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HoneyLoveDay … World Bee Day August, 17. 2020.

There is only life on earth as long as there are bees. Take care of them!

 Indeed bees already have a World Day.

HoneyLoveDay is celebrated since  August, 17, 2019 as the National Honey Bee Day to honor the insect responsible for more than 1/3 of the food we eat from beekeepers, beekeeping clubs and associations, and honey bee enthusiasts from all across the country. Taking this opportunity to celebrate honey bees and recognize their contribution to our everyday lives as a means of protecting this critical species for future generations.

Who has not met the saying … “Sweet as Honey”… but manybe not too many known that the sweet taste of honey is determined by the non-crystallizing fructose, and its flavor  determined by the proportions of essential oils given by the nectars of the various flowers that the bees have collected.

Food for Bees and Food for Humans. It is a product of the nectar of flowers, plant juices transformed by bees. Man has collected honey since ancient times and used it first as a delicacy, later as an important food, and finally as a medicinal product.

It is known by many the consumption and the health effects of honey. Nowonder … honey is rich in vitamins and minerals and is an effective remedy when used both externally and internally. It helps with calcium absorption, increases hemoglobin, treats dietary anemia, in combination with apple cider vinegar has a beneficial effect on inflamed joints, cures all types of infections and respiratory diseases, speeds up the healing of stomach ulcers, and also helps in the healing of allergies. Heart disease (heart failure), gastritis, bronchitis, endocrine disorders (insufficiency), mucositis and immune weakness. The list would be long one, so just to mention a few more “miracals” honey provides instant energy without the harmful effects of sugar, a useful aid in case of insomnia, hay fever, insect bites and infected wounds … no cemicals … a real doctors recept!

In Hungary there are roughly 20,000 beekeepers and about 1.2 million bee families take care of honey production, which means 15-30 thousand tons of honey/year, depending on the weather. Domestic honey consumption averages 90 dkg per capita, while people in Germany consume 1.3 kg and in Greece 1.5 kg. Honey is a storehouse of extremely healthy food, natural antibiotics, vitamins and minerals, so the autumn honey campaign is definitely aimed at increasing domestic honey consumption.

There are several types of honey produced by beekeepers available in Hungary, one of the most popular is the Acacia honey, which is already considered Hungarian, in addition to lime honey and flower honey. Also Beet honey, Chestnut honey, Sunflower honey, Forest honey. Rare but existing Hungarian honeys include: Silkweed, Goldenrod, Wild Tobacco, Facelia, Lavender, Oil Radish, silver fir … Also less known  by the public the  Bee Bread (mixture of pollen and nectar), Bee venom (A special animal product similar to the Viper poison. It is used with great efficacy in medicine for rheumatism, polyarthritis, neuralgia, iris and retinitis. The exact composition of the poison is yet unknown.)

All the honey producers are truly reliable from the Hungarian beekeepers. It is not an easy  mission, their hard-working labor hands and their hearts is included!

Unfortunately, this year’s varied weather … rain, strong winds did not do any good either for pollination, neither for pollen collecting bees either… it is said there will be less out … BUT hope for the Best!

The world bee population is running low, and the lack of useful pollinators would doom strawberries, apples, almonds, tomatoes, peppers, coffee, cocoa, just to name a few Out of our 87 basic crops. Fact is Fact … 3 out of 4 crops depend on pollination. A single bee visits an average of 7,000 flowers a day, and in order for a colony (or man) to receive 1 kg of nutritious honey, one must collect pollen from 4 million flowers. Every year, 1.6 million tonnes of honey are produced only by Western honeybees and 20,000 species of wild bees are known worldwide.

The National Honey Bee Day program started with a simple concept. Bring together beekeepers, bee associations, as well as other interested groups to connect with the communities to advance beekeeping.

All the honey producers are truly reliable from the Hungarian beekeepers. It is not an easy mission, their hard-working labor hands and their hearts is included!

Unfortunately, this year’s varied weather intervened by dense stormy rain, strong winds which did not do any good either for pollination, neither for pollen collecting bees … it is said there will be less honey this year, but honey lovers hope for the Best!

Update Aggie Reiter

“Q” & “A” … Inherited Croatian food in Hungary

Popular Croatian Dishes that made home in the Hungarian kitchen

Ajngemahtec – Croatian Chicken Soup with Wheat Grits Dumplings

„Q” Where does the name „Ajngemahtec origin?

„A” The name comes from the German word eingemacht, which could be roughly translated as all in one, due to the fact this simple one-pot dish

„Q” Where did Ajngemahtec – Croatian chicken soup come from??

„A” The cuisine was strongly influenced by Croatia from the Austrian neighbors

Indeed it is nourishing soup with different veggies, containing chicken, heart dumplings and delicious with hearty dumplings. The soup usually served before Sunday lunch not only in Croatia, but Hungary as well as the home remedy to cure everything from flu to hangovers. In Croatia and Hungary it is common in adding to the chicken soup the VEGETA seasoning fulfills an extra flavor of veggies (but be careful with the salting later) Once you tried the mouthwatering soup you will love it. It is pretty simple to prepare it. Nice and comforting chicken soup, traditional (Sunday meal) both in Croatia and also delicious on the table in Hungary

Cooking time: 1h – Servings 4 – Ingredients: 4-6 pieces of chicken thighs bone in, 1 medium onion, 2 large carrots – 1 shredded and 1 finely sliced, 1 cup frozen peas, 1 small parley root (finely sliced), 1 chicken bullion cube, 6 cups of hot water, 2 tsp oil, 2 tsp chopped parsley leaves, 1 tsp VEGETA seasoning optional or any available veggie flavoring, salt and pepper

Dumplings: 2 medium eggs, 2 tsp oil vegetable or sunflower, about 2/3 cup semolina add more, for firmer dumplings.

Cooking instructions: In a large pot heat oil under medium heat, add chopped onion and cook about 2 minutes. Add shredded and sliced carrots and sliced parsley root, season with a pinch of salt and cook for 5 mins, stirring occasionally. Add chicken thighs, 1 -2 cups of water, bullion cube and cook on low heat for 25 mins, stirring occasionally and adding water if necessary. After 25 mins add frozen peas, pour remaining water and cook for 10-15 mins. Remove chicken from the soup and shred the meat of the bone. Put aside.

In a mean time in separate bowl beat eggs with 2 tsp of oil, slowly add semolina, stirring constantly until you get thick batter, making sure that no lumps remain. Warm tablespoon under hot water and with a tablespoon drop full spoons of batter into the soup and cook for additional 10 mins. Add the chicken back to the pot, add chopped parsley leaves, season with salt, pepper and 1 tsp VEGETA and cook for 1-2 mins. Serve warm.

Ćevapi sausages

(In Hungary named: Csevap or Csevapcsicsa)

„Q” What are Ćevapi sausages?

„A” Bascially the Ćevapi are grilled, skinless finger-shaped sausages.

„Q” Where does the Ćevapi origin?

„A” The Ćevapi itself has a Turkish origin. Turkish influence in the similarity to the Turkish kofta kebab, which is a mixed-meat sausage that is molded onto skewers for easy grilling.

The recipe itself will not be complicated at all, in fact, it is extremely simple easy to make, the only possibility of mistakes is found only in the quality of the ingredients. That’s why it’s important to pick meats minced beef or pork, and spices. Ćevapi together with chopped onions, kajkmak, sour cream, minced red pepper, ajvar, and salt are incredibly tasty. For best flavor, let the sausages marinade in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour, up to an overnight.

Ćevapi has an incredibly unique taste and beside among Croatians at the Hungarian kitchen indeed appreciated. Delicious smoky flavor and are perfect for serving with flatbread and sliced onions.

Preperation time 20 mins, Cooking time: 10 mins.

Ingredients: 0.55 lb minced beef, 0.55 lb minced pork, 3 garlic cloves minced,1 ¼ tsp salt, 1 tsp ground black pepper,1 tsp paprika, ¾ tsp baking soda.

Cooking instructions: Take a large bowl mix together all ingredients.Using slightly over 1 tsp of meat mixture per sausage, shape the mixture into sausages the size and shape of a fat finger (roughly 3 inches long and ¾ of an inch in diameter).Place all the formed sausages in a single layer on a platter. Cover the platter and refrigerate for at least 1 hour (up to overnight). When you are ready to cook your sausages, preheat your grill to medium heat, 180⁰C -200⁰C (350-400⁰F) (You should be able to hold your hand a few inches from the cooking grate for 5-7 seconds.). To grill the sausages using a fine grate grill pan for 4-5 mins a side, until golden and springy. Serve the Ćevapi with sliced sweet onions and flatbread (like lepinja or pita). Mind you on the otherside of the Moon, @ Woolworths, Beef Chevaps are prepared ready just to roast Downunder.

Štrukli from Croatia to Hungary

„Q” Where origin of Štrukli?

„A” The exact origin of štrukli remains unknown, but traced a staple for … pastry and a salty stuffing made from cow cottage cheese, cream and eggs long ago on the hills and forests, northern Croatia … some say the original dish also called Zagorje strukli, originates from the Zagorje region of Croatia)

„Q” What is the Štrukli?

„A” It is a rather simple „pulled pasta” dish, which, depending on the type of filling, can be either savory or sweet.

There are 2 types of Štrukli: boiled and baked. Ingredient is most important need the fresh cottage cheese …  it has a fresh, slightly acidic taste and a refined taste of milk that is only really began to ferment.

Dough ingredients: 0.90 lb, 1 egg, 1 tsp oil, salt.

Serve: 8 – Ingredients for the filling: 20 oz (600 g) fresh cottage cheese, 3.3 oz (100 g) butter, softened + 2 tsp,4 eggs, 0.4 cups (100 ml) sour cream

Preparation time: 30 minsMeanwhile preheat then oven if baked to 180⁰C (365⁰F).

Mix a firm dough of flour, 1 egg, oil and a little salt water. Stir until bubbles appear, then shape the dough into 2 loave ball and roll it  using the tablecloth , stretch the dough out a bit and coat it with oil so that it doesn’t dry out and cover with a warm towel. Leave the dough to rest for 1h. The dough is then stretched out, as usual, on a sheet smeared with oil or on a cloth sprinkled with flour. Mix the ingredients of the filling well, then place small piles on the dough with a spoon in a row, not too far apart. The dough is rolled up, the dough is squeezed between the piles with a wooden spoon and then separated using a plate. This is how to get the separate pieces filled with cottage cheese, which is cooked in flag salt water. Don’t have to cook for long when it comes to the top of the water, good. Place the cooked Štruklies next to each other in a fireproof bowl or baking tray, pour over the cream to cover them.

Stuffing mixture: mix the cow cheese with 4 eggs, melted butter and a little salt and mix until smooth.

Cooking time: 50 mins.  Knead a medium-soft strudel dough from the dough.Divide into 2 loaves, smear with oil, rest for 1h in a warm place. The dough is then stretched out, as usual, on a sheet smeared with oil or on a cloth sprinkled with flour. Mix the ingredients of the filling well, then place small piles on the dough with a spoon in a row, not too far apart. The dough is rolled up, the dough is squeezed between the piles with a wooden spoon and then separated using a plate. This is how we get the separate pieces filled with cottage cheese, which we cook in flag salt water. You don’t have to cook for long when it comes to the top of the water, good. Bake in the oven for about 50 mins at 180⁰C (365⁰F) until golden brown.

Excellent both either hot or cold. You can also put a little filling on the cooked Štrukli.

© Aggie Reiter

Herald News – Reopening Tutankhamun Exhibition @ Budapest

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Wondering & Wandering Back in Time – Through 1334 – 1325 BC. 

Like much else, all the mysteries and treasures of the Tutankhamun Exhibition were quarantined in March at the KOMPLEX on Király utca (King Street) Budapest. The organizers, on the other hand, ensured the supervision of the treasures from the first moment, in addition to the appropriate security measures, and provided continuous guarding of the relics even during the temporary closure. Now, in the period of reopening, the organizers of the exhibition have placed tremendous emphasis not only on the treasures of incomprehensible value, but also on maintaining the health safety of visitors.

“The reopening of the Tutankhamun exhibition is not only for those interested, but being on a kind of holiday to Egypt. A surprise and a special offer: on July 30 and 31, one child per family can view the exhibition for free of charge … only applies to children aged 6-14. Those who arrive on the first few days of the reopening of the Tutankhamun exhibition will have a special experience,” said the communications manager of JVS Group Hungary.

Items seen through the slideshow have been at first glance in 1922 discovery of over 5,000 artifacts by Howard Carter  @ Tunankhamun’s Tomb. Some of his treasure has traveled worldwide and  after the lockdown quarantines the Budapest’s locals and foreigners staying, living in Hungary needn’t have to travel … especially now-a-days … to Egypt nor to London to see and get the feeling visiting the long gone past Egyptian New Kingdom – 18th Dynasty.

The Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities allowed tours beginning in 1962 with the exhibit at the Louvre in Paris, followed by the Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art in Tokyo, Japan. Needless to mention exhibits drew in millions of visitors. Between 1972–1979 exhibit was shown in United States, Soviet Union, Japan, France, Canada, and at the era of the West Germany.

© snaps – Aggie Reiter

Celebrating 71st. Republic Day of India @ Budapest

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Many countries around the world today joined to celebrate India’s Republic Day, likewise in Budapest – Hungary.

The celebration was held on Sunday, January, 26. by HE Mr. Kumar Tuhin, Ambassador of the Republic of India & Mrs. Deepa Tuhin @ Heritage House’s Theater – Budapest.

Invited guests joined to celebrate India’s  71st Republic Day together with members of the DC, dignitaries, senior government functionaries, prominent representatives, the Indian community, Hungarian political, business and cultural scenes, also by India’s friends and supporters.

The  Republic Day commemorates the occasion on January 26, 1950 when India, after gaining independence from Great Britain in 1947, adopted its Constitution … 1949. January 26 was already an auspicious day for India because in 1930 it was declared as Independence Day by no less than “The Father of the Nation” – Mahatma Gandhi.

Republic Day also marks the completion of India’s transition from the British Raj to an independent republic. It also represents the anniversary of the declaration of Purna Swaraj, which translates to “complete freedom,” by the Indian National Congress in 1929.

Ambassador Kumar Tuhin conveyed his festive greetings to the audience and said that India’s relations with Hungary is steadily growing and the interaction in diverse sectors, especially in economic and commercial sector. Hungary had been one of the first to recognize India’s sovereignty and the two had established diplomatic relations in 1948. India was one of Hungary’s most important trade partners, and still today tit is continuing  exchange of Hungarian – India students in several fields of education. Also welcomed the cultural and economic relations between India and Hungary.

The Ambassador expressed his thanks to the guests for attending and celebrating this special day together.

The highlight of the evening was followed by the group rendered enchanting India music and dance performances.

After the entertainment program a reception followed having a taste of India’s traditional gastronomy delights.

Update and snaps © Aggie Reiter

Antonio Tempesta Painted on Precious Stone @ György Ráth Museum – Budapest

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Exhibition open: January, 17. – March, 29. 2020.

District: VI., 12. Városliget fasor 12.

Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Tickets on the spot.

Been to György Ráth Villa Museum? Worthwhile not only art lovers by locals and/or tourists, foreigners staying Hungary.

Officially open exhibition @  Budapest on Antonio Tempesta – precious and rare – Lapis Lazuli stone of Old Testament painting cannot be seen anywhere else in the World.

An Antonio Tempesta was rediscovered in the collection of the Museum of Applied Arts – Budapest at the storage parcel on the basement level whilst the buildings was going through an enormous renovation. The paintings were absolutely unknown when found with severely damaged and some pieces were also missing. Took several years for the restoration of the paintings. Also required research and coordinated efforts with experimental restorers. Thanks to the high level of knowledge by the restorers painstaking and subtle work the Tempesta’s marvelous handwork can be from no on viewed at the György Ráth Villa in fully return original paintings experience.

Antonio Tempesta’s two-side painting in this exhibition is an exceptional work of art in many respects.

The color of a marvelous shades in blue magnified Antonio Tempesta who was born in Florence and active painter in Rome in the early decades in the 17th century. His works were ordered and prepared for aristocratic patrons. Tempesta painted on various types of stones, bringing life without boundaries to figures and venues with its original color of the stone, showing the perfect collaboration between nature and art.

While most paintings are done on canvas or wood panels, Tempesta used a semi-precious stone, lapis lazuli   to his painting. This rare stone was imported from Afghanistan, the only known location of such deposits in the 17th century. Both sides of this thin, unbelievable  1-millimeter thick translucent slab presents scenes on both side from the Old Testament. The images are not just paintings, but from the multicolor stone forming an intergral part of the depictions. The frame itself with its mother-of-pearls inlays, is also unusual of its complicated, contrived image field.

The stone’s name Lapis Lazuli comes from Latin word „lapis” meaning „stone” and the Persian lazhward meaning „blue” It is one of the most sought after stones in use since man’s history began.

Only three of Lapis Lazuli stones survived around the world throughout the centuries. One of the Tempesta’s works can be viewed at the György Ráth Villa – Budapest and are housed in the Louvre – Paris and the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna.

Certainly recommend this wonderful place to  visit by art lovers, once home to a wealthy family, and today a gem of a museum in Budapest. The exhibition rolls back in the past under the spell of the magnificent objects.

Whilst walking in-and-around the corridors and rooms  can  see besides Tempesta’s painting a couple of goldsmith works out on display. These magnificent artistic works are examples how the fusion of an object brought together with nature. The goldsmith works are from the former collection of Miklós Jankovich, a renowned Hungarian art collector of the early 19th century.

Mind you, there are no guided tours, yet there is a booklet on the front desk that summaries the story of the villa.

Take your time to see, learn about the background of entire collection whilst enjoy stepping into every room of the villa unique piece of furniture and decor. A very unique and special museum!

Update and snaps ©  Aggie Reiter

Miraculous Acrobat Winners @ Budapest – International Circus Festival Budapest 2020

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District, XIV., 12/a Állatkerti Blvd.

The Capital Circus bringing to the circus ring the International festival competition’s winners from January, 15. up to March, 15. 2020. Whether by any reason missed to be present at the “A” or “B” showtime now will be the time to come, see the best-of-.the-best circus show. The audience can count on it to view the magical artists by watching their breathtaking presentations which will indeed promise their stay with highly entertainment experiences. A superb showtime for the locals and foreigners staying in Budapest. Join the circus show, and gain an uplifting experience for whole family.

Beside the locals, many foreigners, tourist staying in Budapest where also present to attend at an international circus festival. It was a cavalcade of mixed real languages hearing the audience awaiting for the ring to be open to occupy their seats.

To purchase tickets is possible just before the performance and/or also in advance on the spot at the ticket booth.

On weekdays and on Sundays from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. On Saturdays from 10 a.m. till 7 p.m. (just before show).

Just a note to one of the participating group arrived directly for the days to see all the show acrobats at  the international competition from Denmark. They said that since there is the international circus festival in Budapest they have been coming within a group to watch the amazingly selected the already known by them the fabulous shows  and will be curious to see who will be the winners and can not wait to see back home the list of seen performers results. See the group’s snap.

Update, snaps Aggie Reiter

Transparent Sound New Music Festival @ Budapest

The highlight of the festival is the work of female music composers.

January, 7 – 20. 2020.

Does female and male music really exist? Do these only consist of female or male sounds? Is there a difference between men listening to the music of female composers and women listening to music composed by men? Is it possible to compose accompaniment to a concerto using insect sounds? And to lead a soloist of electroacoustic instruments with hand-gestures? To tell a story with beatbox sounds? Is there a musical work that has two versions, which can be performed both separately and together? How can we describe generative art, and how does it relate to gender?

The outstanding events are at prominent venues for those interested in new music and can visit as many venues as they wish, such as: the Müpa, the Trafó, the Music Academy and the French Institute in Budapest.

There is still a week ahead at the festival will include concerts – paired with interactive introductory sessions, – workshops for professionals and the public, children’s events, an international symposium, a sound-theater for the whole family, an exhibition and movie screenings. This year the festival will focus particularly on the works and performances of female musicians and composers.

The main mission of the festival is to make the colorful and innovative world of new music approachable for everyone. The invitation also goes to the audience who wish to join the open workshops organized around the events, which will lead participants empirically into the instinctive world of music listening and orientation. The scores of the performed works will also be made available during the festival in our reading corner in the library of the BMC – Budapest Music Center.

LONGLEASH – PAYSAGES – CURATOR: ADAM MCCARTNEY

January, 16. – 6 p.m. – CEU, Oktober Hall – District, V., 7. Október 6 Street. A forest makes sounds of its own — remarkable sounds. Perhaps these sounds also mark the breadth, depth and borders of the forest space itself. There are also other sounds that signify “forest,” and yet other more enigmatic sounds that express embodied experiences, interactions and intensities between human and forest bodies.

Exhibition opening – Vernissage and lecture by Étienne Rolin

January, 17. – 5 p.m. – French Institute – District, I., 17. Fő Street . Étienne Rolin about the vanishing points of music and visual arts says the following: Q.: “What is the connection between music and painting. In a nutshell, I give a sweeping answer that both disciplines are two variations of vibrations produced by gestures. Each discipline has its particular techniques and materials that allow me to create. What I find stimulating is to experiment with my own brain and body to examine and cross-examine the ongoing process of creative activity in two domains. It appears obvious to most that music and painting share a common ground with a deep taste for the technique of composition and the art of improvisation.

UMZE – VOICE TWIST

January, 17. – 7.30 p.m. – BMC – Concert Hall – District IX., 8. Mátyás Street. What do we associate with the human voice? Singing on the stage, singing together, humming to ourselves, talking, whispering, baby cooing – just to mention the most obvious ones. We will meet these sounds, and many more, at the concert of the UMZE Ensemble, in the form of singing mixed with electronics, instrumental arias, the instrumental of Offenbach’s work “overmumbling”, beatbox, musical allusions and recaps from music history.

GARDRÓB MŰVÉSZETI CSOPORT – LILLA and TÜNDÉRBOGYÓ

January, 18. – 10.30 a.m. – Nádor Hall – District, XIV., 3. Ajtósi Dürer line. Instrumental fairy tale-theater for young children in Hungarian

MAO – MELIS

January, 18. – 7.30 p.m. – Budapest Music Center, Concert Hall – District, IX., 8. Mátyás Street – Tricket available on the spot. Modern Art Orchestra performs pieces and transcriptions of songs and other works composed by László Melis. Artistic director: Fekete Kovács Kornél. Tickets on the spot.

PATHS OF DEATH AND ANGELS (1991)

January, 18. – 9.30 p.m.  -Screening after the concert – written and directed by: Kamondi Zoltán. Music: Melis László.  – Free of charge, yet registration is needed in advance papp.krisztina@bmc.hu

ÉTIENNE ROLIN, IFJ. GYÖRGY KURTÁG

CONCERTO FOR ELECTRONICS AND SOUNDPAINTING ORCHESTRA

January, 19. – 7 p.m. – French Institute – District, XI. 17 Main Street- Tickets on the spot –  The French composer, Étienne Rolin, plays several wind instruments (such as the clarinet, or the Indian bansuri), but at the same time he is excellent at improvisation as well. Tickets on the spot.

COMPONENT

January, 20. – 6 p.m. – Budapest Music Center – Library Screening – District, 8th Mátyás Street.

When Leipzig pianist Kyra Steckeweh realized that her repertoire almost exclusively consisted of music composed by men, she began searching for pieces written by female composers. With her selection, she has brought to our attention and delight four very different composers, all of whom left a diverse body of work – Film by Tim van Beveren and Kyra Steckeweh. – Entry free of charge.

LUX:NM – Anamorphoses

January, 20.  7.30 p.m. – BMC Concert Hall – District, IX., 8. Mátyás Street  – The Heroines of Sound concert at the Transparent Sound Festival 2020 puts the spotlight contemporary composition in Germany with works by Laura Mello, Oxana Omelchuk, Lisa Streich and Sarah Nemtsov, alongside the Hungarian composer Judit Varga. Tickets on the spot.

Update Aggie Reiter

“The Saint Witch” – Day Zero – 13th Budapest International Circus Festival

A World of Fantasy!

Premier was on Tuesday, January, 7 @ 7 p.m.

MACIVA – Colony of Artists

District, XIV., 73 Francia Road

At the Colony of Artists on the Zero Day of the 13th Budapest International Circus Festival, was introduced this year’s tender winner in the “Staféta” competition “The Saint Witch”. The production was brought alive by Dániel Levente Pál co-founded with Ákos Kalmár. They both welcomed upon arrival to the premiere  the audience. It is a new piece produced by the Capital Circus of Budapest. “The Saint Witch” is the highest degree of artistic elements, Hungarian folk music and folk dance. It is indeed a perfect artwork. production.

The venue is in the middle of forest where demons, fairy witches, music playing tree trunks, come to life the measure of time and the eternal struggle between good and bad.  And as in many fairy tales here also is a never ending love story. The tale is about an ethereal woman and the magical power of a mortal instrument maker.

The production in a nutshell … Like in the fairy tale … the audience are taken into the middle of a magical forest where demons, fairies and witches come-and-go in the foggy and mysterious land with strange birds and creature sounds surrounding them. These creatures appearing also express their inner fears, struggles, and desires, just like the human being. Unworldly creatures appear to humans and want to seduce them into their own world. The play is built on a never ending love story where an ethereal woman and the magical power of a mortal instrument maker.

The piece reveals whether the humans are willing to go with them to another world or would they rather be willing to return to their own world.

No need in having Hungarian language knowledge, perfectly can follow the sound and artistic acts.

It is a real fairy tale, could be a little scary for kindergarten kids, would recommend it to children of school age. It is an excellent family program.

Update Aggie Reiter

The 13th International Circus Festival – Artists of the World @ Budapest 2020.

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Wednesday, January, 8. – Monday, January 13. 2020.

District XIV., 12/a Állatkert Blvd.

What to expect … It is not an Ordinary World … It is the Circus Artists’s World!

In recent years, Budapest became a major meeting point for circus arts. Magnificent Artists and Acrobats of the World arriving to the Capital Circus Festival to Budapest.

During the early evening hours of yesterday officials and press members were awaiting for the touch down flight from Beijing Capital International Airport to welcome the 13 young circus artist upon their arrival at the Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport. The Chinese delegation arrived from Beijing with 31 members and no question … they will be delighted to show their performance within the Chinese National Circus Troupe. Many may know the China contemporary circus arts leading in our time. China being the best artist training institution in the world. The Chinese circus art reach back to 2000 years of history, their education, training, own methods stand behind their current successes. If you want to get a renewed Hungarian circus the goals is to turn towards new directions. China being the best artist training institution in the world.

Péter Fekete – State Secretary for Culture open the press conference, by greeting the circus artist delegation at the SkyCourt Conference Center – Budapest Airport press office, whereas local circus professionals talked about the upcoming 6 days appearances by the young  artists from China.  Continued Q.: This will be the 13th occasion when not just only the Circus world draw attention to Hungary. Around the world the Acrobats prepared themselves over the past two year to introduce their knowledge by which they can step into the forefront of the world.  For a competition like this there is two important things to have jury present of the world’s professional leaders, circus directors, managers whom will decide who are the best-of-the-best circus artists and secondly the audience.”  It has been announced, and there are two professional programs related to the festival. On January, 9. the UNESCO International Professional Conference, held at the Museum of Fine Arts, will address the current issues of the domestic and foreign intangible cultural heritage of circus art. On January, 10. the European Circus Association (ECA) will hold a technical conference at the Museum of Agriculture. The two major themes at the symposium will be artist education and education for children traveling in the circus.

Was also highlighted, that the negotiations are already on green lights  between China and the Hungarian on mutual co-operation in the division of circus artist training abroad in China. This year in the coming September three groups of “artistic seedlings” travel to China in training, then after transfer their experience into artistic training in Budapest.

At the Circus Arena it is very important the auxiliary tools, such as the light conditions, the lighting, the music to enjoy the production  also by the 2000 in the audience and  not less for the competitors, who indeed wish to reap just what they sow … be a winner! Winners at the international festival will be on the program at the Budapest Circus for two and a half months.

The Budapest International Circus Festival is the second most prestigious circus festival in the world and has been held every two years since 1996. Professionals of the Hungarian Circus and Variety Non-profit Ltd. (MACIVA) had a dream. The dream came true and the circus festival has grown up, became a real adult over the 23 years and proven to be in the line organizing circus world festivals in addition to the Monte Carlo and so forth. Budapest Circus has earned the recognition and at this coming grand event will be just splendid to watch the artists from around the world at the circus arena. The judges will be by professionals, circus directors, artist managers, not to mention the breath holding exited audience.

Showtime & Specific Dates roll over to English version https://budapestcircusfestival.hu/en/13th-budapest-circus-festival

Update, snaps © Aggie Reiter

 

Budapest Hosts First “Winternational” Gastronomy Festival – 2019

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District, XIV., Vajdahunyad Castle Promenade – Budapest

For a month you may taste the world’s winter festive meals.

December, 13, 2019 – January 12, 2020.

The organizers of the Advent Basilica, the most beautiful Xmas market in Europe elected on the basis of votes have launched another special event. Namely: Winternational is the first international winter gastronomy festival in  Budapest – Hungary.

What is actually Winternational, get to answer by visiting non less than delights from 25 vendors offering from 15 country‘s winter cuisine.  The organizers held a walk-through tasting press gathering by visiting the food booths. Entrance  to the venue is at the light-painted dome tent. Skip-the-line tickets, cause entry is free of charge.

As the visitors will be entering the venue will be greeted by eye-catching fairy tale settings: a lantern forest, light-painted dome tent, a magical miniature carousel for the kids to have fun on the chilly days of the season, and to view the iconic building of the renewed Liget park is just minutes away. Also reaching the spot many may be passing the Monuments of Hero Square and then will catch the eye of the magnificent sight of the Vajdahunyad Castle. 

When it comes to the winter traditions around the world may see not the same in every country. In Europe, Xmas is typically celebrated, but there are countries where there are other tradition such as the Western and Orthodox Christian. Not all keeping the holiday it the same way. However, when time comes in celebrating their special event, families gather and enjoying number of programs, along with traditional food and drinks.

In Hungary the main Xmas dish still kept tradition, for Xmas eve fish is prepared in several ways, famous Hungarian fish soup, baked fish with dressing and different fillings of beigli (cake).
In Eastern European origins flavor turkey with trimmings, keilbasi (Polish sausage), cabbage dishes, and soups.

Traditions kept around the world …. In the Anglo-Saxon culture, some regions  Santa Claus called (Chimney John) brings the gifts for the kids.. In Sweden, it is celebrated throughout December and traditionally until St. Knut’s Day on January 13. In Finland people believe that Santa Claus or Father Christmas lives in the northern part of Finland called Korvatunturi (or Lapland), north of the Arctic Circle and they bring the gifts to young ones. Almost every year in Israel celebrate during the same time Hanukkah at Christmas. Hanukkah is the Jewish Festival of Lights and it remembers the rededication of the second Jewish Temple in Jerusalem, in Israel. This happened in the 160s BCE/BC (before Jesus was born). Hanukkah is the Hebrew and Aramaic word for ‘dedication’. In Australia, at this time of year it is summertime, schools out and celebration beside spending time to avoid the heat stay around the beach or in tents where the presents are normally exchanged between families on Christmas Day.  Santa sometimes gives the reindeers a rest and might use kangaroos to travel with the gifts for the kids. He also changes his clothes for less ‘hot’ ones! Children often leave out carrots for Santa’s reindeer and there might be some cake for Santa, with some cold beer but it’s often non-alcoholic because Santa has to drive his sleigh back home to the North.

There is also at this time of year around the world a certain identity for good wishes, spoken in local languages, for example: Sweden: God Jul, Finland: Korvatunturi (or Lapland), north of the Arctic Circle and they greet each other by saying: Merry Christmas. Indonesia: Selamat Natal, Irish-Gaelic: Nollaig Shona Dhuit, Israel-Hebrew: Chag Molad Sameach meaning “Happy festival of birth”, Italy: Buon Natale, Malaysia-Bahasa / Malay: Selamat Hari Natal, Native American-Yupik: Alussistuakeggtaarmek, The Netherlands -Dutch: Prettige Kerst (Happy Christmas). Also China celebrating their most important holiday the Dongzhi Festival. So, if any of the visitors to the Vajdahunyad Castle meet any of these tourist may great them in the mother tongue language.

The Winternational is really just a few steps from the sumptuous Hero Square and the Budapest’s largest outdoor skating rink just across the Castle. Either of these hot spot venues are definitely to visit by tourists on the cool days. Spend your vacation, or relax  not missing this wonderful location while staying in Budapest making the fullest memories. A must-see and must-taste experience.

The gastronomy of these religious and cultural diversity was sought by the organizers to introduce and present to the locals, tourists staying, foreigners living in or outside of Budapest to  pay a visit to the Winternational Gastronomy Festival. Visitors can sample American (Buffalo Bill steamed meats), Germans (sausage delivery), Belgians (sweeties) French yummy (light vegetable and ham pies), Chinese (herbal drinks). Naturally, can be found in many places traditional Hungarian delicacies of the kitchen, and who are longing for hot drinks can have a taste of the delicious “AfterEight flavor hot chocolate, also with a touch of rum or with clove version. Also mulled wine and hot tea is not missing, to warm up the visitors. During the Winternational Gastronomy Festival, the Chinese Tourism Agency will permanently open a Pandah House with a special decoration, where besides the permanent programs (coloring, panda searching, photo tree) there will be exciting events, a fine place for the children to keep themselves busy.

But surely for the lineup of gastronomy delights the visitors need not have to get on a train nor fly over long distance and in hours to reach these delightful food.

At the Winternational feastival, expecting a decorated Xmas tree, don’t count on it, cause not all the countries at the venue keep … as said a bit earlier.  … the Xmas holidays in their country.

Opening hours: Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m, Friday 10 a.m. -7 p.m, Saturday 10 a.m. -7 p.m, Sunday 10 a.m. -7 p.m.
Xmas: December 24. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., December 25 and 26. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
New Year’s Eve: Tuesday, December, 31. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
New Year:  Wednesday, January 1, 2020. 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Update, snaps © Aggie Reiter