Posts Tagged ‘Hungary’

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

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

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

Movie in Hebrew with Hungarian and English subtitles.

Recommended by: Aggie Reiter

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Recomandation by Aggie Reiter

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

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

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

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

Hopefully my readers will enjoy a ride.

Riport and snaps by Aggie Reiter

Part 2. Autumn Festivals of Museums in Hungary – 2022.

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Part 2. Continuing our tour day program, visited the permanent display of the life of the Camaldolese Priory at OroszlányMajk Camaldolese Hermitage monastery, that lays in the western part Hungary. Was built from the donations of the Eszterházy  and other famous aristocratic families in the 18th-century as a monastery complex. Recently had been renovated in-and-outside and it is considered a true rarity and unique in Europe. Previously noble families gave financial support for the construction of each hermitage, the church tower and the former monastery. The building of the Eszterházy Castle preserves the memory of the monks who once lived there. The monks lived by the Camaldolese order “silent friends”. Strove for spiritual perfection, for this purpose they lived alone praying, combining communal, monastic and hermit life as their daily lives in their cell houses based on strict regulatory principles. Each of them had Officium Rákóczianum prayer book named after Ferenc I. Rákóczi. Their prayer book was written in Latin but had a translation in Hungarian. The monastery built in U-shaped forester  surrounded by high walls. We were invited to have a look inside the 6th and 7th building out of the 17 hermitages. The house size are all same 80 m2 which has a garden size also 80 m2, here the monks grew their own vegetables/herbs. The rooms were all furnished just the way was in use by the monks. Furniture, personal items and cloths were exhibited. The house had a living room, a chapel, a workshop, a woodshed, and an anteroom. A huge mass vestments made of leather was also on display covered by a huge glass. They had strict rules to keep: fasting, physical work, self-restraint, chanting, and obedience. The camaldolian monks of today living in Bielany, near Krrakkó – Poland.

The Tatabánya Museum, located in the Agora of Vértes, presented a tour back to way back the past, visiting the archaeological monuments out on display seens the discovered in the area. Also introduced the modern and recent monuments found during the excavations. At the Tata Castle, bearing the architectural features of six centuries, has been home to the Kuny Domokos Museum since 1954, which currently has five permanent and four temporary exhibitions and all year around can be visited.

Some visited breathtaking venues and exhibition pictures can be viewed by taking a look at the slideshow.

Riport to be continued in PART 3.

Riport and snaps by Aggie Reiter

Be in Japan! Japanese Garden @ 14th District Budapest – Hungary

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Now a little trip to Japan, without flying around 11 hours within the distance of 8923kms/5544MI to gain an insight into the nature fields of Japan … i.e. the Japanese Garden in Budapest/Hungary … To Be In Japan.

Upon invitation from the Cardex Ltd Hungary held a press conference. Their aim is to supports an even greener environment within their green bag campaign. Cardex officially presented its new product, its environmentally friendly gift bags and wrapping paper made of grass paper. As was told: “Every third tree can be saved by using grass paper!” The meeting point to the media representatives and interested parties was at the Japanese Garden – District XIV. Angol Street at the Márton Varga Horticultural and Land Surveying Technical School. The press meeting was held open-air in the superb environment having the lush vegetation which are already leaning towards the Fall. We toured the garden with horticultural engineer Dóra Leber-Mogyorósi. At first passing through the typical torii gate at the most famous corner of the Japanese garden. The Japanese Garden is an oasis where you can right away relaxed and recharged. Green nature is still carrying on in the mid-fall seen around the inner courtyard, where still growing Mediterranean plants.

The Japanese garden is full of symbols … water-permeable gravel pavements create a natural effect that may easily cross from one side to the other by the visitors just like any other solid road surface. The perfect harmony of the huge rocks and the beautifully designed water architectures presented the sight pleasuring for the eyes/ears. Can roll along the paths and feel the peace vibes around to the visitor. The garden built form is type of an archaic lowland tea garden formed the Muromachi period. It lays on architectural tradition the penultimate period of the millennia-long Japanese garden. These gardens are built around the tea ceremony which were meant to be in use for relaxation. The lake system built in the garden helps to slow down, turn inside/onwards.

The garden plants and trees are completely adapted to Hungary’s climatic conditions. Among the plants could see really only native to Japan, may see an ancient rosemary bush, also two beautiful ferns (Gingko biloba), a boy and a girl. In this case, the name really holds its place, because Gingko is dioecious, that is, the stamens and fertile flowers are on separate plants. In April during its season with cherry blossom are dressed in pink offering a beautiful sight and charming fragrant shrub blooms with its pleasant scent reminiscent of jasmine fill the air. Was brought to our attention among many others, the collection of peonies, which gives an amazing sight when in bloom and was told that at the same time 33 different varieties blooming. Most probably rolling along the “Bridge of Sighs” can make a wish … according to legends, their wish will come true. On the spot one of the symbols of the country the Fugi , here a mini construction surrounding rocks, pines to represent by ferns and vegetation. (Fugi is the highest mountain in the archipelago … more commonly known as Fujisan in Japan). The garden plants and trees are completely adapted to Hungary’s climatic conditions. During the tour was also told, in the garden, can see one of the oldest Sichuan mammoth pines in the country. The species was thought to be extinct for a long time, but in 1944 a small herd was found in a secluded valley in China. The school also received two seedlings from successful domestic propagation in the 1950s, one of which survived and has now grown into a huge tree. The oldest tree in the garden is an early maple native, which can be much older than 100 years, next to it stands the Japanese acacia with special shapes, the purple acacia collection includes a variety flowers around in a one-meter cluster of hanging branches.

Was mentioned during the tour, that in the 1930s, at the time being even the Japanese royal couple paid their respects here at a tea ceremony, and were so pleased that they sent plants from the Imperial Palace to the horticulture in return.

At the end of the tour, the participants were treated with vegan dishes from a food truck on the spot.

Worthwhile to pay a visit for those interested in Japanese nature and wish to find a peaceful place outside the hustle and bustle from the Capital of Hungary.

Tickets can be purchased at the school’s entrance on the Kövér Lajos street, where can also get a map to help the navigate in the garden. The garden can be visited by anyone or a group of pupils with their teachers seven days a week from Monday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May also request professional guidance, but this must be arranged in advance. Garden management is open for events, fees for weddings and film shoots by special agreement. Further information … Japanese Garden/District XIV. Budapest

See the snaps through the slideshow taken on the media tour at Japanese Garden.

Riport and snaps Aggie Reiter

Part 3. The Voice of Kékfrankos Reached Near&Far Wine and Gastronomy 2022 @ Sopron

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Part 3. Comes the local culinary specialties and continues with the day after wine tastings of the best Kékfrankoc -Blue Franc Sopron wines at  local wine cellars.

Gastronomic participants of the Day: Krois Brewery – with craft beers, Chocotrade – with chocolate fountain, Harrer Chocolat – wine chocolate presentation, Fertő-Hanság National Park – with gray beef and buffalo salami,  Deák Restaurant, ZAKAnT Restaurant, Bojtorina Vegan Kitchen, Erhardt Restaurant.

The Deák Restaurant‘s roast duck, diced cabbage and caramelized plums were great to  taste. The ZAKanT Restaurant‘s stewed beef cheeks seasoning with Kékfrankos, vegetables with sauce and bacon dumplings. Bojtorina Restaurant‘s tomato and chickpea ragout with roasted vegetables, the taste of black forest’s own recipe was a special experience, furthermore the Avocado bruschetta selection. Erhardt Restaurant‘s wild meat with crushed pumpkin and selection of oranges and Tornácos Restaurant homemade pasta, Dryager sirloin, mushroom velouté, along with new spring onions.

A load of yummies were not missing, tasting snacks, appetizers, desserts, pumkin potato pie, vegan veggie bowls, freshly made 100% hawthorn, elderberry, beetroot saps,  Harrer Chocolat‘s the chocolates were mouthwatering especially pairing with wine&chocolates.

The local artisan Krois beer brought a palette of their rich in flavors in  the Black Unicorn beer, which is a great clean stout, black beer good dark flavor, good hops with a pleasantly coffee, dry finish.

As  getting closer to the nightfall the Four Corners Orchester and the Blue Cafe Band gave a grand music concert.

Spent an overnight resting in the heart of the subalpine climate Lővér Forest at the Hotel Fagus, a 4-star wellness which is situated in Sopron, organized for the staying group by Effix-Marketing Ltd. Civils for Fertőtájért, Sopron Fertő Tourism Development Nonprofit Ltd. Unfortunately, we were not able to spend time in the Spa world with that unique atmosphere, but I would like to highlight the wide selection of excellent buffet breakfast. I can really recommend to stay at the hotel throughout the year … and of course anytime after taking part in an active wine cellar tour.

NEXT DAY’s program was visiting two wineries. One was the HAUER Cellar – Balf. Arriving to the venue looking at the tidy attic house from the street front, no one would think that it hides a tiny winery. The Hauer Cellar is carrying about 300 years of tradition.  Hauer Erik replanted their lands in the Balf area, placing great emphasis on the main variety of the wine region, the Kékfrankos – Blue Franc. In addition to pure and characterful royal princess, they also make excellent Rosé in their cellar. Preservation of the fruitfulness and character of the growing area is mandatory for them in all cases. He said Q.:  “80 percent of what the wine will be depends on the grapes, the rest we add or spoil it.”  Now he grows six types of grapes and from them he makes ten types of wine. The group tasted Hauer Rozé (Kékfrankos) 2021, Hauer Kékfrankos Classic 2016, Hauer Kékfrankos Old Vine 2018, Hauer Királyleányka Pearl Wine 2021.The land, climate was filled in the bottle.

At the LUKA winery – Fertőrákos were step-by-step  tasting of four wines: Zweigelt 2020, Merlot 2020, Kékfrankos 2020, Cabernet sauvignon 2018. We filled a small tasting room, but it was designed in such a manner that on one side, through a large glass wall, can see the barrel aging area and on the other side see a picturesque view of the Lake Fertő.  She spoke about their family tree back to 1560, their coat of arms decorating the snow-white house wall replaces the letter “U” in their name. Enikő doesn’t want to be the biggest, the coolest, the richest, she just wants their name to be well-known everywhere, a guarantee of assured quality. She does not want to produce in large quantities. In the weak year of 2010, six thousand to five hundred bottles were filled, but in better years no more than eight to nine thousand are made. Her wine territory is a total 2.7 hectares. The zweigelt is nearby in Újhegy. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Kékfrankos can be found between  the route of Balf and Fertőrákos.

Riport and snaps Aggie Reiter

Part 1. The Voice of Kékfrankos Reached Near&Far Kékfrankos 2022 – Wine and Gastronomy

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Sopron Capital of Kékfrankos – Blue Franc wine

After a long day gaining full of experience, get ready for the three parts of a long report … really worthwhile to know more about one of the superb wine regions of Sopron close to the Hungarian- Austria border.

The event’s main goal was to promote the Sopron Wine Region and to emphasize the calm, quiet touristic nature of the City and its surroundings.

Upon invitation left Budapest by separate bus for a full-day program to Sopron delivering the press and media representatives.The transportations and participating at the event was organized by Effix-Marketing Ltd. Civils for Fertőtájért, Sopron Fertő Tourism Development Nonprofit Ltd. Beside the Hungarians foreigners from abroad Great Britain, Poland, France and Germany connected in wine industries, journalists and key economic players were off to Sopron. Upon arrival to the prestigious event were present Dr. Schneider István Gábor, Sopron Borvidék Hegyközégé, Vice-Chairman). Mayor City of Sopron – Dr. Ciprián Farkas, and Dr. István Gábor Schneider – vice-chairman of the Sopron Wines whom welcomed the guests. Their presentation gave an update about the wine regions, its gastronomic, cultural diversity and figures of tourist staying at Sopron. The event took place @ the City’s Ferenc Liszt Conference and Cultural Center.

Major Dr. Ciprián Farkas opening words were about the Sopron wines landscape Q”: Sopron true winemaking center which is at the foot of the Alps, at the junction of the Lake Fertő landscape and the Little Plain. This triple unity accompanies activities are a meeting of three cultures here: Hungarian, Croatian and, last but not least, German. The German minority living here played a significant role in the fact that today we can speak of a wine region. Sopron is capital of Kékfrankos, an excellent wine country and region for all three types of wine to grow well: red, rosé and white. Here at Sopron we know that the Sopron wines at the stores are not on the shelves where they should be, but we also know that this performance is achievable together shoulder-by-shoulder to bring together Sopron’s winemakers and we would like to do everything we can to ensure that the Sopron winemakers also undertake this task together. It is their common interest to strengthen the perception of Sopron wine to receive their better assignment.

Dr. Schneider István Gábor, Sopron Borvidék Hegyközégé – Vice-Chairman) presentation concerned that the Kékfrankos blue grape varieties are common because the wines are determined much more by the territory than by the varietal characteristics in Sopron’s territory The international wine academician:  Dr. Attila Fiáth DipWSET – international wine academician, Dr. András Csizmadia – BorSchola founder, teacher, wine expert, Sándor Viniczai – journalist, Tibor Molnár  – Soproni Wine Association, István Kurt Taschner, – general secretary  Hungarian Wine Academy Kékfrankos confirmed their thanks to the climatic and soil properties of the Sopron wine region, it is characterized by acids that enable longer aging. The region’s variegated grape varieties, from Rosé to top-class Kékfrankos in many styles, mostly stem from the characteristics of the place of production. The Róze ripens in the cool climate of Düll on the shores of the Fertő Lake, rich in warmer sunshine, while the Kékfrankos matures.

Many were asking … what it is in a memorable bottle of Sopron’s wine? … The answer was pretty simple … To be worthy representative of the Sopron’s region and characteristics of the landscape. The climate is a badge in bringing the best Kékfrankos. Mostly are manually harvested, crop restriction and are prepared within the traditional and modern wine-making processes. These are mainly aged in wooden barrels, but some of them in use of metal containers. The winemakers here on the spot offered a wide range of fragrant heavy-bodied white, red wines and Rozé and anyone caould taste the Kékfrankos wines from different territory of Sopron.

During the day, two small optional special  winemakers sightseeing tours was available for the visitors. One was offered an insight into the hidden values, curiosities and legends of Sopron. The second “Liquid Sopron” in connection between wines and Sopron. Had told many data i.e. that way back the family’s had a cellar in their own basement as well, which for many up till now was not really known. The main patron to the event Attila Barcza, Member of Parliament, Vice Chairman of the Economic Committee of the Parliament, Chairman of the Tourism Subcommittee who  latter joined the group on the tour.

“Early evening hours round table with the wines”  presentation took place by the international wine academician:  Dr. Attila Fiáth DipWSET – international wine academician, Dr. András Csizmadia – BorSchola founder, teacher, wine expert, Sándor Viniczai – journalist, Tibor Molnár  – Soproni Wine Association, István Kurt Taschner, – general secretary  Hungarian Wine Academy. Spoke about the status of the importance of this event, such as the situation of Hungarian wine, co-operation … young people … wine consumption … wine and brand … growing area, … climate … international recognition … Sopron and its situation of Hungarian wine and other insights. Was a really good and awakening, inspirational conversations. The president of the Borút – Wine Road – Association highlighted the importance while having tastings listen to the winemakers speak about their experience.

Participating Winemakers were already waiting for the guest to stop by at their table for the tasting. These were: Bónis-Reitter Winery, Bruckner Winery, Etyeki Kúria Borgazdaság Sopron wines, Fényes Cellar, Gangl Winery, Hauer Cellar, Hermann Cellar, Horváth Wine, Iváncsics Cellar, Jandl Cellar, Lővér Cellar, Luka Winery, Pfneiszl Estate, Steigler Cellar, Stubenwoll Cellar, Taschner Wine and Champagne House, Töltl Winery, Vincellér Wine Estate, Winelife Winery, Zachár Wine.

Riport to be continued @ Part 2.

Riport and snaps Aggie Reiter



Take a Visit to “Tata Patara 1597” Turkish Historial Festival

In 2022, the “Tatai Patara1597” Turkish Historical Festival will be held for the 14th time  between

June 3-4-5.

The visitors can see the age of fifteen years of war and especially the siege of Tata in 1597.

It is a real historical event, the first deployment of a military technology innovation that gained international recognition in its infancy, and last but not least, the “Hungarian invention”. It is one of the most prestigious festivals of the Turkish era, not only in Hungary, but also in Europe. The basic idea drawn from the past of Hungarian military history also motivated the selection of strategic partners, the Kuny Domokos Museum, the Tatabánya Museum and the MH 25 Klapka Rifle Brigade.

Held in an authentic historical environment, the festival offers the opportunity to organize a large-scale series of events, where, in parallel with the recollection of contemporary military art and the life of the end, exemplary cooperation and moral values ​​- such as heroism, camaraderie, patriotism, faith, friendship, perseverance – which strengthened the co-operation against the Turkish conquerors, the protection of European Christianity, and which must continue to guide us today.

The aim of the historical festival is to present the livelihood and everyday life of the 16th century, striving for historical fidelity in all its details, the way of life and struggle of Christians and Ottoman occupiers, and the after-effects of forced coexistence. All this in an interactive way, involving visitors not only as spectators but also as active participants. With the spectacular demonstrations, military camps, lifestyle demonstrations, duels, programs, exhibitions and castle tours of the camps and the Hungarian village and harem operating as a “live exhibition” with the participation of 250-300 Hungarian and foreign military traders, based on a scenario developed by a military historian. offers a comprehensive program for those interested in military history or history, but may be of interest to any age group. During the entertainment programs, the visitor acquires authentic knowledge about the history of the Turkish era almost unnoticed. The war events are presented in the original Turkish sites, in the Turkish-era defensive system of the Tata castle, in the moat. Our permanent venues are the Tata Castle and the Castle Square, as well as the lakeside part between them to the Esterházy Riding School.

The Yunus Emre Turkish Cultural Institute in Budapest will continue to support our event this year with traditional Turkish folk music, a bazaar, coffee and tea tasting, games and new exhibitions with the participation of Turkish artists. Among our cooperating partners, we can greet and get to know the Turkish Representative Office of the Turkish Council, and the Gül Baba Türbéje Heritage Protection Foundation will arrive with an independent program.

Visitors can see the age of fifteen years of war and especially the siege of Tata in 1597.

Four battles can be seen by the visitors:

Saturday morning … The presentation is in the XVI. It brings to life the moments of Turkish-Hungarian border life at the end of the 19th century. They can see the punishment of the Hajduks by the plundering of Turkish plunderers who violate the camp order, the duel from the challenge to the victory of the champion, the miserable fate of the prisoners and finally the flames of war are released and their forces are measured in a spectacular battle.

Saturday night … In the courtyard of the castle, the preservers of the tradition present the XVI. the end of the century. We can learn about the history of the construction of the castle and the events of the tragic year of 1594, when after the unsuccessful siege of Esztergom the Christians lost Tata and many other castles, which resulted in the prosecution of the captains sending the castle. The story is evoked by texts written on the basis of contemporary letters and chronicles, colored with appropriate music.

Sunday morning … The demonstration shows the cunning attack of the Turks when they want to take advantage of the turmoil caused by setting fire to the camp. However, the hearts of the Christians are in place and the disciplined soldiers will soon overcome the turmoil and disrupt the attackers with the fire of cannons and rifles.

Sunday afternoon … In the courtyard of the castle we summon the famous firecracker attack of Count Miklós Pálffy in May 1597. Based on the count’s former victory report, they can learn the story of the attack, which the traditionalists present in a spectacular siege scene. The patara pops and at the end the Hungarian flag is placed on the ridge of the castle.

Tickets are available at the spot during the festival.

Recommender: Aggie Reiter

City Founders’ Day – National Strudel Festival – Slovak Style Wedding @ Kiskőrös 2022.


During last week-end enormous crowd of visitors gathered at Kiskőrös to be present at the City Founders’ Day and the National Layers Festival.

The event of the program series started at the Sándor Petőfi Cultural Center on Friday at 5 p.m. In the evening, the musical Lord of the Wilds from the creators of the Tesla show was on the main stage. The day’s progam ended with the Rádió97 party disco in Pozsonyi Street.

On Saturday, 9 a.m. on the Pozsonyi Street came the Wedding cooking competition with Chef Lázár, the results was to be announced at 1 p.m. László Domonyi – Mayor of Kiskőrös, officialy open the series of events on the main stage at 11.30 a.m. The main program of the day was the wedding presentation of Slovakia. Those interested could take a look at the behind-the-scenes of the hustle and bustle preparation at several locations. At 2 p.m. on the Petőfi Square, at the groom’s house and at the same time in the Slovak Country House, the bridal house. The visitors could see the mood of the young people preparing to get together.  At 3.30 p.m. the priest held blessing to the young party in the Lutheran church. The a gala dinner started at 6 p.m and a wedding party took place in the main square. Thereafter followed the street ball with Lali & Nani, music TV singers, and a concert at the Birds band at 10 p.m.

The next day, on Sunday, 8.30 a.m. many people were on the spot at the opening of the National Strudel Festival at the main stage. The strudel making and tasting ended at 1 p.m. with the participation of the Slovak and neighboring settlements in Hungary. From 1.30 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. there was musical and dance events on the main stage, following the award ceremony of the Kiskőrös City Wine Competition at 3.30 p.m. The show continued with the Dívák show participating with Enikő Détár, Nelly Fésűs and Judit Ladinek, and from 5.15 p.m. the concert of Imre Rakonczai. The ceremony ball ended and at 8 p.m. concert was given by Fenyő 75.

Update: Aggie Reiter

Hungarian Motion Picture Festival – Video Competition – 2022.

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Be your own filmmaker!

Shoot a movie, even with your mobile!

Win valuable prizes!

The Hungarian Motion Picture Festival, together with the Cinemira, International Children and TEEN Film Festival, is announcing a Video Competition for teenagers under the age of 20 in the framework of the Veszprém-Balaton 2023 European Capital of Culture program. You can enter films with a maximum of 1.5 minutes on the northern shore and southern shore of Lake Balaton, without any genre restrictions. The deadline for entries is May, 25. 2022.

The best 30 works will be screened at the Hungarian Motion Picture Festival in Veszprém this summer, and the best 3 films will win valuable film and Balaton awards.

Not over 20 years old, and interested in film and love the  Lake Balaton, this call is for you! Within the framework of the Veszprém-Balaton 2023 European Capital of Culture program, the Hungarian Motion Picture Festival, together with the Cinemira, International Children’s and TEEN Film Festival, is announcing a video competition with a maximum of 1.5 minutes of films on the northern shore and southern shore of Lake Balaton. There is no genre restriction! It can be an animation, a live-action short film, or even a video clip, all that matters is that it is somehow connected to Lake Balaton. An entrant can start with an unlimited number of short films.

Upload your movie to a link or drive and send it to by May 25th!

The works will be selected by a professional jury of filmmakers. The top 30 artists will receive personal feedback and evaluation from the jury, and their film will be screened on June 11 at the Hungarian Motion Picture Festival in Veszprém.

The best 3 films will win valuable film prize and Balaton awards such as: Summer film workshop with the offer of the Children’s Film Academy worth 42000HUF … Cinemira TEEN – International Film Festival in the Aquarium Club – 3 tickets worth 10000HUF …  CINEMIRA canvas bag filled with the lovable Balaton yummy slices … Adventure sailing for 4 people with the offer of Élmé in Alsóörs … Family tickets to the Bakony Sobri Adventure Park.

Update by Aggie Reiter