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Day of Hungarian Culture – Exhibition and Craft Works – Budapest 2023.

KAFF Studio Event 2023

An exhibition organized on the occasion of the Day of Hungarian Culture, which will be held on Sunday, January 22, 2023 at 9.20 a.m. in the Cinema MOM movie theater. Venue:  District, XII., Budapest, 53. Alkotás street. Budapest.

Participation in the folktale screening, the exhibition and the craft session is free of charge. The exhibition is on display until March 22.

The exhibition was put together by the director of the episode, Mária Horváth, from the images of the episode “Cerceruska” from the 2002 series of the Kecskemét Animation Film Studio –  Magyar Népmesék – Hungarian Folk Tales.

At the opening, Ferenc Mikulás – founder and manager of the Kecskemét Animation Film Studio, will give a welcome the audience  and hopefully  Mária Horváth – Director of Cerceruska and a founding member of the Kecskemét Animation Film Studio, will also be present.

The opening of the exhibition, from 9.45 a.m. to 10.45 a.m.  Following the opening  event, children, parents and grandparents are invited to a craft session by watercolor painter and art teacher Emese Szandavári, Head of Art’Em Studio, who will hold an interactive creative workshop, connected to the rich motifs of Cerceruska.

After the craft program – after a short break hot chocolate and cake to be served for the children. The program series ends with a live music puppet show concert called Marzipan – The Cat (and The Lion) from 11 a.m. The fairy tale is one of the most popular domestic puppet theater productions, and generations have grown up on its entertaining story. In the spectacular, interactive performance, the leading singer-musician-actor married couple: Katalin Zsámár and Tamás Gay tell stories, sing, play the guitar, and play the saxophone while enlivening the story of Marzipan -The Cat.

Update: Aggie Reiter

The Elephant Man – 40-year-old – British-American Film Drama – Digitally Restored Screening @ Hungary’s Cinemas

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A creepy, moving and sad film drama based on a true story about the life of John Merrick who lived in the 19th century.

Director: David Lynch

Brilliant performances by: Sir Anthony Hopkins and John Hurt

Length of screening: 120 mins. Age limit: 16.

The anniversary version of The Elephant Man will be @ Hungary’s cinemas under the care of Pannónia Entertainment Ltd.

Premiere: Sunday; January. 29, 2023.

Synopsis …In Victorian London, Dr. Frederick Treves with the London Hospital comes across a circus sideshow attraction run by a man named Bytes called “The Elephant Man”. In actuality, the creature on display is indeed a man, twenty-one-year-old Joseph “John” Merrick, who has several physical deformities, including an oversized and disfigured skull, and an oversized and disfigured right shoulder. Brutish Bytes, his “owner”, only wants whatever he can get economically by presenting Merrick as a freak. Treves manages to bring Merrick under his care at the hospital, not without several of his own obstacles, including being questioned by those in authority since Merrick cannot be cured. Treves initially believes Bytes’ assertion that mute Merrick is an imbecile, but ultimately learns that Merrick can speak and is a well-read and articulate man. As news of Merrick hits the London newspapers, he becomes a celebrated curiosity among London’s upper class, including with Mrs. Kendal, a famed actress. Despite being treated much more humanely, the question becomes whether Treves’ actions are a further exploitation of Merrick. And as Merrick becomes more famous, others try to get their two-cents worth from who still remains a curiosity and a freak to now, including to Bytes, who has since lost his meal ticket. Actually, his story is both moving and sad, as a result of the complications he lived only 27 years.

David Lynch, the directors of Twin Peaks, Lost World, Mulholland Drive, Blue Velvet, nominated for 8 Oscars, and his visionary story, which was brought to black-and-white film.

Update by Aggie Reiter

Lucian Freud: A Self Portrait – English Art Documentary 2020.

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Length of the film: 80 minutes

In January 2023, Pannonia Entertainment Ltd. will continue EOS, Exhibition on Screen, a British fine art series, and in addition to publishing new episodes, it will return again and again to portraits of previous, highly successful or even curiosities.

The Royal Academy of Arts in London, in collaboration with the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, collected and presented Lucian Freud’s self-portraits for the first time between October 27, 2019 and January 26, 2020.

The exhibition featured more than 50 paintings, prints and drawings by the master of contemporary British art who died in 2011, the grandson of Sigmund Freud. Today’s world-famous painter is among those of the XX. he was one of the artists of the 20th century who, for decades, consistently directed their attention to themselves again and again, and continuously recorded the changes in their self-image.

When Lucian Freud was asked if he was a good model for himself, he replied: “No, I do not accept what I am confronted with when I look at myself; and this is where the problem begins.” It is precisely this “problem” that makes Freud’s self-portraits so fascinating. With each image, he began to express himself anew.

The exhibition brings together works from seven decades, the earliest picture was taken in 1939, and the last one 64 years later. The selection offers a fascinating insight into both the creator’s psyche and his artistic development. The pictures not only report on the aging process, but also reflect changes in self-representation and self-evaluation.

In his youth, we see the painter as the Greek hero Acteon, and finally as a drooping old man who stands naked in front of us in boots without laces. We can follow his creative methods from his early graphic works dominated by lines to the pastose paintings built from thick brush strokes, in which he found his own style.

For Lucian Freud, with the act of looking and observing, the gaze embraces the universe. The film from the exhibition is a unique opportunity to get to know the art and thinking of a great contemporary master.

In English, with Hungarian subtitles – Age limit is over 12 years.

Recommendation by Aggie Reiter

Renovated Blaha Lujza Square became a Little Island in the Middle of Budapest.

Reconstructed Blaha Lujza Square - December 2022

On Friday, December,  9., the inauguration event took place whereas mayor of the capital city Gergely Karácsony said that, despite the rain, it was a beautiful day because the renovation of the square had been long overdue.

The renovation of the square took almost one-and-half years. At last for many locals in the capital the Square has become not for the eyes only but  also have a break during their time-off.  Has been created a small grove with  8 healthy old and 80 newly planted trees and with ornamental plants has been completed. The neighborhood will be greener and microclimate. It has been grafted into a new floor covering. An artificial frame soil was created, which is designed to help the root system of the trees surrounded by the wood stack grid. Trees planted in artificial framework soil, i.e. with the Stockholm Tree Planting System, grow faster, and due to their better living conditions, they become bigger, more beautiful and healthier than their counterparts planted in compacted subsoil. The selected shrub species reinforce the grove-like nature of the renewed space with their diverse leaf shape and color. A complete soil replacement was carried out, which was necessary because there is a dense layer of silt under the surface of Blaha Lujza Square, which was created during the demolition of the former National Theater and consists of World War II debris. Due to the increasing traffic during peak hours, the more resistant trees were planted alongside on the Nagykörút (Grand Blvd.) and Rákóczi (Rd.). The 1000 square meters of green space and water features will enhance the livability of the area and improve its microclimate. Also small-sized sculptures were placed, which refer to the National Theater that once stood there and depict theater scenes. Not only will be a remind by many elder theater lovers who once entered the living theater, cause the same color public seats as once in the theater of burgundy-color and tables will surely ring the bell of the former seats at the National Theater. (The old national theater was built between 1872 and 1875. It was demolished in 1964. To this day, many reasons have come to light, but no one knows the real reason.) On the spot the outline of the demolished building can be seen in the cladding.

In the days of hustle and bustle, it will be worthwhile to sit down and watch the World Go By!

Riport by Aggie Reiter

Budavári Palace District – Open-Air Exhibition – Traditional Advent 2022

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On the Nicholas Day at the renovated Halászó (Fishing) children’s terrace, was hosted within the National Hauszmann Program the traditional Advent fair and open-air exhibition for visitors at the Budavári Palace District.

The exhibition presents one of the most archaic Hungarian customs. Visitors to the exhibition can learn about this tradition, its origins and its various versions, among other things. The exhibition, which has now become traditional, strives every year to present the winter holidays from a new approach, this year was realized within close cooperation with the Museum of Ethnography. The purpose of the photo exhibition presented by Hanga Gebauer – curator of the exhibition, is to show the diversity of the folk customs of our region: visitors can meet the traditions of several ethnic groups and religious denominations, they can see, for example, how the Szeklers, Slovaks, Romanians, Matyos and Roma from Bukovina Moldavian Csangos, Swabians or the Bunyevacs celebrated and held prepared for the coming new year. It is also interesting that among the exhibited pictures there are also those taken from the turn of the century, from 1899 to 1968, which show the various customs from Nicholas Day to Epiphany.

… For centuries, December has heralded the end of the current and the beginning of the upcoming year. Popular rituals relating to this festive winter period in the Carpathian Basin have been shaped by both religious belief and folklore, based on the conviction that the rituals performed at the end of the year lead to good fortune in the year to come. Apart from the carnival period leading to the Great Lent, this part of the year claims the highest number of varied from dramatic rituals across Europe, including Hungary. These include visiting homes with Nativity scene while singing Xmas Carols … in Hungary as Bethlehem wassailing … which is still extremely popular.

… There are many traditions and beliefs associated with the ritual preparation to the Xmas table. According to popular belief, objects placed on the Xmas table or under the table are given magical powers. For example, the bread placed on the table … in some regions brioche (light sweet bread), helps the family to have something to put on the table all year around. When the holiday end, only then was allowed to take off the items.

The entire exhibition can be viewed at two locations in the Palace Quarter: on the terrace of the Halászó (Fishing) children, the customs closely related to the Xmas Holidays. Also on the terrace of the Southern Panorama of the Várkert Bazaar the traditions associated with Advent and the New Year can be viewed. The Ethnography Museum’s application, helps family preparation and pedagogical work, available online with additional photos, films, game and craft ideas:

Update and snaps by Aggie Reiter

Herald News: The United Kingdom’s Ambassador to Budapest Joins to Bake Gingerbread @ the Ecumenical Aid Organization.

home-made gingerbread heart

British Ambassador Paul Fox will also join the volunteers baking gingerbread hearts!

This year too, hundreds of volunteers of the Ecumenical Aid Organization are taking turns in “hanger for love”. The United Kingdom’s ambassador to Budapest is accompanied by his wife, Mrs. Vicki Fox, and several employees of the embassy.

The public part of the program begins on Tuesday, December, 13 at 4 p.m. at the Donation Point of the Ecumenical Aid Organization in front of Szent István Basilica, District V., Szent István Square Budapest. Entering the site is free of charge.

Donations are accepted at the Donation Point of the Aid Society until December 23 this year. In the display oven located at the donation point, the volunteers are constantly making gingerbread hearts to thank the monetary donations offered on the spot. In addition to the bakery, the ecumenicals also operate a donation shop, where you can support the aid organization by purchasing handicrafts made in the organization’s institutions. You can join the national Advent Fundraising of the Ecumenical Aid Organization not only at the Donation Point, but also in the whole area of the fair, at all vendors. The Hellopay payment system offers the option of a 0-20% tip for those who pay with a bank card at vendors or catering stands. 30% of the amount of the selected tip will be received by the Ecumenical Aid Organization, thus supporting the collaboration.

Update by Aggie Reiter

Premier “2.22 – Ghost Story” @ Central Theater Budapest

The “2.22 – Ghost Story” written by award-winning writer Danny Robins. The play will be on show December, 30. 2022. @ the Central Theater – Budapest.

Danny Robins won the prize for the best play at this year’s WhatsOnStageAwards in London. The production of a “haunted story” is for the audience to unlock the mystery in this brilliantly funny and intriguing chilly play. Be sure to have your safely belt locked … it’s an adrenaline-filled night where secrets emerge and ghosts to be or not to be appearing … if you do believe in them and dare to discover the truth reserve your seat on the spot at the ticket office.

Previously the director spoke about the play and told that the mystical thriller of Danny Robins, the 46-year-old renowned English author with a background in stand-up, was the sensation of the year in UK. So decided to bring the play over to Hungary for two reasons … The ghost plays follow the dramaturgy of crime fiction, only here we are not looking for the killer, but who the ghost is and why she or he is haunting. This will be revealed by the end of the performance. In the play can hear about the problems of our present times, it also talks about the indispensability of love. The world turned upside down. The wisdom of previous generations seems to be no longer needed.

The play is directed by Tamás Puskás and in the main roles are: Dorina Martinovics, Katalin Ágoston, Tamás Lengyel and András Mészáros. The play was translated by Samu Puskás, costume designer Edit Matis, set designer Levente Bagossy. The music of the performance was composed by Dávid Puskás, the lighting design was by Friedrich Gergely.

The play is in Hungarian language.

Recommendation by Aggie Reiter

Temple of Art – “Intoxicating Venice” – Uránia National Film Theater – Budapest

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Original title: Venice: Infinitely Avant-Garde –  Italy 2021  – 92 min. 

Uránia National Film Theater  – Budapest – 6.31 p.m. December 13. 2022.

In the framework of the Temples of Art series, director Michele Mally holds an introduction to the film before screening the  documentary.

The series is jointly organized by the Italian Cultural Institute – Budapest and the Uránia cinema.

Enjoy a tour in a comfy cinema seat to visit a magical city. The “Intoxicating Venice” showcases masterpieces by Tiepolo, Canaletto, Rosalba Carriera and the intellectuals who fell in love with Venice: from Canova to Goethe, Lord Byron to Walter Scott, down to the great Hollywood stars drawn to its yearly Film Festival. In 1600 years after its legendary foundation, Venice continues to be unique for its urban landscape and for its rich history, but above all, the city is unique for its identity, which combines the charm of decadence with the excitement of being on the cutting edge.
During the city tour, can see the immortal works of such masters as Tiepolo, Canaletto, Rosalba Carriera. Also talk about those who fell in love with the city, such as from Canova to Goethe, from Byron to Walter Scott, not to mention the acting screen stars who are attracted to the magical Venice Film Festival year after year. Thomas Mann wrote his short novel Death in Venice whereas Mussolini met Hitler in Venice. Persian Shah Reza Paleevi, Anna Magnani and Rossellini, and Jean Cocteau also visited the magical venue. The Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Edward and Wallis Simpson, the most scandalous English royal couple in recent times. In 1931 was cheered by the masses – still restrained! – Charlie Chaplin after the success of City Lights.

It is a historical fact that the body of St. Mark – the first bishop of Alexandria – Egypt – was smuggled out of Egypt in 828 by two Venetian merchants. Since the remains of the saint washed ashore, he was considered the patron saint of the city-state, and a basilica was erected in his honor.

Language Italian – subtitled with Hungarian – No age limit

Producers: 3D Produzioni, Nexo Digitalin together with MUVE (City Museum of Venice)
Publisher: Pannonia Entertainment Ltd.

Recommendation by Aggie Reiter

Coming Soon – Diplomatic Spouses (DSB) @ Budapest 2022.

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For the 11th occasion will be hosted again the Diplomatic Spouses Budapest (DSB) at the Hotel InterContinental.

Date to remember – Sunday November, 27. 2022.  –  10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Venue: District V. 12-14  Apaczai Csere J. Street  – Budapest.

The Charity Fun Fair is an annual one-day event, therefore worthwhile to mark in your diary not to be missed.
The Budapest’s embassies spouses will be present with their national food, soft drinks,culture and other items. During the day shows with national tradition music and dances. Parents arriving with their small children can leave them at the Children’s Corner whilst looking around that grand hall,. Children play together and cared under the supervision of adults.


 A fine time for those visiting the event interested in tasting the traditional dishes from participating members of foreigner countries. Visitors can choose decorative items, complementary jewelry and last but not least on the spot may choose gifts for the upcoming holidays.
As a tradition to the event  raffle tickets can be purchased on the spot.  Objects offered by foreign exhibitors will be drawn and with a little luck a big and small prizes goes to the winners. Adult admission fee: 1000HUF. Children under age 14 free entry.

The Diplomatic Charity Fair is organized under the patronage of Mrs. Szilvia Szijjártó-Nagy –  spouse of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Republic of Hungary.

Adult admission fee: 1000HUF … Children free entry under the age of 14.

The Fair’s all proceeds will be donated to Hungarian Charity and Humanitarian organisations.

Two snaps from previous years

Recommender:Aggie Reiter

Welcome back to the 11th Jewish and Israeli Film Festival! 


November, 17 – December, 4. 2022.

Organizers: JCC Budapest – Bálint Ház, JDC.

Herald news to film lovers … the JCC Budapest is proud to present the 11th annual Budapest Jewish and Israeli Film Festival (ZSIFI).

This year, be able to watch the best Israeli and international Jewish-themed films of the year together, in the movie theater! Laughing, crying, reflecting, remembering and feeling carefree – the ZsiFeeling have come to expect.

The past few years have been challenging as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. We stayed in and binge-watched our favorit movies and TV shows. Although watching from home had its benefits at times, we all know that it’s just simply not the same as being together and watch the film on big screens.

This year, we’ll be able to do just that by joining together to watch movies you won’t be able to watch at home. We have the best of this year’s Israeli films, and many great international films from the U.S.A, Poland, France, Germany, Austria, and around the world.

All the films are screened in the original language with subtitles, so foreign viewers in our country can also enjoy them.

Collaborating partners: Budapest Film, BZSH, Erzsébetváros, Golem Theater, French Institute, Goethe Institute, Hebrew Language Center, International Visegrad Fund, Kibic Magazine, MAZSIHISZ, Austrian Cultural Forum, Warsaw Jewish Film Festival. We are also thankful for the support of the Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), the Embassy of Israel in Budapest, and the Israeli Cultural Institute.

We are also incredibly thankful to recognize the main patron of the 11th Jewish and Israeli Film Festival: Mr. Gergely Karácsony – Mayor of Budapest.

All the films are screened in the original language with subtitles, so foreign viewers in our country can also enjoy them.

Ttickets go on sale from November, 17. on the spot at the Art cinema, Pushkin cinema, Cinego.

See dates, venues and screening time:

Update: Aggie Reiter