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Hungexpo Travel Fair 2018 – The Explorer is/was in you … just gave the inspiration!

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It ended this  March  organized between 1-4. at the Hungexpo – Budapest Fair Center, the 41st Journey Exhibition.

Travel 2018 – “The Explorer is/was in you …  just gave the inspiration!”

Optimism and continuous growth. Such are the traits of international and domestic tourism, which have also defined the recently concluded 41st Travel Exhibition. The event held 280 exhibitors from 23 countries introduce for more than 25 000 visitors at the HUNGEXPO Budapest Fair Center. The domestic guest of honor was Hévíz, whilst on this occasion, the foreign guest of honor was Morocco.

At the stands, Hungarian and foreign exhibitors talked about the latest trends of international and domestic tourism and it was good to see in person the familiar foreign faces who are almost coming home when arriving to the Hungexpo Travel Fair.

Guest city of Hungary was: Hévíz -Lake Balaton received the Hungaricum Award Hévíz Gyógyfürdő a prestigious international award in 2017.  The city which previously relied on the visits of Russian tourists was hit hard by the financial crisis, yet through the cooperation of the private and business spheres, it managed to overcome the slump after a few years with its regional partners and just closed a record-breaking year.In additional to developments at the Hévíz Balaton Airport and  further achievements will increase people to heal and relax by the warm mineral water source.

Guest of honor foreign country: Morocco. On the official opening day, Mohammed Sajid, the Minister of Tourism of the Kingdom of Morocco  held a presentation. As he said,  Just as in Hungary the driving force of tourism to be developed in  Morocco is in getting more attractive as well. Tourism relations between Hungary and Morocco last autumn were closer when MUISZ and the Moroccan National Tourist Office signed a cooperation agreement. Accordingly, the Association of Hungarian Travel Agencies will hold a meeting on 23-26 March 2018. will hold its Spring Assembly in Morocco, the venue will be in Marrakech and the participants will also visit Agadir’s resort town.

For many in the past the famous movie Casablanca already warmed the hearts to visit Morocco. Now-a-days it takes only 3.5Hs to land in a country that has thousands of faces. You can visit whilst being there the stroking waves by Sea and also enjoy the green-green oceanic landscape, visit the highest altitudes known by the flat Atlas mountains, barren deserts and enjoy the sparkling sun in the snow-covered landscape. There is a distinct contrast to each other.

Had a fruitful and interesting conversation with Ms.Bouchra Adnane – office manager at Atlas Tours in Algadir, professional tourism experts!…who told so many interesting information about Morocco, I feel in love on the spot to feel and see it with my own two eyes. At first to be ready as to visit a country of colors: If you really want a relaxing holiday, you should seriously consider choosing a city on the Atlantic coast, that is,  Agadir. Who is looking for a hot desert the gem of the country their place is Merzouga. Casablanca, the place of old houses is increasingly populated by modern buildings. The Blue City of Morocco: Chefchaouen, in the ray sunshine (almost everywhere), blue buildings radiate almost peace of mind. She also mentioned the oldest royal city: Fes, the medieval medina, is the world’s most preserved inner city. The Ouzoud Falls are near the High Atlas Mountains is simply breathtaking and one of Morocco’s most beautiful natural wonders. The office manager surely gave appetite to love Morocco to upload experience about country to have a chance to fly the next day.

The Indonesian exhibition is always renewed with a breathtaking presentation, as it was recently as well, with the introduction of traditional country costumes, accompanied by different spicy and non-spicy food tasting.

Before ending the rather long update wish to draw your attention to one of the peacefulness place outside of Hungary which is at where the tourist visitors number has been growing the heights. This venue is Park Gallanti – Holiday Village – Italy. As Mr. Mario Visentini director said: Q: It will also run this year the latest, furnished bungalows where every day is a great day, because the magic of nature holds new surprises. The calm Sea, the long and wide beaches, the nearby silent landscape for families who want a quiet break, that’s the place to be.

As in the previous year arrived from Austria to the exhibition Ms. Sylvia Brudniak – sales manager – Octoberfest Office to spread the news about one of the most wanted events by locals and foreigners. Namely: “The Austrian Octoberfest” – Austria’s largest traditional customs and Wiesn-Festival.  Information in-depth  to the September, 27 to October, 14. 2018 at the Kaiserwiese meadow at the Vienna Prater Park will be soon coming. Until then worth to mark your calendar to keep in mind.

Just as in the past years, the Gastronomy Courtyard was highly successful, whereas showcased the various cuisines of the world.

Update and snaps: Aggie Reiter

Made in Italy – Italian Design Day … between revival and modernity!

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 Ambassador of Italy to Hungary H.E. Massimo Rustico, opened and moderated the Italian Design Day at the Budapest Music Center in Budapest.

Made in Italy – between revival and modernity!

At the event participated owners and representative who spoke about the  yesterday-today-tomorrow designs.

– STUDIO SANTACHIARA – Welcoming words was made in the horizons of the Italian Design by Arch. Denis Santachiara – “Ambassador for the Italian Design Day”

– BENETTI YACHTS – Design in the luxury yacht industry. A layback history: 1873 – Lorenzo Benetti (1844-1914) buys the shipyard Darsena Lucca and establishes the Benetti shipyard which he directs for the next forty years, assisted by his sons Gino and Emilio towards the end of his tenure. 1873 – 1904 – Lorenzo Benetti launches over 30 vessels; five schooners, three tartans, 13 brigantine’s, eight navicellis and three cutters. 1910 – Lorenzo Benetti secures state authorization to build his second shipyard in the Darsena Italia, where the registered office is still found today.With Lorenzo’s death in 1914, Gino and Emilio rename the shipyard Fratelli Benetti and continue their father’s business. 1927 – After Gino Benetti’s passing, his sons Giuseppe and Virgilio take his place, while Emilio’s sons Maurizio and Bertani assist their father. Between 1873 – 1935  the Benetti shipyards launch over 100 sailing vessels: 21 schooners, three tartans, 63 brigantines, 12 navicellis, seven cutters, six barkentines and  three giga yachts of 100mt and longer.

– PAOLO CASTELLI – Inheritance can be a burden, but it can fulfill one’s  life-goal. From manufacturing design furniture  – an iconic collection of inspiration and creations. For example during the presentation by short video was introduced the 21st century lighting and fine furniture. Basic on the Bolonese Cathedral of Lights emotionally touched Paolo Castelli. The basic idea was born there. The image of hanging water drops caught his eyes.  The final product made of Murano glass which are used to depict the water drop as a spotty long water drop, coated with 24 gold coat. The furniture and other items are made by hand and not by serial production.The elegant design can be followed through the twenties, thirties, forties by Paolo Castelli SpA to be able to realize small and/or large supplies or interventions in private or public, as well as renovations, renovations and supplies of bespoke furniture for libraries (Manica Lunga library), airports (Alitalia Dolce Vita Lounge – Fiumicino Airport), hospitality, Gallerie d’Italia in Milan, museums, private residences, auditoriums and offices as well as in the naval sector.

– ALFA ROMEO – Has been pure Italian, the motor sport legend, a symbol of craftsmanship and elegance. This coming year Alfa Romeo will show up again at the F1 again!  From the Grand Prix racers of the 1930’s, to the beautiful 8C 2900 that dominated the Mille Miglia, to the Giulietta of the 1960’s, the Alfa Romeo mark is loved by car collectors all over the world.

– SICIS -“The world is a mosaic “- creating the essence of luxury Italian style such as: mosaic tiles for floors, wall coverings, exterior cladding and much more beside many others also the Louis Vuitton chairs. Marble has been the very first material used by Sicis. The marble collection goes from the classic and traditional decorations to more modern patterns thanks to the new cutting edge technique developed by the company. The possibilities are infinite, and allow to personalize every realization considering the taste and budget of the client.

– MASERATI – The glamour and excellence of high-tech design. For more than a century Maserati is an Italian luxury vehicle manufacturer established on December, 1. 1914, in Bologna. The Maserati brothers, Alfieri, Bindo, Carlo, Ettore, and Ernesto were all involved with automobiles from the beginning of the 20th century. Alfieri, Bindo and Ernesto built 2-litre Grand Prix cars for Diatto. In 1926, Diatto suspended the production of race cars, leading to the creation of the first Maserati and the founding of the Maserati mark. One of the first Maseratis, driven by Alfieri, won the 1926 Targa Florio. Maserati began making race cars.The trident logo of the Maserati car company is based on the Fountain of Neptune in Bologna’s Piazza Maggiore. In 1920, one of the Maserati brothers, artist Mario, used this symbol in the logo at the suggestion of family friend Marquis Diego de Sterlich. It was considered particularly appropriate for the sports car company due to fact that Neptune represents strength and vigour. Additionally, the statue is a characteristic symbol of the company’s original home city. Alfieri Maserati died in 1932, but three other brothers, Bindo, Ernesto and Ettore, kept the firm going, building cars that won races. On July, 15. 2018., celebrate the passion of Alfa Romeo.  The Maserati tagline is “Luxury, sports and style cast in exclusive cars”, and the brand’s mission statement is to “Build ultra-luxury performance automobiles with timeless Italian style, accommodating bespoke interiors, and effortless, signature sounding power”. The company’s headquarters are now in Modena, and its emblem is a trident.

– DAMIANI GROUP – The expression of the Italian jewelry worldwide. The history of Damiani jewelry is that of an Italian family with a deep-rooted tradition and a passion for the art of jewelry making. The history of Damiani jewelry is that of an Italian family with a deep-rooted tradition and a passion for the art of jewelry making. Bridal Jewelry was said to be a fine touch for engagement, wedding, luxury watches and special occasions.

– Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest. Some of the keystrokes were also revealed … the founder of the office, Péter Bordás, spoke about projects that have been hidden from the eyes of the general public – and more famous works such as the Nagyerdei Stadium or the Korda Filmpark. First-hand information on the key design-oriented venues and institutions in the Hungarian capital were being discussed.

Update and snaps: Aggie Reiter

Kaláka Concert ends Jubilee Year to János Arany

The concept of “Arany 200” was already within the jubilee anniversary event.  Now reaching the year-end  was invited Kaláka’s group friends, bands, poets, actors, singers, dancers and artists who have contributed significantly to Arany János, year success.

During the evening on stage: Kriszta Kováts, Gabriel Farkas, Edina Mókus Szirtes, Fool Moon, László Keönch, János Fekete Jammal, Nana Vortex, Hungarian FolkEmbassy, Péter Huzella, János Csík, Mihály Dresch, Anna Szabó, Lackfi János, Ildikó Bacsa, Géza D. Hegedűs, Márk Norbert Tóth, Kálmán Balogh, Marcell Jankovics, Ferenc Cakó and Hungarian National Dance Ensemble.

Since the formation of the Kaláka group from 1969 have transpose into music many poems.

The “Arany 200” grand gala evening will be held on March, 2. 2018, at the Pesti Vigadó – Budapest.

The Kaláka group‘s Arany János Concert Program for 200 performed in Oslo and Copenhagen, and in autumn they also performed in Tokyo, Seoul, Australia, America, Germany and India. They played in the diaspora Hungarians at local festivals and Hungarian students at the outside universities. Anna Szabó, who was in India with them, gave a lectured in English about the poet and the poems written by the Kaláka group and participated in the Hindi-language in New Delhi.

The concert will be held in Hungarian language.

Update Aggie Reiter

Elvis – “The Wonder of You” with Priscilla Presley in Budapest


Elvis never made it to Hungary, neither to Europe, but Elvis spirit will be in the building on the night at 8 p.m. Wednesday, June, 6. 2018  in the Budapest Sport Arena. This night Elvis returning to the stage with Priscilla Presley in Budapest. How about you being present  to fill the vibes at the awesome concert.

Even though  we are in the middle of the wintertime and Elvis’s „arrival” will be in the midsummer. Here is an Early Update for those Elvis fans who live in Hungary and/or planing a visit, staying in Budapest during the superb Elvis show to have your seat reserved before they are sold out! Tickets are already out, so mind you have to purchase ASAP.

This will be a one night „live” concert, experiencing  Elvis  „The Wonder of You”, featuring the most recognizable voice of all time with a full symphony orchestra live on stage performing the King of Rock ’n Roll most well-known  songs and his tender, heart-wrenching ballads.  Songs in the framework of a special concert, come to life in their original form. The concert is highlighted with the presence , the personal appearance by Priscilla Presley.

Elvis  beloved music fans in Budapest will have an opportunity that many have never had before  to experience the man who changed the course of popular music. He was the biggest selling solo artist in history … having sold an astonishing one billion records worldwide.

As part of the show, the audience can enjoy the original video and sound recordings of Elvis, the great voice and the greatest hits of the king, featuring at a huge projector – gospel, country, ballad – with a full symphony orchestra. Most probably his soul will be int he air at the Budapest Sport Area.

Update Aggie Reiter

Wheeldon: The Winters Tale – Pesti Vigadó – Budapest

Johan Persson/

Live broadcast from the Royal Opera House in London!

Pesti Vigadó – Chamber Stage

District, V.,  2. Vigadó Square

Wednesday,  8.15 p.m. February, 28. 2018. 

Shakespeare’s tale of love and loss becomes compelling dance drama in Christopher Wheeldon’s ballet adaptation, with music by Joby Talbot.

Ballet in prologue and 3 acts – including 2 intervals – live in Cinemas

Christopher Wheeldon – Artistic Associate of The Royal Ballet, created his adaptation of Shakespeare’s late great romance The Winter’s Tale for The Royal Ballet in 2014. Building on the success of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Winter’s Tale received ecstatic praise at its premiere, acclaimed by critics and audiences alike for its intelligent, distinctive and emotionally powerful story, told through exquisite dance. It is now widely judged to be a modern ballet classic.

The story follows the destruction of a marriage through consuming jealousy, the abandonment of a child and a seemingly hopeless love. Yet, through remorse and regret – and after a seemingly miraculous return to life – the ending is one of forgiveness and reconciliation. With powerful designs by Bob Crowley and atmospheric music by Joby Talbot, The Winter’s Tale is a masterful modern narrative ballet.

Picture caption/credit: Artists of The Royal Ballet in Christopher Wheeldon’s The Winter’s Tale ©ROH/Johan Persson, 2014

History of the Pesti Vigadó Hall:

Source: Pesti Vigadó

Update Aggie Reiter

The 68th India Day in Budapest -2018.

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On the 26th of January is a milestone of India celebrating from 1950 when laid the foundation of the largest democratise of the World. India in the last decade was witness the fastest growing economics in the World.

The event started with the two countries anthem, and ceremonial lighting of the lamp by Ambassador Rahul Chhabra , and presentations by VIP personals. More than  350 guests attended the  celebration.

Thereafter, spoke about highlighting the strengthening of bilateral relations, even tough the two country is divided by two continents. These are especially in the field of Economic cooperation, education exchange programs. India and Hungary is engaged in promoting excellent relationship within culture exchanges. From India over 300 student exchanges to Hungary and 35 Hungarians are studying at various fields in India.

After the official presentations was brought the glimpses of Indian classical traditional music and dance that is the art of dance full of poetry, cross exuberant joy.

Introducing the dancers was from Amrita Shergil Cultural Center by Indian Cultura and Traditional Yoga Expert  Ms. Ankita Sood (deputed by Indian Government as Yoga & Teacher of Indian Culture to spread Yoga Awareness across Hungary & Bosnia.) … Dancers: Ms Saumya Shukla, Kathak Teacher & Performer – Amrita Shergil Cultural Center with Ms Vishakha Kumar Bisht & Shreya Seshan.

Flower Children, Indian Parent’s children staying in Hungary and are regular kathak students at the center: Aadvita,Hridaya, Neetika, Karnika, Snikita, Aananya, Utsav, Srinidhi (All these  children are regular kathak students at the center).

Pt. Rajesh Gangani on Tabla (Teacher & Performer)

Mr Szabolch Tóth on Sitar  (Teacher & Performer)

A grand Reception/Dinner was organized at Hotel Kempinski Corvinus -Budapest, whereas followed by serving of a sumptuous Indian dinner. More than 350 guests attended the function.

A peek into the evenings Indian classical traditional dancing:


Update snaps and video by Aggie Reiter


February, 2. 2018.

8 p.m.

Voodoo Papa & Dongó
Blues, gospel, country, Hungarian folk

Fonó Music Hall

Dstrict, XI.,  3. Sztregova Street – Budapest


Szert Zsigmond and Fejér Simon Pál’s harmonica, drum, guitar and voice – seem offhand like the usual line-up for a band. But when Hungarian folk music’s iconic figure Szokolay Dongó Balázs joins their duo, a special blend of electric blues and Hungarian folk is born in a new formation: Voodoo Papa & Dongó.

Ripoff Raskolnikov … At the age of 18 Ripoff Raskolnikov set out for the world and travelled all over Europe as a street musician. From the beginning European folk music interested him, then gradually he became more and more influenced by songwriters with roots in American folklore, such as Bob Dylan, Tom Waits or even the music of the Rolling Stones. This iconic stage personality played in Hungary the first time in November 1987. Since then he has performed here countless times. Hungary is even one of his homes. His last album “Odds And Ends” was released in 2016. His songs cover the complete spectrum of human emotion: love, journey, everyday problems, desire, loss, quest for beauty and hunger for life. This evening he performs in a duo.

Source: Fonó Music Hall

Update Aggie Reiter