Archive for the ‘Hungary’ Category

From Leonardo to Miró – The Paper Side of Art @ Budapest

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

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

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

From June, 4. – August, 15. 2021

Just a couple of minutes walk from Heroes’ Square

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

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

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

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

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

On Monday – Tuesday: closed,

Updated and snaps  by Aggie Reiter

Jazz Picnic – Paloznak – Hungary 2021.

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

Paloznaki Jazzpiknik Aftermovie 2019

North to Lake Balaton is set to be held between July, 29 – 31 featuring Candy Dulfer – saxophonist, Mario Biondi – singer and groups MF Robots and De Phazz.

The artists were scheduled to play at last year’s festival, but cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The 9th jazz picnic, held in the Village of Paloznak which is one of the popular holiday resort in Hungary. Will feature music for all ears …  soul, jazz, funk. English jazz-funk band Level 42, Dutch singer Caro Emerald and Dutch group Kraak+Smaak will color the world  for music lovers.

One of the superb timeless classic UK bands the „Level 42” was formed in 1979 and the rest is history.

Just in case for the younger generation haven’t heard their  awesome  music earlier. Their  career started squarely a jazz-funk fusion band, contemporaries of fellow Brit funk groups like Atmosfear, Light of the World, Incognito, and Beggar & Co.
As reaching the ’80s their music was instantly recognizable from Mark King’s thumb-slap bass technique and associate member Wally Badarou’s synthesizer flourishes . Then came a point where they were often classified as sophisti-pop and dance-rock likely to be placed in the context with Sade and other danceable pop/rock.

The Early Tapes Featuring Mark King (bass, vocals), Phil Gould (drums), Boon Gould (guitar), and Mike Lindup (keyboards. Released in 1981, their self-titled debut album was a slick soul – R&B collection that charted in the U.K. Top 20, resulting in the release of The Early Tapes. Level 42 had several minor hit singles before 1984’s “The Sun Goes Down (Living It Up)” hit the British Top Ten.

I then late ’85, World Machine broke the band worldwide with the “Lessons in Love” hit  which gain number one in Britain and “Something About You” hit number seven in America and this catapulted the band tot he international stage.

Their next two records, Running in the Family (1987) and Staring at the Sun (1988), were a big success in the U.K., yet made little headway in the U.S. Both of the Gould brothers left the band in late 1987; they were replaced by guitarist Alan Murphy and drummer Gary Husband. Murphy died of an AIDS-related illness in 1989; he was replaced by the renowned fusion guitarist Alan Holdsworth for 1991’s Guaranteed. The band followed Guaranteed in 1995 with Forever Now.

Level 42 released a studio album, Retroglide, in 2006. Four years later, the band celebrated its 30th anniversary with a special tour, as well as a box set, Living It Up, which included a disc of fresh acoustic versions recorded by Mark King. 2010 also saw Husband leave the band once again, replaced by Pete Ray Biggin.

The group continued to tour over the next few years before releasing new material in 2013, in the form of the EP Sirens. Supporting the release with an extensive tour of the U.K. and Europe, the group also recorded the live release The Sirens Tour, at their stop in London in 2015. The band continued to tour into 2016 with performances at festivals across Europe and South America.

Tickets prices: 
3-day pass: 28990HUF … Daily: 12990HUF
More info follow: jazzpiknik.hu

Updated Aggie Reiter


SZIGET Festival Budapest 2021

Hungary’s SZIGET, which organize some of the largest music festivals in Europe and yes for sure many people are not unfamiliar with the Hungarian word SZIGET which mean ISLAND in English language.

Newsflash goes with deep sorrow for many locals and foreigners having a time of their life the organizers of “Sziget” – The Island” one of Europe’s largest festivals, canceled the event for 2021, citing uncertainties linked to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Background reason about the cancellation … was taking into consideration all the uncertainty around traveling to-and-from and catering industry, furthermore the national and international role of immunity cards, the decision was made to be focused on organizing only next year the Sziget Festival.

The Sziget Festival was held last time in 2019. Then it welcomed over half-a-million individuals from more than hundred countries and also from Hungarian regions taking part at entertainment-ville for over seven days.

As many who participated earlier at the Sziget Festival they were able to have the experiences about its diverse programs such as: several stages also holding workshops with performance art, comedy cabaret, gym and dancing.

This year two other music festivals in Hungary … the Sopron Volt Festival and the Balaton Sound Festival, are being also canceled.

Update: Aggie Reiter

Retrospection to the Online Japanese Film Festival (JFF) – Hungary – 2021

 

Japan brought their latest trends in Japanese cinemafor movie lovers to watch in their armchair free online films within the Japanese Film Festival (JFF).

The Japanese Film Festival (JFF) is a project held by the Japan Foundation to promote Japanese film around the world. With a slogan of „Japanese Film Anytime, Anywhere.” The program was launched in 2016 for 10 ASEAN countries and Australia. Since then holding the Festivals with the latest Japanese films and expanding their network in including countries such as: China, Russia, and India. In the 2019-20 year was held festivals in 56 cities in 12 countries, whilst watched by more than 170000 viewers.
This year, in addition to the conventional in-person Japanese Film Festival (JFF) events, held a “JFF Plus Online Festival for online viewers in the 20 countries. These were: Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, South Korea, Vietnam,  Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Egypt, Germany, Italy, Spain, Hungary.

The JFF is under the umbrella of the Japan Foundation which is Japan’s only institution dedicated to carrying out comprehensive international cultural exchange programs throughout the world. With the objective of deepening mutual understanding between the people of Japan and other countries/regions, our various activities and information services create opportunities for people-to-people interactions. Online Festival took place from November2020 up to March 2021 in 20 countries around the world bringing 30 Japanese films ranging from the latest hits to always popular anime and the classics.

All the JFF screened films had subtitles in Arabic, Burmese, Central Khmer, English, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Vietnamese language.

Tsukiji Wonderland 2016 – Documentary – length time 1h 50min. Director: Naotaro Endo
Synopsis JFF „Through the lives of professionals working at Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo, the film portrays how Tsukiji has been the center of fish culinary culture and helped Japanese food culture to flourish as we know it today.”

Adding to the documentary … overall: Tokyo – Edo in 1923 was a grand earthquake and whilst rebuilding the venue over the decades Tsukiji became over the decades one of the biggest World Fish Market providing huge service to the world fish food by hard working people. They have daily wholesales fish auction and was clear to learn “most important is the “jouhou” (the information) without the info the fish would just sit there.

Tsukiji is One of the Seven Food Wonders of the World.

Tsukiji has its artisan culture. Was said, there are 10 days in a year when fish taste its best, but each season has its own variety in fish … Spring: brings shellfish … March: is the icefish season … Tune in the Spring are the best in taste. Tuna is all around the season, but during the summer they aren’t so fatty. Tuna live deep in the sea they do not have to struggle on the hook, they aren’t vital because of the food they eat. Summer: Sweetfish started to fish in june and they are caught in the river. Autumm: Typhoon at its best. Scallops arrive at ESqUISSE alive. Winter: more variety in fish and they get more fatter pufferfish – mackerel.

During the JFF was not all drama, documentary, musical but were animated features, films, cartoons for kids and interviews with Japanese directors.

Thanks to the JFF to watch through free online movies during in the festival!

@ Aggie Reiter

Addition to the JFF PLUS Online Japan Film Festival – 2021.

See previous report:
https://rollinginbudapest.com/2021/01/31/the-best-japanese-film-productions-free-online-screening/

FREE ON-LINE JAPANESE FILM FESTIVAL COMING UP  FROM TOMORROW!

 February,  26 . – March 7, 2021.

Thirty Japanese films will be shown in Hungary with English subtitles for free.

Applying movie offers such as: Thriller … Drama … Romantic … Musical … Romantic comedy … Children’s film… Annimation … Documentary … Literary adaptations … Contemporary and Classic works … Several award-winning films.

During the festival, three films will be available every day through https://watch.jff.jpf.go.jp website. All of them can be viewed throughout 24hours which give the audience an opportunity to several time, if wishes to do so. The festival will be colored by several additional programs on the website of the Japan Foundation that organizes the event.
Friday, February, 26. – 11 a.m coming up the latest works of the legendary director of T he Ring and The Ring 2, Nakata Hideo – Stolen Identity … short summary: Due to the loss of a cell-phone a couple in love experience a series of strange events around them. Makoto has no idea that beautiful Asami will soon become the prey of a serial killer, and that there is actually a dark secret behind her beautiful face.
Saturday February, 27. – 9 a.m. the festival will be screening the latest work of Yaguchi Shinobu, the director of Waterboys, a classic of comedy, and the highly successful Swing Girls. Dance With Me. The movie combines the atmosphere of Hollywood musicals with Japanese humor … short summary: Shizuka having met a hypnotist becomes the devil of the parquet The film won two awards: Kobayashi Audience Award and Special Director Award at the 2019 Toronto Japanese Film Festival.
Monday, March, 1. – 9 a.m. a 1952 Japanese classic will be shown. In Ozu Yasujirō’s drama – The Flavor of Green Tea over Rice. Short summary: Taeko and Mokichi traditionally arranged marriage – with the arrival of their stubborn niece, Setsuko realize, why they are not happy with their current relationship. In his characteristic way, the director depicts the family unit at crisis with humor and warmth – and a drop of resignation. Two films by Okita Shuichi, one of the most promising figures in contemporary Japanese cinema, will also be screened at the festival.
Tuesday, March, 2, 11 a.m. Plays in the era of 1987. Short sumary: A Story of Yonosuke the protagonist moves to Tokyo to begin college, where instead of the young Shoko, his attention is drawn to the older, mysterious “woman of doom,” Chiharu. As Yonosuke’s strange story unfolds, we can get a glimpse into the lives of his friends 16 years after the events, but by then he’s already missing from their circle.

For lovers of art movies on Wednesday, March, 3. – 11 a.m. Overview: a film 0.5 mm, which articulates thoughts about Japan’s aging society with dark humor can be exciting.

Saturday, March 6, – 9 a.m. Okita Shuichi’s other work – which was recognized in 2014 at the Tokyo International Film Festival -, Ecotherapy Getaway Holiday will be screened. Short summary: This comedy tells the story of a 2-day hiking excursion. Right at the beginning it can be suspected that the green-eared tour guide is not at the height of the situation, and soon after, he is lost in the woods. So the company is left alone and they soon realize that survival is their main task …
Same day 11 a.m. Ishii Yuya’s simultaneously thought-provoking and entertaining literary adaptation, The Great Passage will be screened. It’s about a linguistic odd fish who dissects the true meaning of words.
The full program is available at https://japanalapitvany.hu where interviews with five Japanese directors, along with Tamás Liszka talking about Japanese animation and Csilla Béresi – the Hungarian translator of the touching novel by Kawaguchi Toshikazu – from which the film Café Funiculi Funicula is adapted – will be available.

To participate to watch the films within the festival is free of charge, but in adavance registration is required, which can be done via the following page: https://watch.jff.jpf.go.jp/signup.html.

@ Aggie Reiter

„Don’t want to miss a thing” Or Do Ya !?!

There’s no doubt when hearing the words „Don’t want to miss a thing” it triggers one of Aerosimth’s incedible hit.

No use to think twice if you like live music …then get into the mood … Feel …Watch …Hear the hotest show with crowd mix of young, middle age, and elder folks! Live over the great content over the years on Aerosmith’s tours whereas they will really bring the house down.

The greatest American rock band of all time, Aerosmith will be on 17 worldwide shows. On route in Budapest within 5 months at the new Budapest’s stadium, Puskas Arena on Monday July, 12 2021 whereas will be the venue for Aerosmith’s first show in Hungary since 1994. Currently will have one time show coming up, ain’t worth to miss it.

Hopefully the restrictions by that date may be eased and life will be back to nomal.

This legacy continues as Aerosmith celebrates their 50th anniversary of their formation by playing a string of European shows across the whole European continent. This monumental 50th anniversary European Tour will come off the heels of Aerosmith’s wildly popular.

Special guest on tour with them will be Rival Sons, an American rock band. Many probably have memories of the great 70s rock Black Sabbath in mind when hearing them and also singing CCR song as well. Great band to step on stage with legendary Aerosmith.

© Aggie Reiter

Rediscover the “Paloznak”Jazz Picnic – Hungary 2021.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

July, 29. – July 31. 2021.  Location: Paloznak, 2. Sport u. 2

Pandemic restrictions are still in place, but hopefully can make up for last year’s event due to the missed Covid-19 by the time of this year’s  “Paloznak” Jazzy Picnic  to spend a 3 days unforgettable togetherness  the picturesque Balaton Uplands.

Herald News: rollinginbudapest.com is pleased to spread news to the forthcoming giga ConcertsWines from Csopak-Paloznak region … mouthwatering Gastronomywhat else … for a fabulous week-end!?!

Overview of programs … First day – Thursday, July, 29.
Mario Biondi the Sicilian descent well-known as the Italian Barry White as they hear his special voice. The singer is considered as the European performer in jazz and soul. He exploded into the music scene in 2006 with his hit „This Is What You Are”. He is a story teller in betwen his soul/jazz sound songs. Released new album „Dare” after his 50th birthday. Biondi visited the vineyards of Paloznak for the first time in 2017 and gave an superb concert to the Hungarian audience.

Biondi is followed by a true legend band  Level 42. the English jazz-funk band formed on the Isle of Wight in 1979.
They had a number of UK and worldwide hits during the 80s and 90s. Was a big favorit from the 80s and millions have been still in today. The British band mixes elements of jazz, rock, pop, funky, and soul and blues in a unique sound that millions have been a fan of ever with Mark King the forefront bass guitar player as he conjures up his instrument. Sure will bring their well-known songs to Paloznak such as Lessons in Love, Something about You, or It’s Over and other giga hits. They have more than 30 million records sold worldwide.

Second day – Friday, July, 30. Caro Emerald – Dutch singer. Her concerts brings the unique blend of jazz, pop music, swing music, electro swing, easy listening, tango and the groovin ’jazz of the 90s. She is popular singer throughout Europe. Her albums are  total of one and a half million sold. Then in the evening continues with the melodies of MF Robots adding inimitable sounds, mix soul, R&B, funk and pop music into energetic, new-sounding music. Genre: Jazz.

Third day – Saturday, July, 31 German jazz collective, unique downtempo jazz player De Phazz will hold a joyful evening.  The ensemble combines modern musical trends with elements of soul, Latin music, trip hop and drum and bass in a lounge sound environment.  Dutch  saxophone goddess Candy Dulfer who don’t really have to be introduce. Candy created a deeply personal and unique blend of musical genres & influences, bound together by her trademark sound, showcasing her extreme versatility. She was in a minute really recognized when recordered with David A. Stewart – Lily Was Here.  Dulfer was also the featured saxophonist at concerts with Madonna, Prince, Pink Floyd, Chaka Khan, Aretha Franklin and others. Genres: Jazz, funk, soul. Also continuing The Kraak & Smaak band have had been booming all over Europe in recent years, giving character and creative performs to the international music within their Dutch formation for the best funk – hiphop – acid jazz ensemble in Europe. They are a Must see live band. Genre: Funk, Electronic music, Dance/Electronic.

Last but not least, in addition to international jazz performers in a wide spectrum of the representatives of the Hungarian section eminent domestic genre on a smaller stage.

Admission to the Paloznak Jazz Picnic is free of charge for children up to the age of 14 … who have not yet reached the age of 15 on the day of the festival event. Tickets and passes are already available in all categories, in addition to day tickets, two- and three-day passes, as well as VIP tickets and passes can be purchased. With the pass, jazz is yours every day from door opening to dawn!

For those who want to party and be present either on two legs or along with their favorit four leg pet, cause the Paloznak Jazz Picnic is doggy friendly.

The organizers are working hard to bring the legends of alsort areas of music lovers to spend an unforgettable 3 days together in the picturesque Balaton Uplands.

Tickets in English lanuage: https://en-jp-webshop.netpositive.hu/category/jegyekworldwide

Travel back-and-forth, accommodation options coming soon.

© Aggie Reiter

India 2021 Republic Day ceremonies were different this year.

Most probably not new information about India for many, but let’s go for a flashback to a little geography overview … India is one of the oldest civilizations in the world with a kaleidoscopic variety and rich cultural heritage. It has achieved all-round socio-economic progress since their Independence. Is is the 7th largest country in the world, India stands apart from the rest of Asia, marked off as it is by mountains and the sea, which give the country a distinct geographical entity. Bounded by the Great Himalayas in the north, it stretches southwards and at the Tropic of Cancer, tapers off into the Indian Ocean between the Bay of Bengal on the east and the Arabian Sea on the west.

Republic Day has been celebrated every year in India on January, 26, since 1950 honoring the date. This year the country marked its 72nd Republic Day. In 1950 the Constitution of India came into effect. India was a colony of the British for over 200 years and thenafter, it became independent from the rule of the British Raj following the struggle of the Indian independence movement.

Overview: The Constitution was adopted by the Indian Constituent Assembly on 26 November 1949 and came into effect on 26 January 1950 with a democratic government system, completing the country’s transition towards becoming an independent republic. Was chosen the date January, 26. as the date for Republic day because it was on this day in 1929 when the Declaration of Indian Independence (Purna Swaraj) was proclaimed by the Indian National Congress as opposed to the Dominion status offered by the British Regime.

January, 26 India celebrated R-Day by hosting the national flag, the parade of Defence and paramilitary forces, several festivities like parades are observed, which honours the Indian military forces and their cultural heritage. Each year the R-Day parade celebration starting point begins at Rajpath in New Delhi holding its way through from Rashtrapati Bhavan and end at India Gate. Unlike every year when the Republic Day parade are attended by thousands of people, this year celebrations were toned down due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

It was the first to be organized amid the covid-19 pandemic which meant celebrations had to be taken with many changes, including a shorter route for the parade and much less public participation around the events.

Each year in he past were invited foreigner chief guest. However, this year’s celebration of Republic Day as a/m looked a little different due to the coronavirus. Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited UK PM Borish Johnson for the 72nd Republic Day to be the chief guest but he called off his India trip due to the mounting covid-19 cases at home caused by a virulent variant of the SARS-CoV2 strain that triggers covid-19.

The last time the parade did not have chief guest was in 1966 when Indira Gandhi was sworn in as PM on January,24 after the demise of Lal Bahadur Shastri.

India R-Day 2021

The ceremonial parade started off in the morning hours with the Presidential Guard escorting President Ram Nath Kovind from Rashtrapati Bhavan to the saluting dias. But this year, the parade … which usually start off from Vijay Chowk and winds its way down to the Red Fort and covers a distance of 8.2 kms … to terminate at the National Stadium. This meant that it was covered just about 1/3 or and distance cca. 3.3 km.

Missing this year at the parade were the veterans’ contingent that consists of ex-servicemen and women. Were absent the motorcycle stunts by troops of the army and the Central Armed Police Force personnel.
Each member of the contingents were wearing their mask – as per the protocol laid down by the Indian government to prevent the transmission of covid-19. In keeping with the social distancing rules, the six-day Bharat Parv – showcasing cuisines of various states – usually organized on Rajpath lawns from  January, 26-31 was neither to be held. 

A new additions to this year’s parade was including the Territorial Army contingent of the Madras regiment from Andaman and Nicobar islands – the first time the island chain is being presented at a Republic Day parade in New Delhi.

© Aggie Reiter

Estas Tonne – Essential Sounds of the Universe coming to Hungary

Estas Tonne  will be holding a concert as a stop of his  international VISION Tour

Thursday, October 21, 2021. starting 7 p.m. – MOMKult – Budapest

The concert will be held at MOMKult on behalf of the Fonó Buda Music Hall.

Due to the epidemic situation, Estas Tonne’s 2020 international autumn tour will arrive in Budapest with the theme originally planned for 2021.

Music is an intangible and elusive branch of art that can effectively influence our inner vision, which is why the tour was named VISION. “Telling a story with music that has no text is a special way of expressing it. The student can create the story that suits him or her without the narrator saying anything. Of course, I also experiment with songs, poems, and stories. Among them are things that are no longer important at all and there are some that come naturally.” so had the artist admits.
Join Tonne’s spiritual journey, pushing the boundaries of our inner into revelation.

Estas Tonne was born in Russia and started playing guitar at the age of eight. He moved to Israel with his family in the 1990s and then took his trip to New York, where he had just arrived a week after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He met street musician Michael Shulman, with whom he later performed at the 9/11 anniversary commemoration, and also released a joint album. Tonne as a street musician.

He has turned up in many places from Mexico to India, hence the name gipsy troubadour or modern troubadour. He uses his instrument as if it were a whole band. He plays a six-string acoustic guitar without plucking, combining the solo with rhythm and walking bass. Today he is a guest of many major festivals around the world. In 2014, he joined performed at the Everness Festival in Hungary.

Tickets can be purchased to his concert  to a/m date through: https://fono.jegy.hu/?lang=en

© Aggie Reiter

The Queen of Gymnastics Agnes Keleti turned 100 years on Saturday, January, 9.

Agnes Keleti was a headline celebrated to her 100th birthday on Saturday, January, 9, in the media not just in her native Budapest Hungary but around the world. She is the oldest living Olympic champion. Was a Holocaust survivor and winner of 10 Olympic medals in gymnastics … including five golds.

Keleti went through very hard and exciting chapters of her life … achievements, adventures, tragedies and perseverances, as she said, passed away in a flash of lightning. Also added Q.: “These 100 years felt to me like 60 yrs.”. When asked her what is the receipt to a long Life she answered Q.” Never look into the mirrow”. As always she also has kept her great sence of humor.

Agnes Keleti, was born Agnes Klein in 1921, had her illustrious career interrupted by World War II and the subsequent cancellation of the 1940 and 1944 Olympics. Forced off her gymnastics goup in 1941 because of her Jewish ancestry, Keleti went into hiding in the Hungarian countryside where she survived the Holocaust by assuming a false identity and working as a maid. Her mother and sister survived the war with the help of famed Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, but her father and other relatives perished at Auschwitz, among the more than half a million Hungarian Jews killed in Nazi death camps and by Hungarian Nazi collaborators.

Resuming her career after the war, Keleti said her main goal was to travel around the world in the first place cause she always loved travel to different countries cause in those days was not an easy thing to have a passport, to leave Hungary and then came Q.” “I loved gymnastics because it was possible to travel for free.”

Also said during the interview how much adors traveling saying, the experiences gained while traveling the world were more precious than her 10 Olympic medals. Still today she would travel-and-travel but the pandemic rules the world but still hope when it will leave she will take off to explore additional landscapes.

In 1948 was set to compete at the 1948 London Olympics but a last-minute ankle injury dashed her hopes. Four years later, she made her Olympic debut at the 1952 Helsinki Games at the age of 31, winning a gold medal in the floor exercise as well as a silver and two bronzes.

Despite her achievements — with six medals she was the most successful athlete at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics and she is recognized as one of the most successful Jewish Olympic athletes of all time — the still-vivacious Keleti said she most values her health and the simple fact that she has lived. On the eve of her birthday Q.: “I live well, and it’s great that I’m still healthy, And I love life, Health is the essence. Without it, there is nothing.”

Those travels would ultimately result in a nearly 60-year absence from her native Hungary. At the age of 35, while she was becoming the oldest gold medalist in gymnastics history in Melbourne, the Soviet Union invaded Hungary following an unsuccessful anti-Soviet uprising.

Keleti remained in Australia and sought political asylum. She then immigrated to Israel the following year and worked as a trainer and coached the Israeli Olympic gymnastics team until the 1990s.

After leaving Hungary for the Olympics in 1956, she visited her native country only once before returning to Budapest in 2015.

Keleti was awarded the Israel Prize in 2017 — considered that country’s highest cultural honor — and is the recipient of numerous other prestigious awards, including being named one of Hungary’s “Athletes of the Nation” in 2004. She holds individual gold medals in the floor exercise, balance beam and uneven bars.

Starting this year, Israel’s championship for artistic gymnastics for women will bear the name of appraised Jewish Olympic gymnast Ágnes Keleti in honor of her upcoming 100th birthday celebrated on January 9. Agnes Keleti remains the most successful Jewish female athlete ever in Olympic history.

As said in the media, today, Keleti follows her doctor’s recent advice to avoid performing full leg splits, and her near-perpetual smile and infectious laughter are reminders that even in times of great hardship, there remains the immutable potential for perseverance and the joy of life.

© Aggie Reiter