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Budapest Grand Circus – 3 New Productions: RAIN – Rain Circus & Magic Show & “A 0” Show

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Press and media representatives joined the invitation by the Budapest Grand Circus to view a couple of performances from the shortly coming Rain – Rain Circus production. Welcoming the gathering Mr. Péter Fekete, Secretary of State for Culture at the Ministry of Human Resources also Director of the Budapest Grand Circus said the following: „The circus on the one hand cheers and on the other hand reflects on what happens in our everyday lives. The Rain Circus is like that, in addition to the happiness of entertainment, it reflects a desire for peace. Continued … „The Budapest Grand Circus welcomed more than a hundred Ukrainian young individuals from the Kharkiv and Kiev artist schools and provide them with accommodation, meals and internships. Artist families fleeing the war come to us every week and rest with us for a few days before moving on to Western Europe, but there are those who want to wait with us for the end of the war. The world is confused. People scolded each other more and more, opposites multiplied, neighbors fell on each other, clouds of poison, anger and hatred dripped into friendships, covering the shale gray skies. Wars broke out, shots and explosions drove families out of their homes. And then the Lord God looked down on the earth and was horrified. So he summoned the angels to fly to the four equator and to storm with their trumpets, to summon thick clouds, and to rain. A rain that washes away contradictions with its crystal droplets, dissolves bitter tears, heals wounds, clears the tempers from the souls of people, brings peace back to the created world. Rain has been a symbol of purification and rebirth – for millennia. Fertility and the cure for a land wounded by drought and a soul wounded by tempers. The rain washes away the sorrows and tragedies, and its drops bring new life: cleaner, more beautiful, more prosperous.

The Budapest Grand Circus show is about peace and peace – which has not been more relevant in recent decades than it is to-day.

Director also emphasizedOn the circus stage there is no difference whether a person’s nationality is Russia or Ukraine or Belarus or Hungarian …  artist-is-an-artist. No religion, nor color of skin, affiliation matters, the only thing that keeps them strong the togetherness their faith in circus world.”

In the new show of the Budapest Grand Circus RAIN – Rain Circus, evokes this rain. The show is a circus prayer for peace and purification, grace and forgiveness. We pray that the world will be a more beautiful and better place, and that anger and hatred will evaporate from the hearts of the people as the water drops of the spring shower rest on the leaves under the influence of the first warm rays of the sun.

Just mentioning a connection from the past to the present of the Budapest Grand Circus … In mid-January 1971, the only stone circus in Central Europe, opened its doors! And what a coincidence or not, Mr. Péter Fekete had bought a rain-maker which was in use in 1971,  a weather manipulator from the Meteorological Institute Budapest to show to the press gathering. He said in 1971 when the country had rare rainy days throughout the year this device brought rain. No worries, to-day the High-Tech at the Budapest Grand Circus the RAIN is brought by the magical technique and the rainy season comes from the fountain.The highly successful water circus show returns to the Budapest Grand Circus with new tracks! In the circus, nothing is impossible, the artists refute the laws of physics and take  audience into a magical world.

The program Rain – Rain Circus features mostly Russian, as well as Ukrainian, Belarusian and three young Hungarian artists. In the performance of the Rain Circus, the stage transforms into a fountain, a lake and a raging sea; the fountain, for example, consists of seven hundred nozzles, the pool is filled with 11,000 liters of 27 Celsius degree water.

Circus leader – József Graeser told that Pippa and Bobby, the two female clowns, are also part of the show, entertaining their audience with four puppies. Also added, the female clowns are a rarity in the world of the circus, but at the Budapest Grand Circus nothing impossible to come true. The lady clown will bring laughter all the way through the show.

„It is important for us that, in addition to providing full care, children in Kiev and Kharkiv who have fled the war be given the opportunity to continue their professional studies and practice in their productions. In addition, various recreational programs are organized” said by the leader of the circus. Continued by saying … „Almost every day many are interested in the fate of the Ukrainian artist and trainers we have. In the new performance of the production the project of the Imre Baross Artist Training Institute (BIAK) can be seen at the CircusTheatrum for 2 days: March 22 and 23 were able to witness the meeting of different branches of art. The proceeds of the piece, which was a success at the 14th Budapest International Circus Festival, will be shown by the school to help students of the Kharkiv and Kiev art schools from Ukraine. From the proceeds, they purchased props to catch up within their professional studies. The props will be handed over to them on April, 21 by Gábor Dénes Kovács, Director of BIAK.” Also on April, 21, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. BIAK and the Ukrainian artistic students will present their joint production as a press event.

The circus of art will have two coming up magical shows this summer: RAIN – “Rain Circus” and the MAGIC Show.

Also like to draw visitors attention to another near future event in coming early May … “Bring Grandma and Mom to the circus! On the first Sunday of May, the grand Circus welcome everyone to another family event where they can get a glimpse into the everyday life of a dog trainer led by Mikhail after the RAIN – Rain Circus. Eszter Petró, our animal welfare officer, is holding a training with therapeutic dogs, where spectators can try out the tricks.

Last but not least … “We have a table in between the seats with a glass of wine and champagne for those who want passion and sensuality. In addition to French and Russian-Ukrainian stars, the show will also feature Hungarian magicians” said Péter Fekete. He added, that as part of the Madách International Theater Meeting (MITEM), viewers will be able to see Five-Days-a-Week bringing matinee with a special water circus show, an exclusive show for adults on Friday and Saturday nights. 

The ancient traditions of the superb Vietnam meet the modern world and the ever-growing urbanization. Indeed a very spectacular special Vietnamese circus theater piece titled A O Show on May 5-8.  They showcase how can ancient beliefs the quiet and peace be maintained in our changing ongoing noisy surrounding world. This piece of show really cannot be missed. The audience can see it six times in the circus tent, built in the area of ​​the zoo next to the Budapest Grand Circus. This production has been planned to be brought over to Budapest for past three years. The planning now reach the coming live show. The “A O” Vietnam show has already swept through other worldwide circus such as in France,  in Los Angeles and the Sydney Opera House.

Full list of artists participating in the shows  – visit http://www.fnc.hu

Tickets available on the spot at the Budapest Grand Circus ticket office.

Riport and snaps Aggie Reiter

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.

Riport and snaps Aggie Reiter

Floating Island – Madár Tej – Hungarian Deliciousness Creamy Dessert

This is another famous and classic easy recipe among Hungarian families.  

The Hungarian “Bird’s milk” – “Madártej” is a vanilla custard containing foam dumplings whipped from egg whites, and originates from France. In 1834 this sweet dessert made from milk and eggs made its way to Hungary as deeply loved delight for sweet tooth individuals.

Bird milk is an imaginary name, more than probably a wandering term that originally referred to an imaginary food (its history dates back to antiquity).

The word bird milk has appeared with different names in many European languages since the middle of the 18th century. The Hungarian name as Bird’s milk – Madártej is known in the world having named differently …

The dessert made its success all through the Continent. It can be found in almost all the countries in Europe and even in India … e.g. “Oeufs á la neige” – (eggs on the snow) or “Ile flottante” – are often available in French bistros. The floating islands are known by the English speakers and also for Spaniards. In addition to us, the Romanians also follow the bird’s milk line. The Austrians go on calling it canary milk “Kanarimilch”. In India, “Rasmala” is made without eggs and cardamom, which is also flavored with pistachios and saffron.

Receipt – Ingredients – for 4 person – peparating time: 20 mins.


For the basic cream … 6 eggs separated, pinch of salt, 150 g sugar, 1 liter milk, 12 g vanilia sugar (1 packet), 3 tbs flour, 10 dkg raisins Instead of the 1 packet of vanilla sugar or a little aroma, if possable choose 1 real vanilla stick, it’s worth it, it gives the bird’s milk a yummy taste.

Step-by-step Cooking … Meringues beat egg whites with a pinch of salt until soft peaks form. Add 3 tbs of sugar and beat until stiff. Bring half of the milk and scraped seeds of vanilla stick to boil in a large pot, then reduce to a simmer. Scoop up egg-sized peices of beaten egg white mixture and gently slide into the simmering milk. When the meringues rise, carefully turn them and cook on the other side. (about 1 min. egy side) Set then after aside.

For the vanilla sauce … add the rest of the milk into the pot and let it start to simmer again. Mix the yorks with the remaining sugar and flour. Add the vanillia suger to the simmering milk. Remove from the heat, pour slowly – ladia-by-ladie – into the york mixture, whisting constannly. Then pour the mixture in the warm milk. Add thróe raisin Place the pot back on to the heat and cook over low heat until the sauce sóbegins to ticken.

To assemble and serve, spoon meringues into a glass bowl. Pour the vanilla souce on top sprinkle with raisins. Best is when cold, so store in the fridge for a while before serving, but maybe in between someone has discovered it and many are missing. Then off you go it only take 20 mins to get this yummy dessert ready again.

© Aggie Reiter

Herald News – Reopening Tutankhamun Exhibition @ Budapest

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Wondering & Wandering Back in Time – Through 1334 – 1325 BC. 

Like much else, all the mysteries and treasures of the Tutankhamun Exhibition were quarantined in March at the KOMPLEX on Király utca (King Street) Budapest. The organizers, on the other hand, ensured the supervision of the treasures from the first moment, in addition to the appropriate security measures, and provided continuous guarding of the relics even during the temporary closure. Now, in the period of reopening, the organizers of the exhibition have placed tremendous emphasis not only on the treasures of incomprehensible value, but also on maintaining the health safety of visitors.

“The reopening of the Tutankhamun exhibition is not only for those interested, but being on a kind of holiday to Egypt. A surprise and a special offer: on July 30 and 31, one child per family can view the exhibition for free of charge … only applies to children aged 6-14. Those who arrive on the first few days of the reopening of the Tutankhamun exhibition will have a special experience,” said the communications manager of JVS Group Hungary.

Items seen through the slideshow have been at first glance in 1922 discovery of over 5,000 artifacts by Howard Carter  @ Tunankhamun’s Tomb. Some of his treasure has traveled worldwide and  after the lockdown quarantines the Budapest’s locals and foreigners staying, living in Hungary needn’t have to travel … especially now-a-days … to Egypt nor to London to see and get the feeling visiting the long gone past Egyptian New Kingdom – 18th Dynasty.

The Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities allowed tours beginning in 1962 with the exhibit at the Louvre in Paris, followed by the Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art in Tokyo, Japan. Needless to mention exhibits drew in millions of visitors. Between 1972–1979 exhibit was shown in United States, Soviet Union, Japan, France, Canada, and at the era of the West Germany.

© snaps – Aggie Reiter

First Edition “International Alessandro Narducci Prize” @ Budapest 2019

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Alessandro Narducci  the youngest Italian Michelin-starred chef!

Even though Alessandro Narducci did not live above a pizza restaurant … already had great passion in creating, preparing food specialties in his earlier age.

His parents already saw his addiction in cooking, so as a  gift enrolled him to a cooking school and from there he spread his wings chef’s career. Traveled around the world to catch up, learn through close observation the stratagems from other cook sciences.

Alessandro’s beloved career as a chef and as well been loved by individuals in the professional field was able to share with other individuals his professional life and his private values. His career was short in time ended with a car accident. His parents decided to keep the light on Alessandro’s heritage to the future chef generation as a model by creating an international prize named after their son “Alassandro Narducci Prize.”

The event was organized in the frame of the 9th World Italian Gastronomy Week in Budapest by the Italian Embassy in BudapestItalian Chamber of Commerce (CCIU), Italian Cultural Institute, Italian Institute for Trade Development (ICE Budapest), Italian Tourism Office (ENIT) and Italian Academy of Cuisine at the Budapest’s Italian Culture Institute.  The Tor Carbone IPSEDA School of Catering had prepared in tasting: “Rolling in Puglia on the Pasta Paths”, “Rolling in Tuscany on the Chanti Paths” and “Rolling in Lazio on the Oil Paths, also coupled with tasting the  typical wines from the region of Puglia … Chanti … Lazio.

About the International Alessandro Narducci Prize.

Following the success of the 1st edition of the prize which took place in Rome, the Italian Chamber of Commerce for Hungary and the IPSEEOA Institute „Tor Carbone” decided to replicate this format for the italian community in Hungary, organizing a competition that will be held annually in Budapest- Hungary.

The goal of this unitiative is to promote Made-in-Italy and the Italian Know How, furthermore the synergy with italian hospitality and the training of future generations of chefs.

The rules and the principles behind the prize are coherent with the personality and the chef values represented by Alessandro Narducci.

The prize will be organized in two competitions, for 2 different groups of participants … the chefs and the cooks of the italian restaurant in Hungary with the students of the local cooking schools.

The aim of the competition is to reward both professional cooks and those who are in the beginning of their cooking career. The competitions and the award ceremonies of the Hungarian edition of the prize will take place in November, 2020, as the 5th Week of Italian Crusine will take place.

The competitions and the award ceremonies of the international edition of prizes will take place in the month of May, 2021 in Rome – Italy.

The participants of the 1st edition of the „International Alessandro Narducci prize” will compete in the gastronomic category and other more categories pre-added in the awards, such as: patissere, reception and mise en place.

The jury will be made up of representatives of „ Sistema Italia” of food journalists and of the Hungarian Confederation of Cooks and Hoteliers.

The prize for the winners will be:

A Plaque … A trip to Rome to join the International competition in May, 2021 … A voucher to purchase italian products and a prize kindly offered by Sambuca Molinanri.

Update and snaps Aggie Reiter

 

Artistic Nail Design @ Budapest

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Artistic Nail Design and Freddy Mercury goes well together on Time Square!

Sneak Peak into the Artistic Nail Designs – Nailalliance -Innovators of Beauty press conference was held at the five-star Boscolo Hotel –Budapest formerly New York Palace – Budapest located in the city center which was built at the end of the 19th century.

There is a saying that perfume dress you up, but to be full dressed the nails at the fingertips should not be left out. Are you ready to rock or rather having glittering nails with the star-dust artistic shades. No need to travel to the western side of Europe such as: to Netherland, France, UK or to the other side of the Moon to Australia, Tasmania, Canada or Mexico where there are already Artistic nail designer artist, because in the Central Europe countries the first Artistic Nail products have arrived to three stores in Budapest – Hungary.

Christian Lacheny – Vice President of International Sales welcomed the media representatives, who describe the grounds of the Artistic Nail Design by saying Q.: „The company is 9 years old. Growing around the world. Women want to feel good-by changing the shape, the color of their nails according to their mood, time of the day, just like they do in Hollywood.”

Alisha Rimando – Head of Artistic Nail Design and Creative Director and Published Author. Over 18 years of experience and dedication to education and product development in the nail industry, she brings immense knowledge and skill to the brand and unprecedented team of Educators. As said, the education is a major priority at Artistic Nail Design cause the educators are direct representatives of the brand. The nail technician go through by the highest levels of intensive training in nail design and product application. Artistic Educators are carefully hand selected based on extensive criteria. Alisha Rimando, world champion nail art artist took the floor and talked about the company itself, be saying: Q.: „A couple of years ago, the nail art was considered to be dead.  The nail polish sales, were not too much of an interest. Particularly those of the “special effects” in variety. However in the 21 century it’s clear that nail art did not die.  Seems to be a bigger interest than ever in intricate manicure designs. The company was dreamed by 3 folks and actually all the products are made in L.A. where the warehouse is based and carrying out marketing at the same venue. The professional nail products made by world renown nail technicians. One of the great things about the brand, the company separates apart from other nail producers from around the world, having all nail technicians, who create nail products. The company produce 6 gel polish color collections annually to continuously provide the Nail Artist with a contemporary palette of shades. In addition to more than 100 gorgeous gel polish colors, the Artistic Nail Designers also produces professional nail artistry tools and implements.”

Most of the women want to have their natural nails with beautiful manicure, and with their colorful nails lasting for 21 days without chipping, breaking weak nails. Also there are available shorter period of time to last the nail color. They are paying attention to the current fashion and things that are going on in Hollywood.

Many women wish to change per day the nail colors to match their outfit. With the color revolution they may. With the Perfect Dip Powders, provide the color and strengthen to grow natural nails length, they can save the time at the manicure by having that extra strength. In the beauty sector these nail products are getting more-and-more popular.  Beside the makeup and outfit, the nails can be changed everyday, depending the time of the day or where to go to polish up for the spookiest night.

The Bohemian Rhapsody movie’s advertisement with the Artistic Nail Design was released in the States on November, 12 and became already number one movie  commercial  around the world. The opportunity to collaborate and celebrate this collection with movie industry received a huge press. Around 30 million saw the Bohemian Rhapsody commercial already. The collection on the shelves here in Hungary  and available at 3 Budapest’s Mall Center. Many know, that the flurry of the season is due to all of the running around in search of the idea gift and now that these are available in Budapest the shoppers can get a handle on the holidays with these festive packed goodies.

Update and snaps by 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.

Update: Aggie Reiter

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.

Update Aggie Reiter

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

The 33rd. European Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships – Budapest – 2017.

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May, 19. – 21. 2017. – Budapest

A new European Champion will be crowned at the László Papp Sports Aréna in the Hungarian capital, so we were told at to-day’s  press conference  held by: Dr. Judit Körmendy-Ékes – Chairman of the Hungarian Rhythmic Gymnastics Association, Sándor Altorjai – Secretary General of the Hungarian Gymnastics Association, Miklós Vaszily – CEO of the Media Service Support and Asset Management Fund (MTVA), Erika Deutsch-Lazsányi – Head of the Technical Committee of the Hungarian Rhythmic Gymnastics Association, Andrea Kovács – Competition Director.

At the press event, among other things, it was revealed who will be the members of the Hungarian national team, and who are the world stars to enter the carpet at the arena.

A new generation of stars will emerge in Budapest. In fact, only two former individual medallists are on the roster, Belarussian – Katsiaryna Halkina and Azerbaijan – Marina Durunda.

Already, 36 Federations have had confirmed their participation, with 84 individual senior gymnasts, and 150 junior gymnasts competing in the group exercise. Halkina will be joined by new colleagues Alina Harnasko and Yulia Isachanka who impressed in the junior Championships last year in Holon (ISR). From RussiaAleksandra Soldatova and the Averina twins, Dina and Arina. Viktoria Mazur and first-year senior Olena Diachenko will represent the Ukraine.

Known big name as from Kseniya Moustafaeva – France, Linoy Ashram Veinberg and Victoria Filanovsky – Israel and from Italy – new star Alexandra Agiurgiuculese will meet with Hungarian talentsAlexandra Kis, Míra Váray and Fanni Pigniczcki. In the junior team: Eszter Ákoshegyi, Korinna Borda, Cintia Földi, Dorottya Györe, Anna Juhász,, Emma Juhász, Dea Várkonyi will be on the carpet at the Arena.

Three days with the talented European Rhythmic Gymnastics  rolling the Hoop –  Ball  – Clubs –  Ribbon is a fine and pleasant time to spend the week-end experience an exciting artistic gymnastics by talented sporty girls.

Friday, May, 19. – 10 a.m. (Most wanted for the Hungarian sporty girls to have full house in cheering at the Arena!)

Juniors Group Qualification – Age 13-15 – (1st presentation)

Opening Ceremony

Seniors Individual Qualification – Age 16+ – (Hoop & Ball)

Saturday, May, 20. – 10 a.m.

Juniors Group Qualification – Age 13-15 – (2nd presentation)

Juniors Group Award Ceremony

Seniors Individual Qualification – – Age 16+  –  (Clubs & Ribbon)

Team Award Ceremony

Sunday, May, 21. – 10 a.m.

Juniors Group Final

Juniors Group Award Ceremony

Seniors Individual Apparatus Finals (Hoop & Ball & Clubs & Ribbon)

Seniors Apparatus Award Ceremony

Gala (reminder to the Gala, for those interested and wish to be present at the show must hurry up to purchase their tickets because they have already been largely sold out!)

Alexandra Kis will be competing for the first time in the senior European Championships. She is 17 years old. Started the rhythmic gymnastics  at the age of six. She is relishing the opportunity to show what she is capable of and will do she can to impress family, friends and the audience at the Laszlo Papp Arena.

Children tickets between the age 6-12 years – 50% discount.  At purchasing over 20 tickets – 20% discount from original tickets price
The discounts can not be combined. Tickets at  www.jegymester.hu

Click to access 20170425%20NOM%20entries%20list.pdf

Update and snaps Aggie Reiter