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LUX Film Days @ Budapest – 2018.

LUX FILM DAYS  – Uránia National Film Theater

District, VIII.  21. Rákóczi Rd. – Budapest

From November, 7 – 9., screening of the three finalists nominated by the European Parliament  for the 2018 LUX Film award will be screened at the Uránia National Film Theater – Budapest.

Contrary to the tradition of the prize, works in competition – albeit subjectively and stylistically different – are linked to the complex issue of European identity and the sensitive representation of the current social phenomena affecting all of us. Another common feature of this year’s finalist films is that all three creations focus on female heroes. The works in competition – although thematically and stylistically different – but keeping with its tradition of award-linking of European identity is a complex and sensitive issue of the representation of the current social phenomena affect us all. This year’s finalists films more in common is that all three sets female heroes work at the center.

Refugee critique can be seen from a new, original perspective, Styx – November, 7. – 7 p.m. German-Austrian film drama, 119 minutes, 2017 (Recommended for over 12 years of age) – Director: Wolfgang Fischer.

November 8. – 7 p.m  The Other Side (Original title: The Other Side of Everything) with subtitles, Serbian-French-Crama documentary, 100 minutes, 2017. Director: Mila Turajlić. The director tells the history of the recent Yugoslavia and Serbia through the history of her own family.

A personal documentary film exploring the context of individual life and historical responsibility, November, 9. – 7 p.m. Iceland Amazon(Original title: Kona fer í stríð / Woman at War) – Debut in Cannes – with subtitles, 101 minutes, 2018. Director: Benedikt Erlingsson. Icelandic-French-Ukrainian co-working original form solutions with a wry sense of humor black comedy debuted at Cannes.

The audience can vote on their favorite movie this year at http://www.luxprize.eu until Januar, 31. 2019. Each voter participates in a competition and in July 2019,  and the winner upon votes  can attend at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, and there will be introduced the winner of the audience votes and will also feature in the ten nominated films of the LUX Film Prize for the following year.

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Maestro Gilbert Varga and Tibor Bogányi conductors with two faces at Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra – Pécs

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The Pannon Philharmonic Orchester (PFZ ) introduced  Maestro Gilbert Varga at Pécs in the Kodály Centre’s concert auditorium, whereas an open Group meeting was held on October 30, 2018, marking the beginning of a new chapter. This was the first time ever, the ensemble held an all-encompassing “Group meeting” that was open to the press as well with the orchestra members underlining the importance of the event that ushered in this new chapter.

The PFZ succeeded to sign for the forthcoming 3 years a contract with the Principal Conducter Maestro Gilbert Varga which was officially announced at the Kodály Center Music Hall. Conductor Tibor Bogányi, who has been for the past 18 years the lead conductor will share the stage with the maestro in the coming seasons. The ensemble will stronger the orchestra and bring fresh air into the music hall. For instance, said Bogányi  Q.: “Mutual conductors has become common elsewhere in Europe i.e. in Finland there are four permanent conductors at the Finnish Philharmonic Orchestra, and goes very well, each one conducting different music pieces. This joint mission is a unique new form in the Hungarian musical life with the ensemble of two equally artistic director in directing a spirit of trust in mutual co-operation. The two leader virtuoso conductors, alongside will be bringing new color into the Hungarian musical life for its artists, orchestra leadership and certainly will be a gift for the ears to the local and foreigner audience visiting the Kodály Center at Pécs.

Gilbert Varga is a Maestro of Hungarian descent, born in London, his family emigrated in the late ’40s. His father Tibor Varga was a legendary Hungarian violinist.  The maestro in the beginning made up his mind to be a violinist, but later on found himself the “worthy place” in the music hall and stepped up to the conductor’s pulpitum. The legendary conductor was the Music Director of Philharmonia Hungarica, a symphony group gathered of Hungarian musicians who emigrated in 1956.
The Pécs based orchestra have had been unsuccessfully attempted to call him home on multiple occasions, and now finally excepted to come to Hungary. Earlier, with the Basque Symphony Orchestra and Philharmonia Hungarica and  currently chief conductor of the Basque Symphony Orchestra and Philharmonia Hungarica. He worked at the Malmö Symphony Orchestra and the Stuttgart’s first permanent guest conductor and as a guest conductor also conducts the world’s finest ensembles from the United States to Taiwan.

The Maestro Varga, spoke about many instances in his career when he worked in a pair with other Principal Conductors, including Cristian Madeal and Mario Venzago. The Maestro Varga said Q.: „Together with Tibor Bogányi, we will be like a conductor with two faces. I have experience in similar paired leading conductor work, it has always been a positive experience for me and forward-thinking for the orchestra. Fulfilling this invitation by means sharing the responsibilities with Tibor Bogányi, making in use of opportunities that lie in our different age but open artistic capabilities.”

Q.: „The orchestra is constantly exploring new ways of reaching out to the audiences both young and elder folks. The idea is to activate young ones and young adults instead of passive listening, to gain experience of what the orchestra music is about. It is important to “win” the young ones… cause they are the next generation who will decided whether they will enjoy later the symphonic music or not, so our goal is that  for those coming for the first time to the music hall, to give them our best to feel, love to enjoy the symphony orchestra music” so said conductor Tibor Bogányi. The upcoming collaborative work both a test of personality and a professional challenge. Bogányi has undertaken a leadership position that supports creative expression, and he sees the older Maestro’s main role as prioritising the synthesis of professional tasks and broadening the young musicians’ professional horizons even further. Moreover, the pair’s distinctive musical interests will also enrich the orchestra’s repertoire.

The PFZ Director – Zsolt Horváth sees the aim of this new era as the lasting establishment of Hungary’s leading orchestras. Due to the group’s inner motivation and the artistic demands the orchestra, unique amongst local symphonic orchestras, has achieved a standard noted on both national and international stages. The collaboration is a high level of education that is already manifested in the orchestra’s current processes.  Q.: “The Pannon Philharmonic must get the opportunities and occasions to evolve, and we are confident in it cause we feel that we have done everything to provide them in the past 16 years.” stated the director. Added, overall the concerts conducted by Gilbert Varga and Tibor Bogányi cover about 70% of their program, but will continue to work also with well-known guest conductors in the future as in the past. Last but not least Zsolt Horváth stated, Maestro Gilbert Varga, is the band’s true national orchestra of Central Europe and the Visegrád countries. The goal is to act as cultural ambassadors as providing a guarantee that the Hungarian music represented a worthy level in the Carpathian Basin and Hungary surrounding.

Agnes Morvay – president of the Art Council of PFZ, said … This co-operation of the two directors … the experience of Gilbert Varga is clear, concrete sound design, artistic work and the talented youthful personality of Tibor Boganyi  the orchestra will surely benefit from  both sides  and the new sound  also will provide a higher love to the concert lovers.

Zsolt Pava  – Mayor of Pécs emphasized Gilbert Varga career guarantee that the PFZ new professional level step to happen; the orchestra brand strengthens the arrival of the conductor. Musicians of the company with excellent artistic and professional qualifications are “on the threshold” for wage increases, he added.

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MittelCinemaFest – Hungary – 2018.

XVI. Central European Italian Fim Festival – Hungary – 2018.

Budapest – Bratislava – Prague
November, 6 – 16. 2018.

The Italian films are present at the most important international film festivals such as Cannes, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Toronto, Shanghai, Tokyo, Locarno, New York, and London.

Over the years, MittelCinemaFest has established itself as a better-awaited event, greater attention will be paid each year in the Italian film, so much so that more and more interested in spreading Hungarian distributor of Italian films.

This year, distributed by Mozinet the Cinenuovo, Cirko Film Service and ADS Italian films are in the program, which reflect well on the film festival is a major objective, that is a successful Italian films and valuable knowledge for the Hungarian audience.

Cities where the screenings will take place:
Puskin cinema in Budapest, Tabán cinema in Budapest, Downtown cinema in Szeged. This year for the first time at the Apollo cinema in Debrecen.

Update by Aggie Reiter

“Red Rebecca” – “Vörös Rébék” – Musical Ballad – Budapest

The Arany János’s  “Vörös Rébék” … This musical  ballad was written as a joint composition by the pianist Peti-Nagy Kati and György Derzsi’s composer, singer and director. The title refers to a woman called Rebecca, who is likely to have red hair.

The play creates a true theater experience acting in-depth, which explores whether “does a single bad decision determine our whole life? OR … It is just up to us which face of ours the world see.”  The mysterious story is kept to the original work structure.

The musical play is out now celebrating  the 200 anniversary to the birth of János Arany .

The musical show  will be on November, 5. at 5 p.m. at the Papp László Budapest Sport Arena. The casts are by  Tímea Kecskés, Ádám Pásztor, Miklós Turek and Bucsi Annamária. The performance is directed by Katalin Pesty Nagy,  costumes designer Mónika Fekete, choreography by David Sándor.

The animation screenings and cutting works by Papp László Pala. At the show an interesting graphic works to be seen in the projection. The creators are from the resident of Tata Szent Gellért Autistic Residential Home with by the guidance of Katalin Palästina Viczena.

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Commemorate the Dead – Pannon Philharmonic Orchester – Giuseppe Verdi – Requiem – Pécs

Concert in the memory of the deceased.

In the coming days will be All Saints Remembrance Day AND we must remember also by mentioning the digital hate that  is twirling around  our planet which have had taken lives away of 11 person faithful to their religion during the service at the Synagogue attack in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania US. last Saturday.

The Pannon Philharmonic symphony orchestra – Kodály Center – Concert 

Wednesday, October, 31. 2018. – Pécs

Giuseppe Verdi’s monumental Requiem has also disturbing and comforting those who had died commemorations evening. Pannon Philharmonic concert will begin at 7 p.m. in front of the audience members remember their loved ones to ignite candles at the entrance of the Kodály Center.

There are those iconic masterpieces that almost encapsulate an entire musical genre within themselves and the requiem by Verdi’s renowned compositions. Compose perhaps the most beautiful opera in his well-established career.  It ultimately grew from just an opera into an entire evening mass … A Requiem. Featuring: Klára Kolonits – soprano, Andrea Szántó – alt, István Kovácsházi – tenor, Gábor Gáza – bass, Hungarian State Opera House (by: Csiki Gábor) Conductor: Tibor Bogányi

Those who come to hear this concert can talk about Verdi about death, life, mourning, fear, hope, resurrection, all of which we all face once.

(… The orchestra of Pécs, boasting over 200 years of history, has been going through a spectacular improvement for one and a half decades, making it a dominant orchestra and brand of the country. Since 2010, Pannon Philharmonic has been a resident orchestra of the Kodály Center, a concert hall boasting the best acoustics in Hungary.

The orchestra has not only met success in Pécs; they had a series of sold-out performances in Budapest at the Béla Bartók National Concert Hall since the opening of the Müpa, and also performed in the most significant concert halls of European capitals from Zürich through Vienna to the Grand Concert Hall of the Berlin Philharmonic…)

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Royal Moscow Ballet – „Swan Lake” – Erkel Theater – Budapest

Erkel Theater

District, VIII., 30. Pope John Paul II. Square – Budapest (II. János Pál pápa tér 30.)

The most popular of all Classical Ballets – „Swan Lake” will be drifting to Budapest on  Monday, December, 3. 2018 by the well-known superb Royal Moscow Ballet dancers, demonstrating their continuing quality of dance and performances in dramatic production of this timeless favorite set of Tchaikovsky’s superb score. Tchaikovsky’s world-famous piece was directed by Marius Petipa, Lev Ivanov and Anatoly Emelianov. Originally presented, with choreography by Julius Reisinger – Bolshoi Theater, Moscow – March, 4. 1877 but superseded by a new choreographic version by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov  – Maryinsky Theater, St. Petersburg – February, 8. 1895 and subsequently established as one of the masterpieces of ballet.

The famous Act II of Swan Lake, choreographed by Lev Ivanov as part of a memorial tribute to Tchaikovsky who had went ahead the year before.

This legendary piece is a dream to come true to the ballet dancers to perform on stage and almost every ballet company in the world it in their in repertoire.

The famous Moscow Ballet of Classical Choreography was founded in 1990, with ballet dancers from the leading theaters of the CIS Countries and the Bolshoi, Kirov and Ballet Theater of Kiev and Odessa.

The company developed by Anatoly Emelianov and their first performance was held on August 12, 2002 – the show was attended by illustrious guests.  On their 10th anniversary of the dance group was already over 20 modern and 15 classical ballet performances on stage, which Anatoly Emelianov choreographed.

Since its establishment, the company has toured around the world to countries, such as: France, Switzerland, Poland, Spain, Italy, Austria, Ireland, Germany, but also performed in Israel, in the Canary Islands, China, Korea, Japan, Malta and Sri Lanka where the audience greeted the performances with huge ovation.

Tickets Theater’s Box Office.

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Japanese Days – Grand Market Hall – Vámház Boulevard – Budapest

Three days of tourism in Japan at the Grand Market in Budapest.

The Japanese Day” is an annual family fun day!

A bridge between Hungary and Japan.

November, 6. – 8.

10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

This year the Japanese Days will be on for the 9th year at the Grand Market Hall – Budapest.

Of course, without the support of the Hungarian-Japanese Friendship Society and the support of the Capital and Market Directorate of the Capital City Municipality, we would not be able to organize such a true Japanese culture event.

There are many things to try/visit whilst visiting Budapest. The Grand Market Hall is just one of the spots not to be left out . There are hardly any tourist / tourist groups who have not visited this vibrant fantastic building during their stay in Budapest, but if so then right time to roll over to place.

A plane trip between the two countries not necessary to fly high on the long-haul flight …the locals and foreigners may visit “Little Japan”… gte a taste of the Japanese culture, receive information to attend to exciting tours that Japan has to offer on the spot.
Not to be confused, this is not a Japanese supermarket, but the exhibitors will welcome the visitors offering Japanese selection of cooking ingredients to purchase for locals and foreigners staying in Budapest to prepare Japanese foodies at their home. The sweet tooth’s individuals may as well grab and enjoy the varying sweets and snacks.

No entry ticket is needed to attend …  it is free of charge event  organized under the international cultural days at the Grand Market Hall.

Have a pleasant journey in Budapest visiting Japan … G’shopping.

Hopefully, nobody will be “Lost in Translation” … (remembering a superb movie from 2003, written and directed by Sofia Coppola. )

Update Aggie Reiter