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The 33rd International Palace Games at Visegrád – 2017.

International Palace Games at Visegrád – 2017.

July, 7 – 9. 2017.

Hungary’s largest celebration event at the unique and credible historical environment indeed will be showing a slice of Hungary’s medieval history, commemorating for 33 years. Replaying the 1335 Visegrád kings meeting, when Róbert Károly called the Czech and Polish rulers to the courthouse where was held a huge celebration with medieval dances for the guests and their entourage. This was one of the most important events of medieval Europe.

Calling Hungarians and foreigners to travel back in time for almost 700 years, as around 1,000 people from almost 10 countries in Europe dressed in traditional costumes appear at Visegrád. During the three days kings, battlefields, street comedians and dancers overwhelming the streets. The event also holds three different international tournaments, which will be held 10 times during the festival’s 3 days in the original course of the Royal Palace. On horseback tournaments, Europe’s best traditions show battle scenes, horse and pedestrian battles, falconer and archery shows, dance shows, and also traditional canals such as costume archery and live racing. In addition to the knights tournaments, there are more than 100 programs in the city that await visitors during the event. On the open-air stage, era’s music concerts, medieval dance shows, comedy shows and a children’s puppet theater are waiting for the audience between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. every day, and handicraft fair with more than 100 merchants ont he spot. Throughout the day, street enthusiasts and comedians entertain the guests all day, and as in the past, they will also be able to showcase craftsmen’s shows. On Friday and Saturday, after the evening torch tournaments, the Royal Wine Yard will host a party at 2 p.m., where concerts and dancing parties await guests. The V4 street, where the countries of the Visegrád Co-operation are presenting themselves, promise to be a specialty in the cozy piano line.

Visitors with only one ticket can enter and view the exhibitions at the Royal Palace and the Solomon’s Tower, the colorful programs taking place there, and the programs of the Wine Yard’s open-air stage, the fair and the city park. To the knights tournaments need to have a special entry ticket.

Visitors can enjoy a number of ticket discounts: ticket sales and tickets for knight tournaments as well as pre-announced group ticket purchasers are provided free of charge by day-ticket organizers. The same is true of those who wish to travel by on boat to Visegrád can take an excursion boat on the River  Danube to the International Palace Games of Visegrád (any three days). During the festival there will be free parking in the city area, but keep in mind those interested to visit the venue better to arrive early.

The International Visegrád Palace Games were held for the first time in 1985. Today, the festival has become to be a massive performance, attracting international attention to the most important historical sites of Hungarian culture and European culture. In the history of the festival, it is an important milestone that the Royal Heritage of Visegrád was awarded the European Heritage title in 2009 as one of the most important historical monuments. The prize is a priority in European history that has played a prominent role in the European dimension of buildings, memorials and cultural goods. In 2015, the International Festival of Visegráds won the EFFE (Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe) award for the best festivals in the European Union’s most important cultural and artistic event. Performers from Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Italy, Germany, Serbia, Slovenia, Austria, Transylvania and Russia will attend the event. According to surveys for tourism, the festival is the second best known attraction in Visegrád. The Visegrád International Fireworks is organized by Pro Visegrád Cultural Service Provider Nonprofit Ltd. The main sponsors of the event are: International Visegrad Fund, National cultural Fund, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Affairs, OTP Bank Ltd., Gambling Nonprofit Kft.

For a detailed program of Visegrád International Palace Games and ticket information,  visit http://www.palotajatekok.hu

Update 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

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

Update and snaps Aggie Reiter

Travelling 80edays Around the World Using No Fuel!

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New Beginning, Renewable Energy and New Ecosystem so was said at the travelogue of the 80edays around-the-world trip by electric cars held by József Helmich and Csaba Mészáros – president and owner of the evopro group at the TAMA Restaurant in Budapest.

Barcelona hosted the start off the major electric event of the year.

The ten pure electric cars and an electric bus lined up at the Arc de Triomf to participate in the ELDURO.  The end point was also at Barcelona.

Before getting into the depth of information, starting with what usually is mentioned at the end of an update wish to highlight the following fact … The winner in its category for its self-supporting, modular, full composite body Bus designed by Hungary’s evopro and manufactured by Russia’s NCC, won International Innovation Award! Now that its done, here goes the insight to the electric cars around-the-world race. Definitely had to keep in mind that anything can break down. That is why it was a key factor during the designing of Modulo to minimize the amount of parts and to avoid unnecessarily complicated details, so it was said by József Helmich.

In the 80edays tour there were 11 teams, traveled over 25000 kms, crossed over 20 countries, including three continents. The rolling teams on 80edays were Austria, China, Czech Republic, Italy, Germany I., Germany II., Germany III., Hungary Spain, Switzerland I., Switzerland II., USA with electric cars around the world. The goal was to prove, once again, the sustainability of electric vehicles.The project was initiated by Rafael de Mestre, who in 2012 managed to circle the world in 127 days. He participated this time along with the teams with a car Tesla Model S.

The rally rolled through many different geographic areas … plains, deep vallies, mountains high, narrow street sections, through a lot of potholes, due to restriction heights, barriers to bridge the bus had to change directions make detours, but they did not loose too much time in figuring out which way to continue the race and also drove over 2000 meters above sea level. In each country they travel through the teams plant a tree along with a memorial plaque.

From Europe ten cars have been transported across the Atlantic. The Electric Bus of the Hungarian team was transported by ship to Halifax/Canada that was the first North American stop. From Halifax to New York and then on the road led them throw the States to San Francisco and Los Angeles. From there on, the vehicles were flown over the Pacific Ocean, until reaching Guangzhou – China and off they drove on the road again ending the race at their starting point in Barcelona, Spain. The teams traveled 25,000 kms across 20 countries and three continents. The teams passed along iconic cities, where over 40 events were organized to raise awareness about EV technology. Residents and tourists strolling by the boardwalk stopped by viewing these electric vehicles. Many among the observers said they are hoping to travel in the future at their sub-urban and inner city areas on these gas-free buses.

After having arrived from America and Spain back to Budapest, the Modulo vehicles are now promoting electro mobility in the capital as well with two 80edays buses. Furthermore, the Hungarian-developed electric bus showed the world that electro mobility is accessible for everyone in public transportation as well.

The 80edays around-the-world electric car rally (11 EVs) set up a new world record. The teams successfully completed the navigation trip and drove the total of 289.662 kms. together across Europe, North America, and Asia with 100% electric vehicles, including the time in cross-continental transportation. At the finish line the teams were warmly welcomed and congratulated by Professor Gunter Pauli a.k.a. “The Steve Jobs of Sustainability”.  The crews had plenty of challenges on their way but successfully made their way home.

Overall, the Hungarian invented #Modulo #electricBus has successfully completed the North-American and European sections of the 80edays. The race also served as to promote awareness of sustainable transportation, fast, comfortable, silent, environmentally friendly.

More to it … rewriting the automotive history and proving the capabilities of modern electric vehicles have already become an essential part of our lives.

Update and snaps Aggie Reiter

Competition – European Nation’s Best Cheese in Hungary – 2016.

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This year has started for the fourth occasion the Nation’s Cheese Contest organised by the SZEGA Foods based at the Budagyöngye. At the press meeting was announced, that this year 14 internationally plus 1 Hungary recognized countries in cheese makers will be in the ring to win the award of the Best European Cheese 2016.The French Jury President Roland Barthelemy formerly cheese maker said … Q.:”It was a great success in the domestic semi-final, but this does not mean the others in competition failed with the Hungarian cheeses. They brought very diverse cheeses which were tasted and experienced the good quality. Arriving as jury member to the cheese contest, the world-famous French cheeses knight, Roland Barthelemy’s visit is not the only important to as to judge the best Hungarian cheese. He  also is known as an extraordinary “diplomatic on cheese” and takes the news of the best Hungarian produced cheese to many countries around the world. As he said it is a great pleasure and honor that he could be here and take part in the jury which took 3 hours at the semi-final. Finally, the three-member jury judged the best Hungry’s cheese to compete with the other 14 nations cheese and the first place was awarded for  Hungary’s Ranolder cheese that is prepared at two-and-half kilometers from Sümeg at a small countryside factory with the producers heart and soul and of course cow’s milk!

The cheese knight added, unfortunately, the Hungarian cheese has not received the well derved role in the international field, but now here experiencing the products made he is sure that the change will come.  Next June (2017) at the World Cheese Contest 150 kilometers from Paris, at  Tours  among the other Hungarian cheese their place is there to be beside the Ranolder cheese and will also be represented. Last but not least, he said Q.:”This competition is a great opportunity, because finally Hungry’s cheese may reach its worthy place of this fantastic country.”

“This is a character special cheese, which is due to receive a unique bacterial flora bringing the characteristic flavor. There are prepared in different stages of ripening. Hungary’s winning cheese will be on store shelves after nine months of maturation. The Ranolder cheese goes with almost any food. It is excellent to serve as a cheese platter or any food as seasonings” said Mrs. Mária Tóth Tamásné.

The winning Europe’s finest cheeses will be announced on September, 11. at the 25th Budapest Wine Festival – Buda Castle – Budapest said Ádam Gábossy – Managing Director – organizer SZEGA Camembert Ltd. Sample box of the cheese in competition can only be purchased … where else than at the SZEGA Food Store.

The voting started today … Have you vote for your favorite? … Go as you please and pass your votes at the website: http://www.nemzeteksajtversenye.hu/en/contact/index/

The Hungarian organizers aim is to give an opportunity to introduce the locals and foreigners the major cheese producing countries by introduce themselves. Where else than at the SZEGA Foods. Previously, the Hungarian Food magazine spread the news as Budagyöngye Shopping Center –  SZEGA Foods – “Independent supermarket” The Year’s Best Shop – 2016. The SZEGA Foods has the rich selection of premium deli products and was found most worthy of the award.

Here are the 15 European nation’s cheese participating in the contest:

Greece – Manouri (PDO) … The ancient Manouri cheese is prepared by the sera of feta or kefalotiri. This cream and white manouri has a texture of cottage cheese pie up to a light. The cheese has fresh, milky, slightly lemon flavor and it melting in the mouth. The taste is slightly sour, like fresh yogurt. From Sheep and goat’s milk also can be produced in various forms.

Netherland – Reypenaer V.S.O.P. … The Reypenaer V.S.O.P. is made in a traditional way by a small cheese factory. After this, the cheese is historically ripened for 2 years in the unique micro climate in Woerden (Holland) with natural differences in temperature and humidity. The cheese has an extraordinary intense taste with surprising mineral crystals and complex aromas: caramel, light chocolate and toffee.

Ireland – Porter beer Cheddar … This handcrafted cheese, produced using Guinness-brewer Porter is smooth in texture with a distinctive marbled pattern which is the most attractive part of the cheese. This cheese is perfect as an hors D’Oeuvre when sliced and served with a tossed salad. It is equally as good when served as a center piece on an after dinner cheese board.

Hungary – Ranolder … The Hungarian Ranolder cheese is prepared at two-and-half kilometers from Sümeg at a small countryside factory with the producers heart and soul and of course cow’s milk!

“The specialty of the Ranolder cheese is originating from the simplicity and tradition and craft-making techniques. According to the preparation of the cheese we use only locally produced fresh milk. The cheese has a special characteristic flavour and aroma, a slightly hard but crisp substance, which is about the first quality milk, the unique bacterium flora, and for the long, bark maturation happening on more monthly air. The taste of our best quality cheese is because we are maturing them in Merlot Wine, which makes it even more complex, harmonious. A special cheese taste, character and full, highly diverse, well; structured and long. The cheese flavors aromas is the most intense between of 15-20 oC. Next to the initial slightly sweet and salty flavor of the cheese appearing the cashew nuts, and from among the dried fruits onto the fig reminder flavour tickets” added  Ms Mária Toth Tamásné.

Germany – Bördespeck … The Bördespeck has been manufactured in Germany since 1879. Following the old traditions they using the same recipe to make the cheese. Because smoked on juniper berries and oak the taste of the cheese is salty and slightly smoky. Its taste the distinct flavors of hazelnut.

Italy – Pecorino Romano (DOP) … Probably the most popular pecorino is Romano, which is made in province Lazio. The cheese is produced between. It matures in 12 months, and develops a characteristic flavor: salty and fruity. The older is more spicier. It’s an aromatic hard cheese, which is excellent for grating.

Spain – Tetilla (DOP) … Tetilla is a typical Galician cheese. Since 1992, it has been one of the four cheeses that received DOP recognition. The name Tetilla is Galician for “small breast”, which describes the shape of the cheese. Its texture is soft, thick and smooth with scattering of air pockets. Yellowish ivory in color Tetilla has a creamy mouth feel with buttery, slightly bitter and tangy flavors surrounding the palate. The maturing, which takes place between 10 and 30 days, happens in the hot and humid climate of Galicia.

Switzerland – Vecherin Fribourgeiols (AOC)… Vacherin Fribourgeois is a Swiss semi-soft cheese made with raw cow’s milk. The milk for the cheese is sourced from Fribourgeois breed of cows that graze on the Alpine grass and wild flowers all the way through the late spring and summer. As early fall arrives, the cows are brought down to graze on grass and summer hay. This traditional cheese making process ensures that Vacherin Fribourgeois has a pleasant nutty flavor.

Slovenia – Tolminc (OEM) … Tolminc cheese with a protected designation of origin is today one of the most recognized Slovenian native cheese. Tolminc cheese was first mentioned in the thirteenth century: at the time tax was paid with cheese for the landlord. The cheese is matured for at least 60 days. The taste is sweet and slightly spicy.

Update and snaps Agie Reiter

XXIII. International Book Festival Budapest – 2016.

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Millenáris Park – 4 Days!

April, 21. – April, 24. 2016.

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

After the previous year’s invited country’s guest of honor, being highly successful Guest of Honour presentations  of Poland, the Czech Republic, Italy, France, Germany, Russia, Spain, Canada, China, Romania, Israel, Turkey, the European Union and the Nordic Countries they are here again to introduce the literature and the publishing industry of their country.

In 2016  we will presenting Slovakia as the Guest of Honour Country.

Dates and Opening Hours 21. April,21 – Noon – 7 p.m., 22. April, 22. 10 a.m. – 7 p-.m.,  April, 23. 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.,  April, 24. 10 a.m. 7 p.m.

A great festival for book lovers. The Budapest’s International Book Festival hosts representatives of world literature and of domestic intellectual life. During the week-end can meet 100 authors from 25 countries and more than 400 Hungarian authors, scientists, and artists who will be on the spot. Therefore, a  fine occasion meetings with authors, signings sessions, book premiers and presentations, roundtable discussions, concerts, theater performances, exhibitions and films. Also meet many Hungarian and foreign authors.

Children’s Kingdom will be organized especially for young generations with promotion of children’s books and special programs for kids.

Last year opening day was dedicated to Shakespeare and Cervantes, having been commemorated the anniversary of the death of the two great poets.

More than 300 new publishing, a host of international and local authors and around 350 cultural programs make the International Book Festival in Budapest truly  worthwhile event for both locals and  foreigners staying in Hungary and naturally the tourists are  welcomed as well.

Ticket price: 500HUF (if you buy a book at the festival the entry fee will be deducted).

Update by Aggie Reiter