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The XIV. MittelCinemaFest – 2016


MittelCinemaFest – 2016

XIV. Italian Central European Film Festival

The cinema days are here again in Budapest

November, 5 -15. 2016.

The Mittel Cinema Fest is the largest promotion event for Italian cinema in Central Europe. The festival, promoted by Istituto Luce Cinecittà in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institutes with the support of the Pushkin cinema (District,  V.,  18.  Kossuth Lajos  Street – Budapest) .

During the 10 days, the movie lovers will have the chance to watch the most significant films. Just as in the recent years  many Italian films will be screening at Budapest’s Pushkin cinema and also in co-operation at the Taban Cinema, as well as Cinenuovo, Cirko in the frame of Film Distributors  – Budapest Film Ltd.  The Mittel Cinema Fest has also made itself a landmark  as the most important festivals in Central Europe. Each year  the Pushkin cinema as the organiser and supporter of the event plays a major role in bringing the Italian films to  the Budapest’s audience.

This year eleven Italian films were selected  to be introduced from the selection of  productions from 2015 and 2016.

The MittelCinemaFest  each year keeps its tradition as the 1477314351995“traveling film festival”, so after the screenings ends  in Budapest, the movies head to the audience at Krakow, Bratislava and Prague.

To get into depth of the movies see the selection of films and the whereabouts to be screened on the Pushkin Cinema homepage.

Update Aggie Reiter

The 3rd “SZEM” Festival of European University of Dramatic Art – City of Miskolc – Hungary – 2016.


In just less than a week, the theater life will burst at the City of Miskolc holding its 3rd SZEM – Festival!

The Hungarian abbreviation of SZEM  in English stand for the word EYE.

Place and time where Europe’s young talent show themselves in front of the audience in Miskolc!

Wednesday, February, 3 –  Saturday, February, 6. 2016.

1. Déryné  street – Miskolc

Tickets available on the spot at the ticket office.

The SZEM (Európai Színművészeti Egyetem) abbreviation stand for  European University of Dramatic Art.

The preparations for the 3rd SZEM  Festival have had ended with entering a new phase! This year a new artistic director Máté Szabó and organiser Dávid Cseh. On stage will be introducing  local and international exciting performances arriving from Paris, Prague and Marosvásárhely.

Insight to the wide variety of programs:

Wednesday, February, 3, 2016.

Starting off with guest theater production at 7 p.m. Sándor Weörös: Psyché – University of Kaposvár, Faculty of the Arts, Kaposvár, Hungary – Chamber Theater

9.30 p.m. Official Opening

10.30 p.m. – Midnight – László Felhőfi-Kiss: Bath Inauguration

Thursday, February, 4, 2016.

10. 30 a.m. – Jens Raschke: Do fish sleep?  – University of Theater – Film Arts  – Studio Theater

5.30 p.m.-  GÓG  Theater Faculty of the Prague University – Dramatic and Musical Arts, Prague – Studio Theater

6.15 p.m.  – Play House – National School of Decorative Arts, Paris – Chamber Theater

8.15 p.m.-  Play House – National School of Decorative Arts, Paris – Chamber Theater

9 p.m. – Artist’s talks …  Studio Theater

Friday, February, 5, 2016.

5 p.m. – Zoltán Egressy – University of Art Târgu-Mureş, Târgu-Mureş – Studio Theater – Martonvásárhely

7 p.m. – Eugéne Ioesco: Improvisation – University of Art Târgu-Mureş, Târgu-Mureş – Chamber Theater – Martonvásárhely

8.30 p.m. – Artist’s talks …  Chamber Theater

Saturday, February, 6, 2016.

5 p.m. –  Charlotte Roos – Juli Zeh: Yellow line  – University of Theater and Film Arts, Budapest – Studio Theater

8.30 p.m.  – Artist’s talks …  Studio Theater

Gathering of Artists Talks with the Audience.

Another interesting program to be kept in mind  during the festival …

Every evening after the final performance of each day. These talks will be about the day’s productions, with special emphasis on the artistic work done by the participants. Everyone will get a chance to the share their views. The discussion will be moderated by Hungarian theater critic -Tamás Jászay. The invitation goes out to all the guests to take part in these talks. A fine time to learn more about the practical, aesthetic and philosophical aspects of these exciting performances. Also to get a glimpse into the future of theater arts in Europe! Beginning at 9 p.m. – Studio Theater.

From Shakespeare, Goldoni to Chekhov.

An exhibition of the 1st and 2nd year stenography students

It has become a tradition to hold unique exhibitions as a part of the Theater Festival. Therefore, beside the official programs of this year’s SZEM festival, an indoors exhibition can be visited of the 1st and 2nd year’s scenography MA students, from the Hungarian University of Fine Arts,  titled … From Shakespeare, Goldoni to Chekhov. This year’s young artists based their works on Chekhov’s Three Sisters and Cherry Orchard, along with Shakespeare’s classic Comedy of Errors, Goldoni’s Mirandolina.  They chose Hungarian theater spaces when designing their sets and they were both directors and dramaturgic of their imagined productions.  For the viewers, a young French designer bringing the diploma thesis will arrive from Paris. The exhibition consists of costume, puppet and set designs based on works by Shakespeare, Goldoni and Chekhov with very diverse material, with exciting experiments and interesting use of classic forms. The exhibition will be open throughout the time of the SZEM  Festival at the Foyer – Main Stage inside the National Theater – Miskolc. The exhibition will be open until the end of the festival. Place and time: 9 p.m. –  Studio Theater.

Here is a link in English language, for those interested to learn more about the National Theater at Miskolc …


Update by Aggie Reiter

Head for the New Year – Budapest Klezmer Band – 2016.

Budapest Klezmer Band

Budapest Klezmer Band – New Year’s Day Concert

Special guest star: Ms. Dóra Szinetár

Friday, January, 1. 2016.

8 p.m.

Budapest Congress Center


An unconventional concert on the first day of 2016, one of Europe’s best klezmer band, the Budapest Klezmer Band will be giving a concert again in Budapest. The band has been playing together since 1990. Their performances are spiced up with extraordinary experience in making traditional Jewish music. Previously held concerts in Istanbul, Prague and Warsaw with huge success and storming standing ovation.

Their success lies in the fact that they play combined music … from the typical Russian tavern music to playing  many world’s hits.

At this New Year’s concert the band has a surprise. The evening’s special guest, the actress Dóra Szinetár, will perform as singing with the band. For those who enjoy the klezmer charm can start to celebrate together an evening with family, friends at the New Year’s concert.

The Budapest Congress Center is the country’s largest congress facilities in holding multi-day professional events, classical and pop music concerts, prestigious gala event and dance productions. At the surround park area there are beautiful horse chestnut trees.

Update by Aggie Reiter

Exhibition Budapest – “Freedom Express” – European Network Remembrance and Solidarity.

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“Freedom Express”

Opening exhibition in Budapest until August, 8. 2015. 

Covering Roads to 1989. East-Central Europe 1939-1989 and is available for visitors at the open-air  park venue outside the National Museum .

Freedom Express is a social and educational campaign organised by the European Network Remembrance and Solidarity. Its first part was a study trip whereby a group of young artists, journalists and historians visited Solidarity’s Gdańsk, then Warsaw, Budapest, Sopron, Timisoara, Prague Bratislava and Berlin. The trip’s agenda of meetings, workshops and artistic activities was made possible thanks to the cooperation of a number of institutions involved with 20th century history.

The exhibition “Freedom Express was officially opened by Zoltán Balog, Hungarian Minister of Human Resources, along with dr László Csorba, director of the Hungarian National Museum, dr Iván Bába, the Hungarian coordinator of the European Network Remembrance and Solidarity, Lieselore Cyrus, Ambassador of the German Federal Republic to Hungary and Roman Kowalski, Ambassador of the Republic of Poland to Hungary. Over 100 honourable guests were present at the ceremony.

During the opening ceremony Minister Zoltán Balog said that the duty of those who survived the dictatorship is to keep the memory of the difficult past and pass it on to next generations. This is our moral obligation. He also stressed that the communication about the past only makes sense when something good comes as a result of it. That is why Minister Balog concluded with a question about the role of remembrance, which is the key issue in the work of the European Network Remembrance and Solidarity. The fundamental objective of the Freedom Express campaign, initiated by the ENRS, is to create a common narrative of European history – said Roman Kowalski, Ambassador of Poland in Hungary. He added that such projects contribute to shaping the dialogue and creating the complementary narration about the history of the 20th century, in which there is room for a multiplicity of perspectives and interpretations. This dialogue supports our identity, giving the chance to future generations to avoid the mistakes of the past – Ambassador Kowalski concluded. Dr Iván Bába stressed that today’s perception of the communist past only through the prism of humour and everyday life, can be misleading. During the communist past, the sense of humour played a crucial role and had a clearly defined therapeutic effect. With the help of Polish posters, Hungarian films and various other forms of artistic expression we tried to remain independent and defend ourselves. Today communist period returns in a specific pop version. It is becoming more and more popular amongst young people and unfortunately promotes a distorted picture of the past – explained dr Bába.

Ambassador of the German Federal Republic in Hungary, Lieselore Cyrus, observed that this exhibition is a signpost for the future, teaches us how to search for freedom. The idea of ​​freedom and democracy must remain our compass – she stated.

The exhibition, designed by historians associated with European Network Remembrance and Solidarity, documents the complicated process through which this part of Europe regained its freedom from communist dictatorship. Presented earlier in Berlin, Brussels, and Warsaw the exhibition concentrates on various ways in which civil liberties were limited in the former communist bloc and on attempts made to regain them. It focuses especially on the question of what connects and divides remembrance of the events that preceded the fall of communism in Central and Eastern.

For those who wish to go back in time to refresh a little history here is the site  to learn more:

Update and snaps by Aggie Reiter


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The 100-year-old “Orient Express” world premiere musical show at the cultural center of Gödöllő was sold out!

Well, this was no surprise for the awaited performance on  December, 13. 2014., because the expectations were huge. On board  the Orient Express all viewers must have felt really rolling on the railway tracks back time. Within the musical several art style, music solution appeared, which varied through the country’s train stations. The Hundred Years’ War  ended the Orient Express  journey from Paris to the city of rough times in history with several names as: Atatürk, New Rome, Constantinople, to-day known as Istanbul.

The audience arrived to take part at this special two-hour journey and nostalgic atmosphere. Before entering the auditorium, had a peak at the small exhibition along the hallway showing  items from the eating room in the era when the Orient Express was rolling on the tracks from East-to-West and back-and-forth. The travelers   ticket was examined by the train ticket controller who worn that railway uniform from that era. Shortly after signaled the beginning of the show communicated via announcer indicating the time in minutes of departure from the Paris Railway Station, also with the loud horn blowing. Special VIP, as the mayor of Sarajevo Ivo Komsic and Şakir Fakılı the Turkish ambassador also honored by their presence the world premiere unique musical show. A lineup of sponsors and several knowledgeable professional eyes were present to view the musical world premiere performance. The mayor of Gödöllő Dr. György Gémesi greated Mr. Mihály Babekmayor of the city of Szarvas, Ms. Ildikó Pécsi – actress, Mr. Károly Eperjesi – actor and Joshi Bharat – popular TV personal. The auditorium was completely filled with viewers also arriving from the capital and other provincial cities. Furthermore, way beyond the performance, the news spread crossing boarders, because there were viewers coming to see this awesome show from Prague and Vienna as well.

The actors from Békéscsaba Jókai Theater: Ms. Petra Gubin, Mr.György Szomor and Ms. Boglárka Farkas, Enikő Litauszki, Tünde Török – professional dancers were met with great enthusiasm from the audience. Péter Fekete brought many sights and sound within the musical … no wonder … his previous experience in working in the circus arts and having the illusionist’s past knowledge was spectacularly in use at the scenery elements, screenings and his great ideas appeared on the stage. The second part was more of the outbreak of the First World War, already showing the perceptible of pains and sorrow.

The grandiose, unique visual-world, luxury pieces was spiced up with the 15 years old  Percussion Talamba group. The superb Cimbaliband played nonstop throughout  the show. The Fricska (Flick) dance show was fulfilled with unmentionable fantastic energy. Most probably as the audience watching them laying the railway tracks, building bits-and-pieces of the bridge many held their breath, provoking the viewers of the symbolic meaning. The production was interactive as well, as the audience was pulled int he show becoming to add a little more sound with musical instruments which were handled to them during the break and together with the band in the pounding rhythm.

At the end of the performance the audience would not let the actors leave the stage. Over-and-over again the artists had to come out while around 15 minutes standing applause and cheers fulfilled the auditorium. Was really impossible to put a full stop to the production to have come to “THE-END!”

Sakir Fakılı, the Turkish ambassador expressed he has high hopes to see the show in Istanbul. A total of five foreign invitation already hit the day… I mean by night … at the end of the production, so number of attention already speaks for itself. Roaring applause maybe more than minutes waiting for the troupe to international guests arriving to the reception. As all gathered dr. György Gémesi Mayor of Gödöllő praised the magnificent work done by all on stage and thanked all the members bringing this awesome production and last but not least, for the theater lovers of Gödöllő this was real treat and were proud to have this world premiere in their city… which can be named as a pre-Xmas present to the City of Gödöllő.  Balázs Kovács – executive director also expressed his honor to have had brought to the House of Arts at the Cultural and Conference Center – Gödöllő this magnificent  production on stage and having the world premiere at Gödöllő.

At the reception after the show had a few minutes conversation with the Sarajevo Mayor Ivo Komšić, who said he absolutely wish to bring this show one day in front of the audience in their own country at the “Sarajevo Train Station” and will work together on this path with director Peter Fekete.  “It was a great performance and I am still under the influence. It was certainly classy musical performances that should be out to see not just in Europe. Not seen anything like this in amount of time. Congratulations to all the extraordinary participant in the show, and I look forward to not only the dream by director Peter Fekete to have come true, but to my dream to be fulfilled” said the mayor.

TIME-WILL-TELL! … hopefully it will not have to be only kept as a dream to wish to come true to have a train with the “Orient Express” logo which could take the musical artists on route from Paris to Istanbul to present this breathtaking production at each country’s city were once the Orient Express stopped previously before the First World War.

Previous herald news to this update see:

Update and snaps by Aggie Reiter