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Folk festivals of the Summer – 32rd Festival of Folk Arts!

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The Festival of the Families – Everything Revolves Around Folk Art

From 17 to 20 August, the largest folk art festival in Hungary, The Festival of Folk Arts, will be organized at the Buda Castle. The festival, which evokes the ambiance of old-time fairs, is the year’s long-expected family event where one can try folk crafts and admire the splendid artwork of craftsmen. A full-day event enriched with wonderful stage programs brings an unforgettable experience to all ages.

The Buda Castle will be transformed into a festive venue crafts and craftsmen experiencing the old-time fairs and having a feeling the visitors entered into the medieval atmosphere. Nearly 1,000 craftsmen and in nearly 100 open workshops, also hundreds of performers will take part in a full day of stage programs, exhibitions, handicraft gastronomic delights and popular activities for children. At the interactive open workshops, more than 800 Hungarian and 150 foreign masters … arriving from Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Iran, China and more countries will acquaint visitors with the secrets of their different crafts. enter a medieval atmosphere where they can admire and buy items of unique folk craft heritage, but they can also create these crafts themselves under the guidance of Hungarian masters such as  weaving and spinning which can be performed from wicker, bulrush, straw or corn husk. Wicker is used to make basket and storage containers, while straw is good for hats and bags, corn husk for chair backs and seats, and bulrush for carpets and wall decorations. visitors can also learn ribbon and carpet weaving and hair plaiting and try to spin on the spinning wheel.  Masters will wash, comb, cart and paint, raw wool in the way their predecessors did for hundreds of years.

The 32nd edition of the Festival of Folk Arts offers young artists the chance to present their finalized works with fashion shows and art exhibitions. This will be a must-see, be there family festival of the year, where children, parents and grandparents alike can find programs of their interest. This year, in honor of The Year of Families, family programs will feature traditional games and sports. The little ones in the Babies’ Playground can have a good time relaxing while those who are eager to try traditional folk logic games and sports will be delighted to discover more and more fun.

The Year of Families introduces masters who, having inherited their skills from their ancestors, are members of real handicraft dynasties. Visitors may encounter three generations of shoemakers working together in the same workshop, where footwear is strictly hand-made just as it was a century ago. A three-generation furniture painting workshop features the unique Győr blueprint dynasty, which has been operating for hundreds of years with the same technique. Throughout this four-day event, some of the best musicians, singers, storytellers and dancers in Hungary will perform, offering special cultural delights. Szalonna Band performs with the Páva winner Sarjú Band, and Mihály Dresch will perform with the strings. There also will be concerts by the Karaván Familia and the Bognár Szilvia Quartet. Starting at 7 p.m. on August, 20 Levente Szörényi will be the special guest of the Söndörgő and Vuicsics band. With hundreds of performers, there will be stage shows – a true festival atmosphere and a fairy-tale festival that await visitors in the unique atmosphere of the folk festivals of the summer: the Festival of Folk Arts!

Update Aggie Reiter

In Honor – Willis Conover – Memorial Concert … “Time for Jazz” – Hungary

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Swing and Big Band all in One!

An awesome press news was lately announced at the Hollán Ernő Street on the press conference at the

Budapest Jazz Club.

To-day, Willis Conover voice is history, but for many was one of the most famous in the world on the radio band Voice of America hitting jazz music which was one of the most popular and influential shows. To commemorate the presenter absence who went ahead 20 years ago a superb concert will be held at May – 2017. The theme of the showtime will be “Voice of Millions” which is true word-by-word.

On stage beside other distinguished musicians and singers will be hosted by Levente Szörényi and the Budapest Jazz Orchestra.

The Hungarian audience will be lucky enough to see/hear three times in Hungary at three locations in 2017: May, 24. Palace of Arts – Budapest, May, 27. Kölcsey Center – Debrecen, and June, 2. Kodály Center – Pécs. These venues were especially chosen as sites of its professional acoustics to have the perfect experience said producer – Örs Szörényi. Added, the tickets to all three locations are out on sale already through the Internet.

“The Voice of America” broadcasting on shortwave radio started its show as “Jazz Hour” which was launched on January, 6. 1955. He was the man with velvety baritone, clarity, speaking slowly,  the unique editor of broadcasting American jazz music. As Levente Szörényi expressed: Q.: “Living behind the Iron Curtain, the European jazz musicians and enthusiasts in these broadcasts could meet the standard American jazz performers and cassette tape recorded and analyzed the topics, harmonies and rhythms. In the late ’60s,’70s and ’80s listened regularly to Conover updates of his visited jazz festivals. Appromaximetly, 30 million people worldwide listened to his presentations broadcasted over the Voice of America and every night he welcomed his music fans by saying … “Time for Jazz”.

Actually the idea to fold, organize a concert in saluting the memory of Willis Conover was by Levente Szörényi about two years ago, said at the conference co-producer and artistic director Béla Piri.  It also emerged in the beginning to be the “host” Budapest Jazz Orchestra providing the musical basis and also a question to whether have the program splitted in two parts.  Finally made the decision of having the show in two parts.

The concert will shoot off with really true Conover style by to-day’s one of the best in the European jazz industry  and world-famous – Joan Faulkner. Completely authentic medium, swing and jazz evergreens interpreter, attended an American gospel choir, brings unique vibration, but also is in the house of repertoire: jazz, blues, soul, pop range of motion.

At the second part of the show rolls on with Levente Szörényi’s songs from the era of the Illés and Fonográf hits. These songs will come to life within the big band orchestration. Szörényi – Kossuth Prize-winning composer, performer, beat and country songs composer, as well as the 30’s, 40’s style jazz’s sounds came alive on stage. For sure these songs will be a real highlight of the evening to the former fans of that era.

Levente Szörényi open his memoryline by saying: Q.: “When the Voice of America launched in 1955 by Willis Conover, I was just ten years old. At home during the evening listened closely to great broadcasts because. It is only because at the time being the wall had ears! To that extent caught and preserved so that radiated throughout my life. At the Pest Kálmán high-school before realising somehow brought together a trio, and later in the Mediterranean ensemble as well we were playing jazz. I would like to commemorate this early impression. Wish to play songs which are not forced to have it with a Big Band and also performing as soloists, which would take place in the second part of the event. A surprise is not a surprise when telling something about it, anyway just whispering sometime that in the second part of the show will be conducting the band of one of my favorite heard tune during my high-school years which was a country number – Count Basie – „Splanky”.

The domestic swing – “Duke” Bálint Gajer said he wasn’t born yet in the sixties, and have not listened to jazz, but for him the first time he got acquainted with music was as being a drum player and only much later met this genre. Then he switched standing up from the drum and came in front of the stage in 2009, winning the III. “Jazzy” Jazz Song Contest receiving  the title of “Best Male Vocalist” award Jazz singer-performer. Graduated in 2010 at the Franz Liszt Music Academy and became decisive for Frank Sinatra, and in the era of the music. This show will be time capsule with a bit of the dance music from way back. Also previously worked with the Budapest Jazz Orchestra has and will swing again, reach its deserved place in the world of today’s music. In November, this year was released his second independent album, the “Swing’ N ‘Pop” which is a real emotional roller coaster. The songs talk about love, the classic Latin beats of swing songs and definitely pop songs will entertain the audience.

The orchestra’s mission in addition to contemporary jazz, big band music cultivate a relationship with the genre’s roots. The aim with this series of concert is to pass on to the young generation gain a professional experience of the past era’s music. Although the word “jazz” is not for everyone as the term to “green light”, but upon recent years can observe that the great American singers, big band concerts also give voice to jazz.  That is to say, a jazz is like a symphony in classical music. There are several ways and is able to speak to the audience, said by Gábor Kollman – saxophonist – Director of the Budapest Jazz Orchestra.

The host for the evenings will be Ákos Kőszegi –Jászai Mari-winning actor.

Update and snaps by Aggie Reiter

The City of Eger is your story – Be your own storyteller – 2015.

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The City of Eger summer programs was introduction in Budapest at St. Andrea Wine Bar, where were present Kati Kovács – Ferenc Liszt and Kossuth Award-winning performerr, László Habis – Mayor of the City of Eger and his Deputy-major – Botond Rázsó.  In highlighting the city’s  past history guards of Gallant and Turkish soldiers were also present.

László Habis – Mayor of Eger emphasized the rich programs awaiting for the domestic and foreigners working, staying in Hungary for the time being. Eger will show the visitors the city’s diverse history, colorful face where everyone can be their own storytellers. He also mentioned  a couple of venues worthwhile to visit during the stay in Eger … Eger has many venues, sights-and-sound to see, as the Baroque buildings, the cellars, the Serbian church, the Turkish bath, the northernmost minaret of Europe, the works of Italian stone-carvers and works of Dutch and last but not least  the Castle of Eger … going back to the date  in 1552 was an important date in the history of Eger when a handful of warriors won over a huge Turkish army. The major also emphasized,  the city went through a large reconstruction, cause it is important for not only the inhabitants of Eger to preserve its values, but also Hungary’s citizens and foreigners to show the  past-and-present by creating attractive venues  with attention in keeping the traditions.

Those foreigners who have already once visited Hungary, know very well that Hungary is also a land of regions with famous wines … Eger is just one of them … Eger wine region lays in North-Eastern Hungary. Who has not heard of the Egri Bikavér „Bull’s Blood” wine, famous for its red blend. probably not too many, because many bottles are available in other parts of the world. Also for some like it white there is the Popular Eger’s Daughter, and Debrői Hárslevelű, just to mention a couple.

During the day and evening taking their audience into the world of Hungarian folk music, world music, ethnos funk and jazz. A bunch of children’s programs will be on their way…Dance-houses, craft works, playgrounds.

The Eger summer will be packed up with excitements and pump-up with creative ideas that will not only take off the tourist their feet, but also of the city’s residents. The happenings are for all age.

Kati Kovács, being present at the media announcement  … is the best chronicler of the city, been raised up in Eger and more over 10 songs are reflecting to her former beloved old town. Kati Kovács is considered as Hungary’s best known pop singer. Throughout the years she had worked together with non-less-famous groups and bands as: the Illés, Metro, Omega, LGT, V’Moto-Rock band, Fonográf and sang songs written by Gábor Presser Levente Szörényi, Ferenc Demjén, Tibor Koncz István Lerch, Anna Adamis and Iván Szenes. Kati Kovács is still constantly giving concerts around the country and the audience receive her with much pleasure.

Was also announced that the City of Eger will hold the „Kati Kovács Song Contest – KKEDV”. This will be also paying a tribute to the Kossuth and Liszt Prize-winning artist 50th anniversary on stage. In the competition primary and secondary school students will take part. The „KKEDV” final countdown is to be held on October, 27.2015. in Eger. Naturally, the guest of honor at the prize award competition will be Kati Kovács who is an honorary citizen of the city and at the end of the ceremony she will be giving a concert to the audience.

Indeed wish to draw your attention whilst visiting the City of Eger it would be a pity to leave out one of the newly established venue called the “Egri Road” – Beatles Museum at the Korona Hotel.    Here is a wink to show what is going on there at the EGRI ROAD!

Update and snaps by Aggie Reiter



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The history of music especially Jazz, Rock, Pop, Beat, and Hungarian Beat-Pop-Rock rock classical music is part of our history and the music can be attached very well to historical events.

Hungarian Hall of Fame … District XIII. Angel Field (Angyalföld) – Budapest.

Whether you like pop music from the past eras or not, it certainly affected generations having music even coming out of the tap circulating in their daily life. Recall the past in space and time at the Hall of Fame … the Hungarian Rock Museum.

A press call was set for the day to celebrated the statue installation ceremony, whereas the Budapest’s Mayor István Tarlós welcomed the guests. Quote:”I am pleased the creation of the museum, because we must not forget the world, feeling, mood, which is linked to the awakens of the Hungarian rock music”. He recalled saying: Quote: „I had a collection of more than 400 piece of bakelite records from the Hungarian beat and rock bands. During my school years was sitting behind me drummer Botond Homonnai from the Liversing band and knew his brother Tibor as well. Was invited and went many times to their concerts.” Also was present József Tóth Mayor of District  XIII., who said that not only in Hungary, but the universal musical culture thrives on a new institution. Added, in the last decades of rock music it has become an industry, but also self-discipline for example, recently the Hungarian Academy of Sciences researcher working group organized a scientific conference in the pop music. Here, in this district there were superb excellent club operating in the sixties. These were the Bosch, József Attila Cultural Center. Streets have been named after former resident growing up in the district: Levente Szörényi, Tibor Tátrai, Béla Radics.

The museum is operating as an association, whereas the President is the former Dj and radio presenter László B Tóth. The Vice-Presidents András Clement  former guitarist for the Old Boys. The museum to exist was one of the dreams to come true said, radio host László B. Toth, adding that the museum size is based on 810 square meters and the main target was to introduce it as the memorial to the Hungarian rock music of the past fifty years. The exhibition is day-by-day expanding, for example, Béla Radics famous Samurai Headed shirt, Levente Szörényi’s first and one of the last guitar, Omega band’s first smoke machines, guitars, organs, drums, amplifiers, reel recorders, vinyl record, photos and many more items Posters of: Edda Group in the early music days, Phonograph band, Pyramid band, Omega band. The list would be extremely long to print all the musicians being present, but mention a couple. At the opening was present among others: Illés band: Levente Szörényi, Omega Band: László Benkő – György Molnár, Benkő Dixieland Band – Sándor Benkő, Subway, LGT, Scorpio band: Károly Frenreisz,

Legendary Pyramid band’s bass guitarist and co-leader Lajos Som  and  János Závodi,   LGT band – János Karácsonyi.  Károly Frenreisz said he had a Fender Precision bass  playing in the Scorpio band. In 1976 or1977, sold it to a Swiss band, they were to give much money for it, could not say no to that offer and now sorry not having it to bring it to the museum. “The mixer of the late „British five-channel” offered  items for the museum corresponding to the LGT band’s from their show in 1972 Lincoln Festival in the UK. The was an awesome gig for the band where 70 thousand spectators were present.

RockMuseum (Hall of Fame) for a lot of people will be a feedback, reminder of the music from their teenager days, and for some elder folks of the long gone ahead  favorite singers of yesterday. Within the RockMuseum at the chamber hall, will hold chamber concerts, educational, interactive events. From the drum museum at Cegléd was borrowed some equipment that can specifically be linked to the Hungarian rock days. Heard at the press call, that the Rock Hall is rapidly expanding such as the music life was in the ’40-50-60’s.

It is important to highlight the work of volunteers, and the sacrifice of those people who for example: widows, families, relatives who amassed over thirty years, or who painted portraits over fifteen to twenty years, and voluntarily gave them to be in the collection. There are treasures, as written int he work book of Peter Hanka pre-Atlas and Juventus band.

There is a huge map of Budapest, with small light bulbs indicating the time and place where music clubs existed.

Visiting the Hungarian Hall of Fame can bring back for many those forgotten memories of „those were the days” when the New Generation … Children of the Revolution popped up and imprinted heartwarming love in many individuals.


Update and snaps by Aggie Reiter