Posts Tagged ‘Hungary.’

Margaret Watkins’ “Black Light” Exhibition

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Gergő Borbás presents a subjective guided tour November, 18. 2021. – 6 p.m.

“Born in Hamilton, Ontario… brought up on pictures and music … “I adore cheese and do my own carpentering!” –

Margaret Watkins, 15 June 1923

In this subjective guided tour I would like to explore, together with the audience, Margaret Watkins’ interesting life through her hidden legacy. Watkins was the one who found art in advertising photography, and her work continues to influence current trends in the industry. And yet, she has remained unknown to wider audiences, until now. In my tour I would like to find new horizons and widen our perspectives to understand what influenced Watkins’ work from the world around and inside her.

Gergő Borbás is an actor, director and creative producer in Budapest. He is artistic director of the Right Here, Right Now Theater and Community Center, director-producer of Personal Histories Budapest, and program manager of JCC Budapest – Bálint Ház Jewish Community Center. Gergő also hosts a weekly YouTube series, called “I Brought Coffee,” in co-operation with the Art is Business Initiative. The series aims to connect the corporate and cultural spheres through shared values and interests, in order to create beneficial co-operations.

With Women Behind the Camera, an event series that runs until January, take a look at the creative work of women and questions related to female creativity, with the help of guest speakers.

To register for the event, post an email to maimano@maimano.hu, with the subject “Guided tour – 18 November.” to join the guided tour with your exhibition ticket. The usual concessions apply.

Wearing a medical mask is recommended in the exhibition halls of Mai Manó House, and it is mandatory during the guided tours, and inside the book store and the library.

Source – Mai Maó House

Update Aggie Reiter

Creppy’s “Palacsinta” Pancake from Miskolc to Las Vegas

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Participated upon invitation at the Creepy „Palacsinta” Pancake House at the City of Miskolc – Northern region of Hungary. Our host was the owner – brand creatorv Ms. Réka Oszlánczi who introduced us into the history of Creppy itself by adding her way by characterizing the venue as „Creppy the Pancake Disneyland.”

Just for a second let’s talk about the birth of the „Palacsinta” Pancake … Most food historians say that the earliest pancake-like dish, was made by Romans in the 1st century CE from milk, flour, egg, and spices.The Ancient Romans called their fried concoctions alia dulcia – Latin for “other sweets”. These were much different from what are known as pancakes today.

Many are aware of the widely made around the World of Pancakes, but each country has difference between pancakes-and-pancakes. In Hungary today some still continue to prepare the tradition pancakes by filling home-made plum or paricot jam or sweet cottage cheese, and you’ll usually find them served up as dessert … (just as the Gundel Palacsinta but that is another story).

Of course once the visitors experienced the Creppy „Palacsinta” Pancake they will surely taste another dimension of “Palacsinta” -Pancake!

Creepy journey on the road to fame from the City of Miskolc -Hungary to Las Vegas – USA … Why? Read onwards…

The small family business was born and leading an unique specialty gastronomy since 2006 … Just 15 years ago! Since then the flavor of a unique world. Not only has the news spread, but the sublime flavor of Creppy „Palacsinta” Pancakes itself has proven to be the Queen in the world of special flavors.

Besides the tourist attractions of Miskolc, it would be a sin to miss the Creppy „Palacsinta” Pancake House!  It ain’t easy to simply speak about the experience. The tasty delights speak for themselves and a must visit venue by everyone rolling over to Miskolc.

The word for pancake in Hungarian is “Palacsinta”. The Hungarian pancakes are thin and crepe-like. Here at the Creepy House all yummies are wrapped in pancake. Are both served sweet and salty options which makes them stand out among the rest of pancakes around the world. Besides the tourist attractions of Miskolc, it would be a sin to miss the Creppy „Palacsinta” Pancake House!  It ain’t easy to simply speak about the experience. The tasty delights speak for themselves and a must visit venue by everyone rolling over to Miskolc.

The pancakes are heavenly delicous for breakfast – appetizers – lunch – supper or simply serve your body eager for sweeties or salty pancake. Entering into the Creppy “Palacsinta” Pancake House you can get to know and taste the thousand faces of pancakes. What is really unique at the Miskolc Pancake „Palacsinta” House is that instead of of breading (flour/eggs/breadcrums) they covering pork meat, chickens, turkeys, ducks, and geese or cheese etc. the meals wrapped in pancakes. The pancake dishes base on the traditional Hungarian and also international flavors which means absolutely Made in Hungary and are absolute wildly popular, furthermore gluten-free, flour-sensitive people can also consume it.

It may happen a visitor or tourist cannot find easily the route to Creppy, because the streets have hardly no names (just as in Dublin) but ask anyone where the road leads to he Creppy „Palacsinta” Pancake House and Bingo you got it!

The restaurant’s founding owner, Réka Oszlánczi earned the Hope of the Future Special Award in the Young Entrepreneur of the Year category in 2014. She is also the creator of Creppy Pancake House, and a member of the International Franchise Association and Vice President of FIVOSZ.

The Miskolc Creppy, one of the best in Europe, represented Hungary at the world competition in Las Vegas, where it was selected as one of the 12 most promising franchise concepts in the world. Creppy’s franchise system has been named among the world’s best at the International Franchise Association (IFA) annual congress.

In 2020 Creppy’s founder, Ms Réka Oszlánczi, received the ‘Miskolc City Tourism Award’ from the city of Miskolc for her contribution to the revival and revitalisation of tourism in the city of Miskolc.

Overview of the presentation … Have won several national and international awards (see slideshow). The franchise concepts of several innovative Hungarian companies from Hungary and abroad have been recognized. Redefined the very essence of catering and proved that pancakes can satisfy any culinary need. Over the past 15 years they have cooked at least 1 million pancakes in their now high-tech equipped kitchen. She also said onwards Q.:”Thee regulars of the increasingly successful Hungarian brand consumed more than 48,370 pancakes last year, 2/3 of which were salty pancakes. The popularity of salty flavors are most liked by the Hungarians respondents within the research were 18.2% and 12.1% preferring sweet Creppy pancakes. The facts show that the work invested has paid off. Over the past 15 years, the pancake-based catering business has grown to become a major player in the region. A well-established franchise system can also bring success to business partners. There are a good number of interested parties not only from Hungary but also from abroad, as the know-how speaks for itself. The company, now known as the Creppy Center, which also has a pancake center, offers a recipe for success to like-minded partners with similar values. he pancake brand is characterized by more than 300 own recipes, unique flavors and creative uses. The 15 types of Creppy ingredients will soon be available in retail. Through the application the customers can order their meal at their table. The Creppy “Palacsinta” Pancake House opened in Debrecen in 2019, then Gyula in 2020, which were forced to close due to Covid.

Thereafter, immediately to the sudden change in circumstances switched to home delivery. On March 28, 2020 at Miskolc had to close, however managed to keep the 20 employees for external orders.
Traffic fell by 30-40% but somehow they remained to carry on. They have a good team and have ongoing training.

As Ms. Réka Oszlánczi stated This could also be a milestone for Hungarian gastronomy, as our country is not only famous for goulash and red pepper, but also for its special pancakes, thanks to the Miskolc-based company.

The Creppy Center is a multifunctional experience center in the heart of Miskolc, next to the „PalacsintaHáz” – Pancake House, which can host weddings and corporate events. Equipped with high-tech equipment, the multifunctional complex includes an event hall for up to 100 people, which can host large-scale events. The center, tastefully decorated in Creppy design, also serves as a franchise training and operating base. Creppy continues to support DVTK’s women’s basketball team.

The highly successful Creppy wine has also recently made its debut, a special wine from the emerging Bükk Wine Region.

In the past 15 years, there has been made more than 1 million crepes – „Palacsinta”, 2/3 of which were savoury crepes, so you could say that Hungarians are rather ‘salty’ in taste when it comes to “Palacsinta” – Pancake.

Mr. Zoltán Reimann – local historian, explained the recipe for success: “Réka Oszlánczi, the founder-owner of Creppy Pancake House, is one of the most talented young entrepreneurs in the country and works extremely hard for her business. She is a confident, professional businesswoman, who radiates a desire to do something and a love of the city.

Creppy’s 15th Birthday was celebrated in a great atmosphere, with Réka Oszlánczi, founder-owner, enchanting everyone with her passionate summary. We toured the Creppy Center event center, saw the Creppy’s Showed the Pancake Eater Wall of Fame and the awards the restaurant has received over the years.  Pancake Patrik is Creppy’s very own mascot character and as said is a family favorit. Patrik Pancake told a pancake story about his gastronomic travels abroad. On special events he entertains the kids, tells them about his gastronomic travels abroad.

The Creppy „Palacsinta” Pancake House invited the press representatives with a taste of three different (salty and sweet) pancake-based, mouthwatering flavours dishes. Actually, it is pretty impossible to express in words the effects that the taste buds have had the experience …. it was majestic!

Update and snaps Aggie Reiter

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Best Art Vinyl 2021

There are many formation of art and the charm which cannot be unseen. The level of energy oozing out a visual is simply overwhelming. One thing we know for sure is that the visuals are utter.

This time, now the 17th year The Best Art Vinyl Award compiles the global opinion on the best of contemporary art and design in music. A unique opportunity by expressing views on the best record cover designs of the year.

BEST ART VINYL 2021 VOTING NOW OPEN  and the winner will be announced in January 2022.

Most recently, below are the winners of Best Art Vinyl 2020 announced on the 3rd of January 2021.

  1. Artwork by Russell Oliver for IDLES album ‘Ultra Mono’
  2. Design Chris Peyton at VVVOID for Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets album ‘Live at the Roundhouse’
  3. Photography Maria Lax and Graphic Design David Kitson for Doves album ‘The Universal Want’

The image of 2020, a striking painting by Russell Oliver to represent the ‘Positivity in Adversity’ that comes from the crashing contemporary punk rock sounds of IDLES.

In a year that presented unprecedented challenges for everyone, the year’s winning designs can be viewed alongside all 50 nominated record covers in the first-ever Virtual Vinyl Exhibition uniquely created during Lockdown2 in the south coast’s cultural hub of Folkestone for visitors to wander through online.

Since 2019 the Best Art Vinyl Award has been re-designed and manufactured by Vinylize. The Budapest based brand has been handcrafting glasses out of unwanted vinyl records since 2004 and is a design pioneer within alternative vinyl culture.

For those who wish to participate in voting hop over to cast your vote at the dedicated voting page and choose your 3 favorit designs from the 50 nominations.

Vote

Update by Aggie Reiter

Unforgettable Showtime for Hungarians … “Tina” Movie Just Around the Corner!

American-British documentary film – 2021 –  with Hungarian   subtitles – 1h 58m

Live through your memories by attending again of the life and career of musician Tina Turner.

Oscar-winning director Daniel Lindsay and T.J. Martin’s intimate and intimate documentary of Tina Turner is about to arrive on the 4th of November to the Hungarian Cinemas. Music by: Danny Bensi; Saunder Jurriaans.

The documentary will explore the life of Tina Turner, from her abusive relationship with Ike Turner during the ’60s to her present-day retirement. The film includes new interviews with the music icon, plus recently unearthed footage from over the years.
A girl from the cotton field who pulled herself above from her rocky childhood to her divorce and the life and career of a musical icon In the movie Tina Turner charting her improbable rise to early fame, her personal and professional struggles throughout her life and her resurgence as a global phenomenon in the 1980s.

Needless to say … Tina Turner is a living icon. There’s no denying the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer has lived a legendary life, with a music career that spans over six decades. Her defining career is being explored in a new this documentary.

I had the honor being at Tina Turner  concerts three occasions at Budapest … Budapest Sport Arena – December, 1982. – Népstadion (People’s Stadium) August 1996 MTK Stadion Budapest September 1990. Tina is certainly a gift to our generation. Will always cherish those memories. I wish I could go back-in-time and truly watch her marvelous concert still today. She is truly loved by all of her fans around the Globe.

Distributor – Pannonia Entertainment Ltd.

Update Aggie Reiter

B&B Hotel Budapest City – Opened its Doors

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The B&B Hotel Budapest City is the first unique luxury accommodation establishment in the country.

The former Angel Office Building has been transformed into a B&B hotel with having 214-room. The hotel chain was founded in 1989. The B&B Hotels is Europe’s third largest economy hotel chain, operating around the Globe over 580 hotels in 14 different countries.

When you choose bed & breakfast stay, you may spend the night or two at a cozy accommodation along with home-breakfast table, but that’s not all … All-you-can-eat breakfast is overrated with delicious fresh pastries and savoury foods.

Offering luxury accommodations in a boutique bed & breakfast setting. The art of relaxation and hospitality is realized through the uniquely thoughtful interior design of each suite.  Here there is a twist on the traditional B&B concept … the rooms painted walls bringing attention to the high light venues of Budapest. Either stopping by business travel or a leisure trip it offers a nicely designed, comfortable single rooms, double & twin rooms, also family rooms comfy for up to four guests. Even for a short stay can enjoy the rooms equipped with  free wi-fi and Smart TV with Chromecast to watch the favorit multimedia contents. Also four electric car charging stations were also built in the garage.

Regardless of the season, may take a tour to many places of interest. The property is centrally located e.g. The Parliament Building, Saint Stephen’s Basilica, The Great Synagogue, The Royal Palace and last but not least, Hungary is not famous about its oil drilling as other countries are, but Hungary is the only country in Europe to have of its most of natural hot water, healing spas and springs.

May also explore the city’s art galleries, museum exhibitions, eateries, fine dining, cultural performances all within a short distance some by foot and/or by transportation or within  car. It is also pet friendly place/only an extra fee. 

Easy to reach the highway system and the Budapest Airport (BUD)

Up to 20 people there is a gathering room for business meeting and/or advance training course.

After rolling around the city or business engagements, visitors can relax, watching the sunset and the marvelous view onto to the River Danube and watching the busy city from a distance on the rooftop terrace really ease the end of the day. During the warms seasons to come the Bar will be open where guest can have the favorit drinks as well. For some like it hot, may visit for a gym to the fitness room.

Riport & snaps Aggie Reiter

Juhfark Wine Holiday @ Somló

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Tornai Winery

Venue: District 8478 – 1242 Somló mountain @ Somlójenő,
Date: Saturday, October, 16. 2021.
Timing: 1 p.m. – 8 p.m.

On October 16, we will hold the unique, representative presentation of Juhfark in Somló for the sixth time, where all the outstanding batches of the breed can be tasted. The winemakers offer, answer the questions, and along with the most crumbling wines, you can also enjoy the unmistakable charm of the mountain. Programs and workshops that complement the great walking tasting make it even more special.
Participating wineries: 5 House Estate, Barcza Winery, Bogdán Estate, Csetvei Winery, Csordás-Fodor Wine House, Dobosi Winery, Black Cellar, Hegedűs-Szabó Winery, Kolonics Winery, Kőfejtő Pince, Kreinbacher Birtok, Pince Winery, Somlói Vince Tomcsányi Family Estate, Tornai Winery, Zsirai Winery

Program throughout the day… Walking tasting 1 p.m. – 8 p.m. – option in visiting 17 cellars with 28 sheep tails – Ticket price 7900HUF.

Also Workshops …

No1. Travel around Somló 2 p.m.
Bus vineyard tour on the mountain. Can also taste the favorite wines of the wineries affected by the road. Ticket price 4900HUF.

No2. Faces of Juhfark 4 p.m.
Tornai vertical Juhfark tasting with international award-winning wines. Led by Tamás Tornai. Ticket price 5900HUF.

No3. Attractions 6 p.m.
The world of cheeses and Juhfark. Interactive gastro-tasting led by Gabriella Mészáros (WSET). Ticket price 7900 HUF.

Guided museum and cellar tour – Price: 1000HUF, ticket purchase on the spot.

The walking tasting ticket entitles a person to an unlimited tasting of the wines offered by the participating winemakers throughout the event, as well as a transfer from the
accommodations listed below.

Tickets exchanged for the workshops are only valid together with a tasting ticket.

The organizers also thought of individuals who wish to join the Juhfark Holiday from Budapest transfer by a special bus transportation.

Bus departure from Budapest – October, 16. 10 a.m. – venue: BAH junction gas station
Bus return from Tornay Winery – October, 16, 2021, 8 p.m. – Ticket price round trip 4900HUF.

Source: Organizers

Update: Aggie Reiter

October the Month of French-Speaking Belgian Film

Thursday, October, 7.  – Thursday, October, 21.2021.
Free online film festival at Festival Scope!

Under the “Fêtes de septembre” program, four full-length films, five documentaries and five short films can be rented free of charge until the 21st of October . The program featured some of the most significant French-speaking Belgian works of recent years from directors such as Joachim Lafosse, a festival favorite who also recorded the film Not Old Love, or Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani, who became known for their underground brainstorming.

Among the feature films to debut at the 2006 Venice Film FestivalIsabelle Huppert starring mudslingers (Private Property), which presents a divorced mother with two children Calvary, as you try to leave her old life behind. The issue of emigration is dissected by the bittersweet comedy Baden Baden, in which a 26 year-old tries to reintegrate into her hometown after a summer mission. The avant-garde action film by Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani already reinforces a series of more experimental pieces.

Hulls a Day (Laissez Bronzer Les Cadavres!), also screened at the 2018 Francophone Film Days, is an astonishing craze packed with quick montages and film history references that pays homage to the western, the new French wave and jacuzzi films. It is also viewed as part of major feature film selection at Marion Hänsel 2006 Sounds of Sand by (Sounds of Sand), a drama in which the protagonist leave, living in the desert village remained without water Rahne and his family set out to find a viable place for themselves. The sounds of the sand were presented at the San Sebastian Film Festival, where he received praise.

In addition to feature films, five full-length documentaries, including one of the loud festival successes of recent years, Overseas on Modern Slavery, and five short films were replaced by Belgian Film Month.

The films are available free of charge “as long as stocks last” until October, 21.2021., after one registration on the site in the original language with English subtitles can be watched.

Update Aggie Reiter

Taste Gastro Locations Around the Lake Balaton

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Last Rays of Summer @ The Lake Balaton

Balaton Circle – “Taste the Circle!” … This year’s first event of the “Kostold Körben” – “Taste Around” wine & gastro festival with restaurants, wineries was held in a worthy location … where else … than at the middle of Lake Balaton, on the ferry between Szántód and Tihany.

GasztroFerry gave gastronomic presentations within 10 restaurants and 10 wineries out of almost 50 members of the Balaton Circle. Find out what flavors, scene, experiences and programs awaited the invited guests and media representatives.

We were one of the One Million passengers on the ferries on Lake Balaton!

In recent years, September has also become a summer month, and it is during this period that Lake Balaton shows its most beloved face. There is no more mass tourism, so they can deal with the guests even more and organize a quality program that promotes the region and the restaurants of Lake Balaton. The goal is to even out the often extreme fluctuations in terms of the number of guests, and to allow entrepreneurs in the region to plan with a year-round opening time. Also added…Many new quality restaurants have opened around the lake this year not only for local businesses, but for the interest of all of them to make Lake Balaton not just a weekend destination. In the future, travel decisions will not be determined solely by the weather report, as in all circumstances and every month, guests will find the right place to visit where programs, attractions and gastronomic experience are in favor around Lake Balaton. With the services and local products of the members of the Balaton Circle, they contributed in making Lake Balaton one of the outstanding gastronomic regions of Hungary – told Lajos Szilágyi – President of the Balaton Circle.

Alíz Markovits – CEO of Veszprém-Balaton 2023 Ltd., spoke about the framework of the European Capital of Culture 2023 project, it had already been recognized in the tender phase that only the region and Lake Balaton could achieve outstanding success. “This aspiration is confirmed by the fact that more than 103 settlements have already joined, and together with them, they can support the aspirations of the Balaton Circle with diverse cultural programs”

“This year celebrating the 175th anniversary of the BAHART was pleased to join the initiative of the Balaton Circle. During the autumn season must be filled with meaningful programs and quality services, which include wine, gastronomy and shipping.” – emphasized Gábor Veigl, CEO of BAHART.

A total of 26 restaurants, confectioneries, wineries and brandy distilleries of the Balaton Circle were presented at the Autumn Opening GastroFerry event. All dishes were freshly prepared on portable hotplates. Participants could get a taste of the yummy finger-food and delights.

“Taste the Circle!” The fleet was divided into two parts, serving on one side were the gastro delight and on the opposite side the wines, Pálinka and gin.  There was an abundant supply of wines and Pálinka. Wineries such as Attila Hajdú – Olaszrizling ⋕1 from Fürjes Winery. The winemaker. former goalkeeper later found his future occupation in hospitality – deals with wine production and can be reach at Fürjes Villa PensionBalatonfüred, Pócz WineryBalatonlelle, Kemendy Traditional Champagne Workshop – Balatonfüred, Szabó and Son Wine Cellar – Balatoncsicsó, Martinosa Winery – Mount Tagyon … just mention a couple brilliant wines from a/m wineries.

An everday Q! …Wanna be loose well all who tasted the „Dare-Devil” – „Fenegyerek” selection of Pálinka from Zamárdi surely felt the succulent fruit flavors. Gábor Pach, one of the founders of the Balaton Circle, opened his pálinka distillery in 2014, but he calls it the Wellness Fruit Center. Gábor Pach has been dealing with pálinka over12 years, but he would not have thought at all that he would moor in this area, in fact, he didn’t particularly like pálinka. Then, through an old business relationship, he started working with the Zimek Pálinka Distillery and was completely enchanted by this world. He completed all the training related to pálinka in Hungary, but he actually learned a lot in practice. At the Zamárd plant he still practices the cooking of mostly fruits around Lake Balaton. Was a real pálinka oasis, on the spot to taste almost complete offer of Fenegyerek pálinka and Gin … such as: blueberry, apple, married with apple+raspberry, peach, quince, grape, grape+late cherry. Every sip was exploding and powerful. Tasted a couple and must say Gábor Pach’s pálinka deserves to be known not just in Hungary and/or Europe but overseas as well. Succulent fruit world – wizard of man.  The COVI-DINKA pálinka within the series of “Dare Devil – “Fenegyerek” bombastic within 73% Alcohol. It is a booster of mix fruits. Furthermore, it is so strong that could probably kill the COVID as well :-). A guy who tasted the „Dare-Devil” „Fenegyerek” pálinka said „Leaps and bounds better than anything in showy boutiques or that you can find in a store. We made sure to get a few extra bottles to take back to Texas this time.”

The invited guests on board the ferry were invited to sample the region’s traditional and flavors.  On board the John’s Pub (Restaurant in Keszthely) served a mini mangalica burger with all the goodness of flavors, sweet potato bars, celery salad and various homemade sauces. Tasty cold appetizer were amazing, the salmon trout with beetroot remula and wasabi salad. Next to it, the Lavender Terrace – Balatonvilágos offered pistachio duck liver on top “ice cream” with a cake stick. The sweet tooth lovers made their day as the taste buds felt like being in heaven tasting the MóniSüti Confectionery – Gyenesdiás. The guest tasting plum pie and “Rákóczi” cottage cheese cakes along other sweeties. Walking along the fleet the eye caught the sight of the catfish ceviche of the Vocational Training Center – Siófok – could not resist offering their avocado slices, decorated with sprouts and burnt dough donuts and the pear-chocolate cream dessert.

The “Taste Around!” Lake Balaton following stations of the wine & gastro festival series will be on  October, 9. 2021 – Siófok, November, 6. 2021 – Kövestál, December, 12. 2021 – Balatonfüred, January, 29. 2022  – Zamárdi, February, 12. 2022 – Keszthely.

Riport & Snaps Aggie Reiter

175th Anniversary of the Lake Balaton Shipping Day

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Saturday, September 18, 2021 on the occasion of the 175th anniversary of the Balaton Shipping Day (organized by the BAHART – Balaton Shipping Ltd.) has come to the series of events ending this year’s of the summer shipping season. Due to the closing in honor to the history of Balaton Shipping, from the port of Siófok at 7.30 a.m. on board invited VIPs, special guest, media representatives to the St. Nicholas motorcyclist and onwards to Balatonfüred to welcome, take part in the inspection of the line up to all the fleet of ships.  (In brief about: St. Nicholas motorcyclist, has a capacity of 550 people. This ship is the biggest on Lake Balaton. It actually replaced the former Beloiannis, which was in service on Lake Balaton until the late ’90s and was then scrapped. The ship sailed every day during the summer season departing at 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. When She was out of the system the shipping company planed to be replaced. Thereafter, St. Nicholas arrived to Lake Balaton from Istanbul in 2003 and was released into the water in 2006.)

Upon arrival to Balatonfüred greeting speeches followed by Miklós Mod – Deputy CEO – Representing the Hungarian Tourism Agency Ltd., Dr. Károly Kontrát – Member of Parliament, Mihány Witzmann – Member of Parliament, Dr. István Bóka – Mayor of Balatonfüred, Gábor Veigl – CEO of BAHART and thereafter flag raising took place. After the greeting speeches and flag raising in connection with the 175th anniversary was held the Széchenyi Memorial Ceremony on the Tagore Promenade, wreath-laying at the Széchenyi statue on Tagore promenade.

The 175th anniversary ceremony continued with the lined up, infront of the shore of Balatonfüred BAHART’s fleet … 18 passenger ships and ferries, ships belonging to other Lake Balaton shipping companies, and passenger shipping companies among them from private shipping companies were also present at this celebration. The fleet arrived upon the smooth waves to Balatonfüred from Csopak and stood lined up side-by-side on the Hungarian Sea in front of Tagore Promenade forming a picturesurous view of the 750 meters long line with their noses towards the promenade. An indescribable spectacle greetings saluting to the welcoming VIP visitors, invited guests and media representatives on board the St. Martin ship. Whilst the standing audience on the port welcomed ships by waving – applauding. The audience on the port whom could not be close to the spot to follow the awesome scene of the line up were able to watch the spectacular sight through the giant projector placed at the port of Balatonfüred.The Tagore promenade and the pier at Balatonfüred were absolutely full by visitors interetsed to watch the ships go by.

The István Széchenyi sailing memorial competition, which bypassed the peninsula also was added…. „Steadfastness, depth, accuracy, this is what characterizes geniuses, this is what characterized István Széchenyi to whom we owe many other merits to modern shipping. He wanted to connect the capital with the countryside.  He brought a lively life to Lake Balaton as well” – said by István Bóka – mayor of Balatonfüred at the ceremony.

The boats lined up at the port of Balatonfüred provided an unforgettable awesome sight. A total of 33 watercrafts and passenger ships lined up on the water surface. As the ships roll by, colorful smoke columns shot from the water surface also was amazing…(see snaps)

This was a one time event, a real curiosity, as a large-scale parade of ships can only be seen every 25 years! So those who missed it may come around next time to view the ships roll by in 25 years from today.

Highlighting a couple of ships … each of the 33 ships have an interesting history, yet to update of all the lined up 33 ships would be a very long reading, therefore will only talk about a few. Starting with a total of 4 watercraft on the Lake Balaton. As was told on the spot, the Kossuth Lajos ferry was built ’64 at the Balatonfüred shipyard, and later in the ’80s ship was extended with the funding of the army and a double-density ribbing was installed in the part below the carriageway.

There were two prominent representatives of the nostalgia fleet… „Kelén” and „Helka”. The iconic watercraft got their name from the love couple of András Fáy’s fairy tale “Sió”. Both ships were built in year 1891, practically separated from the water for three months. Both ships Kelén and Helka were sinked during 1945 in their shipyard by the crew, cause did not want the German aircraft hit them by bombing them. The crew was confident that after the front will be retreated and be again on the Lake Balaton. Counting the years in service means today in 2021 they are 130 years old, so these “grannies” are the oldest ships regulary operated at Lake Balaton. Both are ships with a capacity of 120 people and are 35 meters long. By-the-way, Helka in the late’70s served as a restaurant ship on the port at Balatonfürdő again until ’92.

Not only the smallest, active but certainly famous boat named “Luszi” also roll the waves at Lake Balaton. She is to transport passengers all year around. This boat is operated by a private shipping company, BL YachtClub.

Closing the 175th anniversary, memorial plaque inauguration and wreath-laying at the port of Siófok

Last come the presentation of awards and announcement of the results of the BAHART 175th anniversary art competition, whereas awards were presented to the winners previously selected jury of five.

Enjoy by rolling though the snaps … they speak for themselves.

Riport and snaps Aggie Reiter


11th Francophone Film Days Indoors @ the Cinemas – Budapest

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September, 14. – 7 p.m. – September, 19. – 11 p.m.

Time to reconnect with the pleasure of laughing and crying collectively in front of a big screen!

The Francophone Film Days resume face-to-face from September 14 to 19 at Urania, Art + Cinema and the Institute français. Twice the fun, therefore, because none of the films that will be screened in theaters have been shown as part of the festival’s online session during April.

The guest of the 11th Francophone Film Days is Tony Gatlif, the director of the film Tom Medina, who was made famous in Hungary by the films Latcho drom or Gadji Dilo. His new work will be screened on Thursday evening at 8p.m. at the Urania National Film Theater.

On the program: hit comedies at the French box office, poignant romantic films, incredible genre films and sumptuous classics. Movie lovers will meet on screen Isabelle Huppert, Omar Sy, Monica Bellucci, Audrey Tautou, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jean-Paul Belmondo and Gaspar Noé.

As part of the 11th Francophone Film Days  – September, 19, 2021 from 3.30 p.m.  and 5.15 p.m. at the French Institute – Budapest. Belmondo highlighting New Wave cinema in the ’60s and 70s . One of his awesome film … Man from Jean-Paul Belmondo: The Man from Rio … Director Philippe De Broca – Adventure, Comedy, 1964. Runing time: 102 mins. will be screened in the original French language with Hungarian subtitles. Staring Jean-Paul Belmondo with Françoise Dorléac.

Synopsis: Second class Adrien Dufourquet witnesses the kidnapping of his fiancée Agnès, daughter of a famous ethnologist. He goes in search of him, which leads him to Brazil, and uncovers a traffic in Indian statuettes.

Ticket price: 1600HUF (1200HUF in reduced price) at the Uránia National Movie Theater and the French Institute. At the Art + Cinema ticket price available for 1000HUF

The screenings are supported by the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Hungarian Ministry of Human Resources, Groupama Biztosító, BNP Paribas and Cointreau.

Update Aggie Reiter