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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 Originally presented, with choreography by Julius Reisinger – Bolshoi Theater, Moscow – March, 4. 1877 but superseded by a new choreographic version by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov  – Maryinsky Theater, St. Petersburg – February, 8. 1895 and subsequently established as one of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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Concerts – International Guitar Festival – Budapest

19. Szeged IGF | International Guitar Festival

April, 9-12. 2018.  –  Budapest

April, 9.  7 p.m. Concert hall of the Italian Cultural Institute
Address: District VIII., 8.Bródy Sándor str. Budapest
Andrea Roberto (IT) solo concert
Giacomo Susani (IT) solo concert
Bozsóki Gergely & Funusual Quintette (HU)  concert

April, 10. 7 p.m.  Concert hall of the Tóth Aladár School of Music
Address: District, VI., 19-21. Szív str. Budapest
Dominik Carevic (HR)  solo concert
Jesse Flowers (AU/DE) solo concert

April, 11. 09:30 – 1.30 p.m. Cervantes Institute
Address: District, VI., 32 Vörösmarty str. Budapest
William Kanengiser (USA) masterclass

April, 11. 7 p.m.  French Institute
Address: District, I. Budapest, 17. Fő str. Budapest
Concert of the prize-winners of the XIV. National Guitar Competiton  Vác
Raphael Feuillatre (FR) solo concert
Tritonus Gitar Trio (Szurgyi Gergely, Molnár Levente, Varga Bálint)
Wine-tasting after the concert.

April, 12. 7 p.m. Budapest Cervantes Institute

Nagy Márton (HU) solo concert, Flavio Apro (BR) solo concert

(International Guitar Festival is the oldest existing and one of the major guitar events in Hungary bringing together the greatest players and hosting acts from all over the World. It is held on April 12-15, 2018 in Szeged and its region. Amusement for open-minded fans of all things guitar in diverse genres like world music (e.g. flamenco) and astonishing combinations with various art forms. Concerts take place in various venues such as concert halls, music bars, churches or your comfortable coach thanks to the live streaming. Interactive guitar courses for amateurs, students, children who can learn from noted musicians. Exciting competition for the best young stars of classical guitar and showcase with masterclasses, training programs. Networking platform for wits and curious professionals (musicians, managers, festival promoters, music institution directors, producers, music journalists). From 2018, the 19th year of Szeged IGF is involved in EuroStrings, the European Guitar Festival Collaborative which is the first European platform gathering 14 classical guitar festivals from Croatia, Finland, United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, Italy, Holland, Montenegro, Bulgaria, Spain, Portugal, Estonia, Bosnia-Herzegovina. This platform with an international reputation and professional structure enables promotion and education of emerging guitar players exchanging artists, events and one of Europe’s major guitar competitions.  https://eurostrings.eu/

The festival was founded by guitarist-composer David Pavlovits in 1999, he gave concerts in more than 30 countries. He is the head of guitar department at the University of Szeged which is one of the most successful and popular communities of classical guitar in Hungary.)

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Kaláka Concert ends Jubilee Year to János Arany

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

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

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

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

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

The concert will be held in Hungarian language.

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The 5th Madách International Theater Meeting (MITEM)

National Theater

April, 10–29 2018.

14 countries, 26 shows on 3 stages

District, IX. 1 Bajor Gizi Park – Budapest

„I was born to share love, not hate”

Quotation from Edit Kulcsár – festival organiser: “We chose this sentence of Sophocles as the motto for the 2018 MITEM as we believe it to best encompass what the international theater festival of the National Theater will be about this coming spring.”

Participating countries: Belgium, Estonia, Croatia, India, Lebanon, Hungary, Germany, Italy, Russia, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Tunisia, Ukraine.

Švejk: The return – 7 p.m. April, 10. 2018. and 6 p.m. April, 11. 2018.
Director: Valerij Fokin. Based on the play of Tatyana Rakhmanova
Alexandrinsky Theater – Saintpetersburg Russia
2Hs without break – Main Stage

Georg Büchner: Woyzeck – 8 p.m. April, 11. 2018. and 7 p.m. April, 12. 2018.
Director: Attila Vidnyánszky Jr.
National Theater Budapest Hungary
without break – Gobbi Hilda Stage.

William Shakespeare: III. RICHARD – National Theater Budapest Hungary – 5 p.m. April, 13. 2018. and 3 p.m. April, 14. 2018.
(at the MITEM: Performed in Hungarian, with English subtitles)
3Hs with 1 break – Gobbi Hilda Stage.

Sophokles: OEDIPUS REX 16 – 8 p.m. April, 13. 2018.
Director: Rimas Tuminas
Vahtangov State Theater, Moscow, Russia
Performed in Russian and Greek with Hungarian and English subtitles.
1′ 40″ without break – Main Stage.

Bertolt Brecht: THE CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE 16 – 7 p.m. April, 14. 2018. and 7 p.m. April, 15. 2018. – Director: Michael Thalheimer
Berliner Enseble, Berlin, Germany
Performed in German with Hungarian and English subtitles.
1′ 50″, without break – Main Stage

THE CHERRY ORCHARD – 9 p.m. April, 14. 2018.
Director: Yaroslav Fedoryshyn
Outdoor performance – FREE ENTRY
Voskresinnia Theater, Lvov, Ukraine
Open space performance, Nathional Theater, in the front of the “Ship”
1H without break – Theater’s garden

Günter Grass: THE TIN DRUM 14 – 8 p.m. April, 16. 2018. – Director: Oliver Reese
Berliner Ensemble, Berlin, Germany
Performed in German, with Hungarian and English subtitles.
1′ 50″ without break – Gobbi Hilda Stage

Alice – Upon the book of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll – 8 p.m. April, 17. 2018. – Director: László Bocsárdi
Tamási Áron Theater and SZempöl Offchestra’ co-operation, Sfântu Gheorghe, Romania
Performed in Hungarian with English subtitles.
1′ 45″without break – Main Stage

Mudar Alhaggi: YOUR LOVE IS FIRE – 4 p.m. April, 18. 2018. – Director: Rafat Alzakout
Theater un der Ruhr – Collective Ma’louba, Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany
Performed in Arabic with Hungarian and English subtitles. 1′ 30″ without break – Kaszás Attila Stage

William Boyd: LONGING – Director: Elmo Nüganen – 7 p.m. April, 18. 2018.
City Theater, Tallinn, Estonia  Performed in Estonian, with Hungarian and English subtitles. 3′ 5″ with 1 break – Gobbi Hilda Stage

BODY REVOLUTION / WAITING – 5 p.m. April, 19. 2018. – Toneelhuis, Antwerpen, Belgium. Performed in Dutch, French, English, Arabic, with Hungarian and English subtitles – 1H without break – Kaszás Attila Stage

Alexander Ostrovsky: THE STORM – 7 p.m. April, 19. 2018. – Director: Andrey Moguchy
Tovstonogov Bolshoi Drama Theater (BDT), Saintpetersburg, Russia – Performed in Russian with Hungarian and English subtitles. – 2′ 15″ with 1 break – Main Stage

Roberto Ciulli – Matthias Flake: CLOWNS 2 ½ – Clowns in Storm 12 – 9 p.m. April, 20. 2018
Director: Roberto Ciulli. Theater an der Ruhr, Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany
Performed in German with Hungarian and English subtitles. 3′ 10″ with 1 break – Gobbi Hilda Stage

MAY HE RISE AND SMELL THE FRAGRANCE  – 5 p.m. April, 21. 2018. – Director: Ali Chahrour – Ali Chahrour Társulata, Bejrút, Libanon. In Arabic with Hungarian and English subtitles. 1H without break – Kaszás Attila Stage

TSESHO – WHAT’S THAT? Puppet cabaret – 8 p.m. April, 21. 2018. – Director: Troitskyi Vlad – CCA “Dakh” & Teatr-Pralnia/Laundry Theater, Kiev, Ukrajna. Performed in Ukrainian and English with Hungarian subtitles. 1H without break – Gobbi Hilda Stage

József Katona: Ban Bánk – 3 p.m. April, 20. 2018. – Director: Attila Vidnyánszky. National Theater – Budapest- Hungary. 2′ 20″ without break – Gobbi Hilda Stage

PINOCCHIIO  – Director: Antonio Latella – 7 p.m. April, 22. 2018.- Carlo Collodě’s novel by Antonio Latella, Federico Bellini, Linda Dalisi – Piccolo Teatro di Milano – Teatro d’Europa, Italy – In Italian with the Hungarian and English subtitles. 2′ 50″ with 1 break – Main Stage

Jalila Baccar – Fadhel Jaïbi: VIOLENCE(S) – 7 p.m. April, 23. 2018. – Director: Fadhel Jaïbi
Tunesian National Theater, Tunis, Tunesia – Performed in Arabic with Hungarian and English subtitles. 1′ 50″ without break – Gobbi Hilda Stage

Pierre Beaumarchais: The Marriage of Figaro – 7 p.m. April, 24. 2018. -Director: Sardar Tagirovsky – National Theater Budapest Hungary with 2 breaks – Main Stage

LOVE SONGS BEYOND SPACE AND TIME – BY BAULS OF BENGAL – 6 p.m. April, 25. 2018. – Director: Parvathy Baul – The Group of Parvathy Baul – India – 2Hs without break – Gobbi Hilda Stage

Matei Vișniec: MIGRAAANTS – Or There’s Too Many People on this Damn Boat – 4 p.m. April, 26. 2018. – Director: Zalán Zakariás – Tomcsa Sándor Theater – Odorheiu Secuiesc Romania – Performed in Hungarian with English subtitles. 1′ 50″ without break – Gobbi Hilda Stage

August Kitzberg: THE WHEREWOLF – 7 p.m. April, 26. 2018. -Director: Sergey Potapov
R.A.A.A.M. Theater – Tallinn – Estonia – Performed in Estonian with simultaneous interpretation in Hungarian and English. – 2′ 25″ with 1 break – Main Stage

Compania Sincara (after Cervantes): DON Q – Fragments of a Knight’s Tale – 5 p.m. April, 27. 2018. – Director: Rico Dietzmeyer / Compania Sincara – Compania Sincara Cammerspiele Leipzig Germany – Performed in German with Hungarian and English subtitles. – 1′ 10″, without break – Kaszás Attila Stage

Danilo Kiš: A TOMB FOR BORIS DAVIDOVICH – 8 p.m. April, 27. 2018. – Director: Aleksandar Popovski – Novi Sad Theater Novi Sad Serbia – Performed in Hungarian with English subtitles.
1H 30″ without break – Gobbi Hilda Stage

Homer: THE ILIAD  – 7 p.m. April, 28. 2018. – Director: Jernej Lorenci – Slovenian National Theater (SNT) Drama Ljubljana, Ljubljana City Theater, Cultural and Congress Centre, Ljubjana, Slovenia – Performed in Slovenian with Hungarian and English subtitles. – 3Hs with 1 break – Main Stage

Anton. P. Chekhov: IVANOV – 6 p.m. April, 29. 2018. – Director: Eimuntas Nekrošius
Croatiian National Theater Zagreb – Performed in Croatian with Hungarian and English subtitles – 3′ 30″ with 1 break – Gobbi Hilda Stage

Tickets: jegy@nemzetiszinhaz.hu

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The 33rd International Palace Games at Visegrád – 2017.

International Palace Games at Visegrád – 2017.

July, 7 – 9. 2017.

Hungary’s largest celebration event at the unique and credible historical environment indeed will be showing a slice of Hungary’s medieval history, commemorating for 33 years. Replaying the 1335 Visegrád kings meeting, when Róbert Károly called the Czech and Polish rulers to the courthouse where was held a huge celebration with medieval dances for the guests and their entourage. This was one of the most important events of medieval Europe.

Calling Hungarians and foreigners to travel back in time for almost 700 years, as around 1,000 people from almost 10 countries in Europe dressed in traditional costumes appear at Visegrád. During the three days kings, battlefields, street comedians and dancers overwhelming the streets. The event also holds three different international tournaments, which will be held 10 times during the festival’s 3 days in the original course of the Royal Palace. On horseback tournaments, Europe’s best traditions show battle scenes, horse and pedestrian battles, falconer and archery shows, dance shows, and also traditional canals such as costume archery and live racing. In addition to the knights tournaments, there are more than 100 programs in the city that await visitors during the event. On the open-air stage, era’s music concerts, medieval dance shows, comedy shows and a children’s puppet theater are waiting for the audience between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. every day, and handicraft fair with more than 100 merchants ont he spot. Throughout the day, street enthusiasts and comedians entertain the guests all day, and as in the past, they will also be able to showcase craftsmen’s shows. On Friday and Saturday, after the evening torch tournaments, the Royal Wine Yard will host a party at 2 p.m., where concerts and dancing parties await guests. The V4 street, where the countries of the Visegrád Co-operation are presenting themselves, promise to be a specialty in the cozy piano line.

Visitors with only one ticket can enter and view the exhibitions at the Royal Palace and the Solomon’s Tower, the colorful programs taking place there, and the programs of the Wine Yard’s open-air stage, the fair and the city park. To the knights tournaments need to have a special entry ticket.

Visitors can enjoy a number of ticket discounts: ticket sales and tickets for knight tournaments as well as pre-announced group ticket purchasers are provided free of charge by day-ticket organizers. The same is true of those who wish to travel by on boat to Visegrád can take an excursion boat on the River  Danube to the International Palace Games of Visegrád (any three days). During the festival there will be free parking in the city area, but keep in mind those interested to visit the venue better to arrive early.

The International Visegrád Palace Games were held for the first time in 1985. Today, the festival has become to be a massive performance, attracting international attention to the most important historical sites of Hungarian culture and European culture. In the history of the festival, it is an important milestone that the Royal Heritage of Visegrád was awarded the European Heritage title in 2009 as one of the most important historical monuments. The prize is a priority in European history that has played a prominent role in the European dimension of buildings, memorials and cultural goods. In 2015, the International Festival of Visegráds won the EFFE (Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe) award for the best festivals in the European Union’s most important cultural and artistic event. Performers from Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Italy, Germany, Serbia, Slovenia, Austria, Transylvania and Russia will attend the event. According to surveys for tourism, the festival is the second best known attraction in Visegrád. The Visegrád International Fireworks is organized by Pro Visegrád Cultural Service Provider Nonprofit Ltd. The main sponsors of the event are: International Visegrad Fund, National cultural Fund, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Affairs, OTP Bank Ltd., Gambling Nonprofit Kft.

For a detailed program of Visegrád International Palace Games and ticket information,  visit http://www.palotajatekok.hu

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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

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Visit Gyula for many reasons … Chapter3.

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Reason1. … would be to visit the Gyula Castle Spa, one of the third superb in every sence at the bath of mineral healing water.  The members of  press were taking on a spa tour by Vanda Dombovári – communications and marketing director and learned once you are at Gyula don’t be on a run to gain that special experience. Enjoy every minute healing your body and soul. The Gyula Castle Spa at 8.5 hectare park of the Almásy Mansion, that also stands as nature conservation area. Each year thousands of Hungarians, foreigners from Austria, Germany, U.K. and from the other side of the border reach a number of 10000 guests per day.  A mass visitors year-after-year again returning as guests, spending short and long stays during their holiday. The Castle Spa has also a therapeutic contingent operating full year around with assistance of supervision of rheumatologist, physiotherapist and sports specialist. More than thousands of words can be said of the awesome  power of natural mineral water coming from beneath 2005 meters in-depth chlorinated healing water of 72C reaching 10 pools. but to feel the healing heat of the spa must Visit Gyula to have that experience.  It also has a 3-5 meter in-depth diving pool for adrenaline lovers. Slides cannot be missed , where there is a family slide,  the very popular “light tunnel”, also body slide and  enjoying the one and only in Hungary the unique sliding going upwards inclining the dropping in line tube slide in a unique way. Playground in the pool for small children with their Mum and Dad where they can explore the water world. There is also a nursing room converted as a special place e.g. warming baby food  etc. To enhance with family, friends  with a separate ticket can visit the Aqua Park where throughout the year’s 4 season provides fun and entertainment for all age to relax and heal at the same time at this 5 stars  in-and-outfdoor baths.

In between the visiting  the marvelous Castle Spa, before heading to the Almásy Mansion our day’s plan organized by Dr. Ernő Görgényi – Major of Gyula and  Aliz Komoróczki – managing director – Gyula Tourism Office was invitation to ease our appetite at the another excellent gastronomy place, the Várkonyi Bistro and Bar. The food was just from the oven, yummy and top class.

Reason2.  to visit the Almásy Mansion … was a fine time to visit, because the temporary exhibition titled „Relics of the Martyrs of Arad in Gyula” is on view until March, 19. 2017. These martyrs played a huge role in the Hungary’s history, 10  out of 13 generals later executed in Arad for their part in the Hungarian Revolution, surrendered on the premises of the mansion at August, 23. 1849 and left for Arad to meet their fate.

Feel like going back in time and enjoying the atmosphere, relaxing as in the old days the residences of the nobility did. You will be certainly driven on the path of Hungary’s history lane by the power and emotion that the Almásy Mansion holds for the visitors. There are permanent and temporary exhibitions throughout the year.

The Almásy Mansion has a long history … following the reduction of the territory occupied by the Ottoman Empire, Baron Johann Georg Harruckern of Upper Austria was allowed to purchase almost the entire territory of Békés County from the Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI, the King of Hungary, in return for his services in the wars against the Ottomans. He set about intense repopulation in Békés County. A large number of Hungarians, Slovaks, Germans and Romanians arrived and settled in the county.

At the Mansion, there is a possibility to purchase, select some gifts from craftsmen of the Békés Country at the mansion’s souvenirs store. There are replicas of objects and items to take home as a piece of the Hungarian history. These items surely will hold memories of your stay at Gyula – Hungary. While exploring its exhibition it’s a fine time to have an exquisite coffee with their speciality of cream cake, beverages offered at the Mansion Café.

To reach both venues from Budapest drive on the M5 motorway and the M44 road and guests arriving from Szeged or Debrecen along the 47 road via Békéscsaba will arrive to  the City of Gyula.

Below a bit of background about the Almásy Mainson (source: Almásy Mansion). “The Almásy’s is an old noble family from Zsadány and Törökszentmiklós, were linked to the mansion through the marriage of Countess Stephanie Maria Wenckheim and Count Kálmán Almásy. Their son Dénes (Dennis) and his wife Ella Károlyi Almásy were very popular in Gyula due to their “infinite modesty”. The count’s wife donated large sums to support the building of the grammar school and the nearby József Sanatorium.

The Harruckern-Wenckheim-Almásy Mansion in Gyula also played an important role in Hungary’s cultural life. In 1746 it was the first mansion in Hungary to house a theater performance.The grandfather of Ferenc Erkel, the composer of Hungary’s national anthem lived in the mansion as a house musician and master of ceremonies. The great composer Ferenc Erkel himself was a frequent visitor. Members of more than one generation of the Erkel family gave piano concerts during soirées at the mansion. The famed artists Mihály Munkácsy started his career as a painter under the tutelage of Elek Szamosy, who was in charge of making copies of and restoring old family portraits and other paintings in the family’s collection.”

Reason3.  … Can heartily recommend to gain own experience, explore the real gem that determines the city by  Visiting Gyula!

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