Posts Tagged ‘Hungary’

62nd Annual World Press Photo Exhibition @ Budapest 2019.

Hungarian National Museum, Budapest, Hungary

September, 19. –  October, 23. 2019.

District, VIII., 14-16. Múzeum Blvd. – Budapest

Connecting the world to the stories that matter … happend … stunning, impressive and shocking!

The unique photos and new perspectives playing a key role. Each year it shows a dramatic impression of the world. Aims to inform and to inspire the understanding of the world.

The global platform of visual journalism and storytelling was founded in 1955 with the aim of connecting the audience and professionals.

The travelling exhibit is presented in 114 locations worldwide of which the Budapest event is the second most visited. Last year more than 45 000 people visited the award-winning photos in the Hungarian National Museum.

In 2019 photographers from 129 countries entering 4,738 photographs, reviewed by international panel of judges #78,801 photographs and the best 143 were chosen. The 21 journalists and reporters, decided to award 43 photo reporters. One of them was Bence Máté who is a young Hungarian wildlife photographer, received a first price for the second time. His winning photo, “Harvesting Frogs’ Legs”, depicts the sad truth of frog’s legs being chopped off (and sold for gastronomy purposes) while they are still alive.

Ticket Prices: Reduced ticket: 1000HUF, Full price ticket: 2100HUF, Family ticket: 4400HUF

Open hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday: closed.

Update: by Aggie Reiter

Leisure and Pleasure … Come Rain Come Shine!

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To-day Neckermann Travel Tours – Hungary held a presentation regarding to introduce the variety options of the Thomas Cook Tourist Agency offers to the “New Generation of travellers”. These were … Sentido … a little luxury, CC Cook’s Club … New Generation Hotels, Sunwing … Tailored for Kids, Sunprime Hotels … Adults, Casa Cook Hotels …Bohemian lifestyle, Sun Connect Resorts … Families … Family vacation , Smartline … Vacation wisely.  Both partnership goes back to 2001 to Germany when Thomas Cook Travel Agency  joined Neckermann group. Thomas Cook family, one of the best known and respected brands in the travel industry operating 21 markets and offer holidays to most countries around the world.

Cook’s Club Design Hotels… Cook’s Club builds on the success of the boutique hotel: youthful style, demanding care and services to meet the needs of the digital generations at a price that can attract a wider audience.

Looking for a laid-back spirit … for like-minded people to revel, lower stress levels, explore or enjoy some well-needed downtime not too mention having tasty farm-to-table ethos, sharing food.  Thomas Cook’s Club – “New Generation Hotels” … unique color palette for each hotel … well-being for the body, mind and soul … locally sourced menu, inspired by destination. Not only do these hotels focus on good music, great drinks and fantastic food, but can find an incredible atmosphere that’ll define the guests.  Love seeing what’s under the waves?  Find the most inspiration and will not be boring. Visiting the most breathtaking natural attraction? Thomas Cook hotels have change their in-and-outside style from the hotels that “looked like hospitals” from in-and-outside. They refurnished the rooms with more friendly Swedish made products. Upgraded with unique color palette for each hotel kept in mind, well-being for the body, mind and soul. The food is not just the usual old buffet style served, but from locally sourced menu, inspired by destination. The guest may have a chat with the local chief about the food received on their table … where the ingredients are from. DJ’s are to comfy the guest whether morning, daytime, evening or late night.

Retreats to value-for-money possible to choose from many different types. Whether skipping away from the daily routine to a land of striking ancient ruins, glorious emerald coasts, enjoying  stunning holiday resorts and so much on the travelers mind,  The beautiful sandy beach is also great for „Y” generation. These trips can be for short stays depending the time to spend out of the daily rush at home.  Retreats to value-for-money possible to choose from many different types. Whether package holidays, last-minute offers, reaching the dreams, travel with their new premium brand Thomas Cook Signature will take their travelers to the most beautiful hotels in the world to relax with the signature comfort.

In a nutshell: The Thomas Cook Group is the oldest and best known name in leisure travel with a history of innovation that started in 1841. By the end of 1850 Thomas Cook began to contemplate foreign trips to Europe, the United States and the Holy Land. Expanded his business in Britain and Europe in 1855. In the coming years traveled almost throughout the globe. In the 21st century launched the largest travel groups, with new logo and brandy identity. Today, Thomas Cook one of the world’s leading leisure travel groups. Thomas Cook’s vision is to be the best-loved holiday company, delivering inspiring, personalized holiday experiences for all its customers.

Update Aggie Reiter

ITEC Scholars Day – Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation @ Budapest

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ITEC Day – Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation – Budapest – 2018.

The ITEC Day was celebrated organized by the India Embassy, at the Amrita Sher-Gil Cultural Center Auditorium in December, 14. 2018. by the newly appointed Ambassador of India to Hungary – H.E. Kumar Tuhin, who has had replaced H.E. Rahul Chhabra – Ambassador of India to Hungary after his term of office has expired.

H.E. Kumar Tuhin open the floor by welcoming over 70 individuals, including Dr.Sándor Sipas, Director General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade and members of press, members from Indian community, ITEC alumni attended persons and briefly talk about the ITEC itself Q.: „The Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) Program was instituted by a decision of the Indian Cabinet on September, 15. 1964 as a bilateral program of assistance of the Government of India.” Continued: Q.: „The importance is placed on relations with Hungary and the enormous potential that both countries hold for each other. Our bilateral trade is growing very fast. Working towards positive economic impact. The Government of India delivering technical assistance, technology and in many other fields. ITEC offers unique training courses, both civilian and defence, in different centers in India. There are short-term, medium-term and long-term courses every year in a wide and diverse range of skills and disciplines. The useful knowledge and experience gained in India is value, and that undoubtedly bring to their organization national development and experience to their employer by sharing the gain technologies.”

This year 30 individuals from 18 countries arrived in the framework of ITEC scholarship to India and from India 45 persons arrived to Hungary. This year still 3 students left out of ten in participating the ITEC scholars, leaving soon for their courses to India. Within ITEC programs, India shares its experience and expertise together in various fields over 160 developing countries, such as: Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, Central and Eastern Europe, and the Pacific Island States.”

Overall, the three ladies stepped on stage and shared their experiences gain during their ITEC participations. Melinda Irtl Földiné – Yoga teacher attended in 2016 at a ’Special Training Program for Yoga Trainers. She came along with her student Ágnes Demeter who attended in 2018 a Yoga Cyclic Meditation course. As she described the course, in her class were 55 persons from 16 countries. She also underlined that within the number of participants from all religion and colors from around the world were present. There were no problem of differences in faith, nor color they all behaved as a one big family, nothing stopped them from being just-as-one!  Thereafter, Edina Barna – author and digital artist shared her experiences who participated in 2014 at a web designing course. Participated on a 10 weeks web design course with 100 people from the four corners of the world. There were participants from countries that she has never heard before. Appearing as a “full stop” on the world map, and with to-day’s tech she keeps with many the daily contact. She expressed in her name that most probably the participants had a pleasant stay in India within the wonderfully organized course and sightseeing days and well took care of them.

In between the presentations, traditional dance  performance written in the 16th century  took the stage by Sonali Roy – Kathak Dancer and Table artist’s music entertained the audience. There were stunning classical raga fusion show by  Pandit Rajesh Gangani played on Tabla and Zoltán Lantos, performed on Violin. The event was closed with a reception in serving traditional India Food.

Update and snaps Aggie Reiter

Albinoni Chamber Orchestra Jubilee Concert @ Budapest

Italian Cultural Institute – Giuseppe Verdi Hall
Friday, December, 14. 2018. –  6.30 p.m.
District VIII., 8. Bródy Sándor  Street – Budapest

On December 14, the Albinoni Chamber Orchestra celebrates their 50th anniversary of its founding at the Giuseppe Verdi Hall in the Italian Cultural Institute. The Orchestra was founded in 1968, with  physicists and physics students later on music teachers and professional musicians  joined the ensemble. Within their work, they carry out a kind of folk-educative, educational work. They hold free concerts and before each presentation say a brief introduction on the composers and works presented before the pieces.  In their performances pieces of pre-Baroque composers and lesser-known authors can be heard.

The highlights of their anniversary concert … Alessandro Stradella: Christmas Symphony and KantátaTomaso Giovanni Albinoni: D minor oboaverseny – oboaszólista: Ágnes Girgás Giacomo Antonio Perti: Magnificat – with the Albinoni Chamber Choir Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto C-minor RV 509 Giuseppe Torelli: Christmas Shepherd Game (Op. VIII / 6) Alessandro Marcello: D-moll oboaverseny – soloist: László Hadady –  French oboist of Hungarian origin, currently a soloist and professor at the Conservatoire de Paris.

Obligatory reservation is needed through: iicbudapest@esteri.it
Only members of the Italian Cultural Institute with a valid membership card (+1 person) can participate at the concert.

Update by Aggie Reiter

Diplomatic Spouses Fair Budapest – 2018

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More than 50 countries represented from  respective embassies  were present to a good case at the 8th annual Diplomatic Fair hosted in the InterContinental Hotel from 10 a.m- 4 p.m. Entrance fee was 500HUF for adults.The event was organized by the Diplomatic Spouses of Budapest (DSB), where plenty of international food and drinks were served from the participating countries. Around the stalls were showcased specialties and souvenirs from around the world.

The DSB holding of this day goal was in supporting charities, with raised funds, to specific projects that benefit sick, disabled, vulnerable or disadvantaged children – such as to Pető Institute or SOFI, Special Education and Development Institute.

Visitors also enjoyed exciting entertainment which featured music and dance productions.
The DSB was not just an entertaining international day for the whole family, but to also find the time for Xmas shopping.

This year at the Diplomatic Fair at Hotel commenced an awesome and colourful participation by the Indian Embassy within two scintillating performances by Amrita Sher-Gil Cultural Center.The newly assigned Ambassador H.E Kumar Tuhin  to Hungary attended the fair and was touched by the beautiful displays here in Budapest.

Last but not least, the British Ambassador to Hungary himself, a proud Scot clad in his kilt welcomed  two Scot Lads also fully dress from head-to-toe Scottish style (Scottish Kilts … one of the most recognizable symbols of Scotland and Scottish culture) and of course the bagpipe was not missed).

The main attraction so much awaited by the visitors to watch the two Scot Lads playing on bagpipe

Really Stole The Show –

Update, snaps and video by Aggie Reiter

Third Italian Gastronomic World Week – Budapest

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ITALY!  –  EATALY!

November, 19. – 25 . 2018. 

Joining for the 3rd time to the Italian Cuisine world week in Budapest  with more than 130 countries to celebrate Italian Cuisine Week. the initiative will explore the popularity of Italian food, wine, groceries, restaurants all prepared as evidence of the “Made in Italy” brand’s which has been international successful.

At the Embassy of Italy Budapest hosted media representatives to announce the details to the forthcoming series of events regarding to the  A Week of Italian Cuisine in the World.  

Over the centuries, Italy’s universally beloved products have become ambassadors for Italian excellence. For each, all-natural ingredients are incorporated into age-old recipes still followed by generations of artisans across Italy’s 20 regions. Thanks to this passion for tradition and quality, Italy is known across the globe in over a 100 countries for its specialties.

This event includes more than 1000 initiatives and includes over 300 offices between diplomatic and consular offices. The Embassy of Italy Budapest together with Italian Cultural Institutes, also with the involvement of the Italian Institute for Trade Promotion (ICE Budapest), the Italian Tourism Office (ENIT) and the Italian Chamber of Commerce and the Italian Academy of Kitchen to promote top quality Italian cuisine.  The rich program of the events includes thematic menus, gala dinners, seminars  (the story of Italian wine ), food and wine tastings as well as film screening illustrating how Italian food has become part of the history in cinema.

The Italian culinary is art and the Mediterranean diet is just one of the elements that make Italy the most healthiest country in the world.

The backbone of this third edition is promoting Mediterranean Diet and its ingredients …
discussion on healthy diet and/to preventive medicine, with
healthy recipes, quick and easy to make with products available on the local stores will be published on the Embassy website (www.ambbudapest.esteri.it).

The promotion with the “Pasta Pesto Day” initiative, which as a result of the Morandi Bridge tragedy promotes the most typical recipe in the restaurant all over the world, where a portion of the proceeds will go to the Municipality of Genoa .

In addition to enjoying food, the wine takes place on the table and with it the Italian life style comes alive.  There is an Italian saying “By the set table, one does not grow old”. At the event  jointly organized with the Budapest’s ICE Agency curated  Barbara Tamburini, the internationally renowned expert, qualitative growth of Italian vineyards will talk about the 20 regions of 10 vinyards in Italy. The wine-show will be represented by Erzsébet Sala.

November, 19. 2018 – 6.30 p.m. 

Life and Literature “Recitar Eating” – “Recitar mangiando” Italian Culture Institution – Giuseppe Verdi Hall. Theatrical  presentation about the Art of Cooking by three actresses Maria Teresa Ruta, Guenda Goria and Silvia Siravo tell through the various authors of the world in literature, the meaning of food in life, traveling through history, philosophy, psychology, music and poetry.

“An American in Rome” – director Vincenti Minelli –  Italian Culture Institution – Cinema Hall.  Alberto Sordi in the role of Nando Moricone – “Maccarone, you provoked me and I destroy you now, maccarone!

November, 21. 2018 – 7 p.m. ENIT – Gala Dinner – Italian Culture Institution – Giuseppe Verdi Hall. Evening dedicated to Italian and Hungarian tour operators with a dinner focusing on the Mediterranean Diet. ENIT 2019 Activity Program.

November, 22. 2018. – 11.30 a.m. – 1 p.m. “Tradition and Quality” – Hotel Marriott – Budapest

Conference … Traveling around 20 provinces with 10 vineyard regions, introducing the Italian wines.

November, 22. 2018 . 5.30 p.m. Apericena Tasting of typical products of Puglia . During the  evening you can taste a selection of local products from Puglia as the base of the Mediterranean Diet. 

November, 19th – 25th 2018.  Seven-day adventure to the Mediterranean Diet … The Participating Restaurants line-ups: “Da Nandi ” –  ” Gustolato Restaurant “  – ” I Fiori dell’Orto “  –  “Cantine Le Grotte” and  “Azienda Gino Turco”.

Closing the press conference the H.E. Massimo Rustico – Italy Ambassador to Hungary recalled Hippocrates …“Food is your medicine, and medicine is your food!”

At the end of the press conference, the guests enjoyed the hospitality of the Embassy –  Made in Italy snacks, cakes,  Italian coffee and wine tasting took place.

For further information insights to the program visit:

http://ambbudapest.esteri.it/ambasciata_budapest/it/ambasciata/terza-settmana-della-cucina-italiana.html

You don’t want to miss any part of these fabulous events!

Arrivederci!

Update  and snaps by Aggie Reiter

Japanese Days – Grand Market Hall – Vámház Boulevard – Budapest

Three days of tourism in Japan at the Grand Market in Budapest.

The Japanese Day” is an annual family fun day!

A bridge between Hungary and Japan.

November, 6. – 8.

10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

This year the Japanese Days will be on for the 9th year at the Grand Market Hall – Budapest.

Of course, without the support of the Hungarian-Japanese Friendship Society and the support of the Capital and Market Directorate of the Capital City Municipality, we would not be able to organize such a true Japanese culture event.

There are many things to try/visit whilst visiting Budapest. The Grand Market Hall is just one of the spots not to be left out . There are hardly any tourist / tourist groups who have not visited this vibrant fantastic building during their stay in Budapest, but if so then right time to roll over to place.

A plane trip between the two countries not necessary to fly high on the long-haul flight …the locals and foreigners may visit “Little Japan”… gte a taste of the Japanese culture, receive information to attend to exciting tours that Japan has to offer on the spot.
Not to be confused, this is not a Japanese supermarket, but the exhibitors will welcome the visitors offering Japanese selection of cooking ingredients to purchase for locals and foreigners staying in Budapest to prepare Japanese foodies at their home. The sweet tooth’s individuals may as well grab and enjoy the varying sweets and snacks.

No entry ticket is needed to attend …  it is free of charge event  organized under the international cultural days at the Grand Market Hall.

Have a pleasant journey in Budapest visiting Japan … G’shopping.

Hopefully, nobody will be “Lost in Translation” … (remembering a superb movie from 2003, written and directed by Sofia Coppola. )

Update Aggie Reiter