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The Bicentenary Events Started @ Sándor Petőfi’s Hometown

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Media representatives were invited to Kiskőrös to the press conference  held in the ceremonial hall of Kiskőrös Town Hall on March 14. 2022 and thereafter visiting the surrounding venues already connected to the bicentenary celebration of Sándor Petőfi.

Petőfi was born on January, 1. 1923 – (July 31, 1849) in Kiskőrös. During his tragically short life he created an oeuvre and system of ideas that has not lost its relevance to this day. His works has been translated into many languages e.g. English, German, Danish, Estonian, Slavic, Spanish mentioning a couple … Even in Chinese and Japanese. Also his poems are part of the curriculum in more than 50 countries around the Globe are translated to their mother tongue. His hometown, Kiskőrös, has been at the forefront of preserving and nurturing the cult of Petőfi for over two centuries.

Opening the press conference by the Secretary of State for Culture – Mr. Peter Fekete said the following: “Q”: “Last year, the Hungarian Parliament decided to declare 2022/23 the year of Petőfi, on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the birth of one of our greatest, best-known and still one of our most popular poets. In connection with the 200th anniversary of Petőfi, almost half a hundred programs will be implemented in Kiskőrös as early as in 2022 and ahead in 2023 with many artists and cultural institutions will re-tune Petőfi’s figure, oeuvre and some of his works. We will become readers again, and if we immerse ourselves in these nearly two hundred-year-old texts, we will discover freshness not antiquity. Life and the thoughts from which we can recharge and better understand what it means to be Hungarian.”

The Secretary of Sate for Culture brought for the event opening from the National Museum of Theater History, made in 1943 a treasure trove of art, with which Béla Büky visited the country, depicting the knight of János Petőfi. Mr. Fekete  said “Q“: “Getting to know Petőfi’s legacy is not like searching for antiques, but like fresh air, a living proof of the love of life. It shows why the best thing in the world is to be Hungarian.  Emphasized that “peace, freedom and the keeping of Hungarian soldiers in Hungary, which are among the national aspirations of the 48s, are similarly relevant in 2022.”

László Domony – Mayor of Kiskőrös spoke in connection with the fact that Kiskőrös will be one of the centers of the bicentenary year.  Said: “Q”: “This day is very important for Kiskőrös. Remembering the poet is a duty of all Hungarians, as in many countries Petőfi’s poetry is equal to Hungarian literature.in the future, would also like to create a memorial park related to Sándor Petőfi, which would embrace the poet’s life and historical background from exhibitions to scientific archive.” He added their goal and desire is that Kiskőrös will once again be at the center of national events, with more guests coming to their settlement, who will enrich good news and the hospitality of the people of Kiskőrös, enriched by cultural and gastronomic experiences.

Dr. László Salacz – Member of Parliament emphasized that in addition to Kiskőrös, Szabadszállás, Szalkszentmárton and Kunszentmiklós also consider the anniversary year to be extremely important, and all three settlements will commemorate Petőfi on the occasion of the bicentenary. There are many settlements in Bács-Kiskun County that can be connected to Petőfi, so the Bács-Kiskun County Local Government indicated in the preliminary discussions that it wants to play a kind of coordination role between these settlements.

László Rideg – The chairman of the Bács-Kiskun County Local Government, said that the local government had initiated the 2022 and 2023 Petőfi Memorial Year. The suggestion was welcomed that Bács-Kiskun County form the Petőfi Memorial Committee which is in process of being developed. The city is ready for the 200th Anniversary of Petőfi with exciting programs, unique outdoor installations, gastronomic specialties and renovated exhibition spaces.

Last but  not least, Dr. Erika Filus –  Director of the Petőfi Birthplace and Memorial Museum – Secretary of the Petőfi 200 Memorial Committee in Kiskőrös. talked about the traditions that make Memorial Days related to the poet’s life special for several years, and on the most significant programs of the year and a half ahead. The hometown has continuously and consciously preserved the memory of the poet since 1861, and strives to build the cult of Sándor Petőfi in a form and content as possible. The poet’s birthplace, Hungary’s first literary memorial house, has been open since 1880. The building, which was declared a Historical Memorial on May, 20, 2021., and was renovated to the 200th Anniversary of Petőfi.  The newly permanent exhibition of Petőfi’s poetry is on its way.

After the press conference, several programs were held at the main square and also listen to Petőfi’s poems in Hungarian and Chinese. The strong attachment of the city’s inhabitants to Petőfi is well illustrated by one of the memorable moments of the opening ceremony related to the events of March 15, when hundreds of students, from elementary school students to pensioners listen to Sándor Petőfi’s National Song.

In addition to the celebrations related to Petőfi’s life, visitors  are welcomed to unusual literary evenings, literary and city history walks. There are several permanent public installations in the city that provide an exciting experience not only for locals but also for visitors to the city. At the vending machine can listen to Petőfi’s poems in a foreign language. There is a  book-shaped stone bench written Petőfi’s  poem in several parts of the city. A temporary exhibition can be visited from the Petőfi-themed art collection, which is unique in the world and includes more than half a thousand contemporary works. In the hall of the Sándor Petőfi Cultural Center, a replica of the former Landerer and Heckenast printing press, which became famous in connection with the events of March 15, 1848, was placed, and anyone could try contemporary printing.

Reconstruction is of paramount importance, as the house, the courtyard and the main square in front of the birthplace will host a large number of events in the commemorative year. At present, the institution has a memorial museum, a gallery, two exhibition halls, a sculpture park for translators and a national country house, which allows for a diverse preservation of the poet’s hometown, rich in content and form. The János Vitéz Visitor Center introduces children to one of the poet’s best-known works in the form of a virtual adventure.

The locals were already very excited to take part in the celebration. There were a lot of home-made sweeties awaiting for the kids, and the adults were not left out by offering delicacies and delicious mulled wine. The locals hospitality flowed from their hearts.  Thanks to the VIP participants, organizers and locals … It was a Perfect Day.

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21st National Restaurant Week @ Budapest & Nationalwide 2022.

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DiningCity – National Restaurant Week
March, 17- 27. 2022.

The National Restaurant Week marking its 21st occasion this year. The event offers quality food enthusiasts with 3-course menus from 3900HUF.
The participant restaurants around with 110 middle and upper-class category throughout a whole nation.
The guests can pre-book tables exclusively through http://www.etteremhet.hu. After booking on the website guests immediately receive an e-mail confirmation about their booking.Booking is not available in person nor by phone call.
The National Restaurant Week is the perfect venue looking/tasting for fine food by restaurant-goers to get more acquainted with the most unique specialties of the Hungarian cuisine and the best of Hungary’s restaurants.
Guests can choose beside the basic menus up to the exclusive gourment offers with price from 4900HUF or 5900HUF.

Some restaurants offer only a limited amount of tables to be booked. Therefore, advised to book ASAP through A.M. homepage.

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Herald News: Sons of a Stone-Hearted Man – Legend – Musical @ Erkel Theater Budapest

  District: VIII., 30. Pope John Paul II. Square.

Tuesday, March, 15. 2022. – 7 p.m.

Premier: The Great Reading Trial – Music and Text

Most likely the historical novel of Mór Jókai takes us back to the timezone of the XIX. century, during the War of Independence.

The Legend of the Baradlay Brothers is one of the most important and well-known stories in Hungarian history. After Mór Jókai’s novel (1869) and the film in (1965) this time will be adventures musical following the novel of Mór Jókai presented on the stage @ the Erkel Theater – Budapest.

The work was written in the midst of political struggles, in which its creator stood for the goal of independence. The theme in addition to patriotism, love, brotherly and parental self-sacrifice, and honor, betrayal, immorality, and revenge control people and history alike.

The adventurous and romantic history of the Baradlay Brothers is guided by a spectacle and awesome melodies that have never been seen nor heard before in Hungary.

The authors of the play are Szente Vajk, Attila Galambos and Levente Juhász, directed by Szente Vajk and produced by László Szabó.

Just a reminder … the musical play is in Hungarian language, yet the awesome cast and melodies surely  skip the barrels for the foreigners. Tickets on the spot.

Source: Musical for You – Production

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Visual Insights and Stories @ Robert Capa Center Budapest

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Saturday, March. 5, 2022. – 5 p.m.

District, VI., 8. Nagymező Str. – Budapest

Public Talk with artists David Claerbout and Gábor Ősz Robert
Free admission
The event will be held in English.

Within the framework of the Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Center’s program called CAPA VISA, leading foreign professionals in the field of contemporary art and photography – visiting Budapest for professional or private reasons – present their activities, research areas at the Capa Center. The aim of the program series is to create an opportunity for knowledge exchange between international and Hungarian photographers, artists, heads of institutions, curators, independent professionals, writers, and editors.

David Claerbout and Gábor Ősz will give a presentation about their work in general and their unique artistic methods. The lectures will be followed by an open discussion, which will also provide space for questions from the audience.

Wearing a mask is obligatory throughout the Capa Center. We recommend the use of hand sanitizer and ask that appropriate social distance be maintained.

David Claerbout (1969) was trained as a painter but became more and more interested in time through investigations in the nature of photography and film. While his works depict mundane actions and events, his main subject matter is the passage of time and the complex relationship between reality and illusion. He refers to today’s photographs as “mechanical images” because they require no specialized skills other than the push of a button. In his view, photography has lost the magical character that had been attributed to it for much of the last 160 years, and the intimate relationship between the creator and the subject of the photographic image has also come to an end. These days, this earlier – one might say: genuine – concept of photography is mostly kept alive by those who, at some level and in certain ways, exercise power over us viewers and want to control how we see the world. In this sense, the world of the “anticamera” is the one that lies beyond the field of vision of the photographic apparatus; it is the world of truth in which things exist in their own right and not in the service of some propaganda – as do the photos in the media disseminating ideas rather than real information. It is this very dilemma that Claerbout’s works on display in this exhibition seek to expose and impose.

Gábor Ősz (1962) has taken a similar journey – starting out from investigating problems in painting, he ventured into the field of picture theory extending to include the questions of the technical image. In his works, which explore fundamental artistic problems, he has always been concerned with the relationship between the image, its medium, and wall it appears on as well as the exhibition space it is exposed in as a whole. In his works delving into the inherent laws of black-and-white photography, color images, and projections, he explores the boundaries of photography. His themes emerge at the intersections of visual representations, politics, history, built environments, and related the material artifacts. For him, the “anticamera” – possibly in the sense of camera-less photography – is a philosophical point of departure inviting to reflect on the photography of the future. In his search for capturing light, time, and space in novel, objective ways, he tinkers up large-scale, image-taking and generating devices whose principles of operation diverge from those of conventional cameras and projectors. The camera obscura and other special contraptions Ősz builds are core elements in the making of his moving and still images and installations, which allow us to better understand the physical phenomena of the visible world with the help of critical analysis rather than through the semblances of the imagery that today’s consumer devices offer.

The word ANTICAMERA* condenses the disturbing idea that today we are constantly documenting our lives with smartphones and digital cameras, we may have almost completely forgotten how we once perceived reality back when it was not yet so easy to capture the mundane events of our lives. As technology advances and image reproduction processes along with the internet becomes widely accessible, the technical image has become our primary means of communication, and visual representation fundamentally drives the way we think and communicate today. In the era of visual overload in the 21st century, some of the most important questions are as to what effect this influx of images exerts on our consciousness, how we are affected, both emotionally and mentally, by the images that flood us, and how the fact that a digital camera is almost constantly within our easy reach shapes our perception of reality. From the dawn of photography, it has been argued that despite all its formal resemblance, the photograph does not coincide with the fragment of reality it depicts. And the fact that our own era has become marked by the ubiquitous use of digital and moving images, allowing us to virtually construct realities we want to show the world and thus imagine living in, has only raised further questions about the authenticity of technical images and their correspondence with reality. While exploring these issues, ANTICAMERA refrains from filling the exhibition space with what is considered photographs in the classical sense of David Claerbout and Gábor Ősz.

Source: CAPA Center

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Second Greatest Movie In The American Cinematic History „An Offer You Can’t Refuse” @ Budapest!

The GODFATHER digitally renewed & released on its 50th ANNIVERSARY.

The offer to a classic, often cited as one of the greatest films of all time, will receive a limited screening release only for a week, in the original language, with Hungarian subtitles.

February, 10 – 16. 2022.
In Hungary, the screenings will take place in the renewed cinema with comfy armchairs at the MOM Park, Cinema MOM – Budapest

Godfather fans who have loved it for decades, younger generations who still find it relevant today, and those who will discover it for the first time. The excellent acting, the history of the Corleone clan from 1945-55 continues to captivate the viewer even after 50 years. The film depicts the machinery of an Italian-rooted mafia that has become one of the most dreaded powers in the world, interspersed with shocking scenes that were shocking at the time.

The 50 years after its original premiere, Paramount Studio Coppola, under the professional guidance of the professional director, has completely restored the film and will be screened again on a large screen and expected to roll out across the globe in other venues.

The film was based on Mario Puzo’s novel of the same title, introduced the general public to the traditions, hierarchies and activities of Italian-American crime families that has become one of the most dreaded powers in the world, interspersed with shocking scenes that were shocking at the time being. His story, centered on the Corleone family, an organized crime dynasty in postwar New York City.
The Godfather was adapted, based on Mario Puzo’s novel of the same title. Also became Puzo best-selling book, the novelist who grew up in New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen.

The Godfather created screen magic and was hailed as an instant classic from the moment it premiered on 24 March 1972, winning three Oscars including Best Picture. Far more than that, it also changed cinema.
The movie earned more money than any other film 1972, and it won Best Picture at the 1973 Academy Awards. The sequel, The Godfather: Part II, released in 1974, received comparable accolades.
Studios: Paramount Pictures and Alfran Productions, Director: Francis Ford Coppola, Writers: Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola, Music: Nino Rota, Cinematographer: Gordon Willis.
Cast: Marlon Brando (Don Vito Corleone), Al Pacino (Michael Corleone), James Caan (Sonny Corleone), Robert Duvall (Tom Hagen), Diane Keaton (Kay Adams), Talia Shire (Connie), John Cazale (Fredo), Abe Vigoda (Tessio).
Academy Award nominations: Picture, Lead actor: Marlon Brando, Supporting actor: James Caan), Supporting actor: Robert Duvall,  Supporting actor: Al Pacino.
The excellent acting, the history of the Corleone clan from 1945-55 continues to captivate the viewer even after 50 years. The film depicts the machinery of an Italian-rooted mafia that has become one of the most dreaded powers in the world, interspersed with shocking scenes that were shocking at the time.

Distributor: Pannonia Entertainment Ltd.

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Free Online Japanese Film Festival in Hungary 2022.

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The 20 free online Japanese film begins next Monday, where all films can be viewed with

English & Hungarian subtitles.

February 14 – 27. 2022.

After last year’s great success, the Budapest Office of the Japan Foundation is organizing the Online Japanese Film Festival again this year.  The 20 Japanese works will be at your fingertips viewing the territory of the whole country, on the couch in our home, free of charge, including critically acclaimed works and entertaining films.

This year’s program includes Kurosawa Akira’s  – classic “Rashômon”. One of the top films in the world of cinema, made in 1950 won the main prize at the Venice Film Festival that year. The award-winning contemporary work Awake is a true story-inspired coming-of-age film about much more than “just” an exciting game of chess between an artificial intelligence and a man. The favorite of many festivals all over the world, Aristocrats is a thought-provoking drama about the lives of today’s Japanese women.

“Under the Open Sky” drama of one of Japan’s most promising female director Nishikawa Miwa will also be screened. The film made its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival’s competition program and won several international awards. Mikami, a former member of the Jacuzzi, is released from prison after 13 years. You want to start with a clean slate, but will you be able to set foot in society? Starring Yakusho Koji is one of the most famous contemporary actors in Japan.

Those, being interested in sport will enjoy SUMODO -The Successsors of Samurai. Sumo wrestling is said to have already existed in Japan over a thousand years ago. This film closely follows famous sumo wrestlers to show how they live, train, and how they feel when they step onto the ring.

During the festival, all 20 films are available on the https://jff.jpf.go.jp/watch/jffonline2022/hungary/ website.

They can be viewed several times for 48 hours after pressing the play button.

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Temples of Art – Master Sculptor Bernini who Breathed Life into the Marble

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Bernini’s life and art – Italian educational film

Uránia National Film Theater – Budapest

Director: Francesco Invernizzi – Screenwriter: Stefano Paolo Giussani

The 90-minute film will be screened in its original language with Hungarian subtitles.

The new premiere of the Temples of Art series from February presents the work of master sculptor  Gian Lorenzo Bernini in a comprehensive way, with exclusive footage from his large-scale 2018 oeuvre exhibition in Rome, which also reveals fine details of the masterpieces.

There is no other artist who has had as much influence on 17th-century Rome as Bernini. The sculptor and architect, who also served nine popes, left his mark indelibly in the Eternal City. To admire Bernini’s talent and genius, we can’t find a more suitable venue than the Borghese Gallery in Rome, whose building was originally built by the artist’s patron, Cardinal Scipione Borghese, in the early 17th century. It was here that Bernini’s true talent came to fruition, as he was able to carve every vibration and drama of life into stone. The museum’s “Bernini – The Sculptor” exhibition of works “provides a lifelong experience for all visitors.”  riported by The New York Times.

Nearly five centuries have passed since the artist’s majestic groups of sculptures were created, which are now scattered throughout the world in the collections of the largest museums. The collection, exhibited by Villa Borghese, which features more than sixty masterpieces, is nothing more than Bernini’s return home. Stunning sculptures and groups of sculptures came to Rome for this special exhibition from renowned museums such as the Vatican MuseumCarrara Academy – Bergamo, Lourve -Paris, Metropolitan Museum of Art – New York, the National Gallery – London and  National Museum – Berlin.

The film from the exhibition presents and analyzes the masterpieces with the help of expert interviews exploring the artist’s life story and recordings of the works of art in unparalleled detail – recorded with 8K resolution cameras.

The film is directed by several successful films in the Temples of Arts series, including the Vatican Museum 3D, Florence and the Uffizi Gallery 3D, Raffaello – The Prince of Painters 3D or Caravaggio: About Blood and Soul. Producer Francesco Invernizzi.

Beside the screenings at the Capital, it is also shown in several other art cinemas across the country, including the following cities: Szeged, Pécs, Debrecen, Székesfehérvár, Szolnok, Szombathely, Kecskemét and Miskolc, with original Hungarian subtitles.

Distributor: Pannonia Entertainment Ltd.

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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

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Exhibition & Concert Hungarian Heros of Roma Origin @ the City of Pécs

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Hungarian Roma Heros & Gergő Oláh concert  6 p.m. February, 4-10. 2022.

The exhibition is open until February, 10. 2022.

Pécs will be the opening venue of the national historical traveling exhibition presenting Hungarian heroes of Roma origin. February 4-10. The exhibition in the courtyard of the Zsolnay Cultural Quarter @ City of Pécs will be enriched by accompanying programs such as Gergő Oláh‘s free concert and the all-arts program of the students of Gandhi High School.
The open-air traveling exhibition Together, Free – Hungarian Roma Heroes focuses on outstanding personalities of the Hungarian Roma, who set an example for the entire Hungarian national community with their heroism, standing, cultural, artistic and community organizing performance.
The Gandhi High School Tradition Ensemble is preparing an exciting accompanying program for the opening ceremony. In addition to entertaining and sharing music together, their goal is to contribute to the preservation of traditions with authentic gypsy songs and dances. Within the Day’s event NeRok-run Gandhi Photo Club & quot; Viewpoint & quot; photo exhibition on the spot. At 6 p.m. Gergő Oláh, the winner of the third series of the X-Factor, will give a free concert in the E78 Concert Hall of the Zsolnay Cultural Quarter.
The exhibition consists of a total of 33 tables. The pages show a portrait of a Roma Heros whom played an important role during the 1956 revolution and the war of independence and the change of regime in 1989-90, with a brief biographical description.

Free registration tickets are available from ZsÖK NKft. can be requested on the spot at the ticket offices.

It is mandatory to wear a mask during the concert in accordance with the applicable regulations.

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Best Art Vinyl 2021 Award Winners

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The winners of Best Art Vinyl 2021 were announced on 27th January 2022.

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The 1st  artwork by Paul Phillips at True Spilt Milk Designs. Design by Matthew Cooper, assisted by Paul J Street for Villagers. The winning design, chosen by public vote, was awarded first place this evening at a special presentation ceremony in Hari Hotel – Belgravia – London. Fending off stiff competition from a pool of 50 nominations2nd-Duran-Duran

Coming in 2nd was the artwork for Duran Duran’s 15th studio album by art direction Rory McCartneyFuture Past”. This features two black and white images from Japanese photographer Daisuke Yokota.
The pictures have been blended together and brightened for the cover, and show two ambiguously human figures – one in motion and the other standing still.

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In 3rd place was design by Neel Panchal,  photographer Jason Joyce developed the artwork for hard rock band Thunder’s 13th studio album “All the Right Noises” Unique Interchangeable Dreamy Artwork Wins the Prize. The cover features an un-touched final capture of the Singing Ringing Tree Scultpture in Burnley. The image used on the cover was the result of a 24-hour photoshoot in freezing cold temp.

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