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Cultural Heritage of Pécs … Three days free guided programs

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Would like to know in depth the cultural heritage of Pécs then roll over to one of the free programs.

September, 16–18. 2022.

Tours starting at 6 p.m. – 11 p.m.

The world heritage sites in Pécs will once again participate in the national event called Cultural Heritage Days, as part of which free guided tours, concerts and a spectacular light installation await those interested who would like to get to know the outstanding historical monuments of Pécs. 

The program starts at the Early Christian Mausoleum, where visitors can get to know the underground painted burial chamber of the Roman burial building and above ground memorial chapel. During the unusual walk, the visitors will also be introduced to the currently closed exhibition spaces, as they will be visiting Apáca Street in the second half of the program world heritage sites can also be found. The main theme of this year’s Cultural Heritage Days is monument protection, so the tour also talks about the protection of Pécs’ world heritage sites.

The center of the ongoing programs is the Old Christian Mausoleum, renovated and handed over in June this year. (The 4th century Early Christian burial sites part of the UNESCO world heritage … Sopianae, predecessor of Pécs in the Roman times had its late Roman Paleochristian cemetery included in the UNESCO World Heritage list in the year 2000. In their architecture and wall-paintings the excavated finds present the Early Christian burial architecture and art of the Northern and Western provinces of the Roman Empire. From among the Hungarian world heritage sites the Early Christian cemetery is the only one that has won itself a place on the UNESCO world heritage list in the category of culture-historical architecture.)

The program is free, but registration is required  … info@pecsorokseg.hu. The number of guided tour is limited.

Recommendation by Aggie Reiter

Open Water Tournament Hungary – 2022.

 Whether it is running, biking, swimming, adventure racing … Seek the Challenge …Liife is about experiences and relationships, embraced by an active lifestyle.

 

This time Open Water Tournament adventure awaiting!

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Hungarian Open Water Tournament – for amateurs & professionals
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Open Water Tournament (OWT) is a unique open water swimming tournament that explores the aquatic environment of Hungary and utilizes it as a sports venue. During the tournament, swimmers are pitted against each other in courses having different water types and distances, while they can also experience the country’s aquatic environment. At the end of the tournament, champions of Hungarian open water swimming will be selected, and every participant will have a clearer picture of the type and distance of open water they perform the best in.

(Lake Balaton is a freshwater lake in the Transdanubian region of Hungary. It is the largest lake in Central Europe and one of its foremost tourist destinations.)

Lake Balaton Bay cross swim has its long traditions, most frequently competitions are organized between the Tihany Peninsula and Balatonfüred, but the event earlier also took place between Balatonalmadi and Balatonfűzfő under the name of beach cross swim, most recently in 2011.

The Fűzfő Bay is the northernmost part of Lake Balaton in the eastern basin. To-day, the bay is a popular site of water sports due to its favorable winds. The race camp is built at Balatonalmádi Budatava Beach. Swimmers will be transferred to the starting point … Balatonfűzfő Zagykazetta Beach. Mid-distance swimmers are swimming only one way to the race camp, long-distance swimmers have three laps (back-and-forth). Be aware of the southeastern currents, which encumbers the second lap of long distance swimmers. Registration starts earliest at 7 a.m. prior to the first race time – but 60 minutes before each race time – at Balatonalmádi Budatava beach. The 9 km race will start at the beginning of the day, in the first two 30 minutes time frames with a restricted number of swimmers. At Budatava Beach, at the race camp present the medical certificate and/ or do your medical check-up and pick up microchip transponder technology installed in armbands. Subsequently, will be able to change clothes in the dressing rooms, on the spot will keep the luggage safe at the registration area until return. Organizers request is not bring any expensive clothing, watches, or jewelry … the organizers are not responsible for repair or replacement of lost or damaged items. Competition Date: June, 25. 2022 – 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Place of registration & Race Camp​ Balatonalmádi Budatava Beach. Races: 3K – Balatonfűzfő Zagykazetta – Balatonalmádi Budatava Beach, 9K – Balatonfűzfő Zagykazetta – Balatonalmádi Budatava Beach. Maximum number of entries – Advanced race – 3 km – 880 competitors … Extreme race – 9 km – 120 competitors.

Békés … The Körös competition … The course is built up between Szanazug and Békés Dánfok. The artificial channel has a 10 km length, an average flow of 1 km/h, 40 to 100 meter width and 1 to 8 meter depth. The competition center will be built right next to the Dánfok Dam, on the river side. Swimmers will be transported to the start by minivans. Short distance swimmers start near to Doboz Bridge, long distance swimmers start at the Szanazug Beach, where White and Black Körös confluence.
Competition Date: July, 16. 2022 – 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Place of registration & Race Camp – Békés Dánfok.
Races: 10K – Szanazug – Békés Dánfok, 5K – Dobozi Bridge – Békés Dánfok. Maximum number of entries – Advanced race – 3 km – 880 competitors … Extreme race – 9 km – 120 competitors. Time limits – Extreme race – 20-25 min/1km (average indoor pool time). Registration starts earliest at 9 a.m. prior to the first race time – 60 minutes before each race time – at Békés Dánfok Beach, where simmers can park, present their medical certificate and/or do your medical check-up and pick up your microchip transponder technology installed in armbands. Subsequently, simmers will be able to change your clothes in the dressing rooms, keep their luggage safe at the registration area until you return. Organizers request is not to bring any expensive clothing, watches, or jewelry, the organizers are not responsible for repair or replacement of lost or damaged items. Right next to the entrance of the beach, in the parking lot a couple of minivans will be waiting to transfer the simmers to the starting point, to Szanazug Beach. Participants will depart from the beach at 30 minutes intervals. Upon finishing the race will arrive back at Békés Dánfok Beach, where they will be able to see their race time on the scoreboard, take a shower, get dressed and receive finishers’ goodies.

Gyékényes … Gyékényes is in the immediate vicinity of the Croatian border, only 30 minutes from Nagykanizsa by car. The gravel pits of Gyékényes have been operating since 1920 at the municipal border, and due to their gravel-beds the lakes are so clean that the range of vision underwater is up to 8 metres. The largest quarry lake is the 12-15 metres deep Kotró, but it goes as deep as 25-30 metres near the extraction. The diving base at the southern lakeside hosts a great number of international and domestic events every year, like the National Championship of Orientation Dive organized by the Hungarian Divers Federation. The owners of the lake sent quite a few safe shipwrecks to the bottom for spectacle, so the divers can find speed boats, cars and pedalos down there. Besides technical preparation, diving also provides a chance to discover the living environment underwater, because divers often encounter carps, breams, pikes and catfish. Mid-distance swimmers have 1 lap, long-distance swimmers have 3 laps around the island in the middle of the lake. Thanks to the transparency of the water, ropes are placed along the course, between some of the buoys to help spotting and staying on track.
Competition Date: August, 20.2022 – 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Place of registration – Gyékényes Diving Base.
Races: 3K – Gyékényes Diver Camp (1 lap), 9K – Gyékényes Diver Camp (3 laps).
Maximum number of entries – Advanced race – 3 km – 880 competitors … Extreme race – 9 km – 120. competitors. Time limits – Extreme race – 20-25 min/1km (average indoor pool time).
Competition details – Registration starts earliest at 9 a.m. prior to the first race time at the competition base, where swimmers can park and be able to present their medical certificate and/or do their medical check-up and pick up your microchip transponder technology installed in armbands. Subsequently, swimmers will be able to change their clothes in the dressing rooms, where their luggage will be safe at the registration area until you return. Organizers request is not to bring any expensive clothing, watches, or jewelry, the organizers are not responsible for repair or replacement of lost or damaged items.
Amateur racers have to swim around the island one time, in the middle of the lake. Extreme racers have 3 laps. Upon finishing the race they are brought back to their arrival to the starting point where they will be able to see their race time on the scoreboard, take a shower, get dressed and receive finishers’ goodies.
Additional rules and instructions – Entry on the Day will not be available at this event. Arrival must be 60 minutes before the scheduled start of the group’s time frame!

Recommender Aggie Reiter

The 176th Season-Opening @ Lake Balaton – Hungarian Sea!

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Keeping the tradition, opening of the Lake Balaton Season was held in Trnava again this year.

On April, 16, 2022, Balatoni Hajózási Zrt.held the press conference of the 176 season-opening @
the port of Siófok on the flagship of St. Nicholas. Present was László Dónucz – Sales and Strategy Director and Gábor Veigl, CEO of BAHART, evaluated last year’s record year and talked about this year’s plans. Said the following: Q: “From the middle of May, BAHART will present a renewed offer in the eastern basin. Instead of the usual Siófok – Balatonfüred – Tihany route, the direct ships will be launched between Siófok – Balatonfüred and Siófok –  Tihany. The passengers will be able to get to their destination more conveniently and quicker. In the high season there will be 9 cruises/day, on Fridays and weekends there will be 10 cruises/day between Siófok and the northern coastal destinations. There will be direct ships between Balatonfüred  Balatonföldvár, and the ships will also stop @ Tihanyrév. Within the planned programs, instead of 2 party ships, 3 party ships/week in August. The Magic Boat for children additional departure times will be added.”

Also was told at the press conference about the fleet development which will play a key role in the first phase with the construction of 2 new ferries and 2 new catamarans.  The ships are expected to arrive @
Lake Balaton during this year. After the successful operational tests of the first ferry, its dismantling for transport will begin, while the first catamaran will be launched soon after painting and mechanical installation work. When the water level of Lake Balaton will allow it, the ships will be transported in mid-May. Renovation of the existing fleet is also continuing. In addition to the environmental and fuel consumption engine upgrades, there will be major renovations on the Szigliget ship, Badacsony catamaran, Szántód ship and Tünde nostalgia ship, which is being built for its 95th birthday.
Closing the press conference was told that the development of BAHART’s services will continue, and the wines of the Balaton wineries and local craft beers will be available in the ships buffet counter.

Thereafter, we sailed to over to the northern port of Balatonfüred, where was welcomed the ship of St. Nicholas. Upon arrival to the port of Balatonfüred the local greeted the audience with a festive show. At Noontime St. Nicholas’ boat made a free tour from Balatonfürend.

Riport & snaps by Aggie Reiter

Van Gogh Alive – Festival Fair @ Edinburgh

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Yes … this is not a mistake … this time not rollinginbudapest.com recommendation what to see/visit in Hungary, yet may draw art lovers attention to visit Van Gogh Alive next art exhibition @ Edinburgh – UK.

After welcoming over 120000 visitors since its launch in last October, the world’s most visited multi-sensory experience Van Gogh Alive will run at the Festival Fair – Edinburgh from March, 17. to July, 17. 2022.

At the art exhibition life-sized version walk-in representation of Van Gogh’s painting. At Van Gogh Alive you don’t just look at his paintings, you step inside them and feel their power.

For some visitors outside UK, might be a bit far of distance, yet worthwhile to travel to the venue. Visitors may find themselves interacting with art in ways they have never imagined. From start to finish, will be surrounded by a vibrant symphony of light, color, sound and fragrance as wandering around the exhibition. Van Gogh’s masterpieces come to life, giving you the sensation of walking right into his paintings, a feeling that is simultaneously enchanting, entertaining and educational.

Van Gogh Alive is not an art exhibition in the traditional sense.  Van Gogh’s paintings with digital surround sound. Imagery and animations are projected at a scale that offers visitors the ability to see the details of the artists work like never before.

Take part in Van Gogh’s journey through the Netherlands, Arles, Saint Rémy and Auvers-sur-Oise, where he created many of his timeless masterpieces.  Experience the thrilling display of over 3,000 inspirational images transforms every surface that surrounds you in what has been described as an “unforgettable multi-sensory experience”.

This is a must see multimedia art exhibition.

Tickets are purchased for a specific time slot and will not be valid for entry on another day or time. Book tickets: http://VanGoghAliveUK.com

Highly recommender Aggie Reiter

Dress Code Art Nouveau Exhibition by Zoób Kati Works – György Ráth Villa @ Budapest.

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The Dress Code exhibition series continues with eye-catching exhibition on the history of wear and tear, by Zoób Kati works, one of Hungary’s best-known fashion designers, can be seen at the György Ráth Villa from January, 21. 2022.

The works of the legendary fashion designer appear in the interiors in the permanent exhibition Art Nouveau. The Applied Arts is the first defining museum experience of the year 2022 in the capital. In addition, the exhibition will feature not only costumes, but also Zsolnay-inspired Zoób jewelry, which are worthy additions to fashion designer clothes.
Among other things, in what attire around the turn of the century could the ladies spend their free time on the beach, for afternoon tea or an evening?
In addition to the exhibition, the Museum of Applied Arts offers great programs, such as the subjective guided tour.

The photos taken at catwalk from earlier fashion shows.

Update by Aggie Reiter

In Kashmir Valley 125-y-old church opens again for prayers.

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With less than 1,000 Christians in the Kashmir Valley according to official estimates, St Luke’s Church was shut down for prayers before the onset of militancy in Jammu and Kashmir. The church remained abandoned for decades until 2016 when the Christian community approached the J&K administration.

With Christmas around the corner, a dozen people gathered in Srinagar on Wednesday and offered prayers inside the 125-year-old St Luke’s Church — for the first time in over three decades.

With less than 1,000 Christians in the Kashmir Valley according to official estimates, St Luke’s Church was shut down for prayers before the onset of militancy in Jammu and Kashmir.

The church remained abandoned for decades until 2016 when the Christian community approached the J&K administration. The renovation work has started last year, halted for a while due to the pandemic, and restarted a few months ago.

Inside the  Church there is a library and people used to come and read there. But this was for the first time since the 1980s that prayers were held here and the church bells rang.

The church is being revamped with a budget of Rs 90 lakh as a Srinagar Smart City project under the Center’s Smart Cities Mission. There are no seating or heating arrangements in place yet. Therefore was no Xmas mass held this year.

The St Luke’s Church situated in the foothills of Koh-e-Sulaiman or Shankaracharya hill which was built in 1896 by Dr Arthur Neve and his younger brother Dr Ernest Neve, who were with a missionary hospital that mainly provided treatment to TB patients. The hospital and the church were built by British engineers. In the 1960s, the doctors handed over the hospital to the J-K government. The main reason for the closure (in the 1980s) was that the Christian hospital staff moved out of the Valley.

Source: Embassy of India in Hungary

Update Aggie Reiter

Winter Season – Recreation in India – Health & Ski Resort.

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While the pandemic played a huge part of poor tourist numbers in the Kashmir Valley, after two years Kashmir welcomes tourists back with week-long celebration to ring in the 2022 New Year. Many may know and most probably many are aware of Kashmir itself giving a splendid and panoramic view of the Himalayas.

The celebrations began last Saturday, on Xmas, at the twin tourist resorts of Gulmarg and Pahalgam.
The series of celebration will end on the year’s last night 2021.
Normally, celebrating Xmas was usually for a day and then New Year for another single day.
This time, holding a grand weeklong festival, organizing it to send a message, welcoming hosting the tourists in the valley to visit Kashmir.
While the pandemic played a huge part in the lower tourism numbers in the Kashmir Valley, experts realized it has helped to revive winter tourism @ Gulmarg.

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After two dismal winter seasons, Gulmarg has witnessed a heavy rush of tourists coming to enjoy the winter sport activities this year. The ski resort of Gulmarg has the festive look from Saturday as it marked a white Xmas. While hotels and buildings are illuminated, a musical program enthralled the tourists attending the celebrations in large numbers.
Last year, most adventure hunger tourists couldn’t go to Europe because of the travel ban caused by the pandemic. The local Winter Sports Association brought to life by discovering the slopes of Gulmarg – the ski capital of India. Thus the locals spent their holidays there. The ski slopes of Gulmarg match any ski slope of Europe and are found inexpensive also. Perfect place to relax, recharging at the beauty of Kashmir this year as well.
Less tourists visited the valley in the three months of summer tourism season than in November when 125,000 tourists arrived to Kashmir and most of them headed over to Gulmarg. Xmas celebrations are also held at the Pahalgam health resort in South Kashmir.
Expecting a huge rush and congestion at Gulmarg this year, the J-K Tourism department has already planned to open two more tourist destinations @ Sonamarg and Dodapathri for winter tourism this year.
(Travel restricted to these destination COVID-19 test required on arrival)

Recommender Aggie Reiter

Awesome Highlights – Light Festival – Summer of 2022 @ Pécs

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The Zsolnay Heritage Manager organized for tens of thousands of people interested this past Fall visiting the attractive venues.

The “Zsolnay Light Art” mapping competition venue was the most visited event this year during the Zsolnay Light Festival. In 2021 the 10 best audiovisual mapping works were created for the facade of Pécs Cathedral, harmonizing with the architecture, sacredness, spirituality and traditions of the building.

Aftermovie of 2021:

In 2022, July, 8-10  the visitors are welcome to the seven-time award-winning event!

Due to the Zsolnay Light Art – International Light Painting Competition with the selection of the best productions will start in the beginning of Spring 2022.

Within the special spectacular festival, will bring to life the façade of the Cathedral with the 3D light creations. The attractions of the Path of Light, street art productions, musical delicacies and light professional programs will also return to the city center.

The collaborating professional partner of the Zsolnay Light Art and the host of the competition is the group of Hungarian visual artists “Glowing Bulbs” – active over 21 years.

Update Aggie Reiter

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.

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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