew is something that foreigner countries may not have had even heard about. Now will share …  (see, follow the recipe  here to cook the paprika chicken stew @ “Day-By-Day – Travel in Traditional Hungarian Foodies #1 “

The name Hortobágy pancakes does not really come from Hortobágy … title of Hortobágyi pancake was invented by a Hungarian chef for the 1958 World’s Fair in Brussels. Due to its unique taste and easy preparation, it soon became a popular dish. However, pancakes from Hortobágy has nothing to do with venue of Hortobágy.

A word or two in brief synthesis about the region of Hortobágy. The Hortobágy is a landscape that is endowed with its unique history, valuable wildlife and unique folk tradition with characteristic Hungarian features. Hortobágy steppe in eastern Hungary is the largest contiguous natural grassland in Europe. Before the Mongols and later the Turks burned the villages here, it was a wooded area, and then the animals of the returnees cleared the vegetation, thus forming its present-day image. The Hortobágy National Park, established in 1973, includes a significant part of Nagykunság in addition to the plain. Traditional livestock and grazing are practiced in the area, and ancient Hungarian animal breeds such as gray cattle are kept. The name of the region  holds the once flourishing settlements, which were destroyed during the Turkish occupation, are preserved by the names of wilderness parts.

Now back to the Pancake Hortobágy – Hortobágyi Palacsinta recipe!

Ingredients:  8 pancakes  serve for 2 person – preparing: 70mins. (wish to have more then double the weight/size of ingredients)
For the paprika chicken: 700 g chicken breast fillet, 1.5 medium head onions, 650 ml water, 3 teaspoons paprika, salt, black pepper (ground).
For frothing: 175 ml sour cream (20%), 50 g wheat flour.

Preparation and cooking: Wash the chicken breast fillet, chop into small cubes, then set aside, chop the onion, then fry in a little oil, salt and pepper. simmer for about 40 minutes. Tip! At this point we can add a little tomatoes and peppers to the meat as a fortification. While the meat is steaming, we make the frothing. Stir in the sour cream until smooth, When the meat has evaporated until soft, strain the juice from the meat. The meat is set aside for the time being, the juice is then put back on the fire and scraped. With constant stirring, some of the juice is added to the frothing – this is called heat equalization – and then the frothing is mixed with the juice. Cook for a while, stirring constantly, until the flour is gone, When we are done with the frothing, set the sauce aside. Now we grind the meat, Finally we put on the pancakes 3-4 mm thick in a square shape from the minced meat, then we sprinkle a little sauce. Then we fold the filling into the pancakes, Then we fold them, we serve the loaded pancakes sprinkled with sauce, garnished with sour cream and parsley.

© Aggie Reiter