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Overview – School Time Began Around the World

Exploring educations at some of the schools Worldwide!

Do you still remember the nervous, yet awaiting feeling that has come to you during the first weeks of schooling? In most parts of the world, there is still a lot of excitement, as there are many places in the school now. However, there are huge differences in how they are preparing for this time in different countries around the world. Let’s look at some surprising educational features that seem to us most unusual for most of us!

Hungary – In Hungary there are many possibilities: our children can go to private or public institutions, but we can also choose teachers from traditional or alternative education. However, few people know that the digitization of education has already come in Hungary: the Samsung Smart School’s classrooms at Miskolc and Jászfényszaru provide the most up-to-date information and communication tools for students who can acquire knowledge in an innovative and interactive way

Australia – The Aussie students will be having shortly School-Out summer vacation, but their school days will be back! In the meantime updating Downunder how the education is going.

The major part of Australia, which stretches from 7,692,000 square kilometers, consists of a desert country, which seems to be uninhabited. However, even in these abandoned areas there are families and small communities where children can attend state education even if there is no school nearby. But how? The solution is the Australian government’s School of the Air program, originally by radio, and nowadays, with the help of the Internet, they give individual or group lessons to children, who in the afternoon will solve their tasks with their family members.

Finland – We have often heard about Finnish education being one of the world’s best teaching systems. There, students tend to feel as if they are going to a playhouse instead of a strict school, and this encourages them to learn. In the informal education, the teacher and his personality also play an important role: for example, many have not participated in teacher training, in order not to teach them later on in accordance with predetermined rules. From then on, a variety of methods and aids come int he class hour: board games, tales or even role-playing games are part of everyday education as textbooks.

South Korea – While the Finns are trying to ban technology from education, in South Korea, the main elements of school hours are digital devices. For example, the touchscreen Samsung TS-3 smart card used in the Korean Gyeseong Primary School is used not only for simple portrayal of teachers, but also distributes information and tasks to students’ tablets, who can instantly solve them or ask questions. The results of the innovative method they speak for themselves: research shows that students have been able to concentrate more on the subject for a longer period of time and have been more enthusiastic about the classroom communication. Their thinking was also gained by the digital knowledge that has become unavoidable today.

Iceland – In Icelandic culture and traditions, the acquisition of special binding techniques plays an important role, which also means that all real Icelanders have at least one hand-knit sweater. The bonds are so seriously taken by the locals that they have made compulsory allergy in primary schools for boys and girls alike. While in the morning in Hungary the calculator, the booklets and the textbooks are placed in the schoolbag, for the Icelandic students the knitting needles should not be forgotten at home.

Updating Press release: Aggie Reiter

LEN Champions League Final Six – Danube Arena – Budapest 2017.

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District, XIII.,  34.  Népfürdő  Str. – Budapest

The Final Six of LEN Champions League will take place at the Danube Arena between May, 25-27. 2017. Top men’s water polo players fight for victory on the continent in a traditional six-group tournament. The tournament will be the first international event held in the Danube Arena, venue of the swimming and diving events of the 17th FINA World Championships.

Title defender Croatian Jug Dubrovnik, last year’s silver medallist Greek Olympiacos, Italian Pro Recco and AN Brescia, as well as two Hungarian top teams, last year’s bronze medallist Szolnoki Dózsa-Közgép and ZF-Eger will participate in the Final Six this year. The three-day-long event offers high quality game for spectators and fans.

Although the water polo tournament of the 17th FINA World Championships will take place in Hajós Alfréd Swimming Stadium, the atmosphere of the Final Six, the impressions of the Danube Arena will provide a foretaste of what is anticipated during the World Championships in this facility.

The Final Six will feature a number of water polo players playing in the Hungarian, Italian, Serbian, Montenegrin, Croatian, Spanish and Greek national teams at the World Champs, also. This tournament will be an important one concerning preparations for the World Champs. Tamás Märcz, head coach of the Hungarian team, for instance is to decide about the final roster for the World Champs following the Final Six.

At the event’s press conference Tamás Gyárfás, FINA Vice President, Alexander Sostar, LEN Bureau member (conveying the greetings of Paolo Barelli, LEN President, also), Dénes Kemény, President of the Hungarian Water Polo FederationMarco Birri, Operational Manager of LEN welcomed the organisers in  bringing the superb event to Budapest.

They all agreed that it is a privilege and at the same time a great opportunity that it will be the discipline of water polo which will debut in the central venue of the 17th FINA World Championships.

Organisers expect more than 15-18 thousand visitors during the 3-day Final Six tournament (4 LED screens  will be ensuring better visibility for the water polo lover audience).

In the course of this programme the official opening ceremony of the Danube Arena will take place at 2.30 p.m. on Saturday.

Thursday, May, 25. – quarterfinals:  Olympiacos-Jug Dubrovnik, 7 p.m.  and  ZF-Eger-AN Brescia, 8.30 p.m.

Friday, May, 26. – semi-finals  – for the 5th place 5.30 p.m.
Olympiacos/Jug Dubrovnik-Pro Recco, 7 p.m. , ZF-Eger/AN Brescia-Szolnoki Dózsa-Közgép, 8.30 p.m.

Saturday, May, 27. – finals Bronze medal match, 3.15 p.m., Final, 4.45 p.m. ending with Gala Ceremony.

Update and snaps Aggie Reiter

Isonzó Express – The Path of Peace … from the Alps to the Adriatic

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July, 16-20, 2017.

The journey time is 5 days / 4 nights.

To-day was announced at the Western Railway Station’s Royal Waiting Hall  the coming Isonzó Express journey to take place this year between July, 16-20. The MÁV nostalgia launches a historic special trait – back in time – which is not only important for those individuals to have an opportunity to pay  commemoration to their fallen great-grandfather on the front,  but to present the patronage of to-day’s generation, to get acquainted with historic venues where Central European‘s  soldiers fought and died during the First World War.

The train runs along  the Semmering Hage through the world’s first high-mountain railway line, which was handed over in 1854. During the journey, the train pass through 14 tunnels, 16 viaducts and more than 100 stone bridges and gateways  fitting  into the mountainous landscape.

During  rolling on the tracks, photo exhibitions and traditional military demonstrations can be seen. The lectures of the historians of the First Great War are complementing the program. At the Orpheum car,  János Csík with his friend musicians will be playing  those soldiers  songs, sang during  the war.

Ticket Reservation: www.mavnosztalgia.hu

Update and snaps Aggie Reiter

Hungarian Breweries huge recognition of the high quality of artisanal beers – Dublin Craft Beer Cup 2017

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No Mistake … it is clear by now that in addition or should be said beside the already great Hungarian wines, great beers homeland became Hungary!

Humans are equipped with the ability to taste, smell and scent, the mouthfeel of foods and beverages. These senses work in combination to give an overall impression of what is being consumed. There are also other factors that play influence whether we find a taste desirable or not.  When it comes to tasting beer, what constitutes a „good beer” and a „bad’ beer”? Firstly, there are many different beer types and people will gravitate to what suits their palate. In breweries and ciders across the world, no matter how much testing and measuring goes on during production, not a single batch is released unless it is tasted by competent people to ensure that it is of the right quality and has the right flavour attributes for that drink type … isn’t that good to know!?!

The Alltech Craft Brews & Food Fair Ireland’s largest craft brews fair, opened its doors for the three-day festival at The Convention Centre Dublin. This year gold medals were awarded to outstanding brews from Hungary, Ireland, Germany, Japan, Switzerland, Spain New-Zealand and so forth.

During the 3 days it was more than just a craft beer festival, having craft cider, craft spirits and craft wine whereas was more than something to tempt all taste buds.

Now getting to the point to this year’s Dublin Craft Beer Cup competing out of 370 craft beers.Twenty-three Hungarian beers in Ireland were awarded at the craft beer festival.

Hungary participated within 44 beers from 11 breweries which also out came with prizes. This year the Hungarian beers received a huge recognition of the high quality of artisanal beers produced in Hungary.  The big winner at the Alltech Craft Brews & Food Fair was produced by Ádám Dudok and Máté Ábrahám  the Horizont Saison Witbier – „Fűtőház” namely 327-139 stout brewery beer received the gold medal from the 28-strong international jury. The award was presented by Dr. Pearse Lyons – founderpresident of Alltech, and Dr. Gearoid Cahill – director of brewing science at Alltech in Dublin, Ireland.

Other Hungarian breweries as: HeatingHouse, Hopfanatic the HopTop, Mad Scientists, Maecenas Beer Brewing Co., Synthesis Workshop also received silver and bronze medalist for their boasts beers. The Etyeki Beer Manufactory, a Monyo Brewing co., RothBeer beers were rewarded with a bronze medal.

The grand prize was handed over on last Thursday evening in Dublin. The gold, silver and bronze medals were collected by the prize-winning breweries and those not present in Dublin at the ceremony were handled over at the Krak’n Town Steampunk SaloonBudapest (By-the-way an excellent Irish food place to have a bite or two…!)

Should like draw the forthcoming organizers attention and would like to recommend that in the future the charters hold the name of the “Country”  which the beer received the award … Thus, the beer lovers find information about which part of the world’s favorite straight draw they are enjoying.

Many may know by heart, as beer experts say… „Some ciders can be thin, dry, fruity and acidic. Which do you prefer – that’s up to your own personal taste. That’s the great thing about beers and ciders – you can find many that suit your palate. Pilsen beers can be thin on mouthfeel, taste quite bitter with no sweetness from the malt, giving a crisp clean bitterness with some fruity from the esters produced by the yeast naturally during fermentation. Some ales have body with a creamy mouthfeel, sweetness from the malt, bitterness from hops and also a great hop aroma from other hop types. Now ain’t that a hug variety when it come to have a pint of beer.”

 

Update and snaps Aggie Reiter

Cultural market 2017 on its way!

Ivan Fischer Photo: Marco Borggreve

Ivan Fischer
Photo: Marco Borggreve

The BFO’s Music Director – Iván Fischer will be conducting Ravel, Debussy, Dutilleux, Bartók, Schubert, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Mahler, Liszt and Strauss, and also launching a new series called Rising Stars, in which he provides an opportunity for young conductors to introduce themselves.
Being curious how the 73-year-old world-class pianist Richard Goode plays Beethoven? Would like to listen to a real Russian program conducted by Dmitri Kitayenko?Interested in what the Estonian genius, Paavo Järvi does on the stage? Would rather spend an evening with the legendary Greek violinist Leonidas Kavakos? All possible in the new 2016/17 season of the Budapest Festival Orchestra.

In the season of 2017 there will be many artistic highlights to suit a wide scale of musical interests from orchestral concerts to Baroque, Rising Stars, and Back to Nature – chamber music series.

The upcoming season will once again include a busy touring schedule, which will see the BFO taking up residency at the San Sebastian Festival, a Far East tour with performances in China and Korea, and a major US tour with concerts in New York, Chicago and Boston.

In brief about the new series…

The BFO will be launching two new series in the upcoming season. The concert series Rising Stars gives three young and talented conductors, each of them special to the orchestra, the opportunity to introduce themselves to audiences. As Iván Fischer put it when describing the series, Quote: “We want to develop the next generation of performers, and naturally that includes conductors at the beginning of their careers. I vividly remember what it was like when I was similarly thrown in at the deep end a few decades ago. It was so helpful to see so many pairs of friendly, supportive eyes in the concert hall. Please give these new youngsters a smile.”

The three conductors making their stage debuts will be Gergely Dubóczky and the Australian Vladimir Fanshil, both of whom have spent years working alongside Iván Fischer as assistant conductors, and Victor Aviat of France, who may be familiar to BFO audiences primarily in his role as an oboist.

The other new programme, Back to Nature, is a series of chamber music concerts performed in the orchestra’s rehearsal hall, where our musicians will play pieces by Bach, Vivaldi, Telemann, Brahms and Mozart on period instruments. Among the rare instruments on stage will be a Graf piano.

The Festival Orchestra’s Baroque Ensemble will be performing several concerts during the season: a real luminary of old music, Japanese-Bavarian violinist Midori Seiler will visit twice, performing an Italian and a German concert, while Hervé Niquet will join local musicians as artistic director and concert master for a performance of French baroque music.

First concert – January, 27. – 7.45 p.m. 

Béla Bartók National Concert Hall –  District, IX., 1.Komor Marcell street.

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 1 in C major
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major
Ludwig van Beethoven. Symphony No. 5 in C minor

Conductor:Iván Fischer
Soloist: Richard Goode – piano

Online access: Tickets can be purchased at http://www.bfz.hu and/or http://www.jegymester.hu.

Update Aggie Reiter

Ballet … Passion … Love … Life … Budapest

Just in front of the doorstep at the Italian Institution of Culture - Budapest

Just in front of the doorstep at the Italian Institution of Culture – Budapest

InternationBalLET

Monday, December, 5. 2016.

Italian Culture Institution  – Budapest

District, VIII. 8. Bródy Sándor  Street

6.30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

The InternationBalLET was established in the year 2016 by the Italian Cultural Institute and the Hungarian State Opera House in cooperation of foreign dancers. The beautiful art formation will bring a taste of somewhat a bridge between ballet and modern dance, giving the opportunity to locals and foreigners to be in the audience to enjoy the beauty artistic show.

InternationBalLET – Passion, Love, Life has previously been presented at two superb performances this year, during the summer at the Teatro Magnolia (Abano Terme, Padova) and at the Teatro Vascello (Rome). The “preview show” was on May, 23. 2016. at the Italian Institute of Culture and was a huge success with a full house and now coming back with its unaltered performance to its birth place to Hungary. On this evening first to be heard in the world: E-motion – Christian Calcatelli compositions.So for visitors who have passion, love for dance this will be their night enjoying the One Night artistic journey. 

InternationBalLET is getting ready to be dancing alongside with the Italian contingent dancers from Hungary, Croatia, Ukraine, Japan and Russia artists, namely:  Angela Mingardo, Nika Crnic, Yuka Asai, Kristina Starostina, Tatiana Melnik, Rosa Pierro, Umberto Aragno, Gergely Leblanc, Gaetano Cottonaro, Mario Genovese, Mark Biocca, Pierpaolo D’amico, Lurii Kekalo. Christian Calcatelli composer and choreographer, and co-founder of InternationBalLET – Mark Biocca.

“Passion … Love … Life” will follow the launch of the first photographic exhibition by dancer and photographer Dénes Darab. The blend of ballet, bodies, geometry and lighting comes to life in the images. The exhibition can be visited until December, 20. 2016.

Admission is free but registration is required …  iicbudapest@esteri.it

Update Aggie Reiter

The 5th Budapest Jewish Film Festival – 2016.

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The 5th Budapest Jewish Film Festival will be back  again in November, 17-20. 2016.

Művész Art Cinema

 District, VI.,  30. Teréz Blvd.

Budapest Jewish Film Festival is the largest event of its kind in Central and Eastern Europe. With a broad line-up of the latest movies depicting to-day’s Jewish culture and heritage.

During the 4 days film festival will introduce 30 movies and 8 additional programs by countries as: France, United States, Argentina,  Germany, Canada, Hungary and Israel. 

A variety of genres and interpretations of Judaism is offered to those movie going audience interested and the skeptics. The majority of these films are to be seen for the first time in Budapest.

The festival opens with the „Denial” – Starring Rachel Weisz,  the story of acclaimed writer and historian Deborah E. Lipstadt who battled for her truth when David Irving, a renowned denier sues her. Denial is a fast-paced drama about freedom of speech and the questions of understanding our past.

The festival takes place in the vibrant downtown of Budapest. The screening venue is good choice, because of enabling visitors to explore at the same time the city’s Jewish heritage, also to discover cultural gigs and the best of local culinary.

Update Aggie Reiter