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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.

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The 11th Budapest Jewish & Israeli Film Festival – “America”

Romantic Drama – Life, Death, Love and everything in between.
Showtime – December, 1. 2022. – 7.30 p.m. – Pushkin Cinema
Length: 127 minutes

The Jewish Film Festival concludes with AMERICA (released 2022) with the latest tour de force from director Ofir Raul Graizer (THE CAKEMAKER). This richly layered melodrama follows an Israeli swimming coach living in Chicago returns home to Israel after 10 years after his distant father passes away. Arriving he reconnects with his childhood friend and his bride, both of whom run a successful flower shop downtown. Suddenly, in the blink of an eye, a tragedy sets off a chain of motion for these three individuals,. The drama and romantic tension kicks-off between the three of them, which unlocks hidden desires, secrets, and torment that have afflicted these characters.
Film Awards: Jerusalem Film Festival 2022, Best Actress, Winner
After a day of hustle and bustle everyone is welcomed to engage with Jewish culture and values through its entertaining programs.

Movie in Hebrew with Hungarian and English subtitles.

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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.

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 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

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

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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: https://zsifi.org/2022/program#1668430659572-9db39fbb-0ef7

Update: Aggie Reiter

Also Balaton in the Fall … Walking Wine Tasting & Master Class Event 2022

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Upon invitation headed during the Fall to Lake Balaton’s walking wine tasting in Balatonalmádi. The event was opened by Zsófia Bozzai, the editor-in-chief of Bor és Piac (Wine and Market), where she greeted the pretty high number of the wine-loving audience and invited them to go for tasting all the six wine regions on the spot. Arrived 25 Balaton wineries – producers from Badacsonyi, Nagy-Somlói, Zala, Balatonboglári, Balaton-felvidéki and Balatonfüred-Csopak Wine Regions. She drew attention to the wine makers to fill free ask questions and listen to professional presentations. Then after Tamás Tornai – the owner of the Tornai Winery, greeted the gathering and wish the wine tasters to enjoy every drop of the wineries wine and keep in mind the one that suited the favorit taste and in the future prehaps will plan to visit one or more wineries.
After the opening, with the performance of violinist Julia Rabovay the wine tasting event started with four Telemann pieces and Monti’s Csárdás. The target audience included not only lovers of the local Balaton wines, but also a large number of visitors from Budapest, as well as guests from Slovakia and even Croatia arrived and good number of professionals came to the event.
It is no secret that the aim of the event was to extend the tourist season, so the title of the event already reflects this: “Also Balaton in the Fall”.

At the walking wine tasting, the guests could not only learn about winery, but hear  from the producers comments about the effects of climate change which effected the choice of varieties and in use of yeast … how the initial sugar content of the must is adjusted so that the alcohol level is lower. Rethinking the use of high sugar-accumulating varieties, e.g. Gray friendly, also about the new trends, and we could taste, for example, natural wines and orange wines.

Exhibited wines to taste by wineries as follows: 5 Ház Borbirtok Somló – Androsics Estate – Barcza Winery – Bezerics Vineyard – Dobosi Estate – Éva Dóka Winery – Dörgicsélő – Feind és Feind Winery Ltd. – Garamvári Vineyard – Istvándy Winery-Badacsony – Balázs Káli – Károly Kolonics – Laposa Badacsony – Lázár Cellar – Mórocz Winery – Nagy & Nagy Winery – Nivegy-Völgyi Borgazdaság Ltd. – Yári Pince – Petrányi Cellar – Rádpuszta Vineyard – Tagyon 730 Bormanufaktúra Vineyard – Taverna Winery – Tornai Winery – Villa Gyetvai Winery.

A short description the region’s new winemaker Tagyon 730 wine factory, which is located above Zánka at the foot of Tagyony, Szentantalfai hill. This winemaker is a new comer with his wines from the northern region of Lake Balaton. His winnery exists on 3000 m2 since 2016. His plantation has Cab. Franc (simply loved it amazing taste), Cab.Savignon and Merlot. Brought bottles of 5 types, each named by his 5 children. After harvest, closed tank fermentation is done with circular circulation. The locals told him that this event would take place, they had not yet prepared the labels for the wines, so they were numbered with the children’s names on the tasting table without labels. Produce Olaszrizling, Kéknyelű, Furmint, Szürkebarát which were waiting to be tasted.

Another one wish to mention … Most probably needn’t have to introduce the already famous winemaker of the Istvándy Winery-Badacsony. At the wine tasting table had a glance on a bottle of wine not seen label earlier, called “Bizsergés” –  “Tingling”. It was produced from ottonel muscat/yellow muscat 2020 – AL12%. Indeed a bit surprised me of the bustling bubbles and smoky flavor and right away could imagine it goes well after a hard meal.
Last but not least … go for a wine therapy … worth to visit the Tornai Winery. At the event the “A Tornai Top Selection Grófi Hárslevelű 2019” hit the top for the wine lovers.

The theme at the master classes were wine tourism, sustainability, resistant grape varieties, and organic farming.

It was fantastic to experience at the Három Majom Bistro (Three Monkies Bistro) in tasting the delicacies of Lebanese cuisine in Balatonalmádi. The place was just at the doorstep “Balaton in the Fall” event.

The implementation of the project is supported by the Veszprém-Balaton 2023 European Capital of Culture program.

Riport and snaps by: Aggie Reiter

World Italian Cuisine Festival arrives for the 7th time to Budapest 2022.

Be Italian for a Day and/or for a Week!

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Heard it through the grapevine … Extraordinary Italian Taste from Trattoria Toscana for the Week of Italian cuisine in the world, will be prepared the specials of the Roman cuisine! The Roman gastronomy is woven through thousands of years of traditions, from the pastoral traditions of the surrounding countryside to the Roman Jewish community. The festival will give special attention to the Roman kitchen, noting Rome’s candidacy to host the 2030 World Expo. Master Confectioner Angelo Gala will give a workshop on Thursday and Friday. Cooking shows, master classes, film screenings (art screening documentary) Florence, Central Market, Italian Design Day 2022 and a bunch of other programs will be offered at the Italian gastronomy festival in Budapest between November, 14 to 20. 2022.

Update by Aggie Reiter

Magical Xmas Tale @ the Capital Circus of Budapest 2022

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Circus Xmas Show is based on a tale of the great Hungarian writer Mór Jókai’s (1825-1904)  

The show title goes on as  … “Which One Of The Nine?” ( “Melyiket A Kilenc Közül?” )

Within the show featuring the Circus and Theater Arts with music, singing and dancing all together in joyous harmony. “Which One of the Nine?” tells a story of seduction and decency, the happiness that can be acquired through humility and diligence, and the convergence that conquers all despite enormous setbacks.  The audience will be heading into the magical world where the most important values come to life through the art of circus and entertainment. It tells that our inner values are worth more than money, power and a deal with the devil under any circumstances.

Synopsis … Once upon a time in the big city of Pest there was a poor man who raised his nine children alone. All of them were talented and clever but they were merely children. The poor man took all the jobs he could in order to provide them with a beautiful and carefree childhood, and so that he could dress them, school them and raise them to be nice and good people.

Then around came a wealthy man who wanted to make a deal with the poor man: if he gave away one of his children, he would pamper the child, provide expensive clothes and even more expensive toys, foreign studies, cool sports cars and the thousands of treasures found on Earth. The poor man had no other option but to choose one of his beloved nine children that the wealthy man would take forever.

The original story even more universal by not only moving into the spectacular milieu of the circus, summon protective angels and machinating devils as well, the cosmic battle takes place for the soul of a man and his children. What is worth more: honor or a sack filled with gold? Fairness with a troubled fate or giving up for an easy deal? Inner values or glittery sparkles? Family or career?

The circus show is directed by Peter Fekete winner of the Jászai Mari Award and with costumes from famous designer Erzsébet Rátkai.

In less than 6 weeks the Xmas Show at the Capital Circus of Budapest is forthcoming for the whole family and also circus lovers who should like to have a break from the rushy hustle-bustle everyday life and may get into the Xmas mood in advance. Get your seat and enjoy the wonders of life at the Grand Circus Budapest.

Based on source: https://fnc.hu/en/dates-and-ticket-prices/

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St. Martin Day Goose Festival with Huge Breasts and Hot Thighs 2022.

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Saint Martin’s Day marks the end of the economic year on the farms and the beginning of the period of the Fall to come, which is associated with many folk customs and beliefs throughout Hungary.

This year, the 20th St. Martin’s New Wine Festival will take place in the Skanzen, complete with festive program elements such as: folk customs and beliefs, goose feast, wine tasting and wine making programs, lantern parade, handicrafts, including children’s concerts, puppet theaters, performances by dance groups and other concerts from November, 12 – 13. 2022. Venue: Address:  75. Sztaravodai Rd. – Szentendre.

The importance of the new wine and the goose feast must be emphasized, because without them there is no St. Martin’s Day entertainment.

In keeping with tradition, guests are greeted at the gates of the River Danube Bend with mouth-watering snacks and the taste of new wine again this year. Goose dishes include various roast geese, roasted chestnuts, pumpkin, and baked apples.

To ease the thirst for the visitors  offering quality artisanal wines by the winneries following: Birkás Winery – Izsák – Greitenbach Winery – Bodrogkisfalud – Tokaj – Tamás Dúzsi’s Cellar – Szekszárd – ÉKKŐ Wine Workshop – Szentbékálla – Egedi Bormíves Tanya – Eger – Kőhegyvir – Szentendre – Laposa Badacsony/Badacsonytomaj -Lingvay Winery – Vác – Pál Mészáros wine house and cellar – Szekszárd – Nyolcas és fia artisan winery – Eger – Polgár Winery – Villány.

Naturally, connected to the St. Martin Day food to fill the visitors hunger will not be missing at the SKANZEN Restaurant – Jászárokszállás Inn building.  Soups – Main course – Sweeties …  such as: Saffron beef soup with roast goose, Baked pumpkin soup, toasted pumpkin seeds from Salafő, pumpkin seed oil. Crispy oven-baked goose leg with quince-flavored purple cabbage and mashed potatoes with onions, Goose meat on paprika sour cream, beetroot mashed potatoes, Martin’s daily plater:  Lecsós steak with foie gras and mutton curd strap, Salt with smoked goose breast, sheep’s cheese strapacska with bacon, Three-onion pumpkin gersli. Hand-pulled homemade pumpkin and poppy seed strudel, Plum jam pie,  Duck’s foot cake, Butter and honey millet porridge, forest fruit.

The St. Martin’s Day Goose entire menu with unlimited buffet food and drinks (carbonated soft drinks, mineral water, new wine, wine, beer, coffee) can be booked in advance or on the spot.

Buffet consumption is possible on both days between Noon and  6 p.m. at the pre-booked time. Table reservation: +36 30 618 6230. Price: 13500HUF (up to 12 years: 9000HUF)

By-the-way …  The Skanzen – The Open-Air Museum of Ethnography is the largest open-air museum within 63 hectare area in Hungary where the visitors can see folk architecture, housing culture, farming and lifestyle come to life from the past eras.

Recomandation by Aggie Reiter

On Screen from Delacroix to Gauguin Documentary

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From November in Hungary at the art movie theaters will be screened within the series of exhibition “From Delacroix to Gauguin” by Danish art collector.

Given the nature of the subject matter and its delivery, The Danish Collector will not be to everyone’s taste. However, for those with a raging thirst for Impressionism and/or without the means to fly to England, France or Denmark, this film is the next best thing.
It’s strange to think of Impressionists, such as Monet and Renoir, being vilified. It almost feels like a cliché, but it was the case for part of the 1800s. Then men like Hansen came along and a whole new generation of collectors was born. Somewhat dry in its presentation of Hansen’s life and influence, the real stars of the documentary are of course, the artworks themselves can be seen both Hansen’s summer home, which has almost been turned into a museum in the suburbs of Copenhagen, Ordrupgaard and its garden.  The audience may drop by places to see the best of 19th century French impressionist works and also at the London’s Royal Academy. The Danish Collector offers up a closer than close look at art by the likes of Gauguin and Delacroix.

The Danish collection is a repository of the finest impressionist works ever painted. The path leads from the romantic paintings of Delacroix, the realistic paintings of Corot and Courbet to the impressionist landscapes of Monet, Pissarro, Cézanne and Sisley, and even the impressionist portraits of Degas, Manet, Morisot and Gonzalès in his collection.

Distributed in Hungary by Pannonia Entertainment Ltd.

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Part 3. Autumn Festivals of Museums in Hungary – 2022.

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Part 3. Late afternoon continuing the our press tour, took a visit to the German Nationality Museum at Tata. The museum was  founded in 1972. The German population in Hungary is estimated at almost a quarter of a million, which is the most important ethnic group in our country. Its task and goal is to collect and present its intellectual culture nationwide. The exhibition was opened for the first time in 1973. In 1983, after becoming independent, it moved to the renovated Nepomuccenus Mill, which once operated as a water mill. The former water mill was built in 1758 based on the plans of Jakab Fellner, and was named Saint John of Nepomuk, after the patron saint of millers and those who travel by water. The facade of the building is decorated with a sculpture carved from wood. At the 500 m2 exhibition in the main building objects can be seen which are  regularly in use by domestic and foreign researchers as well as university students studying the subject. One of the museum’s main programs is the “Guest in the Museum” event. Each year, one county with national traditions presents themselves by a temporary exhibition. The museum plays an important role with young people who represent national traditions, so they can be the bridge between the generations. They can learn about the knowledge of the elders according to their own interests. However, the aim of the museum is also to open up space for the local and neighboring ethnic kindergartens and school children.  There is also introducing  the life of the museum with guided tours and gastronomic programs. The museum’s collections include products from the end of the 19th century, but most objects from the 20th century were brought to the museum by  the locals of Hungary. The majority of the collection are ethnographic objects, which here show material culture of the Germans living in today’s Hungary organized with the support of the Ethnographic Museum.

Almost ending day on our press tour, the press conference took place at the German Nationality Museum in Tata, whereas Ms. Zsófia Jakab – Deputy General Manager of marketing and communications of the Hungarian Tourist Agency, highlighted in connection with the event. “Q”: “Cultural tourism is a particularly important element among the tourism products of our country. For this purpose, 4.5 million guests arrive every year, who spend 13 million guest nights in Hungary. From the tourism point of view …  it is important to mention that those interested in the Hungarian culture is extremely important that we primarily provide high-quality hospitality within our services.”

Ms. Magdolna Nagy – Director Organizer Szabadtéri  (Open-Air) Ethnography Museum – Center for Museum Education and Methodology, spoken about the organizational background of the Autumn Festival of Museums, the antecedents of the concept created in 2022.  The museums organize programs related to culture, environmental protection, social and mental sustainability. She added, the rich programs awaiting visitors to lead their footsteps to these historical amazing sights. She mentioned, as in every year, the institutions can connect their events to given themes. In addition to the four topics retained from previous years, four other new topics adapted to the concept of the year as to provide in the opportunities. The number of museums participating in the series of events exceeded 120, and in addition to nearly 40 in the capital, almost 80 rural museums organize programs. Until November, 13.,  cca. 1000 events of more than 500 types of events is to attract visitors to the museum.

Hopefully my readers will enjoy a ride.

Riport and snaps by Aggie Reiter