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The World’s Eye Will Focus in January 2022 on Budapest … See Why!

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Budapest International Circus Festival – January, 12 – 17. 2022.
Venue: District, XIV. 12/a Zoo Blvd. Budapest – Hungary

On Monday’s opened press conference in the Budapest Grand Circus, Péter Fekete – Secretary of State for Culture and Minister for the Renewal Circus Art, announced that the Monte-Carlo International Circus Festival, the world’s largest circus festival, will be missing for the second time due to the epidemic. Those professionals who are unable to go to Monte-Carlo will be able to attend the event in Budapest. He emphasized: Q: „This extraordinary situation adds value to the Budapest event, which is one of the three or four major circus festivals in the world.”
Within the press conference were highlighted the following:
The first Budapest International Circus Festival was organized in 1996 by the experts of the Hungarian Circus and Variety (MACIVA). The then director, István Kristóf and his son, Kristóf Krisztián, were greatly assisted in the work and establishment of the festival by László Varjasi, Impressionist Eduardo Murillo and Tihany Franz Czeisler, circus director of Hungarian origin.

One of the most prestigious circus festivals in the world, the Budapest International Circus Festival will be held for the 14th occasion between January, 12-17. 2022, at Capital Grand Circus – Budapest the one-and-only stone circus theater in Central Europe. 

Circus professionals and lovers eyes will have their eyes wide open  screening  Budapest – Hungary  from every corner of the Earth.
The honorary citizen at the circus will be Dr. Alan Ferry.

Within the festival’s program:
The line up of the international jury made up of variety leaders, circus members from around the Globe speaks for itself … Ukraine, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Georgia, Canada, France, United States, Russia.
Introduction of the young Hungarian artist and arriving from Kiev and Italy artist training students.

Within the 6 days … Programs Day-by-Day will be held at several venues:
Day„0” – January, 11. Two scientific programs are connected to the festival the international scientific Conference and Exhibition from 10 a.m. can be visited to the end of the festival. The international scientific conference entitled “Circus Buildings in Europe” … covering cultural – societal research, with speakers from Canada, United Britain, France and Bulgaria. Venue: Museum of Fine Arts Budapest. The conference will focus on the processes and issues of the emergence, survival, change of function, transformation, destruction and renewal of European circus buildings – researched and research-ready European examples and documents. The invited circus experts, scientific researchers and public collection experts present the place and role of circus buildings in the European architecture from several perspectives, the peculiarities of circus buildings in the context of the characteristic architectural culture of the entertainment industry and the performing arts.
Also to be held the pedagogical methodological conference entitled “Possibilities of Circus Pedagogy in the Hungarian Education System”. Participation is free of charge, no registration is needed.

Day0 – January, 11. @ 7 p.m. those interested in the circus wonderland will be able to attend at the workshop of the CircusTheatrum entitled “Saint Witch” written and directed by Ákos Kalmár and Dániel Lev Pál. Based on the Midsummer Night’s Dreamers – Shakespeare’s classic stage work comes to life in the circus. Theater, circus, music and dance are combined into a special all-arts production in the new performance. It is a project of the Performing Arts High School of the Imre Baross Artist Training Institute.

Day1 – January, 12. @ 5 p.m.“The Red Carpet Show” a solemn procession of artists in front of the Capital Grand Circus

Day2 – January, 13. from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m A scientific and methodological conference entitled “Possibilities of Circus Pedagogy in the Hungarian Education System”. Venue: ceremonial hall @ the Hungarian Agricultural Museum. The focus of the event is on the research and use of the pedagogical aspects of circus art, the connection points between circus and education, which seek the answer to: how, by what means and methods can circus pedagogy make the Hungarian education system more efficient, diverse and interesting. Invited circus professionals, scientific researchers and educational leaders will be present.

Day3 – January, 14. @ 1 p.m. „Newcomer Show.” the future Hungarian artist talents performance whereas not only to the audience, but also to be shown to the professional excellence, circus directors and impresarios.

Day1 to Day6 – January, 12-17. 2022, the Capital Grand Circus – Budapest the only stone circus in Central Europe, is awaiting visitors to the WonderVille of Arts to watch the “A” and “B” competition programs on several occasions. There is no clutter between the two performances only the participation of a large number of artists had to be divided to “A” and “B” performances.
January, 12. “A” Show @ 7 p.m.
January, 13. “B” Show @ 7 p.m.
January, 15. Show “B” @ 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
January, 16. Show “A” @ 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
January, 17. @ 7 p.m. Gala Show
January, 17. Within the award ceremony production the “Star Dance” will be presented.

The XIV. Budapest International Circus Festival Gala program will be a lifetime to remember for all those visitors and artistic members who took part in it.

The circus capacity is not infinite, so arrange in advance for tickets to the performances ASAP on the spot.

By the end of the Press Conference, we got a taste of a world number performance which was Unicycle, ridden by the Spanish Pavel Valla Bertini. The audience will also be able to watch a breathtaking performance at the 2022 International Circus Festival.

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Special Musical Experiment Ráth Villa @ Budapest

Saturday, December, 11. 2021. – 6 p.m.

The musical trend of the turn of the century, musical impressionism, meets the tools and modern instruments of the 21st century in the program entitled Perrinpression  at the Ráth Villa. During the experiment, may hear details of pieces by authors such as Debussy, Erik Satie, Isaac Albéniz, Maurice Ravel, while the two musicians, Palotai Soma (Perrin) and Harmath Soma, add live instrumental and electronic themes and process the works. The program will be concert-like, in addition to listening to music, visual elements will also enrich the experience.

THE HISTORY OF GYÖRGY RÁTH VILLA

György Ráth (1828–1905) was the first director general of the Museum of Applied Arts. Thanks to his art collection, he was considered one of the greatest private collectors of his day. When setting up his collection, Ráth – just like many of his contemporaries – was inspired by interior design

In 1901 Ráth bought the villa in Városligeti fasor, which he and his wife furnished with artworks. To better suite this purpose, the building was transformed by Géza Györgyi, the staircase railing was made by Gyula Jungfer, an excellent wrought-iron artist at the turn of the century, and the staircase and the furnishings of the hall were made by an outstanding personality of Hungarian Art Nouveau, Pál Horti.

Ráth left all his worldly goods to his wife, Gizella Melcsiczky, who carried out his wish that his art collection be given to the Museum of Applied Arts after his death, with the stipulation that they would form “the National Hungarian György Ráth Museum constituting an auxiliary part of the Museum of Applied Arts, which is inalienable and must be maintained together with its collection”. As a result, the National Ráth György Museum was established in the villa from Ráth’s collection. In November 1906, the new attraction in the capital was opened to members of the press in a solemn ceremony, and on 8 January 1907 it was visited by the ruler himself, Franz Joseph I.

The collection was broken up after World War II, following the rise of communist power in 1948, purely for ideological reasons. The proletarian dictatorship considered it potentially harmful to maintain a bourgeois apartment in its original condition, and so singled out Ráth’s collection for eradication.

In early 1954 the building of the Ráth Museum was taken over by the Ferenc Hopp Museum of Eastern Asiatic Arts; the China exhibition was opened and for a while the building bore the name China Museum. The artworks were shared out among different museums such as the Museum of Fine Arts, the Hungarian National Museum, the Hungarian National Gallery, the Ferenc Hopp Museum of Eastern Asiatic Arts and the Museum of Applied Arts. After the change of the political system the museum regained its original name but housed oriental exhibitions until its closure in 2014. György Ráth’s memory was kept alive only by a memorial room furnished in the reconstructed dining room.

In the autumn of 2018 the villa opens its doors with the permanent exhibition Art Nouveau – a Hungarian Perspective, displaying the finest selection of the Museum of Applied Arts’ Art Nouveau collection, making it thus available for the public during the years of reconstruction of the main building in Üllői út and at the same time treasuring the memory of the first director of the Museum, György Ráth.”

 Source Museum György Ráth

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Fabulous Advent Exhibition Castle Garden Bazaar @ Budapest

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Fairy tale calendar –  December ,10. 2021.

Free outdoor exhibition entitled Zoárd Nagy’s Christmas on the southern panoramic terrace within the framework of the festive program series of the Castle Garden Bazaar. The exhibition, open until January 15. 2022., pays homage to the 85th anniversary of Ervin Lázár’s birth.
For the seventh time, the Castle Garden Bazaar’s Advent series of events will be held until the end of December with free family programs, a contemporary applied arts fair and special music productions.
As part of the festive program series, a special open-air exhibition for young and old alike opened in December on the southern panoramic terrace of the Castle Garden Bazaar. The exhibition entitled The Fairytale Calendar – Christmas of Zoárd the Great is one of the histories of Hungarian literature
to his best-known storyteller. Lazarus commemorates Ervin, whose stories teach play, love, and morality in a unique tone.
On the occasion of the Advent weekends, on December 12, the Advent family programs of the Castle Garden Bazaar will move to the reborn Lovarda building, the renovated Budavár Palace District. In the free craft classes, participants can create festive decorations in a playful way. But interactive games also offer opportunities for family fun together. They teach play, love, and morality in a unique voice.

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One-of-a-kind Jewish Cultural Hub Opens in Hungary

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Press Release:

Theater, artisan café, community space – the launch of Golem Center, a unique, complex cultural center in the historic Jewish district of Budapest, tells a story of community sense and determination.

Budapest’s Golem Theater – the only professional Jewish theater in Hungary – was founded in 2005 by András Borgula who has been the artistic director since then. Working on a project-based model with renowned actors and leading theater professionals from the Hungarian contemporary art scene, Golem has no permanent ensemble. Additionally, having no own playhouse, the company was forced to perform at various venues since its founding.

Q.: ”We have always planned to move to a permanent base, which is an obvious advantage when you run a theater. For that very reason, I was delighted when, in 2019, Budapest’s District VII. municipality agreed to lease us one of their derelict premises, an old bakery in the very heart of the city’s Old Jewish Quarter” – tells Borgula, adding: Q.:”Given an ever-increasing appetite for arts and culture in Budapest, we decided to widen our scope and transform our operation from purely running a theater to opening a contemporary Jewish cultural center with complete programs.”

The newly launched Golem Theater and Center of Jewish Performing Arts is located in Budapest’s District VII, one of Europe’s must-see urban destinations with an unmatched atmosphere filled with living Jewish and multicultural traditions dating back to several hundred years. Besides housing Golem Theater’s repertoire and its performing art school, Golem Center will host contemporary music, dance, circus productions, as well as serve as an educational and information hub for the local Jewish community. Additionally, guests have the chance to relax in a welcoming café that offers traditional Jewish culinary reinvented.

Realigning during the pandemic Golem Theater and Center of Jewish Performing Arts … 3 Csanyi street, Budapest, Hungary http://www.hellogolem.com

The project is based on a public service contract where the municipality provides the venue, while Golem Theater operates the hub along with its own artistic programming and business plan. The renovation of the old building has been underway since 2019, financed by Golem resources, and with the help of private benefactors, corporate partners, crowdfunding. „In 2021, of course, the pandemic created a whole new situation. We were forced to stop playing live and adapt to the restrictions. We streamed our shows and, as a forerunner of our café, we started our home delivery service” – tells Borgula, adding: „In the end, we managed to open in autumn 2021, and we are happy to house our shows in this historic building and welcome our guests in our brand new café and community space.”

After the launch in October, a lot of works are still underway. As Borgula puts it: „It’s a neverending story for us, still we love every single moment of it. As cheesy as it sounds, it is a dream came true”.

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Margaret Watkins’ “Black Light” Exhibition

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Gergő Borbás presents a subjective guided tour November, 18. 2021. – 6 p.m.

“Born in Hamilton, Ontario… brought up on pictures and music … “I adore cheese and do my own carpentering!” –

Margaret Watkins, 15 June 1923

In this subjective guided tour I would like to explore, together with the audience, Margaret Watkins’ interesting life through her hidden legacy. Watkins was the one who found art in advertising photography, and her work continues to influence current trends in the industry. And yet, she has remained unknown to wider audiences, until now. In my tour I would like to find new horizons and widen our perspectives to understand what influenced Watkins’ work from the world around and inside her.

Gergő Borbás is an actor, director and creative producer in Budapest. He is artistic director of the Right Here, Right Now Theater and Community Center, director-producer of Personal Histories Budapest, and program manager of JCC Budapest – Bálint Ház Jewish Community Center. Gergő also hosts a weekly YouTube series, called “I Brought Coffee,” in co-operation with the Art is Business Initiative. The series aims to connect the corporate and cultural spheres through shared values and interests, in order to create beneficial co-operations.

With Women Behind the Camera, an event series that runs until January, take a look at the creative work of women and questions related to female creativity, with the help of guest speakers.

To register for the event, post an email to maimano@maimano.hu, with the subject “Guided tour – 18 November.” to join the guided tour with your exhibition ticket. The usual concessions apply.

Wearing a medical mask is recommended in the exhibition halls of Mai Manó House, and it is mandatory during the guided tours, and inside the book store and the library.

Source – Mai Maó House

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19th Mittelcinemafest @ Budapest

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From November 6 to 16. 2021., ITALIAN Film Festival will arrive @ Budapest again. This year, the 19th Central-European Italian Film Festival – “Mittelcinemafest” will be held. The festival is a jointly event organized together with the Italian Cultural Institute – Budapest and the Istituto Luce-Cinecittà. The Hungarian audience will be able to see a dozen – the latest and greatest – Italian works, including several festival successes in the original language, with Hungarian subtitles. Screenings will be held in the Pushkin and Tabán cinemas – Budapest. Most movies are only screened overall once, so it’s worthwhile getting your tickets before they are out.

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Unforgettable Showtime for Hungarians … “Tina” Movie Just Around the Corner!

American-British documentary film – 2021 –  with Hungarian   subtitles – 1h 58m

Live through your memories by attending again of the life and career of musician Tina Turner.

Oscar-winning director Daniel Lindsay and T.J. Martin’s intimate and intimate documentary of Tina Turner is about to arrive on the 4th of November to the Hungarian Cinemas. Music by: Danny Bensi; Saunder Jurriaans.

The documentary will explore the life of Tina Turner, from her abusive relationship with Ike Turner during the ’60s to her present-day retirement. The film includes new interviews with the music icon, plus recently unearthed footage from over the years.
A girl from the cotton field who pulled herself above from her rocky childhood to her divorce and the life and career of a musical icon In the movie Tina Turner charting her improbable rise to early fame, her personal and professional struggles throughout her life and her resurgence as a global phenomenon in the 1980s.

Needless to say … Tina Turner is a living icon. There’s no denying the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer has lived a legendary life, with a music career that spans over six decades. Her defining career is being explored in a new this documentary.

I had the honor being at Tina Turner  concerts three occasions at Budapest … Budapest Sport Arena – December, 1982. – Népstadion (People’s Stadium) August 1996 MTK Stadion Budapest September 1990. Tina is certainly a gift to our generation. Will always cherish those memories. I wish I could go back-in-time and truly watch her marvelous concert still today. She is truly loved by all of her fans around the Globe.

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B&B Hotel Budapest City – Opened its Doors

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The B&B Hotel Budapest City is the first unique luxury accommodation establishment in the country.

The former Angel Office Building has been transformed into a B&B hotel with having 214-room. The hotel chain was founded in 1989. The B&B Hotels is Europe’s third largest economy hotel chain, operating around the Globe over 580 hotels in 14 different countries.

When you choose bed & breakfast stay, you may spend the night or two at a cozy accommodation along with home-breakfast table, but that’s not all … All-you-can-eat breakfast is overrated with delicious fresh pastries and savoury foods.

Offering luxury accommodations in a boutique bed & breakfast setting. The art of relaxation and hospitality is realized through the uniquely thoughtful interior design of each suite.  Here there is a twist on the traditional B&B concept … the rooms painted walls bringing attention to the high light venues of Budapest. Either stopping by business travel or a leisure trip it offers a nicely designed, comfortable single rooms, double & twin rooms, also family rooms comfy for up to four guests. Even for a short stay can enjoy the rooms equipped with  free wi-fi and Smart TV with Chromecast to watch the favorit multimedia contents. Also four electric car charging stations were also built in the garage.

Regardless of the season, may take a tour to many places of interest. The property is centrally located e.g. The Parliament Building, Saint Stephen’s Basilica, The Great Synagogue, The Royal Palace and last but not least, Hungary is not famous about its oil drilling as other countries are, but Hungary is the only country in Europe to have of its most of natural hot water, healing spas and springs.

May also explore the city’s art galleries, museum exhibitions, eateries, fine dining, cultural performances all within a short distance some by foot and/or by transportation or within  car. It is also pet friendly place/only an extra fee. 

Easy to reach the highway system and the Budapest Airport (BUD)

Up to 20 people there is a gathering room for business meeting and/or advance training course.

After rolling around the city or business engagements, visitors can relax, watching the sunset and the marvelous view onto to the River Danube and watching the busy city from a distance on the rooftop terrace really ease the end of the day. During the warms seasons to come the Bar will be open where guest can have the favorit drinks as well. For some like it hot, may visit for a gym to the fitness room.

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Judit Polgar’s Global Chess Festival Hungary – 2021.

Invitation celebrating the power and inspiration of chess … chess connects us!

At Saturday, October, 9. 2021 as a hybrid event the Hungarian National Gallery gives home to the local events, those interested can take part in the festival from the comfort of their homes, through Youtube Live. Furthermore, online chess enthusiasts can login to a plethora of interactive digital activities.

This year’s focus is on Education and Innovation

Major Programs: Education Chess Summit (Live and streamed from the Hungarian National Gallery).

The speakers include experts from Hungary, Sweden, USA, Spain and France.

During the Educational Chess Summit demo classes will be given based on the Judit Polgar Method.

Special guest: Ernö Rubik, the inventor of the world-famous Rubik’s Cube, will share his thoughts on modern education.

Creativity and Innovation
… Talks (Live and streamed from the Hungarian National Gallery).

Noam Manella from Israel: the author of the highly successful book “Think Like a Machine”, on how to awaken the dormant creativity inside ourselves.

Indian engineer Ashwin Subramanian on using biofeedback tools to explore what signals chess players’ bodies are sending while playing and how they can utilize these little cues in preparation.

Judit Polgar talks with the legendary Ernö Rubik, about his views and thoughts on creativity and innovation.
Judit Polgar will also share her thoughts on the role creativity played in her childhood and career. And how she implements creativity in her daily life and her various projects.

Norbert Fogarasi – Head of Morgan Stanley’s Budapest Office, speaks about the connection between chess, innovation and business.

Furthermore, there will be an unforgettable musical experience provided by Juga Di Prima – Chilean singer-songwriter performs five new “Chess Divas” songs that were composed in the spirit of gender equality and pay tribute to the best women chess players of history.

Other Programs: Interactive Chess Channel

Games, quizzes, masterclass, tournaments (Online Presentation of the Judit Polgar Method (at the National Gallery in Hungarian language).

Arts & Crafts for Children (at the National Gallery)

Winners of the Goodwill Ambassadors of Chess Awards announced (at the National Gallery) Simultaneous exhibitions with Judit Polgar and GM Zoltán Almási (Hungarian National Gallery)

For furthermore information visit the website. All programs are free!

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Bitcoin Sculpture Inauguration @ Budapest/Hungary

The world’s first Satoshi Nakamoto statue …  Inventor of Bitcoin @ Budapest

Tuesday, September, 16.

4 p.m. Graphisoft Park

District III., 7. Záhony Street Budapest

For the first time in the world, a statue is being erected to remember Satoshi Nakamoto – founder of Bitcoin and the blockchain technology.

The unique “faceless” sculpture was produced with crowd funding based on the idea of András Györfi, it will be located in the Graphisoft Park in Budapest in a green environment. The bronze bust depicts a hooded figure with stylized facial features, alluding to both Nakamoto and the “people of the internet”. The face of the sculpture is made of a bronze-aluminum alloy, which the creators polish heavily to create a reflective surface so that anyone can recognize themselves when looking at the face.

The aim of the work of sculptors Tamás Gilly and Réka Gergely is to pay tribute to the icon of reforming the world of finance and the creator of blockchain.

The statue official inauguration will take place at 7.30 p.m. and will continue with an after party from 7.30 p.m by the MADHOUSE group.

The event is also open to the public.

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