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The 13th International Circus Festival – Artists of the World @ Budapest 2020.

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Wednesday, January, 8. – Monday, January 13. 2020.

District XIV., 12/a Állatkert Blvd.

What to expect … It is not an Ordinary World … It is the Circus Artists’s World!

In recent years, Budapest became a major meeting point for circus arts. Magnificent Artists and Acrobats of the World arriving to the Capital Circus Festival to Budapest.

During the early evening hours of yesterday officials and press members were awaiting for the touch down flight from Beijing Capital International Airport to welcome the 13 young circus artist upon their arrival at the Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport. The Chinese delegation arrived from Beijing with 31 members and no question … they will be delighted to show their performance within the Chinese National Circus Troupe. Many may know the China contemporary circus arts leading in our time. China being the best artist training institution in the world. The Chinese circus art reach back to 2000 years of history, their education, training, own methods stand behind their current successes. If you want to get a renewed Hungarian circus the goals is to turn towards new directions. China being the best artist training institution in the world.

Péter Fekete – State Secretary for Culture open the press conference, by greeting the circus artist delegation at the SkyCourt Conference Center – Budapest Airport press office, whereas local circus professionals talked about the upcoming 6 days appearances by the young  artists from China.  Continued Q.: This will be the 13th occasion when not just only the Circus world draw attention to Hungary. Around the world the Acrobats prepared themselves over the past two year to introduce their knowledge by which they can step into the forefront of the world.  For a competition like this there is two important things to have jury present of the world’s professional leaders, circus directors, managers whom will decide who are the best-of-the-best circus artists and secondly the audience.”  It has been announced, and there are two professional programs related to the festival. On January, 9. the UNESCO International Professional Conference, held at the Museum of Fine Arts, will address the current issues of the domestic and foreign intangible cultural heritage of circus art. On January, 10. the European Circus Association (ECA) will hold a technical conference at the Museum of Agriculture. The two major themes at the symposium will be artist education and education for children traveling in the circus.

Was also highlighted, that the negotiations are already on green lights  between China and the Hungarian on mutual co-operation in the division of circus artist training abroad in China. This year in the coming September three groups of “artistic seedlings” travel to China in training, then after transfer their experience into artistic training in Budapest.

At the Circus Arena it is very important the auxiliary tools, such as the light conditions, the lighting, the music to enjoy the production  also by the 2000 in the audience and  not less for the competitors, who indeed wish to reap just what they sow … be a winner! Winners at the international festival will be on the program at the Budapest Circus for two and a half months.

The Budapest International Circus Festival is the second most prestigious circus festival in the world and has been held every two years since 1996. Professionals of the Hungarian Circus and Variety Non-profit Ltd. (MACIVA) had a dream. The dream came true and the circus festival has grown up, became a real adult over the 23 years and proven to be in the line organizing circus world festivals in addition to the Monte Carlo and so forth. Budapest Circus has earned the recognition and at this coming grand event will be just splendid to watch the artists from around the world at the circus arena. The judges will be by professionals, circus directors, artist managers, not to mention the breath holding exited audience.

Showtime & Specific Dates roll over to English version https://budapestcircusfestival.hu/en/13th-budapest-circus-festival

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„The Swan Lake” performance @ Erkel Theater – Budapest 2019

 

 

Erkel Theater

Monday, 2. December – 7.30 p.m.

Tuesday, 3.  December, –  3 p.m. and 7.30 p.m.

District VIII., 30. II. Pope János Pál Square – Budapest

After a spellbinding performance of „The Swan Lake” of last year in Budapest. This year the Moscow Ballet is to showcase again the most beautiful gems of classical dance The Swan Lake Ballet. The performance will be on stage twice in 2019 for a culture-hungry audience.  The motto of the company is simple: to present the beautiful noble traditions of the classical dance theater to the widest audience and young people. it has been a pledge of uninterrupted success for thousands of audiences on five continents of the world – for over two decades now.

Set to Tchaikovsky’s magical and mystical score , The Swan Lake is one of the most famous and best loved works in the Ballet repertoire worldwide . The Royal Moscow Ballets production of Swan Lake is an irresistible combination of drama and tragedy set against the dramatic battle between good and evil.

Premiered by the Bolshoi was in 1877, “The Swan Lake” tells the story of Princess Odette, turned into a swan by a wicked wizard. Her near rescue by Prince Siegfried – played by Nijinsky in the classic 1911 version in London before his house arrest in Budapest – provides the ballet with its tragic ending.

The ballet troupe permanent participants of the Russian, French, Swiss, Polish, Spanish, Italian, Austrian, Irish and German theater people, but occur in Israel, in the Canary Islands, China, Korea, Japan, Malta and Sri Lanka.

The RMB has since given one thousand shows around the world, from Austria to Zambia, also toured with evergreen favorites such as ‘The Nutcracker’, ‘Romeo & Juliet’ and ‘Cinderella’.

The troupe was founded by Anatoly Emelianov, August 12, 2002 took place first show – and pillars of the Moscow intellectuals also attended the show. By the tenth anniversary of the dance group, had already staged 20 modern and 15 classical ballet performances, choreographed by Anatoly Emelianov. Since the group’s existence, they have toured in many countries such as Tanzania, Zambia and Kenya – the dancers have been staged in the immediate vicinity of Victoria Falls and the audience has received a huge ovation from Don Quixote.

Due to the rapid decline in tickets and the great interest,  “The Swan Lake” ballet troupe will hold an extra performance! On 3. December, before the evening performances, at 3 p.m. will include Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece at the Erkel Theater.

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Celtic Woman @ Budapest Congress Center 2019

The Grammy nominated Celtic Woman bringing a little piece of Ireland to Budapest!

Budapest Congress Center

8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

October, 25. 2019.

Real Art –  Really Rare to be found these days!

They have sold ten million of albums throughout the world and keeping up world tours. One of the most famous group in contemporary Irish music. The composed of members are three excellent singers and one violinist.

Since 2005, in co. Since then, they became the well deserved sophisticated popular music group dedicated to traditional Celtic music. In 2017, they reached a Grammy nomination for their studio album called „Destiny”. Celtic Woman performs with three awesome vocalists Mairéad Carlin, Éadha McMahon and Megan Walsh. A major member of the group is also the great violinist Tara McNeill.
The Celtic Woman on stage will also be joined by more than ten musicians playing traditional Irish musical instruments. Together with excellent singers and violinists, they will be accompanied by music and dance group.

Their performances are complemented by traditional Irish dances, pipers and latest modern stage technique. This all creates a unique show full of beautiful singing and dancing. Special effects such as fire and projection complete the medieval atmosphere, which inherently belongs to this music.

The Celtic Woman is one of the most famous performers of traditional Celtic and Irish music of to-day. Over four million viewers joining  their concerts. They also  were recognized by magazine Billboard seven times as a best musicians in the world music industry. Celtic Woman toured in the United States of America, Japan, Australia, China, South Africa and Europe.

In America they entertained previously three presidents …  Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

A pitty to miss this Irish group, so make sure to reserve your seat ASAP cause they will be holding only a one-time concert here in Hungary.

Tickets to the October’s Budapest show can be purchased through the Internet channels and also through the Budapest Congress Centers ticket box.

Update Aggie Reiter

 

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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The 25th Summerfest International Folklore Festival and Folk Art Fair

The Art of Folk Art!

Traditions that you experience, enjoy live today!

Szászhalombatta (It is about 30 kms. from Budapest)

The festival will be also held at Szigetszentmiklós and Tököl.

The Summerfest International Folklore Festival this year during August, 12-20. celebrates its 25th anniversary. The festival aims to raise awareness of the Hungarian National folklore treasure of richness. The invitation was out to 20 other nations from around and  throughout the festival 800 dancers will present their own traditional dancing with traditional songs preserving their own cultural values.

With the performance of the Hungarian dances, the main goal is the foreign groups to have an opportunity to get know about the country and its dances. The show will take place at Forrás Folkensemble on the stage of the Culture Center at  Százhalombatta.

Assemblies from around the World: United States of America, Bolivia, South Korea, Northern Cyprus, Estonia, France, Yakut, Kyrgyzstan, China, Laos, Mexico, Russia, Panama, Paraguay, Senegal, Tahiti, Taiwan, Tatarstan, Thailand, Turkey and naturally Hungary.

The dancers will be going on the stage while the announcer  telling a few background about the country and its traditional dancers performances.

Special children program for 4-6 years old children. Also World Music Tent  a program outside, in a tent around 20-25 minutes. The dancers teach dances for the audience with live music.

During the folklore festival  “Folk Art Fair”  all day long.

In the evening concerts, the audience can witness a real curiosity joy of music.

Beside other daily concerts in the program, the Essence’s concert have a special atmosphere, their music reflects, provides relaxation and liberates whilst taking on a trip  in the world of folk, jazz and classical music.

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Folk festivals of the Summer – 32rd Festival of Folk Arts!

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The Festival of the Families – Everything Revolves Around Folk Art

From 17 to 20 August, the largest folk art festival in Hungary, The Festival of Folk Arts, will be organized at the Buda Castle. The festival, which evokes the ambiance of old-time fairs, is the year’s long-expected family event where one can try folk crafts and admire the splendid artwork of craftsmen. A full-day event enriched with wonderful stage programs brings an unforgettable experience to all ages.

The Buda Castle will be transformed into a festive venue crafts and craftsmen experiencing the old-time fairs and having a feeling the visitors entered into the medieval atmosphere. Nearly 1,000 craftsmen and in nearly 100 open workshops, also hundreds of performers will take part in a full day of stage programs, exhibitions, handicraft gastronomic delights and popular activities for children. At the interactive open workshops, more than 800 Hungarian and 150 foreign masters … arriving from Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Iran, China and more countries will acquaint visitors with the secrets of their different crafts. enter a medieval atmosphere where they can admire and buy items of unique folk craft heritage, but they can also create these crafts themselves under the guidance of Hungarian masters such as  weaving and spinning which can be performed from wicker, bulrush, straw or corn husk. Wicker is used to make basket and storage containers, while straw is good for hats and bags, corn husk for chair backs and seats, and bulrush for carpets and wall decorations. visitors can also learn ribbon and carpet weaving and hair plaiting and try to spin on the spinning wheel.  Masters will wash, comb, cart and paint, raw wool in the way their predecessors did for hundreds of years.

The 32nd edition of the Festival of Folk Arts offers young artists the chance to present their finalized works with fashion shows and art exhibitions. This will be a must-see, be there family festival of the year, where children, parents and grandparents alike can find programs of their interest. This year, in honor of The Year of Families, family programs will feature traditional games and sports. The little ones in the Babies’ Playground can have a good time relaxing while those who are eager to try traditional folk logic games and sports will be delighted to discover more and more fun.

The Year of Families introduces masters who, having inherited their skills from their ancestors, are members of real handicraft dynasties. Visitors may encounter three generations of shoemakers working together in the same workshop, where footwear is strictly hand-made just as it was a century ago. A three-generation furniture painting workshop features the unique Győr blueprint dynasty, which has been operating for hundreds of years with the same technique. Throughout this four-day event, some of the best musicians, singers, storytellers and dancers in Hungary will perform, offering special cultural delights. Szalonna Band performs with the Páva winner Sarjú Band, and Mihály Dresch will perform with the strings. There also will be concerts by the Karaván Familia and the Bognár Szilvia Quartet. Starting at 7 p.m. on August, 20 Levente Szörényi will be the special guest of the Söndörgő and Vuicsics band. With hundreds of performers, there will be stage shows – a true festival atmosphere and a fairy-tale festival that await visitors in the unique atmosphere of the folk festivals of the summer: the Festival of Folk Arts!

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The 13th Anniversary of KAFF Animated Film Festival – Kecskemét

Report on the events of KAFF – Kecskemét.

June, 21 to 25. 2017.

The multiple events at the festivals-of-festivals has brought the City of Kecskemét into the spotlight!

Over 5 intense days at Kecskemét – „Capital of KAFF” animated-film buffs have been able to savour an impressive range of animated movies boasting a high degree of variety and quality.

The 13th Anniversary of KAFF is internationally renowned event featured a range of styles, genres and techniques were testament to the vibrancy and relevance of creative animation.

Local communities and European and global onlookers filled the city with numerous viewers, animators, jury members from several countries as: Australia, Israel, China, Iran, France, Estonia, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Russia, Romania.

Compared to the previous years, this year at its 13th edition had made additions to the European Animated Film Festival whereas the Hungarian animations films were introduced. The TV Film held for  the first time the 10th European animations, the TV specials and TV series  under the new name KAFF which were competed in a separate category.  The animated feature films and television specials brought from over Europe, television series participating in the competition.

During the 5 days Animation Film Festival the audience had a chance to see the production of Hungarian animation films from the last two years. These were 36 short films, 25 television series episodes, 22 student films and 33 animated animations  from nearly 400 works from 27 countries in the entire program of the festival. In addition to the festival favorites, many fairy tales and historical themes were screened.

Within a handful of events the KAFF organisers held a tribute to the memory of one of the great sons of the City of Kecskemét,  Zoltán Kodály with screening  the 1981, one and a half hour animated tale of Háry János by Zsolt Richly, which tells the story of the ancient Beowulf, citing the Monty Python movies. Zoltán Kodály’s work, who was born 135 years ago and passed away 50 years ago, certainly inspired Hungarian animation. Mostly Zsolt Richly turned to Kodály pieces and to his folk song variations. Richly created cartoon series, short and feature-length animated films and these animations blend Kodály’s music with folklorists visual stylization.

The film was screened on the main square at the open-air theater set up next to the Grand Church.

Daytime no time to layback, because the films were running one after the other  at the Hírös Agóra Cultural and Youth Center and the Otthon Cinema. In the frame of  KAFF festival, other venues had join with attractions such as, offering a visit to the Ráday Museum where the commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation with cartoon films on “The life of Martin Luther”.

Then in the evening, concerts and the Kecskemét Wine Festival took the floor … meant populated the main square.

The KAFF festival showcased a mix of films and gave the audiences a complete, up-to-date snapshot of the local and international creative animation. A series of free talks and workshops were held where local filmmakers and other participating countries professionals provided those with questioning minds a chance to learn more about how and why these films get/were made.

At the 13th Kecskemét Animated Film Festival the jury of the international competition handed out its awards within a ceremony. The Best Short Film Award to the“Judges Wunder” – Kötelék, and Réka Bucsi – „LOVE” as the best in short film category. Animation of the 10th European Animated Feature Film and TV Film Festival Best Animated Animation „The Red Turtle”. The audience prize was taken home as My Life Cocktail.

Below are the further awarded animations with the animators names and prizes:

  • AWARDS OF THE 10th EUROPEAN Animated Feature Film and TV Film Festival – Best Full Feature: The Red Turtle – Director: Michael Dudok de Wit
  • The Best Television Series: A Very Long Vacation  – Director: Paul Leluc
  • Best TV Species: Rebellious Rhyme 1 . – Director: Jakob Schuh, Jaw Lachauer
  • He was awarded the National Jury Award by the Rebel Rhyme 1 .  – Director: Jakob Schuh, Jaw Lachauer, and The A Cut Off Girl / Director: Sebastien Laudenbach
  • The jury speaks two TV specials for praise: We Go to Bear Hunt – directed by Joanna Harrison) and The Reindeer – directed by Arnaud Demuynck, Nicolas Liguori).
  • In judging the television series, the jury received a film with a praise:
  • Lili welcomes guest – director: Siri Melchior.
  • AWARDS OF THE 13TH Kecskemét Animated Film Festival
  • Grand Prize for the Festival: Commitment / Director: Judit Wunder – (Kecskemét City Fee, 1.5 millionHUF)
  • Category Awards: Best Short Film: LOVE  – Director: Réka Bucsi – (The fee of the National Media and Communications Authority, 1.5 millionHUF)
  • Best TV Series: Hunor –  Director: Árpád Koós and Béla Klingl
  • (The fee of the National Media and Communications Authority, 1.5 millionHUF)
  • Best Animated Animation: Clean Heart – Director: Ertsey Áron Donát
  • (Software package worth $ 340,000)
  • Best Student Film: The 13th Princess  – Director: Russian Tina
  • Special awards
  • Best First Film: Fiasco –  Director: Szabolcs Nagy
  • Best Picture Language: Mouse –  Director: B. Ervin Nagy
  • The Best Screenplay: Kojot and the Pale Shadows  – Director: Áron Gauder
  • Best Animated Work: Mimik –  Director: Varga Petra
  • (Fee for Photograph and Film of the OCT, 500,000HUF)
  • The Best 3D Movie: Gipsy Tales – The Firefighter Snake / Director: László Balajthy (FocusFox Studio’s 300,000HUF Service)
  • The jury is commended for the harmony of text and image (director: Attila Bertóti) and the film ” Awakening “ for the personal formation of actors – Director: Fruzsina Zángó.

To be continued with:  Australia as the honorary guest – XIII. KAFF festival

Update Aggie Reiter