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70th Republic Day of India in Hungary

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The Embassy of India in Hungary celebrated the 70th Republic Day of India on Jan 26, 2019.

The celebration started in the morning hours with H.EAmbassador Kumar Tuhin unfurling the national flag at the Embassy premises. Also read out the message from the President of India and raised the National Flag of India.

The celebrations continued in the evening hours by  attendance  to invited members of the Diplomatic Corps, dignitaries, senior government functionaries, prominent representatives, the Indian community, Hungarian political, business and cultural scenes, also by India’s friends and supporters.

At first the evening proceeded with the ceremonial lighting of the lamp and the two countries anthem. The India Ambassador to Hungary H.E. Kumar Tuhin and appearance of Guest of honor Ms Cecilia Szilas, State Secretary for Development of Eastern Relations in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs officially opened the celebration event at the Budapest’s  Marirott Hotel.

Ambassador Kumar Tuhin conveyed his festive greetings to the audience and said that India’s relations with Hungary is steadily growing and the interaction in diverse sectors, especially in economic and commercial sectors, is increasing. Hungary had been one of the first to recognize India’s sovereignty and the two had established diplomatic relations in 1948. India was one of Hungary’s most important trade partners and other links included over 200 Indian students coming to Hungary and around 40 Hungarian students going the other way.

He continued by emphasizing the significance of this year’s celebration as it not only marks 70 years of India – Hungary diplomatic relations but also 70 years of the promulgation of the Indian Constitution. (The  Republic Day commemorates the occasion on January 26, 1950 when India, after gaining independence from Great Britain in 1947, adopted its Constitution … 1949. January 26 was already an auspicious day for India because in 1930 it was declared as Independence Day by no less than “The Father of the Nation” – Mahatma Gandhi.  H.E. Tuhin said India had the largest, most vibrant and probably fastest growing democracy in the world. Hungary had been one of the first to recognize India’s sovereignty.

Ms Szilas expressed her warm wishes for the occasion and outlined the commitment of the Ministry in strengthening the diplomatic relations between India and Hungary in future.

A video was broadcasted for the invited guests  to have a peck into the official celebration in New Delhi – where more than l.5 billion India individuals awoke up to their special day … the Republic Day of India. Below a full overview of the celebration in India can be followed:

The Ambassador expressed his thanks to the guests for attending and celebrating this special day together.

The highlight of the evening was followed by the group rendered enchanting Hungarian musicians and Kathak performance by Sonali Roy and her group on a soulful Sufi song sung by Abida Parveen.

Entertainment and Flavors were not missing … After the colorful cultural program a reception followed to experience ” The Taste of Incredible India”!

Update and snaps by Aggie Reiter

Pope Francis – Pilgrim Trip – Csíksomlyó -Transylvania

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At the royal waiting room of the Western Railway Station Budapest  representatives of the MÁV-START Ltd. jointly with the Mission Tours Travel Agency announced the following: Keeping the tradition for over the past 8 years to  travel to Csíksomlyó/Transylvania Pentecostal pilgrimage is kept in 2019 as well. The traveling route time is around 20’H and thereafter a short walk to the venue itself. This year for the first time there will be separate wagons for the disabled individuals and for bicycles. Families can also travel comfortably. The travelers may receive jointly spiritual healing from a spiritual leader on the train, giving the travelers peace and harmony during the travel. There will be two wagon to carry the needy, orphan, children with foster parents.

The Csíksomlyó Pilgrimage is to honor the miraculous Virgin Mary statue held at Pentecost every year, and the papal to visit for the first time this year to Csíksomlyó where many Hungarians live will hold a mass at the venue one week earlier this year. Pope Francis visit is due to June, 1. 2019.  The pilgrimage train to Csíksomlyó is especially organized in connection to this event.

The Blessed Virgin Pentecostal Pilgrimage Train to Csíksomlyó, will operated by three-piece assembly, complemented by a multi-purpose InterCity + wagon in the morning hours.

Update and snaps by Aggie Reiter

Herald News … Hear To-day … Here Tomorrow … David Duchovny … Budapest

During his European tour 2019. – “Every Third Thought” will be held in Budapest from now in 21 days!”

When hearing the name David Duchovny, the first thing that comes to mind might be Fox Mulder, special agent of The X-Files or Hank Moody – Californication, the Double Golden Globe Award winner.

This time, however, the celebrated actor takes a break from the silver screen to show his musical side. Every Third Thought Tour released in 2018 is David’s second album crafted with elements of folk, classic rock and pop, showcasing Duchovny’s eclectic influences. David has earlier performed this album on tour in the USA, Australia and New Zealand and now  “Mr. Moody Mulder” coming on stage to Europe.

Duchovny emerged to become one of the most highly acclaimed actors in Hollywood as the star in one of the well-renowned television series in the past for over two decades within The X-Files. His name is also synonymous with television shows such as Aquarius, Californication, Twin Peaks, amongst cult feature films, Kalifornia,  The Rapture and Julia Has Two Lovers.

Over the course of his career, David Duchovny has been an award-winning actor, film-maker, director and published author with already out with three bestselling novels.

During his 2019 tour for the first time coming to  Budapest/Hungary. Meet, See, Hear the actor, screenwriter, songwriter, film-maker, director,  best-selling author,  and now the singer Mr. Moody!

Monday, February, 11. 2019 …  8 p.m. … MOM Culture Center – Budapest …  District, XII., 18. Csörsz Street

Don’t miss the gig!


Update by Aggie Reiter

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