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Coming up – Leap Day of the Year, but for Wine Lover Not to Escape!

Badacsony cellars hidden treasures are once again coming to Budapest! 

District, VII., 9-11 Erzsébet Boulevard – Budapest

New York Palace will be more than just a tourist attraction …  the Badacsony cellars from Lake Balaton will host the region wines on  Saturday, February, 29.  2020. – Rome Hall – Budapest.

This year the Badacsony Wine Region members are celebrating their 10th year anniversary. It is a ONE DAY event!  Interested in region’s wine tasting, mark the date on your must visit list whilst visiting – staying in Budapest.

As said … This is the leap day of the year, but wine lover is not to escape. At the venue bring feast for the eyeswines to ease the thirst!

Folks should not miss this experience … their jaws will fall off seeing the sophisticated architectural. In addition in admiring the interior architecture, the best opportunity is to connect it, also to get acquainted with the wines of the Lake Balaton Badacsony region, which are presented by their own winemakers. The tasting wines are pre-classified by a committee of winemakers and external experts during a blind tasting. Thanks to this, the public can really taste the wonders that are born exclusively in the Badacsony Wine Region, where basalt, sandstone, and Lake Balaton lend different but unique features to the wine.

Just as in the previous years, it is a one day event, jointly organized with the Badacsony Guild Tourism Association.
Badacsony wineries are open year around, but on this day it will be a full „wine touring program” in Budapest with around 50 exhibitors awaiting visitors who can sample more than 140 wines from nearly 40 wineries. At the event, visitors will find the volcanic classic tastes and also just interested, open to new flavors.

The exhibitors’ list is not published yet.

Update Aggie Reiter


Wine and Gastronomy Events @ Badacsony – Lake Balaton

Highlights to the forthcoming events at Badacsony – Lake BalatonBadacsony – Lake Balaton

Martin’s Day Wine Dinner -Laposa Estate – November, 09. Welcoming a small number of participants  to their traditional, Martin’s wine dinner at Laposa Estate! Of course beside the goose flavors the leader to the dinner will be the this years new wine.

Badacsony New Wine Tasting – November, 16. This fall they wish to fill the Hableány – Mermaid spaces with life and restore to its old function, create a meeting point for the region’s winemakers, and a space where can show the outsiders dropping by the wine of the region. There is no better time to do this, as of November, when its  the new period of wines.They are already beyond the harvest, and finally can taste first “fruits” of their work, the exciting, fresh new wines.

Gastrohegy – Badacsony Flying  – November, 23-24. Poultry meat week-end. Traditional and unconventional dishes are rounded up by the chefs’ soaring imagination: chicken, turkey, pheasant, duck, goose, guinea fowl, rooster, pigeon on the plate in all forms. The rich white wines will go well with the dishes!

GastroHegy/  Non-HAKE –  November, 26-27. Fish gastronomy  at Badacsony but Hake (Merluccius merluccius) by no means! But sturgeon, catfish, bream, perch, fish that the water of Lake Balaton gives on the plate at the vineyard. The menus – comprising seasonally available ingredients of local producers – is put together by our chef based on our own recipes, while having particular regard to the individual wishes of their guests.

Update Aggie Reiter

LUX Film Days – Uránia National Film Theater @ Budapest

November, 13. – November, 15. 2019.

District, VIII., 21. Rákóczi Road – Budapest

LUX FILM DAYS project aims to bring the screenings of the finalists of the LUX FILM PRIZE Official Competition of the European Union (EU). The European Parliament’s cinematographic prize is awarded each year to films reflecting in line with important political, sensitive portrayal of current social phenomena that affect everyone. There will be a Northern Macedonian satirical drama exploring the state of God exists and is called Petrunya, Cold Case Hammarskjöld and The System.

The recognition aims not only to promote European films, but also to distribute the winning works to all European countries and make them available to everyone. These films will be screened across all 28 countries with subtitles in 24 languages.

In Hungary between November, 13-15, the three finalists will be screened at the Urania National Film Theater.

This year, the three titles in competition and screening in Budapest – Hungary.

Wednesday, November, 13. – 7 p.m. – God Exists, Her Name is Petrunya – by Teona Strugar Mitevska (North Macedonia/Belgium/Slovenia/Croatia/ France) 2019. Synopsis: A powerful cinematic work that tells the story of a woman who finds herself in a position that only men have access to at a religious ceremony, and which makes a significant contribution to the feminist struggle, the most acute social issue of our times, which has yet to gain momentum in the Balkans. World-premiered in competition at the Berlinale, where it picked up the Ecumenical Jury Prize.

Thursday, 14 November, 2019  – 7 p.m. – Cold Case Hammarskjöld – by Mads Brügger (Denmark/Norway/Sweden/Belgium/UK/Germany) 2019. Synopsis: Danish director Mads Brügger and Swedish private investigator GöranBjörkdahl trying to solve provocative investigation into the 1961 death of Swedish UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld. Dag Hammarskjöld died in a suspicious plane crash in 1961 on his way to ceasefire negotiations in order to resolve a conflict in Katanga, Congo, in which significant economic interests were at stake. The Swedish UN Secretary General was a progressive politician who wanted to prevent Western countries such as Britain and France from reinstating their influence in Africa, after colonies had gained independence. Brügger’s slow-building documentary sheds light onto the mystery. This is the third time in the LUX Prize’s history that a documentary is among the three finalists. (Mads Brügger delivered one of the breakout films of this year’s Sundance Film Festival with his incendiary muckraker Cold Case Hammarskjöld.

Friday, 15. November, 2019. – 7 p.m. – The Realm – by Rodrigo Sorogoyen (Spain/France). Synopsis: A forceful and adrenaline-charged thriller … how far will someone go to hold on to power? This adrenaline-charged thriller deals with political corruption. It tells the story of the demise of a successful politician and his freedom, which had looked destined to last forever. Get ready for bitter arguments, tense car chases and clashes with a probing press. The Realm world-premiered in competition at San Sebastián, before going on to win seven Spanish Goyas. Also competed for the main prize at the Cinefest International Film Festival in Miskolc- Hungary.

The three finalists were selected from among the ten films in the 2019 Official Selection, which once again included four women directors  (Teona Strugar Mitevska, Tamara Kotevska, Nora Fingscheidt and Natasha Merkulova and two documentaries (Cold Case Hammarskjöld and Honeyland), as well as the significant presence European co-productions.

As in previous years, the three finalist films will go on a tour around Europe, with screenings being organised in more than 60 cities across the 28 European member states, subtitled in the 24 official languages of the EU, thanks to the cooperation between the European Parliament Information Offices and the Creative Europe MEDIA Desks. In the Fall, the newly elected members of the European Parliament will be invited to vote for one of the three films in competition. The winner will be announced on November, 27 at the formal sitting of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, in the presence of the directors.

After the screenings, viewers will be able to vote for their favorit movie again this year on until January 31, 2020. All voters will take part in a raffle draw, which the winner will be able to attend at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in July 2020, where the winner of the public vote will be announced and the ten nominees of the LUX Film Award will be presented next year.

Update Aggie Reiter

Design Week – Designs Wanted – Trade Show @ Budapest – 2019.

Friday, October, 4. 2019 – Sunday, October, 13, 2019.

This year, the Baltic countries – Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania – will be honored guests of the festival.


For the sixteenth time now, Budapest Design Week festival awaits visitors with 250 programs at 150 design locations during the period of October, 4 – 13., similarly to previous years in its structure but with many new features a number added to the content.  The aim of the biggest design event in Hungary is to encourage cooperation between designers and companies beyond the formation of attitudes, thus strengthening the economic role of during the period of  the Hungarian design ecosystem.

The organizers will be waiting for the participants with several programs aimed at economic recovery. In a series of lectures tailored to the needs of small and medium-sized creative industries, experts will answer the most common strategic, financing, commercial, copyright and communication issues.

The program series includes events for the general public … exhibition openings, children’s programs, thematic tours, workshop visits, professional events, round-tables, professional presentations, conferences, awards gala and many more activities.

The Service Design Day program … a series of lectures and workshops illustrating the relationship between strategic planning and design, will be held this year, as well as the Design Management Awards, which recognizes successful practices of design management-oriented corporate governance by the Hungarian Design Council.

Constant programs, rural events … the permanent program elements: insight allowing designers Open Studios, guided tours of the city’s interesting sites Design, founded forty years ago this year, the Hungarian Design Award and the transfer of the Design Management Award.

The number of partner cities in the countryside is also expanding this year: besides the already successful cities of Debrecen, Győr, Pécs and Sopron, the city of Eger will be added as a new entrant, so in 2019 there will definitely be local designers, institutions and businesses Relationship Design Week.

The patron of Design Week Budapest is sponsored by the Hungarian Intellectual Property Office, organized by the Hungarian Design Council.

 Update Aggie Reiter

Celtic Women #1 World Music Artist @ Budapest 2019.


Budapest Convention Center

Friday, October, 25. 2019.

Celebrating the timeless emotion of Ireland’s centuries-old heritage and continuing its remarkable 12-year-legacy, the group’s repertoire encompasses Irish classics, contemporary songs, classical favorites and stirring originals, celebrating Ireland’s history whilst reflecting the vibrant spirit of modern Ireland. The Grammy award nominee Celtic Woman returns with theuir all-new tour to Budapest again after their 2017 tour to commence another forthcoming concert on Voices of Angels.

Don’t miss the inpiring performances of this timeless music complete with bagpipes, dancers, a full band and choir in an exceptional production with the angelic voices of Celtic Woman. Their sophisticated costum trigger your sight and impress their audience with more-and-more eye-catching elegant outfits … lace, beads, laces, satin skirts, elegant evening dreeses. During their performance the Celtic divas get to change their costum several times, in addition to their captivating.

The tour will showcase the angelic voices of Mairéad Carlin, Éabha McMahon, Megan Walsh renowned singers, and the band’s fourth member the new violinist Tara McNeill, accompanied by a talented group of musicians and dancers, the world-class performing collective celebrates Irelands’ rich music and cultural heritage, bringing a fresh fusion to centuries of musical and cultural tradition.

Update Aggie Reiter

Dance of Elves at the Italian Institute of Culture – La ridda dei folletti – Budapest

6.30 p.m. – Thursday, February, 7. 2019.

Italian Institute of Culture – Giuseppe Verdi Hall

District, VIII., 8. Bródy Sándor Street.

It is always very exciting when different continents and distant cultures meet … Tibor Szomora violinist Artistic Director at the Con Spirito Chamber Orchestra will be heard at his concert introducing how does the Italian music connects to Argentina and Hungary. Guest conductor Sebastiano De Filippi – Con Spirito Chamber Orchestra.

The prominent Hungarian string orchestra and the famous conductor of the Chamber Orchestra of the Argentine Parliament will hold an unforgettable music journey from the Baroque to XX. Century.

An event that should not be missed. Mandatory Reservation until 4 February, 4. 2019. through |

For attention  … Only members of the Italian Cultural Institute with a valid membership card (+1) may participate.

Update Aggie Reiter

Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas & Khadi Exhibition – India Culture Center @ Budapest – 2019.

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On the 9th of January – Celebrating Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas all over the World.

Amrita Sher-Gil Cultural Centre at Budapest, was opened by H.E Sri Kumar Tuhin Ji – India Ambassador to Hungary, by welcoming in saying “Namaskar  … Good Evening” to the invited local distinguished guests and from the Indian Community in Hungary. Thereafter followed his presentation by saying Q.: „Mahatma Gandhi as was one of the greatest human beings of modern times. His love for humanity was dedicated to Bapu who cared and natured the most downtrodden and needy … Gandhi within us in our beliefs and acts. Throughout the world we dedicate this day to the memory of Mahatma Gandhi.” Continued:”When we are far away from home, and decide to work and settle in a different country, what links us to each other is the cultural thread, that binds and nurtures us. We celebrate the festivals together. We lend our shoulders to each other in times of need. We build a harmony with the country that we live in, with the people, their mores, their cultures and their ethos, the importance of Gandhian values and khadi in the modern-day.”

The evening’s entertainment was provided by two esteemed guests … notable singers Jennifer Maga – Hungary and Selma Muhedinovic-Salyajdzi Bosnia & Herzegovia and Kathak dancer – Sonali Roy and teacher at the India Cultural Centre Budapest.

A talented duo gave a musical fusion on Violin & Piano with Tabla. Kavya Francis – Violin also a professional Bharatnatyam Dancer), Nicole Li – Synth (Both students of British Int School in Budapest, previously studied at the Royal Schools of Music UK) They played in the company of Pandit Rajesh Gangani on Tabla.

Christian missionary – Father Benvin Sebastian can truly be called a social reformer and philanthropist. Hailing from Kerala, Father Sebastian has been living in Hungary since 2003 and is very active in giving social & spiritual discourses and also taking spiritual tours for Hungarians to India.

Dr. Katalin Aklan – well-known veteran Indologist gave a lecture on keeping in mind the importance of Gandhian values and khadi in our modern-day. She is a Global Teaching Fellow at Central European University and besides being an expert in Indian studies has also translated and compiled bilingual essays, aphorisms & quotations of Mahatma Gandhi.  Spoked about  the Gandhian Values in today’s times, particularly the spirit of Khadi as a thought and not just fabric.

Forming a little India in Hungary is within the Bhartiya Samaj Association. Mr. Sanjay Gupta a proud member of the Indians living in Hungary. He is CEO  at one of the largest Organizational Development company in Hungary called the Grow Group. He also works as an executive Coach, Top Management Advisor and as Inspirational Speaker. He talked about the role of the Indian diaspora in Hungary. Sanjay stated that in many countries around the world there is one ambassador representing India, but there is not only one in all, there is 31 million Indians represent their country either as ambassador, CEO’s, top positions in politics, business, art, cinema, sport and other field, deputy managers, directors in High tech fields … etc. … just to mention a few working outside India. The goal is to bring everybody together, build a harmonious relationship with the locals and expats alike. Had an exemplary career spanning 25 years, over 2 continents  Asia and Europe and 3 countries India, Germany.  He was primarily in leadership roles for the last 18 years leading teams as large as 600 professionals in Engineering & IT companies. He also works as an executive Coach, Top Management Advisor and as Inspirational Speaker.

During the gathering was also carrying forward the mission to celebrate the 150 th anniversary year of Mahatma Gandhi … A Man who inspired India to fight against the colonial rule, make India free and who selflessly worked towards non violence, peace, tolerance and courage and who left an indelible mark on the entire globe, on young and old alike, and who has become a way of living and thought for generations to come.

Gandhi’s philosophy has been aptly depicted in the beautiful words written in the century by Gujarati poet, Narsinh Mehta  song „Vaishnav Jan to tene kaniye peer parayi jaane re” meaning … „Call those people Vaishnavas (or devotees of God) who Feel the pain of others.” Truly Mahatma’s each and every act of kindness and courage veered towards bringing people closer, helping the poor and the underprivileged and spreading kindness all around. Mahatma Gandhi said Q.: „To give pleasure to a single heart by a single act is better than a thousand heads bowing in prayer”.

As a part of the celebration day, the Indian Embassy’s contributing to Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, or Non-Resident Indian Day, which is celebrated on the 9th of January each year to mark the contribution of the overseas Indian community in the development of India. The date was chosen as it was on this day in 1915 that Gandhi returned to his home country from South Africa, led India’s freedom struggle and changed the country for ever. Gandi was the greatest leaders the world has ever known, and his role ended as he became victim to a political assassination in January 1948.

The celebration culminated by an exhibition on Khadi products at the Culture Center’s exhibition hall open by H. E to the guests, There was displaying sustainable & eco-friendly fabric & products sent by the Khadi & Village Commission of India. Sri Atal Bihari Vajpai – former Prime Minister announced the 9th of January – Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas to be celebrated all over the world, to acknowledge the contribution and achievements of the Indian soulful voice. Followed by High Tea reception.

Update, video, snaps by Aggie Reiter