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Thirsty Beer Lovers Hop Over to HopTop Tasting!

HopTop Craft Beer – at Winehub – Old Buda
Date: May ,13. – 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
District III., 41-43 Pacirtamező Street – Óbuda (OldBuda)

It’s gonna be “Barrel Pig” beer tasting this coming week-end!

Craft beers aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels, i.e. what is Hoptop Brewery’s unicorn pig looking for in a beer barrel?!
If you like strong, characterful craft beers, you will definitely like this event. The Hoptop brewery presents six different barrel-aged beers, which are guaranteed to provide a unique taste experience.
“Each of their beers is matured in a special barrel. There are rums, bourbons, whiskeys, and even maple syrup,” says Szami Ali Rawech – founder of the Budapest small-scale brewery.
“These beers have a deep black color and are often sweet, and their bitterness keeps the flavors in a nice balance. In the taste of barrel-aged beers, you can find the characteristics of dark chocolate, which are combined with soft, creamy and vanilla notes, which are made perfect by the aromas extracted from different barrels!”
Hoptop has a separate brand family of barrel-aged beers, launched under the name Barrel Pig. The appearance of the 0.33ml bottles is both elegant and clownish, which is further enhanced by the colorful wax closure, the appearance of each item is adorable!
These beers are guaranteed to enchant the hearts of beer lovers and those who want special taste experiences. Don’t miss this event to experience the unique taste of imperial stout and barley wine beers!
The tasting will be held by  Szami Ali Rawech – barrel-aged beers creator.

Premium beers of the tasting: Surprise beer, Rudeboy, Sex on the barrel, Fear of the dark II., Canadian Lover, Fear of the dark I., Mentaltrainer. The price of the tasting ticket:6990HUF.
Ticket purchase:

On the same day between 6 p.m. -8 p.m. it is also possible to try the presented beers and other specialties by purchasing tasting ticket on the spot for 1500HUF. These are to be Core beers: Green Zone, Ceylon Buddy, Tropical Swinger Club.

Premium beers: Rudeboy, Sex on the barrel, Fear of the dark II., Canadian Lover, Fear of the dark I., Mentaltrainer. Also ticket on the spot: 2500HUF

Beer Lovers mark the date in your calender and don’t miss a thing!

Recommendation by Aggie Reiter

The Danube Art Ensemble Concert – Folk Music


The folk band of the Danube Artists Ensemble, the Göncöl group, has released an independent album.  The folk music collections is of  Zoltán Kallós –  two-time Kossuth Prize-winning Hungarian ethnographer from Transylvania.”Turn, my dear horse” – title album will be released on Spotify’s music sharing channel, and their related teaser concert will be held on …

Tuesday, May, 16. 2023. – 7 p.m. @ the House of Tradtion – Theater hall (Hagyományok Háza.) Venue: District I., 8. Corvin Square – Budapest. 

Ágnes Enyedi –  Junior Prima award-winning folk singer, Balázs Mezei – dancer of the Duna Art Ensemble and the dancers of the Duna Art Ensemble will take part in the concert.

The aim of the album is to present the life and outstanding personality of Zoltán Kallós by selecting from his most important folk music collections, which will be made even more perceptive with video and audio interludes and photo projections during the concert.

Update by Aggie Reiter

The 16th KAFF Preperation Completed – Competition Program 2023.

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Between June, 21–25 the Kecskemét Animation Film Festival will be held. Within the FAFF program 420 works from 32 countries will be present. Eight films made it to the animation competition, among which there are also works that won awards at the world’s most prestigious animation film festivals, Annecy, Bucheon, the European Film Award and the Tokyo Anime Award. By-the-way 23 of the 27 nominated works have already been at several prestigious festivals. Will be able to watch 7 European TV specials, 18 European and 13 Hungarian TV series. 19 Hungarian short films (recently selected for Annecy), 26 Hungarian applied animations (advertising spots, video clips, signals and commissioned short films) and 28 Hungarian student films competing at the largest animation festival to be held in Hungary. In addition to the competition programs, thematic panoramic screenings, retrospective selections, film industry consultations and master classes, as well as workshops and exhibitions will add color to the festival’s offer, which is free to attend.

Two Hungarian films are also starting, both in the European and Hungarian supplementary competitions, which were recently invited to this year’s Annecy Animation Film Festival: Áron Gauder’s film “The Four Souls of the Coyote” – talks about how we can live in harmony with our environment through the Native American story of creation. which is not too late to save our Planet. Tibor Bánóczki and Sarolta Szabó‘s rotoscoping animation, “Plastic Sky“- takes the viewer into the future 100 years from now, when it may already be too late … The host Kecskemétfilm generously did not enter their own work, Toldi, into the competition, but Marcell Jankovics will be screened out of competition by his last work, which was also invited to Annecy this year. Short films include Gypsy Tales, Confessions of Hungarian Saints, The Adventures of Bean Berci, Bogyó és Babóca and Puskás and Young Bother and Friends.

Update by Aggie Reiter



Venue – Dates – Time: Kincsem Park

Address: District, X.,  2-4 Albertirsai Road – Budapest

GREYHOUND TROTTING – Friday – Doors open: 4 p.m. –  First Race: 7 p.m. – Gate Closing: 11 p.m.

ROBBER GALLOP – Saturday – Doors open: 10:00 a.m. – First race: 2 p.m. – Gate closing: 10 p.m.

GALLOP – PONY CHAMPIONSHIP – Sunday – Doors open: 10 a.m. :First race: 2 p.m. – Gate closing: 9 p.m.

Update: Aggie Reiter

1st Hungarian Pizza-Making Championship & First Greyhound & Horse Racing Season


On Friday, May, 5. took place the members of the First Hungarian Pizza-Making Competition press invitation, whereas Chef Lázár Kovács spoke about the forthcoming Pizza-Making Championship. The Jury was introduced with the competitors and said the following: The goal of the domestic championship is to support young pizza chefs and promote their development through competition. Providing an opportunity to prove and gain routine and motivation for those who are not yet able to start at the World Championship.  The one-round competition with a total prize of ONE Million Hungarian Florint is looking for the maker of the most beautiful and delicious pizza of our country will be awarded.”

He added, on Saturday, the 1st Hungarian Pizza-Making Championship will also be held on site. The event’s mastermind and main organizer is Lázár Kovács, who also participated in the World Pizza Championship held in Parma this year.

Zoltán Horváth – founder of the Food Truck Show said on Friday: “We believe that this year’s Food Truck Show will be a real paradise for street food lovers, as they can enjoy delicacies from 50 restaurants/food trucks. What’s more, it’s time for everyone to choose their favorite, as we’re launching a public vote to find out which is the most popular place. What’s more, there will also be a professional award in the competition for the best food trucks.

Nearly 50 Food Trucks await everyone at the only horse racing track in Hungary. In addition to delicious snacks, we can enjoy the most exciting races in a picturesque environment; on Friday, the country’s fastest greyhounds will start, on Saturday we will prepare for trotting races, while on Sunday the thoroughbreds will play the main role.

On Saturday, there will also be a men’s rugby match between Hungary and Latvia, while the 1st Hungarian Pizza-Making Championship will be held in the tent.

What’s more, the Food Truck of the Year award will also be given by the audience’s favorite and to the restaurant selected by the professional jury.

In addition to delicious snacks, the country’s fastest greyhounds start on Friday, trotting races will take place on Saturday, and thoroughbreds will play the main role on Sunday. On the weekend, children can enjoy free programs, petting zoos, pony rides, craft activities, face painting, street musicians and street art performers will provide the atmosphere, and the country’s largest chain carousel will enhance the Mayan atmosphere

Overfall 15 countries, 50 food trucks, 40 music programs – awaiting visitors to this year’s Food Truck Show between May 5-7, 2023.  Beside the greats of rolling gastronomy on the spot may see the only horse racing track in our country & Kincsem Park – Budapest.

Snaps on the spot of the event will come soon.

Riport by Aggie Reiter

The House of the Mai Manó – Budapest


May, 2. 2023. – June, 11.  2023.
Opening hours: Noon to 7 p.m.  – Tuesday – Sunday
Closed on Mondays and public holidays.
Curator: Anna Kereszty

The photographer romanticises love disappointments, combining on her collages scanned book pages from her favorite romantic novels, Wuthering Heights, Red and Black, Anyegin and The Sorrows of Young Werther, with handwritten texts of fragments of flattering or poignant, sometimes even vulgar text messages from ex-boyfriends, lovers and Tinder dates. The combination of these two contrasts the real and the desired love.

Relationships today are changing, often stepping outside the conventional norms and becoming more complex. This brings many benefits and liberation, but it is also difficult to navigate in this newer system sometimes. Combining self-portraits with the texts has become a kind of therapeutic process.

Mark the date that suites for you to take a visit to … Wanda Martin where you will learn about Wanda’s journey as a photographer, the inspiration behind her work and the process of how they work through a selection of their fashion, conceptual and portraiture work. Besides her photography work, she is the creative director of the music and fashion magazine Foxes.

Martin Wanda studied BA Photography at Moholy-Nagy University of the Arts – Hungary, then after moved to London and obtained a Master’s degree from the College of Fashion.

Recommended by Aggie Reiter

“PARDES” – National Dance Theater – Budapest


Last night was present at the National Theater at a full house presentation. No wonder many awaited to see the Pardes by Noa Wertheim, artistic director and co-founder of Vertigo Dance Company performance here in Budapest. I spent a pleasant evening at a stunning … breath-taking production and during their performance I melted into the world of the Vertigo Dance Company. Absolutely amazing performance by 8 artistic dancers: Etai Peri, Sian Olles, Daniel Costa, Eden Ben Shimol, Yarden Oz, Micah Aimos, Ilan Golubovich, Ruth Ben David.

The music of PARDES was composed by internationally renowned percussionist Itamar Doari. The sound material was woven into the process of creating the choreography, the music was created and recorded in real time in the studio – which offered the ensemble a brilliant opportunity to work with one of the most important and outstanding percussion artists in Israel and the world.

The dance’s language took the audience into the work of art in which the body connects with the spiritual layers of the interior. The interior of each person/dancer as it was woven into a common tapestry. The company has received more than a dozen awards  Worldwide since their establishment.

In Jewish mysticism, PARDES stands for the initials of four Hebrew words that refer to approaches to the interpretation of religious texts: Pshat (literal meaning); Remez (target meaning); Drash (interpretive meaning) and Sod (secret meaning).

The performance was presented as part of the 10th Theater Olympiad. 

Riport by Aggie Reiter


LUX Film Days – May, 9. – 12. – Budapest 2023.

The celebration of the diverse European film is coming again with free screenings between May, 9. – 12. 2023. with cinema screening series starting on May, 9. – Europe Day. Venue: Urania National Film Theater – Budapest.

The LUX Audience Award, which celebrates the diversity of European cinema, is a joint film award of the European Parliament and the European Film Academy, which is presented in Hungary as part of the LUX FILM DAYS.

Four of the nominated films can be seen at Uránia National Film Theater and one of them will be screened online at a later date.

The aim of the program, realized in cooperation with the European Commission and the international cinema network Europa Cinemas, is to make the European co-productions nominated for the LUX Audience Award available to the widest possible audience within the framework of a series of cross-border screenings. , a sensitive and authentic representation of cultural issues.

An important change compared to the past year, that there are already five nominated films competing for the award. The selection thus offers a wider selection of topics, approaches and visual solutions. The evaluation period is also longer, ending just two days before the award ceremony – June 12. Also the identity of the winner can change even at the last moment.

Below see the LUX Film Days 2023 … day-by-day screenings at the Uránia National Film Theater:

May, 9, 7 p.m., opening, followed by Ruben Östlund: The Triangle of Sadness.
May, 10, 7 p.m. Lukas Dhont: Close
May, 11 at 7 p.m. Carla Simón: Alcarras
May, 12, 7 p.m. Emin Alper: Burning Days

Available to view online (details coming soon) – WILL-O’-THE-WISP (Feu Follet/ Fogo-Fátuo)

Public to vote: last year the audience voting has played a particularly important role in awarding the prize. Now again comes the opportunity for the public to rate and vote… here it goes: (the rates are between 1 and 5 stars). The winner is chosen jointly by the public and the MEPs, with both groups giving 50% of the votes.

The online public vote closes two days before the award ceremony, on June 12. 2023.

The winning work will be announced on June 14 at the plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg. Ten winners will be drawn from among the voters, who will be able to participate in the award ceremony to be held on June, 14 . 2023. in Strasbourg.

Update by Aggie Reiter

Herald News … HBO Max … Documentary May 2023 Donna Summer … Queen of the 70s Disco Era!


HBO Original Documentary … The Unexpected And Intimate Portrait Of “The Queen Of Disco” Will Have Its World Premiere At The Berlin International Film Festival

HBO Original documentary LOVE TO LOVE YOU BABY, DONNA SUMMER, directed by Oscar® and Emmy®-winning filmmaker Roger Ross Williams (“Life Animated,” HBO’s “The Apollo”) and Brooklyn Sudano, daughter of Donna Summer, debuts May 2023 on HBO and will be available to stream on HBO Max.

Synopsis: Shaped by Summer’s own reflections, the memories of close family, friends and colleagues, and filled with the sounds of Summer’s songs, LOVE TO LOVE YOU BABY – DONNA SUMMER is an in-depth look at the iconic artist as she creates music that takes her from the avant-garde music scene in Germany, to the glitter and bright lights of dance clubs in New York, to worldwide acclaim, her voice and artistry becoming the defining soundtrack of an era. A deeply personal portrait of Summer on and off the stage, the film features a wealth of photographs and never-before-seen home video footage – often shot by Summer herself – and provides a rich window into the surprising range of her artistry, from songwriting to painting, while exploring the highs and lows of a life lived on the global stage.

Credits: HBO Documentary Films presents a Polygram Entertainment presentation, a Motto Pictures production, in association with One Story Up and Federal Films, LOVE TO LOVE YOU, DONNA SUMMER. Directed by Roger Ross Williams and Brooklyn Sudano; a film by Roger Ross Williams; produced by Julie Goldman, Christopher Clements, Carolyn Hepburn, Roger Ross Williams, David Blackman; co-producer: J. Daniel Torres; edited by Enat Sidi, Jon Stray; consulting editor: Jean Tsien; executive produced by Brooklyn Sudano, Bruce Sudano, Michele Anthony, Bruce Resnikoff, Monte Lipman, Brett Alperowitz. For HBO: executive producers, Nancy Abraham, Lisa Heller, Sara Rodriguez. A/M released by Warner Bros. Discovery – Asheba Edghill -Director Media Relations.
Summer amassed a total of 32 chart singles on the US BillboardHot 100 in her lifetime, including 14 top ten singles and four number one singles. She claimed a top-40 hit every year between 1976 and 1984, and from her first top-ten hit in 1976, to the end of 1982, she had 12 top-ten hits (10 were top-five hits), more than any other act during that time period.
So sad she went ahead too soon … her voice can be discovered anytime … a superb talent!
Even those folks who didn’t grew up in the 70s and missed the Disco era will be seeing something their parents jig/shake their boodies … And of course the elder ones may relive those days again.
Recommendation by Aggie Reiter

East Meets West … “Spy/Master” … HBO Max

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Offers for May 2023

The captivating spy drama … mostly filmed in Hungary … premiere on HBO Max on May 19.2023.

Created by Adina Sădeanu and Kirsten Peters, Spy/Master is set at the height of the Cold War and follows a week in the life of fictional character Victor Godeanu, played by Alec Secăreanu (God’s Country, Ammonita, Merryland). Godeanu is the right-hand man and closest adviser of the Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu, and at the same time a secret agent of the KGB. The man is forced to flee Romania and Ceaușescu before he is exposed. He has only one chance to survive: he uses a diplomatic route in Germany as a springboard to get to the United States. With the help of his former love, an embedded Stasi agent (Svenja Jung, Once upon a time, two Germanys – 89) and an up-and-coming CIA agent (Parker Sawyers, Southside with You), Godeanu helps the KGB and his own country’s spies (Ana Ularu and Laurențiu Bănescu) he also has to play it out, while he is aware that his defection will put his family members at home in mortal danger.

The six-part drama series is the winner of HBO Romania’s national screenwriting contest called “Write a screenplay…”. The series was produced by Proton Cinema and Mobra Films on behalf of HBO Max.

The world premiere of the first two episodes took place in February in the Berlinale Series section of the Berlin Film Festival. The two episodes will be available worldwide on May 19 on HBO Max. The remaining four episodes will then debut weekly on the streaming service’s platform, and will also air in Germany on Warner TV series. during the summer.

“Spy/Master” is directed by Christopher Smith (“Temple,” “Alex Rider”), with cinematography by Ben Wheeler BSC (“The Tourist,” “The Baby”) and Ádám Fillenz HCA (“Hier,” “Battle: Freestyle”). Antony Root and Johnathan Young are executive producers for HBO Max. Ioanina Pavel is the creative producer for HBO Max. Viktória Petrányi and Judit Sós are producers for Proton Cinema and Tudor Reu is the producer for Mobra Films

Update by Aggie Reiter