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Wolf Prize in Music – Sir Paul McCartney  shares Hungarian conductor Ádám Fischer – 2018.

The Wolf Prize in Music – Sir Paul McCartney sharing with  Hungarian conductor

Ádám Fischer

On Monday the Wolf foundation announced its winners for 2018, with laureates also in the fields of chemistry, agriculture, mathematics and physics.

Israel’s prestigious Wolf Prize is honoring Sir Paul McCartney this year as well as scientists from the U.S., Japan and Britain, among other countries.

Conductor Ádám Fischer shares the Israeli Wolf Prize for music together with Beatle legend Sir Paul McCartney. The Wolf Foundation said that Sir McCartney “is one of the greatest songwriters of all time.” … (An organizer said the foundation had notified McCartney’s representatives. Yet it was not immediately known if the former Beatle will appear in Israel for the award ceremony in May.)

The Hungarian ÁdámFischer conductor is being recognized by the prize committee for his music called him “an inspirational conductor and eloquent defender of human rights.”

The Wolf Foundation, the nonprofit organization that presents the awards, recognized Fischer for his work as conductor of the Vienna State Opera, the Düsseldorf Symphony, the Danish National Chamber Orchestra, the Austro-Hungarian Haydn Orchestra and many others, as well as for his political activism. Fischer is a member of the Hungarian Helsinki Committee.

Fischer is the second Hungarian musician to receive the prize after avant-garde composer György Ligeti. More than 30 awardees of the prize have gone on to receive the Nobel Prize.

The Wolf Foundation was established in 1975 with a $10 million endowment from the Wolf family. While it is a private, non-profit NGO, its activities are overseen by the State Comptroller of Israel, and the culture minister acts as chairman of its council.

The Wolf Prize has been given out annually since 1978 to laureates in the fields of agriculture, chemistry, mathematics, medicine, physics and arts.

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Rafael Yossef Herman Exhibition – Ludwig Museum – Museum of Contemporary Art – Budapest

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February, 16. – April, 1. 2018.

Open: 7 days a week except Monday 10a.m.- 8 p.m.
Temporary exhibitions (1st and 2nd floors)

Ludwig Museum – Museum of Contemporary Art – District, IX. 1. Komor Marcell Street -Budapest

Guided tours in English language.

The exhibition presents recent works by Rafael Yossef Herman known for creating his work with the hidden existence of the night’s darkness.

By observing this large-scale photographic installation, the Israel-born artist’s representation of the nocturnal world may look like daylight to the viewer. Encapsulating or imaginary realities Herman examines the limits of surrealism and timeless reality. In a sense he is researching virtually.

Virtual realities, games, simulations that are so influential to the present let us seek into areas unknown to the human eye. The night landscapes shot by Herman do not exist for our eyes. These strange lights of the night normally can only be perceived by technology.

Compared to the experience of the real daylight, we perceive odd shadows, moonlight features, color spectrum and shimmering details that differ from sunlight. Rafael Y. Herman strives to create a new reality out of the mystery of the night. He highlights the fact that although the night landscape is close to us, its reality does not exist for the observer. These sites never existed for the human eye, just snapshots, insights into another reality. Curator: Attila Nemes.

“Rafael Y. Herman was born in 1974 in Be’er Sheva, Israel. The winner of the Prague Photosphere Award in 2015, Herman began studying classical music at the age of six, becoming a percussionist in Philharmonic orchestras, ensembles and rock bands. Following a long stay in New York City, he studied at the School of Economics and Management at the University of Tel Aviv. Graduating in 2000, he moved to Latin America, taking a long research trip in seven countries: photographing Cuban musicians, the Carnival of Bahia and the Zapatistas in Mexico, working with Amnesty International in Paraguay, then studying painting in Mexico City and Chile and becoming part of an artists’ commune. This visual apprenticeship combines vision, metropolitan experience and encounters with uncontaminated nature. In 2003, Herman moved to Milan, showing the project “Bereshit- Genesis” at Palazzo Reale, a project created with a method of his own devising: nocturnal photography without electronic aids or digital manipulation, revealing what cannot normally be seen by the naked eye. This exhibition launched Herman into the international art scene. His works are in prominent public and private collections, including the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, the Salsali Private Museum of Dubai and MAXXI national museum, Italy. Herman’s recent solo exhibition in the magnificent Testaccio pavilion of MACRO museum in Rome claimed great international attention and marked the largest exhibition of the artist prior to the Ludwig Museum solo Exhibition in Budapest. Rafael Y. Herman is an invited artist of Ville de Paris at La Cité Internationale des Arts and currently works and lives in Paris.”

The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue.

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The 13th Anniversary of KAFF Animated Film Festival – Kecskemét

Report on the events of KAFF – Kecskemét.

June, 21 to 25. 2017.

The multiple events at the festivals-of-festivals has brought the City of Kecskemét into the spotlight!

Over 5 intense days at Kecskemét – „Capital of KAFF” animated-film buffs have been able to savour an impressive range of animated movies boasting a high degree of variety and quality.

The 13th Anniversary of KAFF is internationally renowned event featured a range of styles, genres and techniques were testament to the vibrancy and relevance of creative animation.

Local communities and European and global onlookers filled the city with numerous viewers, animators, jury members from several countries as: Australia, Israel, China, Iran, France, Estonia, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Russia, Romania.

Compared to the previous years, this year at its 13th edition had made additions to the European Animated Film Festival whereas the Hungarian animations films were introduced. The TV Film held for  the first time the 10th European animations, the TV specials and TV series  under the new name KAFF which were competed in a separate category.  The animated feature films and television specials brought from over Europe, television series participating in the competition.

During the 5 days Animation Film Festival the audience had a chance to see the production of Hungarian animation films from the last two years. These were 36 short films, 25 television series episodes, 22 student films and 33 animated animations  from nearly 400 works from 27 countries in the entire program of the festival. In addition to the festival favorites, many fairy tales and historical themes were screened.

Within a handful of events the KAFF organisers held a tribute to the memory of one of the great sons of the City of Kecskemét,  Zoltán Kodály with screening  the 1981, one and a half hour animated tale of Háry János by Zsolt Richly, which tells the story of the ancient Beowulf, citing the Monty Python movies. Zoltán Kodály’s work, who was born 135 years ago and passed away 50 years ago, certainly inspired Hungarian animation. Mostly Zsolt Richly turned to Kodály pieces and to his folk song variations. Richly created cartoon series, short and feature-length animated films and these animations blend Kodály’s music with folklorists visual stylization.

The film was screened on the main square at the open-air theater set up next to the Grand Church.

Daytime no time to layback, because the films were running one after the other  at the Hírös Agóra Cultural and Youth Center and the Otthon Cinema. In the frame of  KAFF festival, other venues had join with attractions such as, offering a visit to the Ráday Museum where the commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation with cartoon films on “The life of Martin Luther”.

Then in the evening, concerts and the Kecskemét Wine Festival took the floor … meant populated the main square.

The KAFF festival showcased a mix of films and gave the audiences a complete, up-to-date snapshot of the local and international creative animation. A series of free talks and workshops were held where local filmmakers and other participating countries professionals provided those with questioning minds a chance to learn more about how and why these films get/were made.

At the 13th Kecskemét Animated Film Festival the jury of the international competition handed out its awards within a ceremony. The Best Short Film Award to the“Judges Wunder” – Kötelék, and Réka Bucsi – „LOVE” as the best in short film category. Animation of the 10th European Animated Feature Film and TV Film Festival Best Animated Animation „The Red Turtle”. The audience prize was taken home as My Life Cocktail.

Below are the further awarded animations with the animators names and prizes:

  • AWARDS OF THE 10th EUROPEAN Animated Feature Film and TV Film Festival – Best Full Feature: The Red Turtle – Director: Michael Dudok de Wit
  • The Best Television Series: A Very Long Vacation  – Director: Paul Leluc
  • Best TV Species: Rebellious Rhyme 1 . – Director: Jakob Schuh, Jaw Lachauer
  • He was awarded the National Jury Award by the Rebel Rhyme 1 .  – Director: Jakob Schuh, Jaw Lachauer, and The A Cut Off Girl / Director: Sebastien Laudenbach
  • The jury speaks two TV specials for praise: We Go to Bear Hunt – directed by Joanna Harrison) and The Reindeer – directed by Arnaud Demuynck, Nicolas Liguori).
  • In judging the television series, the jury received a film with a praise:
  • Lili welcomes guest – director: Siri Melchior.
  • AWARDS OF THE 13TH Kecskemét Animated Film Festival
  • Grand Prize for the Festival: Commitment / Director: Judit Wunder – (Kecskemét City Fee, 1.5 millionHUF)
  • Category Awards: Best Short Film: LOVE  – Director: Réka Bucsi – (The fee of the National Media and Communications Authority, 1.5 millionHUF)
  • Best TV Series: Hunor –  Director: Árpád Koós and Béla Klingl
  • (The fee of the National Media and Communications Authority, 1.5 millionHUF)
  • Best Animated Animation: Clean Heart – Director: Ertsey Áron Donát
  • (Software package worth $ 340,000)
  • Best Student Film: The 13th Princess  – Director: Russian Tina
  • Special awards
  • Best First Film: Fiasco –  Director: Szabolcs Nagy
  • Best Picture Language: Mouse –  Director: B. Ervin Nagy
  • The Best Screenplay: Kojot and the Pale Shadows  – Director: Áron Gauder
  • Best Animated Work: Mimik –  Director: Varga Petra
  • (Fee for Photograph and Film of the OCT, 500,000HUF)
  • The Best 3D Movie: Gipsy Tales – The Firefighter Snake / Director: László Balajthy (FocusFox Studio’s 300,000HUF Service)
  • The jury is commended for the harmony of text and image (director: Attila Bertóti) and the film ” Awakening “ for the personal formation of actors – Director: Fruzsina Zángó.

To be continued with:  Australia as the honorary guest – XIII. KAFF festival

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The 33rd. European Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships – Budapest – 2017.

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May, 19. – 21. 2017. – Budapest

A new European Champion will be crowned at the László Papp Sports Aréna in the Hungarian capital, so we were told at to-day’s  press conference  held by: Dr. Judit Körmendy-Ékes – Chairman of the Hungarian Rhythmic Gymnastics Association, Sándor Altorjai – Secretary General of the Hungarian Gymnastics Association, Miklós Vaszily – CEO of the Media Service Support and Asset Management Fund (MTVA), Erika Deutsch-Lazsányi – Head of the Technical Committee of the Hungarian Rhythmic Gymnastics Association, Andrea Kovács – Competition Director.

At the press event, among other things, it was revealed who will be the members of the Hungarian national team, and who are the world stars to enter the carpet at the arena.

A new generation of stars will emerge in Budapest. In fact, only two former individual medallists are on the roster, Belarussian – Katsiaryna Halkina and Azerbaijan – Marina Durunda.

Already, 36 Federations have had confirmed their participation, with 84 individual senior gymnasts, and 150 junior gymnasts competing in the group exercise. Halkina will be joined by new colleagues Alina Harnasko and Yulia Isachanka who impressed in the junior Championships last year in Holon (ISR). From RussiaAleksandra Soldatova and the Averina twins, Dina and Arina. Viktoria Mazur and first-year senior Olena Diachenko will represent the Ukraine.

Known big name as from Kseniya Moustafaeva – France, Linoy Ashram Veinberg and Victoria Filanovsky – Israel and from Italy – new star Alexandra Agiurgiuculese will meet with Hungarian talentsAlexandra Kis, Míra Váray and Fanni Pigniczcki. In the junior team: Eszter Ákoshegyi, Korinna Borda, Cintia Földi, Dorottya Györe, Anna Juhász,, Emma Juhász, Dea Várkonyi will be on the carpet at the Arena.

Three days with the talented European Rhythmic Gymnastics  rolling the Hoop –  Ball  – Clubs –  Ribbon is a fine and pleasant time to spend the week-end experience an exciting artistic gymnastics by talented sporty girls.

Friday, May, 19. – 10 a.m. (Most wanted for the Hungarian sporty girls to have full house in cheering at the Arena!)

Juniors Group Qualification – Age 13-15 – (1st presentation)

Opening Ceremony

Seniors Individual Qualification – Age 16+ – (Hoop & Ball)

Saturday, May, 20. – 10 a.m.

Juniors Group Qualification – Age 13-15 – (2nd presentation)

Juniors Group Award Ceremony

Seniors Individual Qualification – – Age 16+  –  (Clubs & Ribbon)

Team Award Ceremony

Sunday, May, 21. – 10 a.m.

Juniors Group Final

Juniors Group Award Ceremony

Seniors Individual Apparatus Finals (Hoop & Ball & Clubs & Ribbon)

Seniors Apparatus Award Ceremony

Gala (reminder to the Gala, for those interested and wish to be present at the show must hurry up to purchase their tickets because they have already been largely sold out!)

Alexandra Kis will be competing for the first time in the senior European Championships. She is 17 years old. Started the rhythmic gymnastics  at the age of six. She is relishing the opportunity to show what she is capable of and will do she can to impress family, friends and the audience at the Laszlo Papp Arena.

Children tickets between the age 6-12 years – 50% discount.  At purchasing over 20 tickets – 20% discount from original tickets price
The discounts can not be combined. Tickets at  www.jegymester.hu

http://www.ueg.org/images/event/131/20170425%20NOM%20entries%20list.pdf

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Dakar Route – Africa International Cross Country Race 2017.

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On January,2. began the two weeks adventure on rolling on the 38th Dakar Rally!

The Desert Riders Arrived Home!

The Hungarians  held an “After Party” gathering at the Champs Pub in Budapest where they told stories about their international cross-country race experiences throughout Route Dakar 2017.

In the Africa Race Balázs Szalay and László Bunkoczi finished in 11th place, and in the category came second in the 6500-kilometers.

On Saturday, the 292 kilometer between Dakar and Saint Louis 22 were measured, but this was not counted into the race, so that was a kind of driving with pleasure in the final days. At the same time the motorcyclist started, the car drivers who were divided into eight groups.

Within this year’s Dakar Race, Balázs Szalay reached the finish line in the 11th, while László Bunkoczi made it at the 7th place at the Pink Lake.

They spoke about their adventure saying Quote: “Every race is difficult,  physical challenges passes through the Sahara, this was no exception. Had a couple of annoying trifle back fed, that worn both of us during the past two weeks. I cannot just say that the African races has a row of difficulty in terms of its location, but it was not easy that’s for sure. The tracks were good, drove through wonderful places. Overall, notwithstanding there were ups and downs sometimes things went on our nerves but laughed a lot. Mainly listened to AC/DC songs and often to “Highway to Hell” then we shouted the to words as loud as we could. Now that we are back again we feel we could go for it again, test ourselves and tomorrow start it all over the race.”

Among the truckers … Miklós Kovács, Péter Czeglédi, László Ács trio finished in 5th place, while  Zsolt Darázsi, Norbert Szalai double in 6th place closed.

Final results:

Motorists: The 1st. Vladimir Vasilyev, Konstantin Zsilcov   – Russia  (Russian Mini) 36:33:40Hs.

The 11th Balázs Szalay, László Bunkoczi  – Hungary  (Hungarian, Opel Mokka) 9:46:46Hs

Truckers: The 1st.  Andrei  Karginov, Andrei Mokejev Dmitry Nyikitin  – Russia  (Russian Kamaz) 39:52:43Hs.

The 5th Miklós Kovács, Péter Czeglédi, László Ács  – Hungary (Hungarian, Scania) 31:35:52Hs.

The 6th Zsolt Darázsi, Norbert Szalai  – Hungary ( MAN) 51:08:45Hs.

motorcyclist:

The 1st Teddy Gev Sella (Israel, KTM) 42:13:11Hs

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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.

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The 6th Art Market … Millenaris Cultural Center – Budapest 2016.

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District, II., 16-20. Kis Rókus Street – Budapest

October, 13 – 16. 2016.

Visiting hours: open from 11 a.m.- 8 p.m., except on Friday: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

During the 4 days program it may fit into your time to see this huge national and international art fair. Thousands of works by around 500 artists on almost 6000 square meters. The 100 exhibitors from 25 countries include all the important contemporary galleries of Hungary.  Meet in person the artists, collectors, experts and long time non seen gallery art lovers.

One of the main goal of the Art Market is to bring the young artists from Europe together in time and space in Budapest – Hungary.  The artists show their way of bringing upon surface their inspiration of culture in their own art work.

“Press release … ART MARKET BUDAPEST, the international art fair established in 2011 presents a unique artistic composition in perhaps the most exciting exhibition halls in Europe, that, while it features some of the exhibitors welcomed even by the oldest art fairs, gives an emphasised presence to a younger generation of galleries and artists including the now emerging stars of the future.  ART MARKET BUDAPEST defines a new cultural region: YOUNG EUROPE, where we may find combined influences from the former Communist countries stretching from the Baltic States to the Balkans, and from such sources of cultural inspiration as Turkey or Israel in the South, countries of Central Asia in the East, or even a progressive new generation of artists from the already established West. And what can be more attractive than a fair that is GLOBAL AND LOCAL at the same time?
Exhibitors having arrived from over 30 countries and an audience of over 25 thousand international visitors clearly indicate that there had already been a demand in the art world for this new artistic platform to bring freshness to the European and global art scene. “

For further information to the exhibitors see: http://artmarketbudapest.hu/exhibitors

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