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The 176th Season-Opening @ Lake Balaton – Hungarian Sea!

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Keeping the tradition, opening of the Lake Balaton Season was held in Trnava again this year.

On April, 16, 2022, Balatoni Hajózási Zrt.held the press conference of the 176 season-opening @
the port of Siófok on the flagship of St. Nicholas. Present was László Dónucz – Sales and Strategy Director and Gábor Veigl, CEO of BAHART, evaluated last year’s record year and talked about this year’s plans. Said the following: Q: “From the middle of May, BAHART will present a renewed offer in the eastern basin. Instead of the usual Siófok – Balatonfüred – Tihany route, the direct ships will be launched between Siófok – Balatonfüred and Siófok –  Tihany. The passengers will be able to get to their destination more conveniently and quicker. In the high season there will be 9 cruises/day, on Fridays and weekends there will be 10 cruises/day between Siófok and the northern coastal destinations. There will be direct ships between Balatonfüred  Balatonföldvár, and the ships will also stop @ Tihanyrév. Within the planned programs, instead of 2 party ships, 3 party ships/week in August. The Magic Boat for children additional departure times will be added.”

Also was told at the press conference about the fleet development which will play a key role in the first phase with the construction of 2 new ferries and 2 new catamarans.  The ships are expected to arrive @
Lake Balaton during this year. After the successful operational tests of the first ferry, its dismantling for transport will begin, while the first catamaran will be launched soon after painting and mechanical installation work. When the water level of Lake Balaton will allow it, the ships will be transported in mid-May. Renovation of the existing fleet is also continuing. In addition to the environmental and fuel consumption engine upgrades, there will be major renovations on the Szigliget ship, Badacsony catamaran, Szántód ship and Tünde nostalgia ship, which is being built for its 95th birthday.
Closing the press conference was told that the development of BAHART’s services will continue, and the wines of the Balaton wineries and local craft beers will be available in the ships buffet counter.

Thereafter, we sailed to over to the northern port of Balatonfüred, where was welcomed the ship of St. Nicholas. Upon arrival to the port of Balatonfüred the local greeted the audience with a festive show. At Noontime St. Nicholas’ boat made a free tour from Balatonfürend.

Riport & snaps by Aggie Reiter

New York Palace – Winemakers of Badacsony are waiting for the wine lovers again @ Budapest

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New York Palace – in the hall of Rome

Badacsony winemakers are pulling up their sleeves, welcoming in preparing for the tasting with renewed vigor, huge anticipation, a keen zest for life and real masterpieces.
Guests can enjoy a rich selection of Badacsony’s outstanding wines in the Rome Hall of the New York Palace. The exhibiting wineries fill the glasses in person, while telling us about their work and the common passion we all have for wine. This year’s slogan of the event is also intended to convey this mood: “We call to life”. These two words conceal renewal, spring, and all that the easing of restrictions in people addresses. After all, life is like a bottle of intoxicating wine.
Badacsony in New York has been characterized by real cooperation from the very beginning and a special, friendly atmosphere, which is due to the fact that the introductory wineries and exhibitors organize themselves, with the help of the Badacsony Guild Tourist Association.
Almost 50 exhibitors are waiting for the lovers of the Badacsony Wine Region at the tasting. This time, visitors can taste more than 160 types of mineral-rich wines from 34 wineries. The “protagonists” of the event are specialties that are born exclusively in this wine region, due to the unique minerality of the soil, the specific effects of basalt, sandstone and climate. Such is the case with the most loyal inhabitant of the Badacsony basalt hill, Kéknyelű.
Another interesting feature of the program is that in addition to the wineries, accommodations, restaurants and event venues will also be introduced, and of course the master classes will not be missed either.

Tickets for the event a on the spot for a limited number of 9900HUF
After 4 p.m., the hall will also open to the general public, and all wine lovers will find an exclusive tasting.
You can also take part in a master class to taste the following wines, the matching snacks are also made by András Wolf: Málik Cellar – Zeus 2015, Villa Tolnay Wine House – Green Veltelini 2015, Borbély Family Winery – Bács-hegy Olaszrizling 2015, Németh Cellar – Olaszrizling late harvest 2015, Vörös Szőlőbirtok Szürkebarát 1996, First Hungarian Wine House – Szeremley Estate Kéknyelű 2006, VáliBor 2016.

Master Courses time and wines to be tasted:
2.30 p.m. – 4 p.m. Dr. András Csizmadia – WINE BEDS – We are ideal for volcanic wines with bites.
4 p.m. – 7.30 p.m. Dr. Gabriella Mészáros – THE MAGIC OF COMPLETENESS – Matured wines from Badacsony.

Admission entitles you to unlimited wine tasting on site.
Combined ticket I. (entrance ticket + 1st ticket for the master course) – 10800HUF
Combined ticket II. (entrance ticket + 2nd ticket for the master course) – 10800HUF
Combined ticket III. (entrance ticket + 1st class of the master course + 2nd ticket of the master course) – 13800HUF

Student ticket (with a valid student ID) – 5900HUF

See you in New York! Let’s get … toast together!

Update: Aggie Reiter

Hungexpo – Bocuse d’Or Europe 2022 Competition & Food – Wine Fair

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The Hungexpo Congress and Exhibition Center – Budapest again had the opportunity to host the European finals of the world’s most prestigious cooking competition.

Provider of the ingredients for the competition was SIRHA’s key professional partner the HORECA development leader of METRO.

At this year’s contest, Jerome Bocuse – son of the competition’s founder, Paul Bocuse was also present. The Bocuse d’Or Europe 2022, 17 national teams, including the Hungarian team were present for the competition. The Hungarian team finished in second place, thus qualifying for the World Finals in Lyon in 2023. Denmark won this year’s competition, with Norway taking third place. The best chef came from Sweden, the best ‘theme on plate’ was provided by the team from the United Kingdom while the best meat dish was served by the Swedish team.

This year the largest foreign exhibitor was Italy: many guests flocked to the flavors of Italy stand, where visitors could sample the gastronomy novelties of 20 different firms.

Stopped by the Giusti Family balsamic vinegar from Italy and found out slightly about their background. Since the seventeenth century, passing on the recipe that created a complex harmony of flavors and an excellent product. This balsamic vinegar has a perfect taste, also found out can be served with fresh pasta, ravioli, grilled meat, fresh fruit, fruit salad, desserts.  Tried personally on top of creamy mashed potatoes and result superb taste.. It is aged in barrels with the addition of matured balsamic vinegar extracted from centuries-old barrels.In the dense and sweet sauce, the aroma and taste of plum jam and red fruits are intertwined with honey and vanilla.  Just a reminder … about the allergens … may contain traces of: Sulfur dioxide and sulphite expressed as SO2.

Made in Italy – Latinum Ltd. have been spreading the products at the Hungarian Food Stores, whereas it is introduced Italian gastronomy and promote Italian products to Hungarian customers.

Baker Street Ltd. products  joined with their products to the fair with home-made selection of all-free biscuits are popular both in Hungary and abroad. The Freescuits and Highbake biscuit family is a 100% Hungarian product made from Hungarian ingredients. The Freescuits and Highbake biscuit family won the free award in 2019, which was one of the major recognition of their mission.  Popular both in Hungary and abroad. The Freescuits and Highbake product family, are being gluten-free and vegan, do not contain milk, added sugar, eggs, casein, soy and other allergens.

Wine producers from 91 domestic winemakers debuted in front of a number of international wine experts, journalists and as a result visitors were able to roll around to taste all the wines.

In a brief overview of a couple … At the METRO counter, tasted the Sweet by Tokaj 2016 Late harvest  wine which is available in bottle sizes of 3.75 liter and felt in Heaven with its rich sweet taste of the ripened by the sun’s rays grapes bottled at the harvest time from the best vineyards in the Tokaj wine region. In November, the grapes are harvested, which were already blended in 50% Furmin, 30% Yellow Muscat and 20% Hárslevelű. Their goal was to make a rich wine full of fresh, intense, fruity aromas.

Borbély Family Winery is on the Northern side of Lake Balaton. Badacsony’s landscape, grapes and wine have defined the life of their family for generations. Gyula Borbély and Gabriella established their first joint plantation in Badacsonytomaj in 1981, where today’s estate center is located. Their wines have the fruity aroma and mineral, terroir character of the ripe volcanic soil. In addition to their dry wines, also offering special wine from late harvest. These are the Ice Wine made from frozen grapes or the Italian Riesling Aszú, with which Gyula Borbély won the title of Master of Balaton Wines of 2007. Their wines are produce from Grape varieties i.e. Furmint, Irsai Oliver, Blue-tongued, Muscat Ottonel, Italian Riesling, Pinot Noir, Rhine Riesling, Rose Stone, Pinot Gris, Zeus.

Androsics winery is located a the southern shores of Lake Balaton in Balatonöszöd. The winery was established to process their own grapes. Have been in practice their vineyards for more than 40 years to wine consumers. They organize wine tasting and cellar tour for max 50 people and also vineyard tour for max.10 people. The venue is also suitable for both small and 120-person weddings. Some of their wines without the endless list: The princess, Italian Riesling, Ottonel muscat, Pinot blanc, Red wines and Rosé. Their Rosé wine tasted nice and fresh. If you like not only wine but also fresh air you should visit the winery and surrounding.

Whether long for sweet flavors classic sour cherries, pears, plum, canned veggyie or spicy pickles within the Rege bottles or can cn find the Hungarian tastes. Rege won the Superbrands Award for Outstanding Brands in 2019. Superbrands is a trademark that symbolizes outstanding quality. In addition to the decision of the prestigious expert committee on the award of the prize, the opinion
of consumers also plays a very important role.

Riport & snaps by Aggie Reiter

The Bicentenary Events Started @ Sándor Petőfi’s Hometown

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Media representatives were invited to Kiskőrös to the press conference  held in the ceremonial hall of Kiskőrös Town Hall on March 14. 2022 and thereafter visiting the surrounding venues already connected to the bicentenary celebration of Sándor Petőfi.

Petőfi was born on January, 1. 1923 – (July 31, 1849) in Kiskőrös. During his tragically short life he created an oeuvre and system of ideas that has not lost its relevance to this day. His works has been translated into many languages e.g. English, German, Danish, Estonian, Slavic, Spanish mentioning a couple … Even in Chinese and Japanese. Also his poems are part of the curriculum in more than 50 countries around the Globe are translated to their mother tongue. His hometown, Kiskőrös, has been at the forefront of preserving and nurturing the cult of Petőfi for over two centuries.

Opening the press conference by the Secretary of State for Culture – Mr. Peter Fekete said the following: “Q”: “Last year, the Hungarian Parliament decided to declare 2022/23 the year of Petőfi, on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the birth of one of our greatest, best-known and still one of our most popular poets. In connection with the 200th anniversary of Petőfi, almost half a hundred programs will be implemented in Kiskőrös as early as in 2022 and ahead in 2023 with many artists and cultural institutions will re-tune Petőfi’s figure, oeuvre and some of his works. We will become readers again, and if we immerse ourselves in these nearly two hundred-year-old texts, we will discover freshness not antiquity. Life and the thoughts from which we can recharge and better understand what it means to be Hungarian.”

The Secretary of Sate for Culture brought for the event opening from the National Museum of Theater History, made in 1943 a treasure trove of art, with which Béla Büky visited the country, depicting the knight of János Petőfi. Mr. Fekete  said “Q“: “Getting to know Petőfi’s legacy is not like searching for antiques, but like fresh air, a living proof of the love of life. It shows why the best thing in the world is to be Hungarian.  Emphasized that “peace, freedom and the keeping of Hungarian soldiers in Hungary, which are among the national aspirations of the 48s, are similarly relevant in 2022.”

László Domony – Mayor of Kiskőrös spoke in connection with the fact that Kiskőrös will be one of the centers of the bicentenary year.  Said: “Q”: “This day is very important for Kiskőrös. Remembering the poet is a duty of all Hungarians, as in many countries Petőfi’s poetry is equal to Hungarian literature.in the future, would also like to create a memorial park related to Sándor Petőfi, which would embrace the poet’s life and historical background from exhibitions to scientific archive.” He added their goal and desire is that Kiskőrös will once again be at the center of national events, with more guests coming to their settlement, who will enrich good news and the hospitality of the people of Kiskőrös, enriched by cultural and gastronomic experiences.

Dr. László Salacz – Member of Parliament emphasized that in addition to Kiskőrös, Szabadszállás, Szalkszentmárton and Kunszentmiklós also consider the anniversary year to be extremely important, and all three settlements will commemorate Petőfi on the occasion of the bicentenary. There are many settlements in Bács-Kiskun County that can be connected to Petőfi, so the Bács-Kiskun County Local Government indicated in the preliminary discussions that it wants to play a kind of coordination role between these settlements.

László Rideg – The chairman of the Bács-Kiskun County Local Government, said that the local government had initiated the 2022 and 2023 Petőfi Memorial Year. The suggestion was welcomed that Bács-Kiskun County form the Petőfi Memorial Committee which is in process of being developed. The city is ready for the 200th Anniversary of Petőfi with exciting programs, unique outdoor installations, gastronomic specialties and renovated exhibition spaces.

Last but  not least, Dr. Erika Filus –  Director of the Petőfi Birthplace and Memorial Museum – Secretary of the Petőfi 200 Memorial Committee in Kiskőrös. talked about the traditions that make Memorial Days related to the poet’s life special for several years, and on the most significant programs of the year and a half ahead. The hometown has continuously and consciously preserved the memory of the poet since 1861, and strives to build the cult of Sándor Petőfi in a form and content as possible. The poet’s birthplace, Hungary’s first literary memorial house, has been open since 1880. The building, which was declared a Historical Memorial on May, 20, 2021., and was renovated to the 200th Anniversary of Petőfi.  The newly permanent exhibition of Petőfi’s poetry is on its way.

After the press conference, several programs were held at the main square and also listen to Petőfi’s poems in Hungarian and Chinese. The strong attachment of the city’s inhabitants to Petőfi is well illustrated by one of the memorable moments of the opening ceremony related to the events of March 15, when hundreds of students, from elementary school students to pensioners listen to Sándor Petőfi’s National Song.

In addition to the celebrations related to Petőfi’s life, visitors  are welcomed to unusual literary evenings, literary and city history walks. There are several permanent public installations in the city that provide an exciting experience not only for locals but also for visitors to the city. At the vending machine can listen to Petőfi’s poems in a foreign language. There is a  book-shaped stone bench written Petőfi’s  poem in several parts of the city. A temporary exhibition can be visited from the Petőfi-themed art collection, which is unique in the world and includes more than half a thousand contemporary works. In the hall of the Sándor Petőfi Cultural Center, a replica of the former Landerer and Heckenast printing press, which became famous in connection with the events of March 15, 1848, was placed, and anyone could try contemporary printing.

Reconstruction is of paramount importance, as the house, the courtyard and the main square in front of the birthplace will host a large number of events in the commemorative year. At present, the institution has a memorial museum, a gallery, two exhibition halls, a sculpture park for translators and a national country house, which allows for a diverse preservation of the poet’s hometown, rich in content and form. The János Vitéz Visitor Center introduces children to one of the poet’s best-known works in the form of a virtual adventure.

The locals were already very excited to take part in the celebration. There were a lot of home-made sweeties awaiting for the kids, and the adults were not left out by offering delicacies and delicious mulled wine. The locals hospitality flowed from their hearts.  Thanks to the VIP participants, organizers and locals … It was a Perfect Day.

Riport & Snaps by Aggie Reiter

21st National Restaurant Week @ Budapest & Nationalwide 2022.

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DiningCity – National Restaurant Week
March, 17- 27. 2022.

The National Restaurant Week marking its 21st occasion this year. The event offers quality food enthusiasts with 3-course menus from 3900HUF.
The participant restaurants around with 110 middle and upper-class category throughout a whole nation.
The guests can pre-book tables exclusively through http://www.etteremhet.hu. After booking on the website guests immediately receive an e-mail confirmation about their booking.Booking is not available in person nor by phone call.
The National Restaurant Week is the perfect venue looking/tasting for fine food by restaurant-goers to get more acquainted with the most unique specialties of the Hungarian cuisine and the best of Hungary’s restaurants.
Guests can choose beside the basic menus up to the exclusive gourment offers with price from 4900HUF or 5900HUF.

Some restaurants offer only a limited amount of tables to be booked. Therefore, advised to book ASAP through A.M. homepage.

Update Aggie Reiter

Dress Code Art Nouveau Exhibition by Zoób Kati Works – György Ráth Villa @ Budapest.

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The Dress Code exhibition series continues with eye-catching exhibition on the history of wear and tear, by Zoób Kati works, one of Hungary’s best-known fashion designers, can be seen at the György Ráth Villa from January, 21. 2022.

The works of the legendary fashion designer appear in the interiors in the permanent exhibition Art Nouveau. The Applied Arts is the first defining museum experience of the year 2022 in the capital. In addition, the exhibition will feature not only costumes, but also Zsolnay-inspired Zoób jewelry, which are worthy additions to fashion designer clothes.
Among other things, in what attire around the turn of the century could the ladies spend their free time on the beach, for afternoon tea or an evening?
In addition to the exhibition, the Museum of Applied Arts offers great programs, such as the subjective guided tour.

The photos taken at catwalk from earlier fashion shows.

Update by Aggie Reiter

Bali … Ritual Trance Dance Exhibition … Photos of Gill Marais – Ferenc Hopp Museum @ Budapest

Might have had slipped visiting the Bali… “Ritual Trance Dance” Exhibition, yet still have a couple of days to make up for a visit to the Ferenc Hopp Museum – Budapest. The exhibition is to close on January, 30. 2022.

Bali, an Indonesian island, began to be promoted as a tourist paradise in the Netherlands in the mid-1910s and has been a popular destination for travelers and vacationers ever since. By the early 1930s, the beautiful tropical island had become a world-famous tourist destination that contemporary world stars wanted to see. Charlie Chaplin, for example, “fled” to Bali from the achievements of Western civilization in 1932 to find a renewal in traditional arts.

In the 1930s,  were no longer a rarity in Hungary and at that time, thanks to the travelers, could already read in Hungarian about the exciting culture of Bali’s “earthly garden of paradise”, its enchanting and mysterious, often strange, transdances.

The photo exhibition at the Ferenc Hopp Museum of Asiatic Arts presents to the public a little-known side of the island of Bali from the perspective of two travelers – by both women. One of them arrived at Bali in the mid-1930s, the other in the turning of the 20th and 21st centuries. They did not know each other, but, with nearly a hundred years difference, both were receptive to the same phenomena in Bali.

Gill MARAIS arrived to Bali as a photojournalist in 1988, and spent much of her life there. She created captivating photo series of the island. A selection is presented at the exhibition. These dances are important means of communication with the world beyond our visible world, and include elements that sometimes might seem uncanny to the uninvolved viewer. The Hungarian public already had the opportunity in the 1930s to learn about traditional dances that represent the eternal struggle of good and evil. These dances are also important means of fighting against malefic powers and keeping them away.

Ilona ZBORAY came to the archipelago in the mid-1930s to visit her elder brother, who was working and living there for a decade and a half. She also aimed at exploring the mysterious tropics. In the present exhibition visitors can read her contemporary accounts on, among others, the very same trance dances that Gill Marais captured in her photographs in the early 21st century.

Exhibited texts and photos presenting trance dances come to life in an abridged version of the documentary titled “Sacred & Secret”, directed by contemporary Basil GELPKE.

Update by Aggie Reiter

In Kashmir Valley 125-y-old church opens again for prayers.

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With less than 1,000 Christians in the Kashmir Valley according to official estimates, St Luke’s Church was shut down for prayers before the onset of militancy in Jammu and Kashmir. The church remained abandoned for decades until 2016 when the Christian community approached the J&K administration.

With Christmas around the corner, a dozen people gathered in Srinagar on Wednesday and offered prayers inside the 125-year-old St Luke’s Church — for the first time in over three decades.

With less than 1,000 Christians in the Kashmir Valley according to official estimates, St Luke’s Church was shut down for prayers before the onset of militancy in Jammu and Kashmir.

The church remained abandoned for decades until 2016 when the Christian community approached the J&K administration. The renovation work has started last year, halted for a while due to the pandemic, and restarted a few months ago.

Inside the  Church there is a library and people used to come and read there. But this was for the first time since the 1980s that prayers were held here and the church bells rang.

The church is being revamped with a budget of Rs 90 lakh as a Srinagar Smart City project under the Center’s Smart Cities Mission. There are no seating or heating arrangements in place yet. Therefore was no Xmas mass held this year.

The St Luke’s Church situated in the foothills of Koh-e-Sulaiman or Shankaracharya hill which was built in 1896 by Dr Arthur Neve and his younger brother Dr Ernest Neve, who were with a missionary hospital that mainly provided treatment to TB patients. The hospital and the church were built by British engineers. In the 1960s, the doctors handed over the hospital to the J-K government. The main reason for the closure (in the 1980s) was that the Christian hospital staff moved out of the Valley.

Source: Embassy of India in Hungary

Update Aggie Reiter

Winter Season – Recreation in India – Health & Ski Resort.

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While the pandemic played a huge part of poor tourist numbers in the Kashmir Valley, after two years Kashmir welcomes tourists back with week-long celebration to ring in the 2022 New Year. Many may know and most probably many are aware of Kashmir itself giving a splendid and panoramic view of the Himalayas.

The celebrations began last Saturday, on Xmas, at the twin tourist resorts of Gulmarg and Pahalgam.
The series of celebration will end on the year’s last night 2021.
Normally, celebrating Xmas was usually for a day and then New Year for another single day.
This time, holding a grand weeklong festival, organizing it to send a message, welcoming hosting the tourists in the valley to visit Kashmir.
While the pandemic played a huge part in the lower tourism numbers in the Kashmir Valley, experts realized it has helped to revive winter tourism @ Gulmarg.

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After two dismal winter seasons, Gulmarg has witnessed a heavy rush of tourists coming to enjoy the winter sport activities this year. The ski resort of Gulmarg has the festive look from Saturday as it marked a white Xmas. While hotels and buildings are illuminated, a musical program enthralled the tourists attending the celebrations in large numbers.
Last year, most adventure hunger tourists couldn’t go to Europe because of the travel ban caused by the pandemic. The local Winter Sports Association brought to life by discovering the slopes of Gulmarg – the ski capital of India. Thus the locals spent their holidays there. The ski slopes of Gulmarg match any ski slope of Europe and are found inexpensive also. Perfect place to relax, recharging at the beauty of Kashmir this year as well.
Less tourists visited the valley in the three months of summer tourism season than in November when 125,000 tourists arrived to Kashmir and most of them headed over to Gulmarg. Xmas celebrations are also held at the Pahalgam health resort in South Kashmir.
Expecting a huge rush and congestion at Gulmarg this year, the J-K Tourism department has already planned to open two more tourist destinations @ Sonamarg and Dodapathri for winter tourism this year.
(Travel restricted to these destination COVID-19 test required on arrival)

Recommender Aggie Reiter

Awesome Highlights – Light Festival – Summer of 2022 @ Pécs

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The Zsolnay Heritage Manager organized for tens of thousands of people interested this past Fall visiting the attractive venues.

The “Zsolnay Light Art” mapping competition venue was the most visited event this year during the Zsolnay Light Festival. In 2021 the 10 best audiovisual mapping works were created for the facade of Pécs Cathedral, harmonizing with the architecture, sacredness, spirituality and traditions of the building.

Aftermovie of 2021:

In 2022, July, 8-10  the visitors are welcome to the seven-time award-winning event!

Due to the Zsolnay Light Art – International Light Painting Competition with the selection of the best productions will start in the beginning of Spring 2022.

Within the special spectacular festival, will bring to life the façade of the Cathedral with the 3D light creations. The attractions of the Path of Light, street art productions, musical delicacies and light professional programs will also return to the city center.

The collaborating professional partner of the Zsolnay Light Art and the host of the competition is the group of Hungarian visual artists “Glowing Bulbs” – active over 21 years.

Update Aggie Reiter