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Premiere in Hungary: Rakuten Viber – instant money transfer service powered by Mastercard

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So it was announced at the Bestia Budapest Restaurant the new service, named “Moneytou”, which had been developed in Hungary and will initially operate with cards issued in Hungary, rolled out from October, 3. 2019. Easily send money to each other using a brand new feature available in the Viber mobile app.  and  within plans for it to be out in other markets as well as on a global scale. The new feature, which leverages Mastercard’s Send technology that is a result of an exceptional cooperation of Rakuten Viber and Mastercard allows users to send and receive money immediately through the app in a secure, fast and easy way. The innovative service behind Moneytou has been developed by NeoPay with the aim of making the service available to customers of most Hungarian banks from the very start.

Ms Cristina Constandache – Chief Revenue Office at Rakuten Viber said: Q.: “We’re happy to announce the upcoming launch of Moneytou, a strategic project launching in Hungary, which will offer a unique payment solution for all our users in the country. Partnering with Mastercard and NeoPay has enabled us to offer Hungarians the ability to easily send, receive and transfer money to friends and family with just a few taps. Continued saying Q.: “Our mission has always been to bring valuable solutions to our users by opening up our platform to allow for partnerships with innovative companies. We are excited and eager to roll out Moneytou in more countries by the end of the year.”

Customers will be able to benefit from the speed of transactions, with funds being transferred within a matter of minutes, including evening hours and weekends. As Saturday’s are the Party Time for many young adults, this service will most probably be number1 to gain money in just a wink in use of this transfer mood with special discount on Moneytuo. This discounted rate ends at the end of 2019. On these days transfer fee for amounts within 3000 HUF will be 49 HUF and for higher amounts it will be 49 HUF + 1,5% of the sum above 3000 HUF. From Sundays to Fridays the transfer fee for amounts within 3000 HUF will be 79 HUF; while for higher amounts it will be 79 HUF + 1,5% of the sum above 3000 HUF.

The transferred amount will appear in the recipient’s balance and is immediately available to spend by card or withdrawn in cash. To launch the app feature, consumers will need to tap a separate Moneytou icon within the Viber app. Once they have done this, they’ll be able to send money to friends or family members without having to use their bank account number or waiting for the transfer to go through. For easy trouble shooting the feature’s online chatbot is always ready to help.

“Leveraging Mastercard Send technology and NeoPay’s new service, Rakuten Viber’s customers will be able to benefit from near-instant money transfers, meeting the consumer demand for an always-on payments network. Whether customers want to split a bill, pay back money to a friend or put their children’s pocket money directly onto their card, Moneytou can enable this instant transaction in an easy and secure way for all Viber users” said by Gabriel Ghita, Vice President, Business Development at Mastercard.

 “The good thing about Moneytou is that is works incredibly easily: users only need to register once, and from then on, money is “just one of the many things” that they can share within Viber. The transaction takes place between the cards of two private parties which means that Moneytou is not a “wallet” application. Our company’s goal in the first phase of expansion, is to also appear in more than 25 million Rakuten Viber users’ apps in Ukraine, Romania, Serbia and Bulgaria” outlined by Gergely Benda, NeoPay’s founder-executive.

The service’s financial and technological background is provided by Libra Internet Bank and Wirecard with the use of Mastercard and VISA instant payment systems. This kind of partnership is perfectly suited for our organization, as we are highly customer oriented, agile and digital intensive” said by Emil Bituleanu, CEO Libra Internet Bank.

“The cooperation of these outstanding partners and the innovative payment technology developed by NeoPay have attracted GB & Partners Investment Management. The Exim Crossborder Fund managed by GB & Partners invests in NeoPay thus providing the financial background for the launch of Moneytou first in Hungary and then potentially in neighboring countries” added Gábor Bürchner investment director of GB & Partners.

Rakuten Viber’s groundbreaking money transfer feature is now available for consumers, adding another really important application of payments to our innovative range: peer-to-peer transfers” commented Endre Eölyüs, Country Manager of Hungary and Slovenia at Mastercard.

Source: Press Release

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HERALD NEWS: All that’s Jazz @ Jazzy Festival 2019.

Get set – Go – Follow the Beat is Rhythm!

MOM Cultural Center
District, XII., 18. Csörsz Str. Budapest

The Hungarian 90.9 Jazzy radio awaits fans of stylish, passionate and quality music every fall. Ain’t different this coming weekend. Brings the best representatives on October 4-5 at the MOM Culture Center starting at 7.30 p.m.

The Jazzy Festival is a festival of stylish and sophisticated music. This year’s festival is organized jointly with the Palozik Jazz Picnic.

Jazz rhythms can be heard from some of the best representatives on October 4-5 at the MOM Culture Center – Budapest. The Jazzy Festival  annually organized as a festival of stylish and sophisticated music.

On October 4, Bálint Gájer will be performing in a band with an orchestra. His show has long range colorful music, from the classical swing through Latin acquisitions beats up to the well known pop songs.

Thereafter, the Club Des Belugas feat takes the stage bringing on a mix of jazz-swing-Latin rhythms. Also joining the band will be by Anna Luca – Swedish-German singer, one of the newcomers to the international jazz scene, who performed already several times with the Club des Belugas. Anna Luca in her unique way, representing the jazzy world of the genre Nu Jazz combine electro, lounge and Nu Jazz styles of Brazilian beats, swing and African-American music from the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s.

On October 5, Kraak & Smaak Live Band mixes acid jazz with house music. The Dutch trio within a couple of years have reached great career. The band have had already played at major festivals around the world, such as the Coachella, Bonnaroo and Sziget festivals. During their concerts, they mix live music and DJ sets.

Before the Dutch Concert, The Blue Rabbit Hammond Band plays a unique line-up of organ int he field of jazz-funk-blues on the Hungarian scene. Mátyás Premecz – leader of the band on keyboards – his trademark complemented Hammond organ  and by Andy Hefler‘s characteristic vocals  makes it special. Within their program consists of own compositions, which will complete the processing of some classic tunes.

Ticket can be purchased on the spot as well and/or … for Friday October, 4.:

https://port.jegy.hu/program/jazzy-fesztival-2019-club-des-belugas-feat-anna-luca-gajer-balint-106424/574294

and for Saturday, October, 5.:

https://port.jegy.hu/program/jazzy-fesztival-2019-kraaksmaak-live-band-keknyul-106425/574297

Mind you for the Saturday’s concert there are only seats to be purchased for the concert.

Only VIP tickets are available for the gallery!

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A 100% Beatles Experience from Liverpool @ Budapest – Be a “Day Tripper” – 2019

 

First edition of the International Beatles fest downtown Budapest in Hungary devoted to the Fab Four!

Saturday – October, 5. Analog Music Hall – 2 p.m.  – 10 p.m.  – District, XI., 8. Kondorfa Str.

Sunday –  October 6. Hard Rock Cafe – 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. – District V., 3-5. Deák Ferenc Str.

The format of the festival is designed to create a vibrant, fun experience by offering top entertainment

Alongside THE BLAKCBIRDS, we hear the world’s premier John Lennon entertainer, as well as domestic Beatles fan stars like Petruska, Zoltán Czutor, István Mikó or drummer András Márton.

One of the world’s top 5 Beatles Tribute bands, is celebrating their 15 anniversary. THE BLACKBIRDS  band was brought under the roof by the Hungarian Beatles Museum on the Egri Road in the City of Eger. THE BLACKBIRDS was the first Hungarian band to join the Beatles Festival in Liverpool which open the gates for Hungarian bands. Since then, they’ve traveled around the world and made it to almost all Beatles festivals.

They have toured in Liverpool five times already. Now they wish the to bring the atmosphere of these festivals to the Hungarian audience, so for the time being do not have to travel to Liverpool to see a world-class Beatles festival.

Sergey Radchenko – Ukraine – He is an ambassador to the Beatles Story Museum in Liverpool, and the patron of the Beatles Weekend in Budapest. Arriving to Budapest  from Liverpool the designer for John Lennon’s iconic cap – Ms.Helen Anderson. Ms. Anderson is the creator of the iconic “Lennon cap.” She went to the Liverpool College of Art with John and Cynthia (Lennon’s first wife). Helen Anderson became a successful fashion designer in the ’60s, and John Lennon began wearing genuine leather hats she designed in 1964, among others in ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ movie. To higher lighten the program of the festival – the world number one John Lennon rapporteur from Chicago – Jay Goeppner  will join the stage with The Blackbird.

Naturally, the Hungarian Beatles celebrity fans wouldn’t  miss this chance to be present, therefore „Come Together”  with the winner of the Hungarian Beatles Talent who will also have the opportunity to perform on stage. The festival’s other big super concert namely Abbey Road 50, which will feature a concert-like presentation of this year’s 50-year-old album will be heard  by The BlackBirds with Iván Vitáris from (Iván & The Parazol). 

During the Beatles Weekend Festival having a full-day Beatles Marketplace with contemporary records, rarities. And if it weren’t enough to celebrate the Beatles – Band of the 20th Century, the shop of the Hungarian Beatles Museum – from Egri Road is coming to Budapest full of original Beatles souvenirs.  The Vintage ’52 Sound Service and VOX will be holding an exhibition with rare and new amplifiers and musical instruments.

Those who are curious of having to taste of The Beatles yummies will have a chance to taste plenty food by Sgt. Pepper’s Cafe and Bar. The place is located next to Margaret Island, at 4. Jászai Mari Square. The Hungarian Beatles fan base, opened two years ago in Budapest. Beatles songs fill the air and naturally crunchy-munchies namely taken from the Beatles tunes. Also  by  RomKafé will be offering 3 handmade limited edition Beatles hot chocolate on the first day.

Enjoy the Beatles Festival, the music, the atmosphere from the time of the British invasion. May dress in the wild fashions of the late ’60s, just as the hippies, flower power, bell-bottom jeans, headbands and granny glasses. Roll along through the Octopus’s Food Garden, and check out the activity at the other stages

Get your tickets through: https://tixa.hu/beatles_weekend_2019

 “Come Together Right Now” … 2 days Beatles Festival @ Budapest – Hungary 2019.

Update by Aggie Reiter

V4 Future Sports Festival @ Budapest 2019.

Today was announced at the press gathering at the Sofitel Hotel’s Lounge Hall – Budapest  the coming up V4 Future Sports Festival and was also drawn the official list of players who will  compete for the prizes worth around millions in HUF

“Pro and amateur players from the esports world will compete in Counter Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO), Fortnite, Gran Turismo, FIFA, NBA2k20 and Tekken 7 in a total prize pool of 110,000,000 HUF.

Between 21st and 22nd of September VR-stands, simulators and youtuber stage will be available for the visitors next to the interesting exhibitions at the Hungexpo.

The qualifiers to the V4 Future Sports Festival offline finals have been organized in all 4 countries, Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Hungary, at the same time during the last few weeks. This year among the four invited teams, the defending team Mousesports, the second placed Virtus.pro, and two previous Major winners, Made in Brazil (MiBR) and Ninjas in Pyjamas (NiP), we will have the opportunity to root for the Hungarian Gamerzone who have been playing fascinating matches during the qualifiers. They have bested some of the biggest names in Hungary, so they will compete against the Czech EZ4ME, the Polish Adwokacik and from the European qualifiers, Tricked in the V4FSF CS:GO tournament with 300,000 EUR prize pool.

The teams have been split in two groups live at the press conference in Budapest. The group stages will be in a studio, six teams will qualify to play on the V4 Future Sports Festival main stage where they will have to prove their skills in front of thousands of fans in the audience. The groups of the V4 Future Sports Festival CS:GO finalists.

Group A  – Mousesports – Virtus pro – Tricked – EZ4ME

Group B – MiBR – NiP – Adwokacik – Gamerzone

Next to CS:GO other featured game, with the total number of 140 million players, Fortnite will have an outstanding prize pool worth 30,000 EUR. The winning team does not only take home the prizes but also win glory as they will have the opportunity to play with the best Fortnite players of the region. This year’s novelties by the tournaments organizers play with the amateur players and may win the outstanding prize pool worth 20,000 EUR in famous sports simulators (Tekken 7, FIFA, NBA and motorsports simulators).

Outside the tournaments the V4 Future Sports Conference professional conference and the Gaming Arena that holds the newest gaming innovations and developments will be available for the visitors. They will have the opportunity to see the newest esports innovations, the freshest hardwares and softwares, meet the best individual players and star teams of the region and even give a try to the newest games and technologies.

Attending the event is free of charge. For further detailed informations visit the official website of V4 Future Sports Festival: https://v4futuresports.eu “

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Quick Herald News – Easy Rider – 50th year Anniversary! – Urania National Film Theater @ Budapest

Easy Rider – 50th year Anniversary!

Budapest Classic Fim Marathon – 2019

„A story of a Man looking for America and couldn’t find it anywhere„

Uránia National Film Theater –

Wednesday, September, 10.  – 9 p.m. – Ceremonial Hall

Adventure, Drama / USA, 95 min, 1969
in English with Hungarian subtitles

Screenplay by: Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper
Director of photography: Kovács László
Music by: Roger McGuinn, Steppenwolf, The Byrds
Cast: Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson, Antonio Mendoza, Phil Spector, Mac Mashourian, Warren Finnerty

Through the open country and desert lands, two bikers head from L.A. to New Orleans, and along the way, meet a man who bridges a counter-culture gap they are unaware of. The drama represent the young adults what freedom means!

There are probably many who way-way back have seen this movie in the late ’60s, in those dark age in Hungary.  As time goes by and the clock’s hands fasten up, here it is to watch again the adventure drama for the good old sake for the elder folks, but the young adults may have a glance on what kind of world shown through the lens of  Dennis Hopper – director, were challenging.

The Easy Rider – 8 awards and 14 nominations. Academy Awards, USA 1970 – Oscar: Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Jack Nicholson – Best Writing, Story and Screenplay Based on Material Not Previously Published or Produced: Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Terry Southern.

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Miles Davis – Birth of the Cool – musical biographical documentary 2019

Miles – The Genius far miles beyond his era!

Miles Davis: Horn player, bandleader, visionary, and most of all in so many different waves of music he did. Elegant, intellectual, vain. Callous, conflicted, controversial.

Coming to cinemas in Hungary from the end of August, gives an insight into Miles Davis’s life and career, based on his own words and autobiography of the music and pop culture icon. Featuring never-before-seen archival footage, studio outtakes, and rare photos, Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool tells the story of a truly singular talent and unpacks the man behind the horn. Birth of the Cool lays out the complicated personal history and game changing musical revolutions of the jazz legend, and admirably tries to cover it all into a two-hour documentary. Directed By: Stanley Nelson – Runtime:115 minutes.

The central theme of Miles Davis’s life was his restless determination to break boundaries and live life on his own terms. It made him a star, it also made him incredibly difficult to live with, for the people who loved him most. Again and again, in music and in life, Miles broke with convention and when he thought his work came to represent a new convention, he changed it again. Miles’s bold disregard for tradition, his clarity of vision, his relentless drive, and constant thirst for new experiences made him an inspiring collaborator to fellow musicians and a cultural icon to generations of listeners. It made him an innovator in music—from bebop to “cool jazz,” modern quintets, orchestral music, jazz fusion, rock ‘n’ roll, and even hip-hop.
The film’s debut at the cult Sundance Film Festival has seen unprecedented archive footage and personalized conversations with friends and co-creators portray the portrait of Miles Davis, for whom art was everything. Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter, Jimmy Cobb, Lee Konitz, Carlos Santana, or Flea from The Red Hot Chili Peppers are the names of world-renowned musicians who have been named for their landmark compilation record for Davis’ revolutionary arrangement.

English-American subtitled film portraits convey the Urania National Film Theater in Budapest, for the first time on

August, 30 at 8 p.m.

In addition, it will be featured at many other locations throughout the country,  distributed by Pannonia Entertainment.

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Japanese antique children’s kimono exhibition – Budapest – 2019

9 -25/10/2019.

House of Traditions –  László Maácz Gallery

1011 District I., 8. Corvin Square – Budapest

Exhibition Opening – Monday,  4 p.m.  September,  9, 2019.

In September, a special exhibition arrives to the House of Traditions. The Japanese Antique Children’s Exhibition, featuring approx. 40 pieces of kimono arrives  along with the Japan Foundation colored children’s toys. The exhibition will be opened by Anikó Lévai.

On  Saturday, September, 21., the exhibition will be held in conjunction with the program by Sowa Kimono Gakuin at the Heritage House – Theater Hall, which will also hold an interesting kimono show.

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Kemenes confectionery and bistro open @ Budapest

 

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The third shop of the Kemenes family business was opened last Sunday.  The flavors of home made – Kemenes confectionery is from now on at the fingertips for locals and mostly for foreigners to be aquainted within the Hungarian flavors of cakes and a light lunch at the newly open bistro in the neighborhood area of the Great Market Hall, District IX., 9. Vámház Blvd. Budapest.

The company earned its fame in less than a decade. They opened their first confectionery in 2015. Besides the sweets and cakes the newest unit offers hot meals to its visitors, making it the perfect place for both a cup of coffee. The philosophy of Kemenes is to create a familiar atmosphere and serve “home-cooked” food made only from natural ingredients without any preservatives, flavor enhancer or bulking agent.

Edith Kemenes, the founder of the company manages the business with the help of her twon daughters, Tímea and Noémi, and the love for cooking and baking was passed on to her  granddaughters as well. Besides the traditionally home-made cakes, like the Gerbeaud slice or apple pie, modern confectionery like macarons, cheesecake and mousse can be found on the menu of the new Kemenes unit, as well as light meals, perfect for lunch.

The brand’s inspiring story started when during the Great Recession Edith, who was then in her 50’s, was forced to find a new path in life after her previous business went bankrupt. She has always loved cooking and baking and has always received compliments, so when she had to set a new goal, she decided to open a confectionery where visitors can taste the flavors of home. Her two daughters, a lawyer and a teacher are actively helping their mother ever since she started. “Family is the most important thing for us, we have a strong sense of belonging – our entire family lives on the same land in separate buildings and Sunday lunches are sacred and inviolable for us. This is something that we always make time for, even in this fast-paced world” – told Edith, who is very proud of her daughters and grandchildren. The Kemenes
family is confident that the Vámház boulevard shop will soon be as popular with the audience as the other two units, and they are already planning on opening another confectionery in the Buda district.

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Ten days to come – Valley of Arts Festival – Hungary

This year Valley of Arts Festival is celebrating its 29th year in continuing the event as the largest multi-art event in Hungary!

Valley of Arts  event will take place between July, 19-28. 2019 at three neighbor villages of Kapolcs, at Taliándörögd and at Vigántpetend.

All the events and concerts listed in participating can only be accessed by visitors with valid wristbands. A number of stages differing in size and genre at these venues.

Just for the notice … the Valley of Arts reserves the right to change the event line-up in certain cases. For instance, in case of bad weather, events will be stopped and will be continued once weather conditions allow it.  To ease information of the programs  whereabouts,  can be followed by mobile app to receive the latest Valley updates. English-speaking Valley staff will be on the spot for guidance if needed. For locals and tourist visiting the event for several days keep in mind to book accommodation in advance at szallas@muveszetekvolgye.hu. There are  nearby accommodation capacity but they  are limited, make sure you book in time. The catering is easy to trace as well. To get around with the “Csigabusz – Csiga Bus” as the official Valley transportation, which runs all day between the Valley and nearby villages.

Use of the “Csiga” bus is free of charge having valid wristbands, follow the buses within the app as showing the exact time of running. For further information visit http://www.muveszetekvolgye.hu. The website has English language information as well.

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Tornai Winery – Trophy Award-winner -International Wine Challenge in London – 2019!

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The past 5 years, Tornai Winery has achieved in Hungary unprecedented and internationally rare success at the world’s most influential wine competition, the International Wine Challenge in London.

The Tornai Winery have already won several gold medals and 4 Trophy awards.

The recognition is given to those wines that are outstanding among the gold medalists. This year was one of the hugest competition, 15000 competing wines from over 50 countries. Two of their wines received particularly high score … from the theoretically possible 100, the jury judged them 95 points. Within this result, two of them among the 150 best around the world. On Monday, July 1, 2019, at 7 p.m. a/m and several other international award winning wines were presented at the Kóstolom Wine Bar, district II., 19 Káplár Str. Budapest . These were: Friss Zenit 2018, MUN-DUS Gold, Wine of the Hungarian Science Academy (2019),Top Selection Grófi Juhfark 2017, IWC Gold (2019), Top Selection Grófi Hárslevelű 2017, IWC Gold and Trophy (2019), Top Selection Apátsági Furmint 2015, IWC Gold (2016), Top Selection Grófi Juhfark 2013, IWC Gold and Trophy (2016),Aranyhegy Juhfark 2011, Prestige Reserve Gold, Wine of Budapest, Bayer Gold (2013). The Tasting is led by Tamás Tornai who said Q.: Our sixty years of experience provide a good backdrop to internationally confirmed the values of Somló wine that have evolved over the centuries, the connection between landscape and quality in our daily thoughts. Our plantations are on the southern slopes of the volcanic soils of Somló.”

Awesome result to this year’s competition whereas, the Tornai Winery’s wines have won for the fourth time. This is a unique achievement not only in Hungary but also in the world.

The latest Trophy Award-winner, Top Selection Grófi Hárslevelű 2017 will not be available for sale, it can only be purchased by pre-order.

IWC Trophy-winner Grófi Hárslevelű was introduced with tasting the 4th Trophy Award-winner wine, the 2017 Grófi Hárslevelű at London’s International Wine Challenge Trophy Prize. The wine judges, rigorously judged the world’s most prestigious wines in the competition and their taste buds concluded „The Best of the Best Wines!”

The price of IWC Trophy Award Top Selection Grófi Hárslevelű 2017 is 7500HUF/bottle. You can order with a personal pickup at the Winery’s Wine Shop or free home delivery. With delivery, the minimum pre-order quantity is 6 bottles. The latest Trophy Award-winner, Top Selection Grófi Hárslevelű 2017 will not be available for sale, it can only be purchased by pre-order.

The Tornai family has been dealing with winemaking since 1946 on Mt. Somló. The Mt. Somló, a mountain that rises sharply out of the flat area. Endre Tornai – the founder, started viniculture and winemaking on a one-acre vineyard. To-day the land measures 54 acres and it is the third generation now that is engaged in the everyday tasks of the wine-cellar.

The ars poetica of their business, besides respecting traditions, is the use of state-of-the-art winemaking and processing technologies. The Tornai Winery as the dominant winery of Mt. Somló, based on several decades of experience, is the initiator and supporter of the wine-production co-operation of the region. Their goal is the wines of Mt. Somló preserve their values both on a national and international level.

Tourist visiting Hungary and foreigners working, living in Hungary hang around to enjoy the sight-and-sound of Budapest, but Hungary is more that just visiting Budapest. The Tornai Cellar is a must-visit local hub of wine production and well organized tourism venue. Tornai wines have an outstanding international reception. No need to say, cause the indicated highest awards achieved speak or in other words … taste for themselves.

Even for a short time stay in Hungary, definitely worthwhile to plan and go for it to visit the Tornai Cellar. A place to dissolve, free your mind, good opportunity get to know more about the winery itself whilst tasting the excellent flavors of wines from the grape clusters growing on volcanic soil at the rich Somló Mountain vineyards.

Congratulation to the intellectual and practical knowledge by the Tornai Celler!

Update and snaps Aggie Reiter