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Showcasing living tradition of the „Buso walks” @ Budapest

January, 12 – 5 March, 5. 2019

Hungarian Heritage House – Kallós Zoltán – exhibition hall.

District, I., 8. Corvin Square – Budapest

Fifteen Mohács “Buso’s” and the Poklade band also participating.

The exhibition is showcasing the revolutionary tradition of the „Buso walks” … in other words … „Masked Monster Carnival” celebration that is taking place  each at the city of Mohács.  It is also recognized by UNESCO as an intellectual cultural heritage. The history of the “Buso walk” in Mohács has undergone various changes, but in its renewed formation it has survived to this day and has been renewed its form.

First of all … the traditional Carnival, brings back celebrating  drunkenness and revelry  the week before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. Secondly, it’s the reenactment of a historic victory by the Šokci, a Croatian ethnic minority that has a large populous in Mohács.

As the story goes … „”Buso walks”is a national tradition dating back to the early Middle Ages. The townspeople fled the city to escape the Ottoman Turks who had invaded in 1526. Hiding in the forest, they were approached by an old mystic who told them to don masks, weapons, and bells, and that a night would appear to lead them into battle. Some nights later, when the masks were fashioned, the knight arrived and led them home to Mohács where the racket of bells led the Turks to believe they were plagued by demons. They deserted the town, and the locals had their homes back. Another, more ancient version tells that by the “Buso walks” are chasing away winter itself.

At the “Buso walks” are participants dressed in woolly cloaks and head coverings, wearing grotesque wooden masks, baggy trousers and leather moccasins; their identity is hidden, allowing them to engage in mischievous, good-natured pranks. They attempt to frighten away winter with a number of noisy devices: sheep’s bells, rattles during the”Buso walks” with horns and even cannons.

These masks can be viewed especially by foreigners and tourist staying in Budapest for the time being, to take some more memories back home from their stay in Budapest.

Visiting the exhibition free of charge.

Opening hours: Monday–Friday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. or until the end of exhibition.

Photo by Répásy Zsolt

Update by Aggie Reiter

Danubia Orchestra of Óbuda – Roberto Casero Spanish conductor – Academy of Music

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The first show of the seasonal concert series of the Danubia Orchestra of Óbuda begins on January, 17. 2019., at the Academy of Music – Budapest.

On the Program:
Takemitsu: Visions
Mendelssohn: E-minor Violin Concerto
Sibelius: Sea Nymphs
Debussy: The Sea
Featuring Pusher Júlia – violin
Conducted by Ricardo Casero

These were the first words at the press gathering by Máté Hámori – artist, after a short rehearsal of Mendelssohn: E-minor Violin Concerto by the Danubia Orchestra of Óbuda. Also present: Péter Ács, Managing Director, Máté Hámori Artist, Balázs Bús, Mayor of Óbuda-Békásmegyer, Ricardo Casero, Conductor . Was introduced and welcomed Ricardo Casero the musican and artistic director of the Spanish Royal Orchestra of Oragon (Orquesta Reino de Aragón).  In the beginning he was the first trumpet player and at that time he met the Hungarian colleague. He later chose a conductor career. He works with soloists such as Maxim Vengerov, Sarah Chang, and Natalia Gutma. His career as a conductor began after playing as a musician at the Palace of Arts (Palau de les Arts) in Valencia, Spain.
It took quite a while until to-day Casero was able to come to Budapest. As the saying says … “God’s mill grinds slowly”… It took a while to succeed in bringing together Ricardo Casero come to Budapest by the major support from the Spanish Embassy in Hungary. Meeting,for the first time with the Danubia Orchestra of Óbuda …As he said Q.: “It took only 2 minutes to feel the good chemistry… good feeling … just like the first sight of love”. The conductor is a real travelling man, been to Madrid, Italy, Barcelona, USA, Valencia and now for the first time in Budapest and pleased to be here, cause Budapest is one of the top cities in Classis Music.

The audience, for the first time see/hear Roberto Casero’s Spanish conductor, who will conduct the lesser-known works of Sibelius and Takemitsu alongside Mendelssohn’s popular violin concert. The soloist of the Mendelssohn work is a returning guest at the band: Julius Pusker was introduced to the Danubia Orchestra by Bartók’s early violin concert a few years ago

Julia Pusker started playing violin at the age of 5. From 2005 he was a preparatory member of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music – Budapest and from 2011 he was a student of the Royal Academy of Music in London.

The Danubia Orchestra of Óbuda continues to build a unique repertoire featuring many 20th-century and contemporary works in 2019. There are also authors and works of art whose popularity is rising all over the world, but for some reason they have been pushed into the background.
For instance, it presents Toru Takemitsu – Japan’s top rated music creator, Thomas Ades – a young British genius or Gubaydulina Sofia – the Russian esoteric visionary masterpieces co-Spring Music Academy series.

The orchestra’s mission is to bring as many kinds of excellent music as possible to the heart of the Hungarian audience. The mission remains a key element of the youth project, with dozens of concerts in the gyms of Danubia’s elementary school’s – Budapest, as well as a series of family mats in BMC, which introduces the world of classical music into innovative mini-concerts for the whole family.
Ticket on the spot at the ticket office, but better hurry-up to get your seat and enjoy at the Academy of Music your evening.

Update and snaps by Aggie Reiter

Salvador Dali – “In the footsteps of immortality” – art portrait film @ Budapest

Who would else think of an artist behind the extravagant mustache than Salvador Dali, the man who is listed among the greatest masters of art!?!

The next part of the artistic series of the Temples of Art is headed by the master of surrealism. The life of one of the most strange creators of art history can be seen in the film with the several experts.

Salvador Dalí and his muse-creator, Gala, lead the audience through his life and art. The comprehensive art portrait film, from 1929 onwards, tracks Dalí’s career – when he joined the surrealist, and in the same year when became familiar with Gala – until his death, on January, 23. 1989.

Salvador Dali – “In the footsteps of immortality” art portrait film – Urania National Film Theater

The Urania National Film Theater will  be premiere on January, 24. 2019.

Salvador Dalí– In the footsteps of immortality. 

The 105-minute film screened in original (English, Spanish) with Hungarian subtitles,directed by David Pujol.  Movie. Beside the capital screening there will be  a number of other cinemas location across the country. Viewers over 12 years of age.

The Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation film carries out all the places that have played a prominent role in the artist’s life, including Portlligat – the only self-owned workshop and home, Figuerest – at his hometown, where he created the Dalí Museum, and at Pubol, where he had the castle which he gave to Gala as a sign of Dalí’s love, and also showing Paris and New York, where he had major exhibitions.

The series are brought to Hungary by Pannonia Entertainment Ltd.

Update by Aggie Reiter

Exhibition – Paintings of János Balázs from the Horn collection – 2019.

Institution of the Hungarian Academy of Arts – Art Gallery

District, XIV., 37.  Dózsa György Road – Budapest

János Balázs – Hungarian artist and poet of gypsy origin  – 1905. – 1977.

Maybe it is only a short time for tourists to stay in Budapest, yet it is worth visiting the site, learning about the belief of the Gypsy’s Days-and-Nights through the eyes of Balázs János.

The exhibition is open from January, 12. – February, 10. 2019.

Upon press release … The man living in a rural gypsy slum and completing only two grades read everything he could obtain, from Homer through the Hungarian classics to Shakespeare, Balzac and Nietzsche. Nevertheless, his father, his grandfather, was a famous gypsy primate, he turn in his young age painting and writing poems that were inspired by his reading experiences and the world colored by his imagination. The “Hermit of Pécskődomb” even wrote a diary and played instruments created by himself. He started painting at the age of 63, and produced his oeuvre during only 8 years. He became acknowledged by his smaller community. At Salgótarján was his first exhibition organised at the Attila József County Cultural Center – 1971, where his memory has been cultivated conscientiously ever since. His nationwide fame has been followed with a series of international exhibitions, due to the aroused interest towards naïve art in the early’70s.

Domokos Moldován directed his film entitled Hungarian Naïve Artists 1972-74 after the Hungarian National Gallery’s 1972 exhibition Hungarian naïve artists in the 20th century – János Balázs got a significant part in the exhibition and the film alike. He illustrated his book of poems published in 1977 (With Brush and Pencil, Corvina Publishing house) with his own images. The most complete and representative monographs album until now, assembling scripts about him and his diary notes „Cigány büszkeséggel” (Gypsy with pride)… has been published by Kieselbach Gallery in 2009, in Hungarian and English volumes. There is a remarkable collection from the oeuvre of approximately 300 works in the Museum of Hungarian Naïve Artists at Kecskemét, opened in 1976, apart from the Béla Dornyai Museum in Salgótarján.

Nevertheless, the most significant number of the short but productive and unique oeuvre’s works is at private collectors, but first of all … Paintings of János Balázs from the Horn collection.

Update by Aggie Reiter

Season opening concert @ Italian Cultural Institute -Budapest

Italian Cultural Institute – Hall of Giuseppe Verdi
Thursday, January, 10, 2018  6.30 p.m. 

District, VIII., 8., Bródy Sándor Street – Budapest

Upon press release was announced, that  at the Italian Culture Institute on January,10. 2019 will  be held the season opening concert. This time, the MÁV Symphony Orchestra will be conducted by Claudio Morbo, an internationally renowned Italian conductor who has been several occasion in Hungary  and not for the first time conducting the Szeged Symphony Orchestra during the recent years.

Ottorino Respighi and Giuseppe Tartini play a role in the evening with many international award-winning pianists Nazareno Ferruggio and Mario di Nonno, known for their temperamental and virtuoso violin play.


Update by Aggie Reiter

Premiere – “The Last Fireworks” @ Bethlen Square Theater – Budapest

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The Last Fireworks – Meetings Talent Program

District, VII.,  3. Bethlen Square Theater – Budapest

Premiere – January, 8. 2019. – 7 p.m.

The last fireworks were based on Jens Christian Grøndahl’s Black Forest and Alex Broun’s First Fireworks.

Whether by short notice missing the a/m date, the next performance will be on January, 15., at 7 p.m. at the same theater. Tickets available on the spot ticket office.

 A heart-warming “Hollywood” and a dark-toned “Bergman type” mother-adult girl relationship that interact with each other.

The girl inevitably carries the parents’ sins in both stories, since she has already brought a member of the latest generation into the world. Casts by Dorottya Udvaros- Kossuth and Jászai Mari Prize winner actress, Eszter Földes,  Director Assistant: Anna Fazekas, Mentor director: Tamás Jordán, Director: Anna Csábi –   Work of director from Târgu Mureș (standing in the middle of the snap above).

Never been now-a-days a better actual  theme to draw attention to the past and to-day’s generation togetherness.

Hopefully, not on my own by saying , that not just in Europe all professions and duties require more-and-more things. Expectations starts at already at the Day care center, thereon at  the kindergarten, at school, and stepping into a workplace … then up the ladder. Be a theater director, company manager, tourist agent or whatever. Meanwhile, we forget about the most important things that surround us … our family! About our descendants who are no longer with us, our parents, grandparents, our unborn children, our grandchildren, our friends.  An individual has to face themselves, their past, own mother and father. Escape from things is never worth it.

A drama in a way, but mostly to many in the audience will ring the bell in a way to their own relationship with their Mum. Even though the play is with two actresses on stage, it is very eye-catching, especially cause the audience are within reaching the actresses and the body language say more than words. For the time being it is in Hungarian language, but hopefully will be on stage with subtitles in the future for English-speaking audience.

In the spring of 2015, the Bethlen Square Theater and Manna’s Talent Program launched. Following the first contest, two productions were performed in 2016: the presentation of „Mary and Max” by Péter Valcz was performed by Bálint Szilágyi, who performed „Peter Handke’s „Aranjuez’s Beautiful Days”.

As a result of the second competition, titled: „One Boy from Bosnia”, created by the novel of  Noémi Lazici and Éva Pataki, director Judit Cseh.

Another contest call was published in the spring of 2017, resulted in two more presentations: the first winner, Krisztina Vadász Reverse Lookup, was presented on January 17, 2018, and on the 11th of April, connected to the „Poetry Day” was held with the title of „Szívlapát” (Heart Shovel) by Fruzsina Dézsi  and Anna Gerencsér.

Coming up in the first half of 2019, two more presentations will be made in the framework of the talent program.

The Bethlen Square Theater is nearby the University of Veterinary.

Update  ans snaps by Aggie Reiter


José Carreras – last world tour @ Budapest – 2018.

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José Carreras was born to sing!

José Carreras has been writing history for decades, master of the great moments of the stage, loving passionately, emotionally singing. Also worked with the most famous conductors and opera singers.

At the Farewell concert audience expressed their pleasure by standing burst of applause for minutes and loud on the auditorium.

The miracle tenor voice, 71-year-old José Carreras, gave an exceptional gala concert in Budapest. The audience received a lasting experience, and for those who missed the concert only may view the “silent” snaps here.

Update and snaps by Aggie Reiter