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The 8th Diplomatic Fair @ Budapest – 2018

The Diplomatic Fair is coming along again to entertain, give an insight to their  traditional art work, spices, groceries, culture, places to visit, of course a chance for a little shopping for the visitors, organised by the Diplomatic Spouses of Budapest  (DSB) at the InterContinental Hotel – Budapest.

On this occasion just as in the past years, this year 52 countries will be present from respective embassies. It is a fine time to have a taste of delicious international delicacies at several the food corner on the first floor. There will be countries introducing their traditional dance and music. The bagpipes from Scotland will be on stage as well. Ongoing raffles  during the day and a children’s corner to entertain and keep them busy whilst parents have a glance on the items out on display. Some exhibitors showcase the sights of their country in the spirit of tourism. Now that shortly Xmas is on is way, can purchase some spices, cookies and groceries stuff from nations table. The British Pantry, helped by the British Ambassador to Hungary by himself, a proud Scot clad in his kilt around the British table.  Not otherwise this time by the DSB supporting charities. At the event besides all the fun, with raises funds for Hungarian charities  to be going to specific projects that benefit sick, disabled, vulnerable or disadvantaged children, such as the Pető Institute or SOFI, the Special Education and Development Institute.

Update by Aggie Reiter



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“Experience the World in a Day!”

The Diplomatic Spouses Budapest is organizing  their 4th charity fair at the Intercontinental Hotel this coming up Sunday, November, 30. 2014.

The Diplomatic Fair is organized by the Diplomatic Spouses of Budapest (DSB), which is a non-political, non-religious, non-profit association, founded in 2000 by a group of spouses in the diplomatic community to bring together spouses of Heads of Missions and of other diplomats accredited to Hungary.

According to the organizers the aim of the event is to raise money for local charities. The charity work is carried out on a voluntary basis, as it was said by Frances Goodfriend – DSB vice-president at the past days press meeting, where  Natallia Khainouskaya – President, Katalin Skapér – DSB vice-president, Gábor Márton – representing „OUR HOUSE” – „A MI HAZUNK” – Esztergom, Bettina Aradi – representing the Hungarian National Federation of the Blind and Visually Impaired – Guide Dog Training School – Csepel and  delegate from SOFI – Special Education and Development Institute,  announced among other things there will be 45 embassies with national stands and 29 countries in the food corner. Visitors are also invited to shop around handicrafts, clothes, jewelry, household embroidery, pick nice clothing at the second-hand corner where all the items are donated by diplomats’ wives. Also on the spot there will be men’s corner, children’s corner, international bazaar, traditional music and dance.

Over the years the DSB has raised more than 30 million HUF all of which has been distributed amongst a number of Hungarian institutions benefiting disadvantaged groups, children with learning disabilities, the elderly, victims of domestic violence and children with cancer.

This year’s funds raised during the Diplomatic Fair will be distributed to the three organizations that DSB is supporting:

The Special Education and Development Institute SOFI … for mentally challenged children.

Hungarian National Federation of the Blind and Visually Impaired – Guide Dog Training School– Csepel

The Children`s Home  „OUR HOUSE”  – A MI HÁZUNK … Educational program for Roma children, based at the City of Esztergom.

The Patron of the Diplomatic Fair in 2014 is Mrs. Anita Herczegh, wife of the President of Hungary who was also in 2012 and 2013, but this year will not be present due to official foreign trip, but her message will be shared.

The highlight beside many other raffle prizes will be for the lucky one to make his/her day winning a 5stars/5days all-inclusive vacation for two in Jordan.

Venue: District, V., 12. Apáczai Csere János Street – Budapest

Entry ticket for adult 500.-HUF –  children free!

The fair will be open from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Update by Aggie Reiter


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Intercontinental Hotel – Budapest

Sunday, November, 24.

The Association of Diplomatic Spouses Budapest DSB (Diplomatic Spouses Budapest) organized for the third time this year the Diplomatic Charity Fair. The family fair was opened to  everybody who wished to join this event. The main purpose is to raise money for charities was also supported by the Hungarian DSB.

Organizations supported by the DSB: Special Educational and Development Institute (SOFI). The Brothers of the Good Shepherd (victims of violence for women and kids).  The Esztergom Our House (the community center for disadvantaged children and families in need of services). The entry ticket fee was 500HUF which as a donation also was offered  to the organizations  supporters.

The official opening and welcoming words were given by  Biljana Griovska, President of the DSB club, deputy mayor of Budapest and H.E. Mr. Alberto Bottari de Castello, Apostolic Nuncio. 

Mrs Anita Herczegh, the spouse of the President of Hungary was the guest of honor.

During the fair the national stalls of different countries presented their yummies, folk art, music and dances but souvenirs can buy small gifts for visitors. Was alike as having a trip in a wink abroad in just minutes away from one nation to the other. There was a „kids corner”, crafts, self-made silver and art jewelry, rainbow colors of pashmina stoles, hand-made painted silk exotic food/spices, gifts, cloths, home furnishing and ayurveda products from India. Thai and Indonesian food and spices, wooden gifts, exotic fresh veggie and fruit drinks, hand-made sweeties, Dolce Vita Beauty supplies, organic drinks … far from knowing the existence of these drinks by the Hungarians.

The entertainment programs of the day were awesome, having the present the preformances of the ExperiDance show, the splendid Korean and Indian dance shows, Children music group from Bosnia and Herzegovina. Music performance represented by Andre Goodfriend and Karen Posner Mullen from the U.S.A. Embassy in Budapest, brought the eye-catching Iberoamerican artists on the  stage, grand show with 16 dancers show by the Folk group from Serbia, Hungarian Opera singers, Italian musicians. Second-hand cloths … mostly brand new and various accessories all in good condition. The event was held at the Intercontinental Hotel in Budapest.

The charity fair have had become so popular compared to the previous two years, there was no question to hold again the third diplomatic charity fair this year with the participation of the representative embassies. The countries were: Belarus, Bulgaria, Estonia, Indonesia, Japan, Lebanon, UK, Belgium, Slovenia, Macedonia, Moldova, Georgia, Lithuania, Qatar, Jordan, Thailand, Italy, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Egypt,Serbia, Latvia, Angola, Philippines, China, Russia, Turkey, Switzerland, Ecuador, USA, Mexico, Pakistan, Palestine, Albania, Kosovo.

During the late afternoon hours, the giant raffle draw took place with sophisticated prizes awaiting the lucky ones … Just to mention the most wanted ones … trips offered by the participating countries to their homeland was the most popular beside the 28 prizes.

Even though the program started at 10 a.m. and officially ended at 4 p.m., seemed like nobody wished to leave the place, feeling good and enjoying the each others companies.

This international gathering absolutely proved  peace and harmony is in everyone’s heart.  This good vibration should be propagated around the world. Happy people filled with warm hearts.

Thumbs-up to the organizers …  Even though on a day called Sunday, the Sun was missing, raining throughout the day … for many it was a bright and sunny day at the Diplomatic Charity Fair!

Last but not least, here goes two videos to show the brilliant preformances:

Updated, snaps, video by Aggie Reiter