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World Italian Gastronomy Week @ Budapest 2019

The Italian Embassy in Budapest with the Italian Cultural Institute, with the Italian Institute for Trade Development (ICE Budapest), the Italian Tourism Office (ENIT), the Italian Chamber of Commerce and the Italian Academy of Cuisine (Accademia Italiana della Cucina) in conjunction with a series of events focus on Italian cuisine, history of Italian regions, trends in Italian cuisine and Mediterranean diet are organizing the  4th occasion,  the annual series of events  between November, 18 –  24 … “World Italian Gastronomy Week @ Budapest 2019.

The main theme this year: “Conscious nutrition, taste culture”.

Budapest is becoming  “A Little Italy”!  … Be Italian in Budapest …

True … that Budapest does not belong to one of the cities of the Mediterranean area, never-the-less welcomes everyone with seductive flavors and the feeling of genuine Italian.

Especially during the worldwide festival you can feel the mood of the Dolce Vita – “Sweet Life”, a little Italian in themselves. Autumn is the harvest season. It could not be more celebrated than with a true Italian top wine. The Italian Food and Wine fit together well with each other!  Delicious food with perfect and fresh ingredients really touch the taste buds. Also … without an Italian dessert, would be  unthinkable … right? … So go for it gourment don’t give up!

In Hungary, Italian food products are increasingly popular, and the customers  buy more and more Italian wines. You don’t have to have the year of pizza in Hungary because there are several restaurants and street pizzerias available to get a pizza on your busy day. A series of events organized within the framework of more than 110 international diplomatic centers and Italian cultural institutions with almost 4500 programs are implemented worldwide.

Detailed information will be published later.

Update Aggie Reiter

Budapest Jewish and Israeli Film Festival is Here Again – 2019.

Date: November, 27. – 1 December, 1. 2019

Screenings: Művész Cinema – District, VI., 30 Teréz Blvd. and Puskin Cinema – District, V., 18. Kossuth Lajos Street.

The festival takes place in vibrant downtown Budapest, enabling visitors to explore at the same time the city’s Jewish heritage, as well as further cultural gigs and have a taste of traditional Hungarian culinary delights.

With a broad line-up of the latest movies from around the world depicting today’s Jewish culture and heritage, Budapest Jewish and Israeli Film Festival is the largest event of its kind in Central and Eastern Europe. This year’s program features a fresh selection of recent pictures from the United States, Israel, Germany, Mexico, France, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary.

The selection of recent motion pictures from around the world. The 14 film screenings will take place across multiple Budapest art-house cinemas to showcase contemporary Jewish culture.

Promise at Dawn  (Original title: La promesse de l’aube)France, 2017.  Director: Eric Barbie – Language French  … From his childhood in Poland to his adolescence in Nice to his years as a student in Paris and his tough training as a pilot during World War II, this tragi-comedy tells the romantic story. Puskin Cinema – November, 28. and 29. – 7 p.m. December, 2. – 8 p.m.

Flawless (Original title: HaNeshef)Israel (2018) Directors: Tal Granit, Sharon Maymon (2018). Language Hebrew … Three teenagers from Jerusalem sell their kidneys to pay for cosmetic surgery and prom dresses. As a secret uncovers they realize nothing is as it. Puskin Cinema – November, 29. – 7.30 p.m. and Művész Cinema – December, 2. – 8.p.m.

My Polish Honeymoon (Original title: Lune de miel) – France (2018) – Director: Élise Otzenberger – Language French with English subtitles. … Anna and Adam, a young couple from Paris with Polish Jewish origins, leave for the first time of their lives in Poland. They were invited to commemorate the seventy-fifth anniversary of the destruction of the birth village community of Adam’s grandfather. Puskin Cinema – November, 30. – 7.30 p.m. and Művész Cinema December, 1. – 7.30 p.m.

Driver (Original title: Driver) – Israel (2017) Language: Hebrew – Director: Yehonatan Indursky … A “Driver” in the oltra orthodox community takes his daughter on his nightly journey, exposing her to the more questionable members of this pious society in the dark alleys of Bnei Barak they each find, even if for a short moment, their lost childhoods. Puskin Cinema – November, 30. – 7 p.m. and December, 2. 3.30 p.m.

The Interpreter (Original title: Tlmočník) – Slovakia, Czech Republic, Austria, (2018) Language: German, Slovak – Director: Martin Sulík…The 80-year-old Ali Ungar comes across a book by a former SS officer describing his wartime activities in Slovakia. He realises his parents were executed by him. He sets out to take revenge but finds instead his 70-year-old son, Georg, a retired teacher. Georg, who had avoided his father all his life. Művész Cinema – December, 1. – 3.15 p.m.  and Puskin Cinema – December, 2. – 5.30 p.m.

Fig Tree (Original title: Fig Tree) Israel, France, Ethiopia (2018) Language: Amharic, Hebrew – Director: Aalam-Warqe Davidian…The 16 year old Jewish Mina, is trying to navigate between a surreal routine dictated by the civil war in Ethiopia and her last days of youth with her Christian boyfriend Eli. When she discovers that her family is planning to immigrate to Israel and escape the war. Művész Cinema -December, 1. – 5.30 p.m. and Puskin Cinema – December, 2. – 7 p.m.

Leona (Original title: Leona) – Mexico (2018) Language: Spanish – Director: Isaac Cherem…A young Jewish woman from Mexico City finds herself torn between her family and her forbidden love with a non-Jewish man.  Művész Cinema – November, 30. 5.30 p.m. and Puskin Cinema – December, 1. 3.30 p.m.

Untogether (Original title: Untogether) USA (2018) Language: English with Hungarian subtitles – Director: Emma Forrest…Andrea is a recently sober writer whose career has stalled since she published her debut novel several years ago. Puskin Cinema – November, 30. – 5.30 p.m. and December, 1. – 7 p.m.

Tel Aviv on Fire (Original title: Tel Aviv on Fire) – Israel, Germany, Belgium, (2018) – Languages: Hebrew, Arabic – Director: Sameh Zoabi…Salam, an inexperienced young Palestinian man, becomes a writer on a popular soap opera after a chance meeting with an Israeli soldier. His creative career is on the rise – until the soldier and the show’s financial backers disagree about how the show should end, and Salam is caught in the middle. Művész Cinema – November, 30. – 7.30 p.m. and Puskin Cinema – December, 1.- 7.30 p.m.

Toman (Original title: Toman) – Czech Republic (2018) – Language: Czech – Director: Ondrej Trojan…This fascinating historical drama looks at the life of “the Czech Schindler,” Zdenek Toman, a controversial figure who was an unsavory politician and dubious entrepreneur, but also the savior of hundreds of European Jews. Művész Cinem – December, 1. – 2 p.m. and December, 2. – 2.30. p.m.

Longing(Original title: Ga’agua) – Israel, 2017 – Language: Hebrew – Director: Savi Gabizon…A middle-aged Israeli bachelor is forced to evaluate his life choices when he discovers an ex-girlfriend had given birth to his son 20 years before, in this affecting drama from writer. Puskin Cinema – November, 30. 5 p.m. and December, 1. – 5.30 p.m.

The Shepherd – (Original title: A Pásztor) – Hungary, 2019. – Director: László Illés – Language: Hungarian with English subtitle. Hungary, 1944 – The main character is an old shepherd, who lives alone on a ranch. After his daughter got killed by Nazis, he decided in his grief to save as many Jewish lives as possible. Művész Cinema – November, 30. – 5 p.m.  and December, 2. – 5.30 p.m.

Those Who Remained (Original title: Akik maradtak) Hungary (2019) Language: Hungarian with English subtitles – Director: Barnabás Tóth…Having survived the camps, 42-year old Aldo lives a solitary life as a doctor in Budapest. 16-year old Klara lives reluctantly with her great-aunt, holding on to hope that her father and mother will return. She meets Aldo, and soon the two of them find something in each other that has long been absent in their lives. Puskin Cinema – December, 1. – 5 p.m. (The drama film was selected as the Hungarian entry for the Best International Feature Film at the 92nd Academy Awards.)

Curtiz (Original title: Curtiz) Hungary (2018) – Language: Hungarian with English subtitles – Director: Tamas Yvan Topolanszky…As America prepares to enter WW2, Hungarian film director Michael Curtiz graples with political intervention and a dysfunctional relationship with his estranged daughter amid the troubled production of Casablanca in 1942. Puskin Cinema – December, 1. – 3 p.m.

Tickets available from November, 14  at the a/m cinemas.

Always recommend booking ahead of time to avoid disappointment. and/or, box offices.

Update Aggie Reiter

Waiting for the Miracle – MÜPA @ Budapest

MÜPA –   District, IX. l. Komor Marcelli Street – Budapest

Saturday,December, 21. 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Sunday, December, 22. 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

The performance is presented in cooperation by MÜPA and the Heritage House and the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble.

Director/Choreographer: Gábor Mihályi of the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble

The production of the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble in celebration of Christmas Eve, the Christmas vigil, the happiness, excitement, miracle of waiting, is based on the games, customs that come from folk tradition, the Christian tradition of welcoming the birth of the baby Jesus, and the incredible, miraculous stories associated with this day.

The audience can experience the joyous moments of the last day of Advent, from the early hours of the dawn to late in the evening, from the icy dawn magic of the frost fairies, through the secret meeting of snowmen and the preparation of magic, honey-smelled food, to the ceremony of setting up and decorating the Christmas tree.

Bewildered sled horses, hilarious snowball fights, partner choosing ice-skating dances bring a sense of humor to the preparation for one of the most popular mystery plays of the Christmas season, the nativity play, which, at the end of the performance, assembles all participants of the mythic journey, so that they can see together the son of God personified and share the joy of the birth of the Savior.

The Advent dance performance of the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble provides a true holiday through seven images (Christmas Dawn, Winter Games, Snowmen Meeting, Jingle Bells, Let’s Cook, Cook something, Nativity Play, Beautiful Christmas), it brings the secret of Christmas closer, and evokes the childlike joy of waiting.

MÜPA stands for “The Palace of Arts” – Exists of three main venues:

Bartók National Concert Hall (The concert hall features acoustics designed by Russell Johnson and has one of the largest organs in Europe) – Ludwig Museum (This is a state of the art Contemporary Art Museum with paintings by;Picasso(“Musketeer With Sword”),David Hockney,Tom Wesselman,Richard Estes(“Rappaport Pharmacy”)plus paintings by these Modern Hungarian Masters: Imre Bukta(“Officers at Pig Feast”), Laázlo Fehér,and Imre Bak.There are also creations by: Claes Oldenburg(“Lingerie Counter”),Yoko Ono,and Markus Lupertz) – Festival Theater.

Update  Aggie Reiter


“Sunlegend” – Hungarian State Folk Ensemble – Heritage House – Budapest

Hungarian Heritage House – Budapest

 District, I., 8. Corvin Square – Budapest

Friday, December, 13. – 7 p.m.
Saturday, December, 14.  7 p.m.

Director of the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble: Gábor Mihályi.
Composer: Nikola Parov
Performing: Dance choir and orchester of the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble


‘Sunlegend’ spectacularly features the perfect harmony of Nikola Parov’s music and Gábor Mihályi’s choreography. The show meets the requirements of the 21st century audience, being a unique and powerful combination of the ancient motives, the dynamic quality of traditional movements, mysticism and music in a fresh, modern tone. The production is firmly set in the 21st Century, and conveys a disconcerting glimpse of the future through archaic ethnic images.

It is a tale of the Sun and its various phases (day, night, eclipse, full moon) mirrored in human life and Hungarian history.

Sunlegend is a two-part performance with 17 smaller scenes, therefore it is suitable for presentation in excerpts as well. Forty dancers and two singers, computer-controlled lighting and special effects provide the audience with an unforgettable dance and music experience.

Sunlegend is a breathtaking show inspired by folklore, yet with a powerful modern message. Its fresh and dynamic conception includes the rhythmic movements of traditional Eastern European dance and new choreographic ideas alike.

The choreographer Gábor Mihályi was chosen “The Best Author of the Year” by the Association of Hungarian Dancers for making Sunlegend.

Update Aggie Reiter


Throwing a Kusetté Gatsby Themed Party Night @ Budapest – 2019


Interested in the lost generation … typical Jazz Age “from flappers to rappers?  Well  the New York Jazz Age gathering is just about around the corner.

 Kusetté Nights  … a little party doesn’t kill nobody!

Friday, November, 22. – 10 p.m. 

Venue – Lock the Club

District, II., 1 – 3 Tölgyfa Street – Budapest

DJ: Bruce Marshall – The Music Sommelier from Washington DC

The party starts at  10 p.m. and kindly suggest the arrival on time, so not to miss the exciting surprises of the evening!

Press release: Leave the work stress behind and come with us to the glittering world of 1920’s America. Save the date and get your outfit on time for the most exciting and mysterious “Gatsby Night” of the year.

Put on a short wig, your strong and exciting 20’s make up, your glittering jewelleries and freshen up your Charleston knowledge! Dress code: 1920s style. Admission: 21+ years.

If you are ready to sign up for a crazy party and for some deli cocktails, hurry up, because access in limited and the tickets are available only online.


Ticket: 6500 Ft + service cost …  Table reservation is available only at the VIP section and for a limited number of persons. A minimum amount of consumption is required in this case. .. Ticket price includes a welcome drink

For further details: email address.


Update Aggie Reiter

Splash into the Xmas mood – Divas Night- BOK Stadion @ Budapest

The news was spread at the press call at the Spinoza Theater, District VII., 15 Dob Street- Budapest.

This will be the first time they will be performing together.

 BOK Stadion – District, XIV., 1. Dózsa György Road  –  Budapest

Friday, December, 20.  – 8 p.m.

On Friday, December, 20.  – 8 p.m., Gigi Radics, Heni Dér, Reni Tolvai and Linda KirályThe four Divas will not be on the Catwalk, but they could be. This time will be the first occasion these singers to be delivering a joint concert, bringing the Xmas spirits on stage. They are well-known in the pop-music-land of today. The four DIVA in this formation will be the first time to be heard at the BOK Stadion – District, XIV., 1. Dózsa György Road  –  Budapest.

The audience can look forward to a sparkling  festive atmosphere and some real Xmas classics.They intend to close the year with a high-quality „A little Hungarian Vegas show”. Within their interpretation will include Christmas classics such as “Silent Night” or “All I Want For Christmas Is You”. In addition, will share some of their own hits with the audience. Not only specific songs sparkle the night, but  showing up the Divas appearance on stage. Their clothes will be  arriving from the fashion’s capital – Paris. Was also announced, that the Divas full ticket sales for the Xmas of the Divas concert will be offered to the Heim Pál Children’s Hospital – Budapest.

As for the future,  they said having high hopes as Divas jointly singers at another occasion in hitting the high note on stage.

Update Aggie Reiter

Bud Spencer – born: Carlo Pedersoli – Beloved Westerns All’Italiana

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Bud Spencer (born:Carlo Pedersoli)  

„The Slapping Hero” in the era of the Spaghetti Western movies … yesterday would have had his 90th Birthday.

In honor of the Bud Spencer anniversary memorial program took place at the „Álomgyár” – Dream Factory in Budapest on the Rákóczi Street Book Store. Bud movies were extremely in favorit among the growing up kids in 1979 when the Hungarian Television screened it first Piedona film, and for those generation still today kept the legendary actor’s movies in favor. Before on screen was not just any kind of athlete and philanthropist, but who followed his life knows that very well. On the venue the Bud Spencer – Piedone life-size cardboard figures awaited the shoppers a long line of sneak peeks for the 5 o’clock door to be open as to buy the illustrated book and stay then after signings by author Levente Király.

The book and the version of the film premiered this year was in the Hungarian cinemas titled “Piedone’s Trail”. DVD was also available on the spot at discount prices. The book contains nearly thirty chapters, and can start reading it anywhere because the author has broken it down into chapters, not in chronological order. The book, containing 120 exclusive photographs, and published by Levente Király with support but in private publishing.

The celebration was in memorial, within commemorative program of Bud Spencer Piedone to his 80th Birthday with a life-size cardboard figure, with champagne, and of course a cake with Bud’s picture.

Some of the proceeds from the sale are for charitable purposes because his intention is to follow the same principle and philosophy as Bud Spencer did.

The Hungarian Bud Spencer film was awarded in Naples! Levente Király – Colleague of MTVA  received the prestigious Italian award, the San Gennaro Prize, on the main square of Naples Cathedral for his documentary film “Behind Piedone” the life of Italian actor Bud Spencer, Behind Piedone. Movie director Levente Király is mentioned as a miracle in Bud Spencer’s hometown of Naples as for the shot for four years, in five countries of  Bud Spencer the giant Italian actor.

What is left out of the movie is included in the book!

Those not familiar within the Hungarian language, it may be comforting to have at some point the book published in English or Italian language.

Update and snaps Aggie Reiter