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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.

Update Aggie Reiter

Visit Gyula – Hungary’s National Holiday – 20/08/2019.

Whether visited Gyula or not it is a fine time for locals and foreigners  to join at the City of Gyula during the three-day National celebration, whereas one of the country’s largest, most beautiful lido and thermal baths of Hungary, the Gyula Castle Spa and other of experiences can be found just at your fingertips. Below are some highlights to take place during the 20th of August on Hungary’s National Holiday.

Visitors are more than welcome to join the celebration of the Foundation of the State of Hungary at the awesome venue of Gyula by the Castle Garden. The Castle of Gyula former Kingdom of Hungary is the only intact Gothic fortress flat in countryside of Hungary.

After refreshing a day at the mineral bath at 5 p.m. the Tale Corner awaiting for the little and elder children with
tales. Additional programs: Babika Folk Playhouse.

At 6 p.m. The Knights – Fairground Comedy. Continuing at 7 p.m. Regélők Singing band on the program.

Celebratory greeting  at 8.30 p.m. by Dr. Ernő Görgényi, Mayor of Gyula.

The Komorán band will hold a gala concert following by celebrating a national day with grand fireworks.

Visit Gyula and enjoy the sights and sound.

Update: Aggie Reiter

The 33rd. Celebration of Crafts – The Buda Castle @ Budapest

Festival of Crafts tune into the four-day festival of crafts at Budapest!

August 17-20. 2019.

The 33rd Craft Celebration of Crafts  is a major topic of interest for many: footwear.

Particular emphasis is placed on the Szeged style slippers, exhibitions, fashion shows await those interested in the renaissance of to-day, see the secrets of shoemakers and how the contemporary Hungarian shoe designers reinterpret traditional footwear.

Also featured is the world-renowned master shoemaker whose family inherits the tricks of the profession from generation to generation. In their workshop they make perfectly fitting footwear for the customer’s foot, which is usually done with calfskin, but for more special pieces, they can use crocodile, salmon, shark, skate, ostrich or eel leather. Shoe makers from Iceland and Spain are also coming. In the workshop of the master from Turkey, Harry Potter film footwear can be admired.

On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Hungary, in 2019, Japan will be the guest of honor at the Craft Festival.

With the help of Japanese craftsmen, you will get to know kimonos, fans, Japanese footwear, ceramics, furosiki bundles, Kokeshi dolls and much more. The visitors themselves learn to write Japanese brush, folded paper, or even Japan to arrange a bouquet of fresh flowers, but also a taste of Japanese food and drinks. In addition, visitors can learn about the most emblematic instrument of Japanese culture, the magician, the Japanese drum. The festival opens with an exotic, unknown, distant world from which we will all be richer.

During the 4days the best folk musicians, singers, storytellers and folk dancers of our country perform on the stages. There will be, among others, Felix Lajkó’s newest orchestral concert, Bálint Bársony with a very special musical treat with the Hungarian Rhapsody Project, Salon and Band, Kerekes Band, world famous American saxophonist and Dresch Quartett with a concert by Dezső Fitos. On the 17th of August we will be our guest, the Czifra Center project is on the way, where Romani Design will be introduced, Lajos Sárköz and his band, as well as scholarship holders of the Snétberger Foundation will perform.

For locals and foreigners staying, working in Hungary do not skip this unique festival where craft, music, dance will make the day for the visitors.

Update Aggie Reiter

Chulent Festival  @ Budapest 2019.

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The 5th Annual Chulent Festival is soon to fill all along at District, VII. Kazinczy Street  –  Budapest.

There is no place better to have a tasty Chulent – Budapest

Sunday, August, 25.  11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Almost anyway around the world folks can find a place to eat Chulent. It is one of the most popular Jewish dishes from the ancient times.

The slow-cooked Jewish chulent can be prepared either from beans, other legumes, smoked goose breast or beef, eggs or onions.

The Jewish culinary festival will be organized in the heart of the Jewish District for the fifth time, by the Chabad Lubavitch congregation and the Unified Hungarian Jewish Congregation (EMIH).

Cholent speaks everyone’s language, whether you are Hungarian or Foreigner, Jewish or gentile, young or old. The strictly kosher festival will present the Chulent  variations of several countries.

In addition to enjoy the taste of the Chulent and other emblematic Jewish foods along with colorful additional festival programs such as: live music concerts … so beside gastronomic experiences, Jewish tunes can be enjoyed thanks to the Klezmer bands playing music thoughout the day. For children theater shows awaits the little ones. For young adults, friends and families fine time to get into the mood, having a splendid day with little Israel here in Budapest.

No need for entry tickets … it is free of charge.

Update Aggie Reiter

Hungary’s Cake of the Year – 2019

Winner cake of 2019 - Lace of Our Lady and the Little Chesnut cake

Hungary’s cake of the year happens once a year. This year the Hungarian Confectioner Craftsmen Corporation invited entries for the Hungarian Cake of the Year contest for the 13th time and as a tradition Hungary’s  Cake of the Country as to celebrate the National Holiday at the 20th of August. Thirty-one cakes were in competition and were prepared in their creations in front of the judges, who then after rated them based on professional aspects.

The finalists, this year’s  was winner was the “Boldogasszony Csipkéje” (Lace of Our Lady) Confectionery by Norbert Tóth the pastry chef from Dunaföldvár.  The lace of Our Lady is a real raspberry delicacy. More than half a pound of fruit. It consists of soaked sponge cake, raspberry and white chocolate cream, ganache with lemon and basil and raspberry jam.

Lace of Our Lady

Hungary’s free-sugar cake was revealed to be the winner of 2019 the “Kicsi Gesztenye” (Little Chestnut) cake by pastry chef László Gyuris from Szeged. The basic flavor of the cake is the chestnut, and also pleasantly sour cranberries and hazelnut crunch.

Little Chestnut Cake - Free sugar

Get ready for the real Hungarian heavenly delicious cakes. Surely if you are visiting, staying in Hungary at the time being the mouthwatering cakes cannot be missed to try this delicacy.

Are you a real gourmet? Surely if you are in Hungary you should try this delicacy.

In earlier years, the more modern French line dominated, but now the domestic taste was the winner at the jury.

For the 4th time was organized together with Hungary’s cake of the year the competition for traditionally made sourdough bread. Only those bakers were in competion making any bread without additives agents. Apparently, on the 20th of  August  celebrating Saint Steven Day – Hungary’s King.  This year’s harvest with the new bread as well. The winner was with white bread Szerencs Tarsoly – development of Pedró Bakery – made of wheat flour, durum flour, special shape, crispy, hand-made wheat bread.

 

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Dance Canon – Hommage à Zoltán Kodály @ Hungarian Heritage House

3 p.m. – Thursday, September 12. 2019.

3 p.m. – Friday, September, 13. 2019.

7 p.m. Friday, September, 13. 2019.

District, I., 8. Corvin Square – Budapest

The key reference point of the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble’s new show is Zoltán Kodály’s life works. Just like in the Ensemble’s previous productions, tradition is brought to stage with extreme vitality, in symbiosis with contemporary artistic expressions.

The musical framework of the story, which evolves from the small events of an imaginary community, is provided by the compositions of Kodály (and his contem-poraries: Béla Bartók, László Lajtha) and by the folksongs collected by the composer. Throughout the scenes, we follow the evolution of hu¬man relationships and the loss thereof, joys and grieves and the rituals of everyday life and festivities.
In Dance Canon, we can hear parts of well-known Kodály works, such as Háry János, Mátra Pictures, Kálló Double Dance, Psalmus Hungaricus and the Evening song.

A richly nuanced, lyrical-associative imagery, a spectrum of playful changes in time and space lead the audience to the final scene: the cathartic enunciation of the triumph of human existence, of life itself.

Composer: Béla Bartók, Zoltán Kodály, László Kelemen, Eszter Pál, István Szalonna Pál, Lajos Pál. Choreographer: Dezső Fitos, Enikő Kocsis, Gábor Mihályi, Orza Călin. Costume Designer: Edit Szűcs.
Spectacle: Zsuzsa Molnár. Director/Choreographer: Gábor Mihályi.
As A Quest: Tamás Bősze, Beáta Czébely, Mátyás Bolya. Solo Singer: Andrea Brassói-Jőrös – guest artist,  Zsófia Staszny – guest artist, Annie Fischer, Martina Szerencsés, Júlia Kubinyi, Eszter Pál, Milán Hetényi. Leader of the orchestra: Ferenc Radics. Dance Director: Richárd Kökény, Dancing Assistants: Beatrix Borbély, Katalin Jávor, György Ágfalvi. Artistic Director: István Szalonna Pál. Director of the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble: Gábor Mihályi.

The show is a joint production of the Hungarian Heritage House, the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble, the Budapest Spring Festival and the National Dance Theater. The shows premier was at April, 21. 2017.

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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.

Update and snaps Aggie Reiter