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Mary Page Marlowe – Directed by Tamás Puskás @ Centrál Theater Budapest

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Premiere: Saturday, 24. September, 2022.
District VI. 20 Révay Str. Budapest
90 minutes – Drama
The presentation is in Hungarian

Target Audience: Adult.

We can witness Mary Page Marlowe leads an unremarkable life. Fallow her life in 11 pictures, 11 chances to understand a woman’s life. As an accountant in Ohio with two children, few would expect her life to be inordinately intricate or moving. However, it is choices, both mundane and gripping, and where those choices have taken Mary Page Marlowe that make her life so intimate and surprisingly complicated. Her book of livelife journey in different stages – the human cost of social change, divorce, college, hospital, lover, lawyer, accident, husband/husbands.

Deeply moving and you feel an intense desire for more scenes to be following … would not mind more time to spend in your seat to watch the times and fate of the protagonist. Overall, smartly constructed and ultimately pretty moving.

A meticulously staged play of Mary Page Marlowe in different stages played by four superb actresses Juli Básti, Dorina Martinovics, Eszter Földes, and the new member of the company, Viola Lotti Gombó.

The Mary Page Marlowe original play by Tracy Letts – play writer already received Pulitzer and Tony-winning awards.

Last but not least! It should be mentioned that all of Mary Page’s stage appearances change over time and of her age, and in the meantime, as the curtain descends, the most famous music and singers’ songs played in connection to the next scene. These wonderful songs really trigger the mood and to hum to the songs.

Tickets can be purchased on the spot at the ticket desk, open from Tuesday to Friday from Noon to 6 p.m.

Riport and snaps by Aggie Reiter

Dichterliebe … “A Poet’s Love” – Átrium Film Theater @ Budapest

A Road to Music – 90 minutes production

Soon to come on October 14th and October 21st. The one-and-half hour production the audience can be part of a unique all-arts production at the Átrium Film Theater – District, II. 55. Margit Blvd. Budapest.

The Nineteenth-Century Reflection of Gender in Selected Songs. True Romantic in style and choice of metaphor, but the work is laced with irony and thematic mix of sentiment and self-derision, so close to modern sensibilities.

Dichterliebe, “A Poet’s Love” (composed 1840), is also the best-known song cycle by Robert Schumann (Op. 48).

In the performance entitled Twelve Giants, an imagined love story comes to life together on the screen, in music and on stage, directed by Lili Horvát, musical direction by Máté Hámori, arranged by Máté Balogh, performed by the Danubia Orchestra, starring János Szemenyei and Fanni Wrochna. Zsolt Nagy and Natasa Stork are also featured in the film scenes, with whom the director has already worked in his previous film, which won several international awards, Preparation for an Indeterminate Period of Cohabitation.

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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

The 24th Jewish Cultural Festival @ Budapest – 2022

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Slowly ending the Season of Summer still awesome series of culture programs open for the audience within just days to come. Give yourself a culture tour @ Budapest’s sightful historical venues.
The 24th Jewish Cultural Festival will be held at 7 venues in Budapest between September 4 to 12., within the Motto “Tuned to joie de vivre”. The festival will be held at 6 venues – Dohány Street – Frankel Leó Street – Hegedűs Gyula Street – Rumbach Street Synagogues, and in the House of Music Hungary. The festival is traditionally organised by the Budapest Jewish Community (BZSH) in cooperation with the Federation of Hungarian Jewish Communities (MAZSIHISZ).
The main goal of the Jewish Cultural Festival is to become an important factor in the cultural tourism of the Hungarian capital and to play a role in the further development of the Jewish quarter of Budapest. In recent years, the festival has deservedly become a recognized and prestigious event in the capital’s artistic life. Meeting point to reach the audience with the stars of the Hungarian and international music scene.
This year’s series of programs to be unique of its kind offering more than 24 musical, literary and artistic programs at seven venues throughout Budapest, celebrating the Hungarian and Jewish culture.
In brief programs … When … Where … What’s show is on:
Grand Synagogue – Dohány Street – Has became traditional, to host guest artist and the audience as the main venue of the Jewish Cultural Festival. The building is the iconic site of Hungarian Neologue Jewish life. Many of the programs of this year’s festival, which will run from September, 4-8 will also be performed there.
September, 4. – 8 p.m. – Grand Synagogue – Dohány Street – Kicks off with a fantastic concert known by many Zsuzsa Koncz – “Szabadnak születtél” … (You were born free.
September, 4. – 7 p.m. – Hegedűs Gyula Synagogue – Bringing a series of events with a production of Songs in the Pest Moonlight showcasing signature pieces of famous operettas by Béla Zerkovitz and performed by the Monarchia Operett with a spectacular concert show.
September, 5. 8 p.m. Dohány Street Synagogue – On stage “Mi van Velem” – “WHAT ABOUT ME?” András Kern’s evening, star guests: Barbara Hegyi, Judit Hernádi, Béla Festzbaum and Gábor Heilig.
September, 5, – 7 p.m. – Hegedűs Gyula Street Synagogue – 100 Year Stone – concert with Péter Gerendás and his musician friends – star guests: Ibolya Oláh and Sándor Födő.
September, 5. 7 p.m. – Rumbach Synagogue – The Jewish Cultural Festival cannot end without the beautiful voice of singer-actress Andrea Malek along with her fellow musicians. Malek Andi Soulistic band will be performing Shalom, Jerusalem – we sing for you!. In the first part of her concert may hear songs with the heart-warming rhythm based on Yiddish and klezmer motifs, while in the second part she sing songs from the Hungarian composers, dearest to her heart, including Szabolcs Fényes and Pál S. Gábor.
September, 5. – 7.30 p.m. – House of Music Hungary – Absolutely worthwhile to get tic kedts to this amazing show. A real, authentic, exotic Israeli singer performance arriving to the House of Music Hungary, where the new diva of pop music artist from the East, LALA Tamar will fill the air With her radiant femininity and her distinctive voice. Lala Tamar. Within her brings North African Jewish heritage, authentically portrays the Moroccan Jewish music culture of Spain. Born in Israel to parents from Morocco and Brazil, Lala has been influenced by North African and Brazilian music from childhood. At the concert hear her transforms Ladino melodies into hip-hop’s 21st century rhythms and turns them into pulsating, upbeat pop songs.
September 6, 7 p.m. – Hegedűs Gyula Street Synagogue – Again “Genius in Synagogue” with Péter Mülle Siámi with his guests:Béla Szakcsi with Lakatos and Petra Gubik.
September, 6. – 8 p.m. – Dohány Street Synagogue -A Pianist Balázs Havasi will take the stage with his HAVASI Pure Piano show. After twenty-three sold-out concerts at the Budapest Arena, this time he will perform a solo piano recital at the Jewish Cultural Festival. Moreover, it is not only his virtuoso playing that the audience may admire this time. Balázs Havasi will introduces each piece with recollections and personal musical stories associated with it.
September, 7. – 7 p.m. – Hegedűs Gyula Street Synagogue – Falusi Mariann Klezmer, featuring: Kristóf Darvas and September, 7. 7 p.m. -Hegedűs Gyula Street Synagogue.
September, 7. – 8 p.m. – Dohány Street Synagogue – A perfect day and timing to pay tribute to the unparalleled oeuvre of Barbra Streisand, the celebrated star of New York’s Broadway, who turns 80 this year. The evening will feature wonderful artists such as Andrea Szulák, Mónika-Nika Veres, Bálint Gájer, Boldizsár László and the Don Lázi Swingtet led by trumpeter István Lázár. The concert will feature world-famous songs such as Hello, Dolly, The Way We Were and A Star is Born and songs from the musical Funny Girl.
September, 8. – 7 p.m. – Hegedűs Gyula Street Synagogue – DO YOU STILL LOVE IT!? – GERGELY RÓBERT’S NOSTALGIC CONCERT OF THE BEST SONGS OF THE 60s, 70s, 80s.
September, 8. – 8 p.m. – Dohány Street Synagogue – In th previous years at the Jewish Cultural Festival already know by many who have already been at their concerts, the legendary Fegya Jávori and his band, the Budapest Klezmer Band whom will again give life on stage to the traditional Yiddish motifs with a touch of Gypsy and folk music, spiced up with a touch of modernity. Special guest Opera singer Andrea Rost, celebrating her birthday will take the stage at the Dohány Synagogue, this time performing Hungarian, Gypsy and Yiddish folk songs. Another special featuring at the concert will be Fegya’s band joined by such masters of folk music with Mátyás Bolya, Miklós Lukács and Balázs Szokolay Dongó.
The Synagogue on Frankel Leó Street offers two programs in two days:
September, 5. – 7 p.m. – The Klezmerész band will take the stage with their star guest, Veca Janicsák. Founded 18 years ago, the Klezmerész ensemble needs no introduction to the audience of the Jewish Cultural Festival. The band plays Yiddish and Sephardic songs in Hebrew and Hungarian and has been a regular participant in the event for more than 10 years. The unique sound of the band is created by the special vocals of two extremely talented singers Judit Klein and Judit Török, and now they are joined by a third well known performer for the first time Veca Janicsák.
September, 6. – 7 p.m. – Fírankel Leo Synagogue – World-renowned cellist Pál Banda will perform. Throughout his career, the celliust has worked with artists such as György Solti, András Schiff, Rudolf Serkin, Cladio Abbado, Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Lorin Maazel. His current program includes J.S. Bach’s Suite in C major and Suite in C minor, both written around 1720, and both of which require exceptional preparation and technical skill to perform. Pál Banda has been a member of the English Piano Trio since 2012 and is a professor at the Purcell School and the Royal College of Music in London, regularly giving masterclasses in cello and chamber music around the world.
September, 6. – 7 p.m. – Rumbach Synagogue – The Israeli Nigun quartet will perform a special piece of music, translating the musical motifs of Hasidic mysticism into the language of contemporary jazz. Nigun combines the melodic treasures of traditional Hasidic culture with contemporary Jewish-Israeli music, creating an almost new musical genre.
September, 8. – 7 p.m. – Rumbach Synagogue – Orsolya Korcsolán and the Anima Musicae Chamber Orchestra will give a concert titled 4 Worlds, 4 Seasons. The production promises to bring together klezmer, romantic music, liturgical songs and the Baroque era, presenting four worlds: the romanticism of Max Bruch, the vibrant and buoyant music of the young Mendelssohn, Fegya Jávori’s klezmer-Doyna for violin and orchestra, and Vivaldi‘s most famous work, the Four Seasons.
Sunday, 11. – 7 p.m. – The Mediterranean Sea will “roar” as Mara Aranda, one of the biggest Spanish stars of Sephardic music, takes the stage. Initially, the artist and her fellow musicians worked on Arabic, Balkan, Greek, Israeli and Turkish melodies based on Valencian roots, which is why she was dubbed “The voice of the Mediterranean”. Latter Mara Aranda turned her attention to Sephardic Jewish music, also her current concert she will offer an insight into how Sephardic music might have sounded in the Middle Ages through a unique orchestration of medieval and modern soundscapes.
September, 12. – 7 p.m. – Closing the events programs at the Rumbach Synagogue will conclude with Andrea Bauer and her fellow artists performing Queen of Sheba. The work tries to go down to the beginning where good and goodness come from in human beings, what spiritual content is implied by the feeling of belonging somewhere, the awareness of being part of, i.e. witnessing and experiencing, the natural world and its awakening.
September, 12. – 7 p.m. – The series of events at the Hegedűs Gyula Street will be closed by festival regulars, the versatile Sabbathsong Klezmer Band. The 10-member group has many surprises in store for this year’s concert theevent not to be missed.
Tickets can be reachable through http://www.zsidokulturalisfesztival.hu and/or http://www.broadway.hu

Within the slideshow snaps were taken at the Rumbach Street Synagogue at an earlier media conference.

Recommendation and snaps by Aggie Reiter

The 6th Beer Festival – 6 days @ District, V., Szabadság Square – Budapest Hungary

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August, 30. – September, 4. 2022

At today’s press conference, media representatives were invited to the SPAR stand whereas Márk Maczelka, Head of communications SPAR Hungary Commercial Ltd., said the following the consumers are buying beer more consciously and courageously. For years, they have been consciously working to be at the forefront of the retail market in the development of beer products, and the results of the past years have confirmed that they are in the right direction when transforming the product range. Five years ago, small-brewery beers gave 6.5% to their permanent and temporary supply, but today this proportion has increased six times. According to the data and experience of the past years, in volume although the beer product category is no longer growing significantly, consumers are more selective about which type of beer they give thumbs-up … more consciously, within different types. He also added that the Downtown Beer Festival is a great opportunity to draw the attention of discerning beer consumers to the craft products available in their stores all year round, as well as the specialties of excellent domestic small-scale breweries. At SPAR, everyone can find a beer that suits their taste, whether it’s a large-scale product or even unique series-produced, small-scale product.
Dániel Kurucz – Downtown Beer Festival main organizer
said they are pleased that the festival attracted the interest of one of the country’s largest retail chains. They have been working for years to present the diversity of beer, encourage consumers to drink quality beers and try new products, which are supported by Hungarian craft breweries. Even during the beer festival, these beers ont he spot are also reachable on the shelves at the SPAR stores.
In addition to the traditional brands of bottom and top-fermented beer the rising new stars, flavored and unflavored non-alcoholic and low-alcohol beers, of which 75000 hectoliters, i.e. 15 million cans, were in the summer season have also sold out – said Dr. Sándor Kántor – Hungarian Beer Brewers.
Gyenge Zsolt – President of the National Association of Small-Scale Breweries,told their association, representing the interests of small-scale breweries, their main task to promote domestic breweries’ access to the market. He added that they maintain an excellent relationship with the Agricultural Marketing Center, with whom they expect to co-operate even more closely from the coming Fall. The products will be presented to the professional audience in Finland, Belgium and Germany, and they will be brought together with domestic producers and potential customers at B2B meetings.

At the end of the presentations the media representatives were taken on a beer tour, whereas visited 6 beer stands and welcomed to taste their beers. See those snaps @ slideshow.

The 6th Downtown Beer Festival as said above began today, and SPAR Ltd. Hungary has been its main sponsor since this year. The domestic chain has been helping small domestic businesses, including small-scale breweries, to get their unique products onto the market for a long time and encouraging quality beer consumption.
Hungarian small-brewery beer was difficult for the general public to access for a long time, since they could typically only get access to unique craft products by ordering online or at a gastronomic festival. The SPAR made up to end this gap when it embraced Hungarian small-scale breweries a few years ago and has continued to support Hungarian small-scale breweries ever since, the permanent and seasonal selection of beers are on its shelves. With the special offer, the supermarket chain offers an alternative to quality instead of quantity consumption, and this is the only principle further strengthened by the fact that SPAR has become the main sponsor. The SPAR’s goal is to further popularize the rich domestic beer culture.

All those who come to the Beer Festival @ the Szabadság Square be sure to pick up your own special addition beer glass and most sure gonna find your taste of beer and enjoy your loving day.
Slowly we are facing ending to the summer, but there are still more warm days and evenings to enjoy being outdoor around the wonderful environment and for many to still ease their thirst having “liquid bread” as we Hungarians call the beer… who else brought this grand 6 days together for togetherness than the SPAR … Cheers.
All the 6 days on the tap daft beers and packaging canned beer may reach everyone’s taste. Needn’t have to travel in the country to the breweries to get a glass of their special local beer … the breweries come to “your doorstep” here Downtown to serve their beer. Entry to the event is FREE, but a unique glass festival glass must be purchased to drink beer! Normal festival glass 2499HUF – Premium festival glass 3999HUF. The list of the exhibitors is pretty long and the 6 days to taste the 250 type of beers  which the exhibitors offers worthwhile to wonder around and have your own tasting beer tour.
Opening hours: Tuesday,11.30 a.m.– Mindnight – Wednesday,11.30 a.m.– Mindnight – Thursday, 11.30 a.m.– Friday, 2 a.m. – Friday, 11.30 a.m. – Saturday, 2 a.m. – Saturday, 11.30 a.m. – Sunday, 2 a.m. -Sunday, 11.30 – Mindnight.

Riport and snaps by Aggie Reiter

Plan your Day/s to be @ the 31st. Budapest’s Wine Festival 2022.

September, 8. – September, 11. 2022. – @ the Budavári Palota (Buda Castle)

This year’s Budapest Wine Festival awaits its guests at one of Europe’s most prestigious gastronomic events traditionally hosted on the terraces of the Buda Castle, where, in addition to the sumptuous Budapest panorama, you can once again meet the best domestic and foreign winemakers and their exceptional items. The main sponsor of the event this year is SPAR Hungary, which has been committed to the Hungarian wine culture since 2007., embracing the most important products of Hungarian agriculture, Hungarian wines and wineries. According to the company, wine is a unique – gastronomic and cultural – asset that must be nurtured.

This year, the Budapest Wine Festival welcomes the United States of America as a guest of honorwines from California, Washington state and Oregon are coming to present themselves to the Hungarian wine lovers. Just as within the previous years, the usual popular professional programs will also take place, and on the two stages during th event offering more than 30 productions to those who wish to loose along the tasting the mouthwatering wines and have fun.

This year, with new areas, programs and surprises, the wine festival offers a few wonderful days in the company of your favorite wines in a truly stylish environment.

Day ticket – Thursday, 9 p.m.CUMBIA RHYTHMS FROM SOUTH AMERICA – LOS ORANGUTANES
Day ticket Friday, 9 p.m. – FUSION JAZZ-HIP-HOP – JAZZBOIS
Day ticket – Saturday, 8 p.m. HUNGARIAN JAZZ, BEAT AND POP CURRENT – TÁRKÁNY WORKS
Day ticketSunday, 4 p.m. – MEDITATIVE, SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE – SENA DAGADUB
Last but not least within the 4-day pass ticket … unlimited visits to the Wine Festival.

For visitors attention to the fact this year as well only tickets for a specific day cannot be exchanged to transfer to another day after purchase.

A little reminder … entry according to the current epidemiological legislation.

Attention call: Aggie Reiter

The Káptalan street @ Pécs will be a cavalcade of collective art 2022.

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Shortly coming up at Pécs … concerts, literary programs and playhouse at the Múzeum utca Plusz Fesztivál – Museum Street Plus Festival.

Among dozen of programs, concerts, literary evenings and children’s programs await the audience at the Múzeum Utca Plusz Festival @ Pécs between August 18 and 21. 2022.

A taster of the programs:
A part of the Múzeum Utca Plusz collective art troupe from August 18-21. Among a lineup of superb artists: Beton. Hofi, Ohnody, I Am Soyuz, Óperentzia will perform, while the literary line is represented by famous actors such as József Wunderlich, Anikó Für, Eszter Csákányi and Steve Hajdu. Most of the programs are free to visit!

The festival starts on August, 18 at 4.30 P.M., with a parade accompanied by the joyous music of the PTE Brass Band and the dancing of giant banns. From 5 P.M., Juci Németh and Hunor G. Szabó will take the stage, and the evening will end with a folklore whirlwind and dance hall.

During the festival, Ohnody, who combines different artistic trends, will perform in the courtyard of the Museum Directorate, Óperentzia, the indispensable band of the Hungarian underground, and also to Kubali in Pécs. I Am Soyuz, with its personality and humorous and thought-provoking stories, creates an intimate atmosphere at its concerts, where special instruments such as ukulele, melodica, omnichord and banjo are played. The a/m program are are free of charge.

One of the hottest figures in Hungarian rap, Beton. Hofi, will perform in the Káptalan Kert – Kaptalan garden , whose lyrics show a great balance between street slang based on the identity of the eighth district and smart, self-reflective sensitivity. The guest of the concert is Lil Frakk.

Awesome concerts awaiting for to-day’s music lovers: Ivan & Tha Parazol, Blahalouisiana and Kaktus will take the stage there; but there will be a special concert in Pécs with the participation of O’Sullivan, Doggos, Jam&Slam + Slow, BandiT, Dj R-Nold; after which the up-and-coming Hungarian singer-rapper, T. Danny, further heats up the atmosphere.

There will also be no shortage of literary programs. In the framework of “Trans-hearing, Karinthy and his friends, Kabaré 2.0”, may take a poetic journey around the skull of Frigyes Karinthy and his friends with the participation of Eszter Csákányi, Ferenc Elek and Steve Hajdu.

“Word – Game” is a reading performance of the word games of contemporary poetry with actors such as Gabi Hámori, Zsolt Trill and József Wunderlich. What can we hear? Paraphrases of great poems and today’s viral poems, quarantine cabaret dialogue and monologue.

On the closing day, may enjoy a soul-refreshing literary inhalation entitled “Minden Titok” – “All Secret” at the musical literary evening with Anikó Für and Róbert Hrutka.

This year as well, there will be Design Liget – Design Grove a creative space and art market, children’s programs, guided tours, a Roman-era playhouse, a children’s concert by Alíz Bogárdi, and those interested can try the Parnassus game, which is a creative provocation on the border between theater and visual arts. In the Rózsakert – Rose Garden families are welcomed on Saturday with Episcopal children’s programs, including a Kaláka group concert.

The ISTER stand – Roman-era playhouse and digital museum offers varied programs for children and adults every day of the event from 10 A.M. – 7 P.M. Roman jewelry making, Roman food tasting, Roman clothing demonstration, Roman coloring, archaeological puzzle, site exploration tools presentation (radar, drone, metal detector), quiz, urban detective adventure game, but there will be special guided tours of Baranya Aranya – An Early Avar Cemetery Reveals its Secrets. exhibition and crafts based on Vasarely’s works.

During the event, the programs organized by the Janus Pannonius Museum can be visited free of charge,  but the museum exhibitions can be viewed with extended opening hours and with a 10% discount.

On August, 20-21, a slice Pécs gastronomy – Baranyai Gastro Piknik will add color to the Múzeum Utca Plusz event, where you can sample the best of the region’s restaurants in two days under the shady trees. Bistro food, street food, wineries and local producers on the spot  around one place. Enjoy the traditions and new flavors from all over Baranya County.

Organisers of the Festival: Zsolnay Örökségkezélő NKft, Made in Pécs, Janus Pannonius Museum, Diocese of Pécs.

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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!

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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

New York Palace – Winemakers of Badacsony are waiting for the wine lovers again @ Budapest

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New York Palace – in the hall of Rome

Badacsony winemakers are pulling up their sleeves, welcoming in preparing for the tasting with renewed vigor, huge anticipation, a keen zest for life and real masterpieces.
Guests can enjoy a rich selection of Badacsony’s outstanding wines in the Rome Hall of the New York Palace. The exhibiting wineries fill the glasses in person, while telling us about their work and the common passion we all have for wine. This year’s slogan of the event is also intended to convey this mood: “We call to life”. These two words conceal renewal, spring, and all that the easing of restrictions in people addresses. After all, life is like a bottle of intoxicating wine.
Badacsony in New York has been characterized by real cooperation from the very beginning and a special, friendly atmosphere, which is due to the fact that the introductory wineries and exhibitors organize themselves, with the help of the Badacsony Guild Tourist Association.
Almost 50 exhibitors are waiting for the lovers of the Badacsony Wine Region at the tasting. This time, visitors can taste more than 160 types of mineral-rich wines from 34 wineries. The “protagonists” of the event are specialties that are born exclusively in this wine region, due to the unique minerality of the soil, the specific effects of basalt, sandstone and climate. Such is the case with the most loyal inhabitant of the Badacsony basalt hill, Kéknyelű.
Another interesting feature of the program is that in addition to the wineries, accommodations, restaurants and event venues will also be introduced, and of course the master classes will not be missed either.

Tickets for the event a on the spot for a limited number of 9900HUF
After 4 p.m., the hall will also open to the general public, and all wine lovers will find an exclusive tasting.
You can also take part in a master class to taste the following wines, the matching snacks are also made by András Wolf: Málik Cellar – Zeus 2015, Villa Tolnay Wine House – Green Veltelini 2015, Borbély Family Winery – Bács-hegy Olaszrizling 2015, Németh Cellar – Olaszrizling late harvest 2015, Vörös Szőlőbirtok Szürkebarát 1996, First Hungarian Wine House – Szeremley Estate Kéknyelű 2006, VáliBor 2016.

Master Courses time and wines to be tasted:
2.30 p.m. – 4 p.m. Dr. András Csizmadia – WINE BEDS – We are ideal for volcanic wines with bites.
4 p.m. – 7.30 p.m. Dr. Gabriella Mészáros – THE MAGIC OF COMPLETENESS – Matured wines from Badacsony.

Admission entitles you to unlimited wine tasting on site.
Combined ticket I. (entrance ticket + 1st ticket for the master course) – 10800HUF
Combined ticket II. (entrance ticket + 2nd ticket for the master course) – 10800HUF
Combined ticket III. (entrance ticket + 1st class of the master course + 2nd ticket of the master course) – 13800HUF

Student ticket (with a valid student ID) – 5900HUF

See you in New York! Let’s get … toast together!

Update: Aggie Reiter