Posts Tagged ‘entertainment’

The 3rd Déryné Theater’s Festival – Sátoraljaújhely


Five days, eleven locations, more than seventy free programs in between July 19 – 23, organizing the Déryné Festival for the 3rd time. Fond of culture programs are welcome in and around Sátoraljaújhely with free theater performances, family programs and concerts.

An overview of some programs:

Concerts: Ungvári Borterasz: July, 20. Csík orchestra – Tárkány Művek – Kaláka – July, 21. Budapest Jazz Orchestra – Swing Girls – DÁNIELFY – July, 22. Besh o droM – Aurevoir – Keleti Brass Band – July, 23. Bohemian Betyars – Balkan Fanatik – Hutchky & Stars.

Theater performances: July, 19. Déryné Company – Lajos Kossuth Cultural Center
Valley Theater: July, 20. 8.30 p.m. Forrás Folk Dance Ensemble: Masterwork
TheaterWagen moving stage – Mancsi Puppet Theater – July, 20. Hollózáza – 6 p.m. For the little foolishness.

Family programs: July, 22. Széphalom
10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Kenderkóc Folk Playhouse, 11 a.m. – 11.45 a.m. – Creative music playshop – 4 p.m. – 4.30 p.m. Naninski and Figaro: Flying acrobats. – 5 p.m. – 5.50 p.m. Concert by Eszter Kárász and the fairy-tale band Eszter-lánc

Recommendation by Aggie Reiter

The slogan of the evening … “Have a barrel of fun!”

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Saturday Night Live wasn’t a live broadcast … but indeed was Live Barrel Pig exclusive VIP beer night!

 As the night slowly appeared, the guests arrived for an exclusive beer tasting to the new series of HopTop unique beers. It was held in the tasting room of the wonderful wine shop of WineHub. Were able to taste continuously  6+1  beers, but may also tasted 3 special IPA beers as to warm-up ourselves.  The premium beers selection were terrific: Surprise beer – Rudeboy – Sex on the barrel – Fear of the dark II. – Canadian Lover – Fear of the dark I. – Mental trainer.

Unfortunately, Ali Rawech Szami – owner of the HopTop brewery had to leave earlier. We, the audience heard interesting facts about the Barrel Pig beer from László Szilágyi – head of marketingÁdám  – brewing masters. Talked about the special flavors given from the wooden barrels.  During the ongoing tasting were initiated about the Barrel Pig project and overall made the audience spice up a bit with the features of the new series as introducing the 6 items for tasting. As it turned out, they had been at the brewery continuously tasting  from the start of the first barrel-aged beer and its flavors for a year.

Each of the HopTop beers are matured in a special barrel. The whiskey barrels bought from abroad gave the taste to these special new beers. Indeed … no wonder the resulted superb beers. For each batch, the Barrel Pig is aged from the aroma and flavor gained from the previous life of the wooden barrel.  There are rum, bourbon, whiskey and even maple syrup barrels. Within these the aromas extracted from different barrels that can be tasted the characteristics of dark chocolate combined with soft-creamy and vanilla notes.

What really dominates are Imperial Milk Stouts and Multigrain Barley casks. Imperial stouts with the unicorn pig barrel logo and a barley wine rested primarily in the Kentucky Bourbon barrels, maple syrup barrels and a Barbadian rum barrel. The beer called Sex on the Barrel kept various periods of time and bottled when deemed appropriate. There is no addition to the beers. The outwardly look shows something different by the color of the cap draining wax.  Stands as a crown making it truly special and elegant.   Mouthwatering were the sublime fruity and spicy flavors.  These HopTop beers really deserve to be served outstandingly and now reached their best form.

Going to another level and watching with high eyebrows  – shining eyes came to be really in the mood to the mental training taste. Indeed looked as all liked what tasted. Was told next we are tasting the Milk Imperial Stout (11.8%), which was aged for 1 year in a Kentucky Bourbon barrel to extract all the aromas from it. The end result was a real, creamy Mental Trainer! The reason why the “Milk” stand on some of the beer label is a reminder for those to know it is not lactose free!

At the Winehub which gave the platform to the exclusive beer tasting is an awesome wine shop which is usually operating as a bistro.

Entering their store sight catching venue welcome the visitors. The guests were perfectly cared and led to the tasting tables by  Péter Lakatos – experienced Sommelier with a demonstrated history of working in the wine and spirits industry. Heard about the enormous  “plant” one the spot where more than 500 wines from nearly 60 Hungarian and foreign wineries were out on display. The wine center is also unique on an international level.  May connect all players of wine making and the wine world without restrictions. They provide countless services that are not too much different on the Hungarian wine market. They are wholesale partners, but in their wine center they also offer tasting rooms, meeting rooms and special sales points. They pay attention to the wine-drinking community. They offer much more than an online and offline wine space. In addition to their wine shop and web shop, they welcome guests with continuous training, courses, tasting events, tasting rooms. Not to mention, a well arranged comfy community space, where grooving on the 60’s-’70s music with friends along a smooth wine. They have a bistro and a fine dining restaurant for those who want to immerse themselves also in the world of gastronomy.

Riport and snaps by Aggie Reiter

Martin Scorsese’s concert film “The Band” on cinemas end of May – Hungary


This time, Pannónia Entertainment brings the 1978 film The Last Waltz to selected cinemas nationwide, 43 years after its original Hungarian premiere.

The Last Waltz concert film by Scorsese of the Canadian-American rock group The Band.

As the director was one of Woodstock’s editors, he already had some experience in the genre when he took on the filming of The Band’s farewell performance in San Francisco’s Winterland Ballroom on November, 25, 1976 on Thanksgiving 1976. Many songs  in those days had political message as the change came in-and-around the world.

The director even shot some additions to the work in the studio, they added a theme song, but the post-production took a year and a half due to another doc and the completion of New York. Robert De Niro‘s musical stood out with its sets, but the visual designer of the concert was not just anyone: the veteran Boris Leven (West Side Story, The Voice of Music) was responsible for it.

Hungarians were able to see the film with subtitles in cinema theaters in August 1979, and although it was later dubbed, it will be shown with subtitles faithful to the original presentation from May 25. In 2002. The DVD was made, in 2006, a Blu-Ray remaster was among the first to be made for the disc editions, but last year, with Scorsese’s approval, a full-scale restoration of the original negatives was presented at the Cannes Film Festival, in which the aspect ratio was restored and the correct color correction can also be found, while the source of the audio material is the 2001 remix, which was released as a music album at the time. We owe the negatives to 7 cameramen, including Vilmos Zsigmond, who won an Oscar with Encounters of the Third Kind, and László Kovács, who photographed the Easy Riders, among others, who was not affected by a technical stop during the concert, so he was the only one able to record everything from the stage.

The Band’s farewell was on a grand scale and although they opened and closed the evening, many other people performed besides them, so it was an approx. It swelled into a 5 and a half hour “mini-festival”. Scorsese began the dramaturgical after the applause, in order to take the viewer first to the post-production studio and then to the beginning of the ice rink party. In addition to The Band, Ronnie Hawkins, Michael McClure, Dr. John, Neil Young, Neil Diamond, Joni Mitchell, Paul Butterfield, Muddy Waters, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, in the studio The Staple Singers and Emmylou Harris, and after some legal drag Bob Dylan also appears, while Ronnie Wood from The Rolling Stones and Ringo Starr from The Beatles also pay their respects in the final chord. Of course, there are still those left out who could no longer fit into the approx. 2 hours of playing time, but it is supplemented by interviews and behind-the-scenes recordings made by Scorsese, where the heavy use of cocaine, although not sonically, was visually retouched with rotoscoping techniques.

Gosh the Band’s drummer – Levon Helm (R.I.P.) …  from my impression … his looks are very much close as twin brother to Prince Harry Duke of Sussex … It is a fantastic to discover. 

The Last Waltz, is generally considered one of the best concert films ever made. You will be able to see for yourself if this is the case, following the suggestion that flashes in the opening, according to which: “This film must be played loudly!”.

Mark date into your calendar in advance for May, 25.2023.  and look for one of cinemas nationwide near by you. 

Last but not least The Band’s movie brings back the atmosphere of those ’60s and ’70s music/life style for many how they grew up in those days, and perhaps for young adult of to-day listen/ hear something before there age.

Riport by Aggie Reiter

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between Royal Thailand and Hungary @ Budapest


Thai Festival

Embassy of the Royal Thailand – Garden of the National Museum – Sunday, May 14, 2023- Budapest

Seeking for an exceptional cultural experience in Budapest … need no look further! This coming week-end the Thai Festival is a must-attend event.

This year’s festival in co-operation with the Royal Thai Embassy in Budapest is organizing the 2023 Thai Festival to commemorates the golden jubilee, friendly and diplomatic relations between Thailand and Hungary.

The festival is an all-day gastro-cultural affair that brings Thailand’s culture, food and trade possibilities. The Thai Festival, is a one-day extravaganza featuring the best of Thai culture. 

In addition to Thai cultural programs, performers, and cooking show, authentic Thai restaurants will provide culinary delights.  Can also give it a try to the original Thai massages and also the beneficial and relaxing effects of traditional Thai massage. At this year’s festival,  there will be an opportunity to witness traditional Thai cultural shows, dance performances, and even Muay Thai demonstrations. No shortage of entertainment of the vibrant cultural experience.

The Thai festival is for visitors of all ages – The program is free of charge.

Recommended by Aggie Reiter

Thirsty Beer Lovers Hop Over to HopTop Tasting!

HopTop Craft Beer – at Winehub – Old Buda
Date: May ,13. – 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
District III., 41-43 Pacirtamező Street – Óbuda (OldBuda)

It’s gonna be “Barrel Pig” beer tasting this coming week-end!

Craft beers aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels, i.e. what is Hoptop Brewery’s unicorn pig looking for in a beer barrel?!
If you like strong, characterful craft beers, you will definitely like this event. The Hoptop brewery presents six different barrel-aged beers, which are guaranteed to provide a unique taste experience.
“Each of their beers is matured in a special barrel. There are rums, bourbons, whiskeys, and even maple syrup,” says Szami Ali Rawech – founder of the Budapest small-scale brewery.
“These beers have a deep black color and are often sweet, and their bitterness keeps the flavors in a nice balance. In the taste of barrel-aged beers, you can find the characteristics of dark chocolate, which are combined with soft, creamy and vanilla notes, which are made perfect by the aromas extracted from different barrels!”
Hoptop has a separate brand family of barrel-aged beers, launched under the name Barrel Pig. The appearance of the 0.33ml bottles is both elegant and clownish, which is further enhanced by the colorful wax closure, the appearance of each item is adorable!
These beers are guaranteed to enchant the hearts of beer lovers and those who want special taste experiences. Don’t miss this event to experience the unique taste of imperial stout and barley wine beers!
The tasting will be held by  Szami Ali Rawech – barrel-aged beers creator.

Premium beers of the tasting: Surprise beer, Rudeboy, Sex on the barrel, Fear of the dark II., Canadian Lover, Fear of the dark I., Mentaltrainer. The price of the tasting ticket:6990HUF.
Ticket purchase:

On the same day between 6 p.m. -8 p.m. it is also possible to try the presented beers and other specialties by purchasing tasting ticket on the spot for 1500HUF. These are to be Core beers: Green Zone, Ceylon Buddy, Tropical Swinger Club.

Premium beers: Rudeboy, Sex on the barrel, Fear of the dark II., Canadian Lover, Fear of the dark I., Mentaltrainer. Also ticket on the spot: 2500HUF

Beer Lovers mark the date in your calender and don’t miss a thing!

Recommendation by Aggie Reiter

The Danube Art Ensemble Concert – Folk Music


The folk band of the Danube Artists Ensemble, the Göncöl group, has released an independent album.  The folk music collections is of  Zoltán Kallós –  two-time Kossuth Prize-winning Hungarian ethnographer from Transylvania.”Turn, my dear horse” – title album will be released on Spotify’s music sharing channel, and their related teaser concert will be held on …

Tuesday, May, 16. 2023. – 7 p.m. @ the House of Tradtion – Theater hall (Hagyományok Háza.) Venue: District I., 8. Corvin Square – Budapest. 

Ágnes Enyedi –  Junior Prima award-winning folk singer, Balázs Mezei – dancer of the Duna Art Ensemble and the dancers of the Duna Art Ensemble will take part in the concert.

The aim of the album is to present the life and outstanding personality of Zoltán Kallós by selecting from his most important folk music collections, which will be made even more perceptive with video and audio interludes and photo projections during the concert.

Update by Aggie Reiter



Venue – Dates – Time: Kincsem Park

Address: District, X.,  2-4 Albertirsai Road – Budapest

GREYHOUND TROTTING – Friday – Doors open: 4 p.m. –  First Race: 7 p.m. – Gate Closing: 11 p.m.

ROBBER GALLOP – Saturday – Doors open: 10:00 a.m. – First race: 2 p.m. – Gate closing: 10 p.m.

GALLOP – PONY CHAMPIONSHIP – Sunday – Doors open: 10 a.m. :First race: 2 p.m. – Gate closing: 9 p.m.

Update: Aggie Reiter

1st Hungarian Pizza-Making Championship & First Greyhound & Horse Racing Season


On Friday, May, 5. took place the members of the First Hungarian Pizza-Making Competition press invitation, whereas Chef Lázár Kovács spoke about the forthcoming Pizza-Making Championship. The Jury was introduced with the competitors and said the following: The goal of the domestic championship is to support young pizza chefs and promote their development through competition. Providing an opportunity to prove and gain routine and motivation for those who are not yet able to start at the World Championship.  The one-round competition with a total prize of ONE Million Hungarian Florint is looking for the maker of the most beautiful and delicious pizza of our country will be awarded.”

He added, on Saturday, the 1st Hungarian Pizza-Making Championship will also be held on site. The event’s mastermind and main organizer is Lázár Kovács, who also participated in the World Pizza Championship held in Parma this year.

Zoltán Horváth – founder of the Food Truck Show said on Friday: “We believe that this year’s Food Truck Show will be a real paradise for street food lovers, as they can enjoy delicacies from 50 restaurants/food trucks. What’s more, it’s time for everyone to choose their favorite, as we’re launching a public vote to find out which is the most popular place. What’s more, there will also be a professional award in the competition for the best food trucks.

Nearly 50 Food Trucks await everyone at the only horse racing track in Hungary. In addition to delicious snacks, we can enjoy the most exciting races in a picturesque environment; on Friday, the country’s fastest greyhounds will start, on Saturday we will prepare for trotting races, while on Sunday the thoroughbreds will play the main role.

On Saturday, there will also be a men’s rugby match between Hungary and Latvia, while the 1st Hungarian Pizza-Making Championship will be held in the tent.

What’s more, the Food Truck of the Year award will also be given by the audience’s favorite and to the restaurant selected by the professional jury.

In addition to delicious snacks, the country’s fastest greyhounds start on Friday, trotting races will take place on Saturday, and thoroughbreds will play the main role on Sunday. On the weekend, children can enjoy free programs, petting zoos, pony rides, craft activities, face painting, street musicians and street art performers will provide the atmosphere, and the country’s largest chain carousel will enhance the Mayan atmosphere

Overfall 15 countries, 50 food trucks, 40 music programs – awaiting visitors to this year’s Food Truck Show between May 5-7, 2023.  Beside the greats of rolling gastronomy on the spot may see the only horse racing track in our country & Kincsem Park – Budapest.

Snaps on the spot of the event will come soon.

Riport by Aggie Reiter

“PARDES” – National Dance Theater – Budapest


Last night was present at the National Theater at a full house presentation. No wonder many awaited to see the Pardes by Noa Wertheim, artistic director and co-founder of Vertigo Dance Company performance here in Budapest. I spent a pleasant evening at a stunning … breath-taking production and during their performance I melted into the world of the Vertigo Dance Company. Absolutely amazing performance by 8 artistic dancers: Etai Peri, Sian Olles, Daniel Costa, Eden Ben Shimol, Yarden Oz, Micah Aimos, Ilan Golubovich, Ruth Ben David.

The music of PARDES was composed by internationally renowned percussionist Itamar Doari. The sound material was woven into the process of creating the choreography, the music was created and recorded in real time in the studio – which offered the ensemble a brilliant opportunity to work with one of the most important and outstanding percussion artists in Israel and the world.

The dance’s language took the audience into the work of art in which the body connects with the spiritual layers of the interior. The interior of each person/dancer as it was woven into a common tapestry. The company has received more than a dozen awards  Worldwide since their establishment.

In Jewish mysticism, PARDES stands for the initials of four Hebrew words that refer to approaches to the interpretation of religious texts: Pshat (literal meaning); Remez (target meaning); Drash (interpretive meaning) and Sod (secret meaning).

The performance was presented as part of the 10th Theater Olympiad. 

Riport by Aggie Reiter


Herald News … HBO Max … Documentary May 2023 Donna Summer … Queen of the 70s Disco Era!


HBO Original Documentary … The Unexpected And Intimate Portrait Of “The Queen Of Disco” Will Have Its World Premiere At The Berlin International Film Festival

HBO Original documentary LOVE TO LOVE YOU BABY, DONNA SUMMER, directed by Oscar® and Emmy®-winning filmmaker Roger Ross Williams (“Life Animated,” HBO’s “The Apollo”) and Brooklyn Sudano, daughter of Donna Summer, debuts May 2023 on HBO and will be available to stream on HBO Max.

Synopsis: Shaped by Summer’s own reflections, the memories of close family, friends and colleagues, and filled with the sounds of Summer’s songs, LOVE TO LOVE YOU BABY – DONNA SUMMER is an in-depth look at the iconic artist as she creates music that takes her from the avant-garde music scene in Germany, to the glitter and bright lights of dance clubs in New York, to worldwide acclaim, her voice and artistry becoming the defining soundtrack of an era. A deeply personal portrait of Summer on and off the stage, the film features a wealth of photographs and never-before-seen home video footage – often shot by Summer herself – and provides a rich window into the surprising range of her artistry, from songwriting to painting, while exploring the highs and lows of a life lived on the global stage.

Credits: HBO Documentary Films presents a Polygram Entertainment presentation, a Motto Pictures production, in association with One Story Up and Federal Films, LOVE TO LOVE YOU, DONNA SUMMER. Directed by Roger Ross Williams and Brooklyn Sudano; a film by Roger Ross Williams; produced by Julie Goldman, Christopher Clements, Carolyn Hepburn, Roger Ross Williams, David Blackman; co-producer: J. Daniel Torres; edited by Enat Sidi, Jon Stray; consulting editor: Jean Tsien; executive produced by Brooklyn Sudano, Bruce Sudano, Michele Anthony, Bruce Resnikoff, Monte Lipman, Brett Alperowitz. For HBO: executive producers, Nancy Abraham, Lisa Heller, Sara Rodriguez. A/M released by Warner Bros. Discovery – Asheba Edghill -Director Media Relations.
Summer amassed a total of 32 chart singles on the US BillboardHot 100 in her lifetime, including 14 top ten singles and four number one singles. She claimed a top-40 hit every year between 1976 and 1984, and from her first top-ten hit in 1976, to the end of 1982, she had 12 top-ten hits (10 were top-five hits), more than any other act during that time period.
So sad she went ahead too soon … her voice can be discovered anytime … a superb talent!
Even those folks who didn’t grew up in the 70s and missed the Disco era will be seeing something their parents jig/shake their boodies … And of course the elder ones may relive those days again.
Recommendation by Aggie Reiter