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Hungary’s largest tourist parade at HUNGEXPO –TRAVEL 2016.

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DAY1 ... Even though the data are under processing on the opening day showed the tourism trends show that the visitors are mainly looking at inland offers. Never-the-less there is still 3 days to go for visitors to look and see what the foreigner exhibitors can offer them.

Many foreign exhibitors were here last year and having good experiences with their offers, came back this year aswell.

The list would be extremely long to mention having from 28 countries with 399 exhibitors of domestic and foreign exhibitors, but a short note to see a couple of offers at their stand can be learnt. On the first hand, Budapest – Hungary as the City of Guest of Honor, with its slogan “Budapest hosts Hungary”. In 2016., the Budapest Summer Festival and the Budapest Spring Festival offering this year within the spirit of Romanticism assembled cultural activities and including for tourists special packages to book also available during the exhibition on the spot. At the Margaret Island Open-Air Stage, Hungarian and International artists will be on stage  such as: Andrea Rost, Erika Miklósa, Zoltán Kocsis, Támas Vásáry, Gergely Madaras, Hawk Dominic. Welcoming foreigner stars on stage will be Yuja Wang- Chinese pianist, Marc Heller, Sébastien Guez, Giuseppe Filianoti, James Valenti – opera singer, Stacey Kent – jazz diva, guitarist – Stanley Jordan and London’s Globe Theater and the Monte Carlo Ballet. As a novelty 3 Tenors opera gala  and  there will be Virtuosi festive variety show, circus and concerts as well.

On the second-hand, a wide variety of foreigner exhibitors arrived this year aswell to make the Hungarians wish to spend their holidays abroad, and most probably if they really want to know a country’s cultures then certainly will learn through its gastronomy. As mentioned, more than two dozen foreigner exhibitors are present, so here is a couple mentioning to visit their stand.

Austria – Offering  unforgettable entertainment and loads of fun at the Wiesn Festival – September,22. – October, 9. 2016. (More info  to come)

Israel – The israeli stand was opened by His Excellency Ilan Mor Israeli Ambassador to Hungary, by saying Israel is a place to visit once in a lifetime, these were the first welcoming words. Take a journey through the ancient Holy land, learn, discover the authentic Israel with family, friends or fellow travellers. Whatever the season experience something new, interesting and exciting, including activities, customs and places that are unique.  Hear more about the travel opt. on the spot. There is a huge of holiday offers that will surely catch the eye.

Turkey  – A place where nature, Sun and Sea,  health and wellness, sport, culture  can be all  reached having vacation at Kemer/Antalya with family or friends.  There are many hotel just by the Sea where the spectacular mountains and sea view of the Mediterranean can be perceived on the spot.

Malta –  Is closer from Budapest than many may think. It is a small countries with marvelous places to visit, for instance: Popeye Village, the Grand Fort and during the fall holds the Birgufest – Candlelight event at Birgu (also known as Vittoriosa) – which is one of Malta’s oldest and most historic cities.

Cyprus – Was a good reason for the visitors by telling, Cyprus can be visited any time of year that suits you.  Many places rich of ancient ruins can be found there and also very handy is a “free” weekly guided tour, I was told.  Was highlighted to visit Pafos Archaeological Park. It is at the entrance of the harbour one can access this quite stunning park which houses a truly unique collection of remarkable treasures dating from far back in time in the 2nd century B.C.

The visitors strolling around  the stands were pretty surprised by the sight of Mr. Piano Man rolling along  the pathways…

Coming up  more adventure at the Travel 2016. Hungexpo – Budapest

Update and snaps Aggie Reiter


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During the early afternoon hours on Thursday, July, 10 the Shakespeare Globe theater and the Baltic theater held a press call at the Directorate of the Castle Theater held by Director József Gedeon. Both theater members were present. The Globe members said they are on tour a European tour with the play.  Mainly have their production outdoor, at castles, at  venues at buildings, courtyards with past historical  backgrounds.

To Be or Not to Be  … that is the question, but he the To Be was the main question by asking the actors how did they decided to be Shakespearean. Simon Bubb  (playing as  Benedetto)  said, originally he got in love with the film and watched it over-and-over again and decided this is his chapter to join the Globe.  This coming evening’s play they had four months of rehearsal. This is the second time on stage at Gyula during the Shakespeare festival. The members of the St.Peterburg Baltic House Festival Theater with the world-famous Belgian Luk Perceval director of Macbeth were also present. They brought to show a twist of  Macbeth by their own interpretation. This year since May, they have had been playing three occasions Lady Macbeth and the role is played by a young very talented actress who just graduated from college.  Wasn’t present ont he day at the evening’s play, but heard it was the best performance beside the Globe theater’s production.  By-the-way …the City of Gyula can already be considered as bringing the Shakespeare’s spirit again to the City at Gyula. Unfortunately, could not entirely follow through the way at the festival. Only spent an overnight by choose to be at the London’s Globe theater’s performance at Gyula the 600 years old castle’s courtyard. Undoubtedly, was a sensation performance of having the experience to go back-in-time with the piece at this stunning open-air theater.

On Thursday, July, 10 was a hot date as the Xth Shakespeare festival started with “Ado About Nothing” directed by Max Webster. Before the play started the director József Gedeon stepped on the stage to welcome to audience having an umbrella in his hands and continued by saying: Q: „There are dark heavy cloud above us, but come rain it will not disturb the play. Then will be a break and if it will rain for 2 or 3 hours, no problem cause as  the rain will stop falling down the play will continue … we have time. Wishing an enjoyable time to the Globe’s theater performance.”  Right said the director, because by the time for the break a sprinkle of rain arrived and after cca. 20mins the windy weather blew away the stormy weather … it decided not to interfere the play and our evening… observed the celestial spirit of Shakespeare!

The prose text had crossover music between the scenes … according to Shakespeare’s time, as the actors all played on instruments.

Of course there was Hungarian subtitles, even though the “Much Ado About Nothing” Shakespeare’s well known work is basically known by the audience. Was enjoyable for the ears to follow the accent spoken in the Shakespeare era. Basically the acting was playful with lots of music, an awesome, humorous production. Here’s a short reminder in brief to ring the bell of the 3hours play … “Leonato, Governor of Messina, welcomes the return of his soldier Don Pedro and his regiment from war. But all is not peaceful within Don Pedro’s ranks. His brother, Don John, still harbors anger for past acts and seeks the opportunity for revenge. Another of his men, Benedick, has taken up a verbal war with Leonato’s niece Beatrice. Despite this, Don Pedro hopes to unite the pair in a love match. And brave Count Claudio has fallen madly in love with Hero, Leonato’s daughter, and plans to marry her. Disgruntled Don John hatches a plan for revenge against his brother and Claudio, whom he also despises. He enlists the help of his companion Borachio and bribes young Margaret, Hero’s lady in waiting, to smudge Hero’s reputation by making it look like she has taken a lover. Claudio falls for the ruse and denounces Hero at the altar. Taking pity on the devastated bride, Friar Francis hides her away and enlists the aid of Leonato, who announces that his daughter has died of grief from the proceeding. Fortunately for Hero, Borachio is arrested while drunkenly boasting of his part in the plan. With Borachio’s confession, Hero is to be exonerated. Leonato demands a public apology from Claudio, then tells him that he will allow Claudio to marry one of his nieces in Hero’s place, a niece who happens to bear a striking resemblance to Hero herself! While Don John is arrested and meets an unhappy fate, Claudio and Hero are reunited and Benedick and Beatrice have set aside their war of words long enough to wed beside them.) Source from  Shakespeare Communities.

For many in  the audience who knew this play will be hosted by the Globe theater from London did not need a close-up of the text.  Overheard during the break the foreigners and locals having English language knowledge enjoy very much the play and was thrilled to be present. Must say … not too common thing to watch an English-speaking play in Hungary at all. Unfortunately, on both sides of the stage there were subtitle screen, but for many Hungarians without English language knowledge was not at all viewed from their seats, but overall the performance was the highlight of the festival.

It was a sold-out night and for those being present most surely had received a great theatrical experience.

Thumbs up for the City of Gyula and most of all for directory for keeping on in organizing for the Shakespeare lovers  for more than ten years the Shakespeare festival.

Update and snaps Aggie Reiter