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The 5th Madách International Theater Meeting (MITEM)

National Theater

April, 10–29 2018.

14 countries, 26 shows on 3 stages

District, IX. 1 Bajor Gizi Park – Budapest

„I was born to share love, not hate”

Quotation from Edit Kulcsár – festival organiser: “We chose this sentence of Sophocles as the motto for the 2018 MITEM as we believe it to best encompass what the international theater festival of the National Theater will be about this coming spring.”

Participating countries: Belgium, Estonia, Croatia, India, Lebanon, Hungary, Germany, Italy, Russia, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Tunisia, Ukraine.

Švejk: The return – 7 p.m. April, 10. 2018. and 6 p.m. April, 11. 2018.
Director: Valerij Fokin. Based on the play of Tatyana Rakhmanova
Alexandrinsky Theater – Saintpetersburg Russia
2Hs without break – Main Stage

Georg Büchner: Woyzeck – 8 p.m. April, 11. 2018. and 7 p.m. April, 12. 2018.
Director: Attila Vidnyánszky Jr.
National Theater Budapest Hungary
without break – Gobbi Hilda Stage.

William Shakespeare: III. RICHARD – National Theater Budapest Hungary – 5 p.m. April, 13. 2018. and 3 p.m. April, 14. 2018.
(at the MITEM: Performed in Hungarian, with English subtitles)
3Hs with 1 break – Gobbi Hilda Stage.

Sophokles: OEDIPUS REX 16 – 8 p.m. April, 13. 2018.
Director: Rimas Tuminas
Vahtangov State Theater, Moscow, Russia
Performed in Russian and Greek with Hungarian and English subtitles.
1′ 40″ without break – Main Stage.

Bertolt Brecht: THE CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE 16 – 7 p.m. April, 14. 2018. and 7 p.m. April, 15. 2018. – Director: Michael Thalheimer
Berliner Enseble, Berlin, Germany
Performed in German with Hungarian and English subtitles.
1′ 50″, without break – Main Stage

THE CHERRY ORCHARD – 9 p.m. April, 14. 2018.
Director: Yaroslav Fedoryshyn
Outdoor performance – FREE ENTRY
Voskresinnia Theater, Lvov, Ukraine
Open space performance, Nathional Theater, in the front of the “Ship”
1H without break – Theater’s garden

Günter Grass: THE TIN DRUM 14 – 8 p.m. April, 16. 2018. – Director: Oliver Reese
Berliner Ensemble, Berlin, Germany
Performed in German, with Hungarian and English subtitles.
1′ 50″ without break – Gobbi Hilda Stage

Alice – Upon the book of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll – 8 p.m. April, 17. 2018. – Director: László Bocsárdi
Tamási Áron Theater and SZempöl Offchestra’ co-operation, Sfântu Gheorghe, Romania
Performed in Hungarian with English subtitles.
1′ 45″without break – Main Stage

Mudar Alhaggi: YOUR LOVE IS FIRE – 4 p.m. April, 18. 2018. – Director: Rafat Alzakout
Theater un der Ruhr – Collective Ma’louba, Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany
Performed in Arabic with Hungarian and English subtitles. 1′ 30″ without break – Kaszás Attila Stage

William Boyd: LONGING – Director: Elmo Nüganen – 7 p.m. April, 18. 2018.
City Theater, Tallinn, Estonia  Performed in Estonian, with Hungarian and English subtitles. 3′ 5″ with 1 break – Gobbi Hilda Stage

BODY REVOLUTION / WAITING – 5 p.m. April, 19. 2018. – Toneelhuis, Antwerpen, Belgium. Performed in Dutch, French, English, Arabic, with Hungarian and English subtitles – 1H without break – Kaszás Attila Stage

Alexander Ostrovsky: THE STORM – 7 p.m. April, 19. 2018. – Director: Andrey Moguchy
Tovstonogov Bolshoi Drama Theater (BDT), Saintpetersburg, Russia – Performed in Russian with Hungarian and English subtitles. – 2′ 15″ with 1 break – Main Stage

Roberto Ciulli – Matthias Flake: CLOWNS 2 ½ – Clowns in Storm 12 – 9 p.m. April, 20. 2018
Director: Roberto Ciulli. Theater an der Ruhr, Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany
Performed in German with Hungarian and English subtitles. 3′ 10″ with 1 break – Gobbi Hilda Stage

MAY HE RISE AND SMELL THE FRAGRANCE  – 5 p.m. April, 21. 2018. – Director: Ali Chahrour – Ali Chahrour Társulata, Bejrút, Libanon. In Arabic with Hungarian and English subtitles. 1H without break – Kaszás Attila Stage

TSESHO – WHAT’S THAT? Puppet cabaret – 8 p.m. April, 21. 2018. – Director: Troitskyi Vlad – CCA “Dakh” & Teatr-Pralnia/Laundry Theater, Kiev, Ukrajna. Performed in Ukrainian and English with Hungarian subtitles. 1H without break – Gobbi Hilda Stage

József Katona: Ban Bánk – 3 p.m. April, 20. 2018. – Director: Attila Vidnyánszky. National Theater – Budapest- Hungary. 2′ 20″ without break – Gobbi Hilda Stage

PINOCCHIIO  – Director: Antonio Latella – 7 p.m. April, 22. 2018.- Carlo Collodě’s novel by Antonio Latella, Federico Bellini, Linda Dalisi – Piccolo Teatro di Milano – Teatro d’Europa, Italy – In Italian with the Hungarian and English subtitles. 2′ 50″ with 1 break – Main Stage

Jalila Baccar – Fadhel Jaïbi: VIOLENCE(S) – 7 p.m. April, 23. 2018. – Director: Fadhel Jaïbi
Tunesian National Theater, Tunis, Tunesia – Performed in Arabic with Hungarian and English subtitles. 1′ 50″ without break – Gobbi Hilda Stage

Pierre Beaumarchais: The Marriage of Figaro – 7 p.m. April, 24. 2018. -Director: Sardar Tagirovsky – National Theater Budapest Hungary with 2 breaks – Main Stage

LOVE SONGS BEYOND SPACE AND TIME – BY BAULS OF BENGAL – 6 p.m. April, 25. 2018. – Director: Parvathy Baul – The Group of Parvathy Baul – India – 2Hs without break – Gobbi Hilda Stage

Matei Vișniec: MIGRAAANTS – Or There’s Too Many People on this Damn Boat – 4 p.m. April, 26. 2018. – Director: Zalán Zakariás – Tomcsa Sándor Theater – Odorheiu Secuiesc Romania – Performed in Hungarian with English subtitles. 1′ 50″ without break – Gobbi Hilda Stage

August Kitzberg: THE WHEREWOLF – 7 p.m. April, 26. 2018. -Director: Sergey Potapov
R.A.A.A.M. Theater – Tallinn – Estonia – Performed in Estonian with simultaneous interpretation in Hungarian and English. – 2′ 25″ with 1 break – Main Stage

Compania Sincara (after Cervantes): DON Q – Fragments of a Knight’s Tale – 5 p.m. April, 27. 2018. – Director: Rico Dietzmeyer / Compania Sincara – Compania Sincara Cammerspiele Leipzig Germany – Performed in German with Hungarian and English subtitles. – 1′ 10″, without break – Kaszás Attila Stage

Danilo Kiš: A TOMB FOR BORIS DAVIDOVICH – 8 p.m. April, 27. 2018. – Director: Aleksandar Popovski – Novi Sad Theater Novi Sad Serbia – Performed in Hungarian with English subtitles.
1H 30″ without break – Gobbi Hilda Stage

Homer: THE ILIAD  – 7 p.m. April, 28. 2018. – Director: Jernej Lorenci – Slovenian National Theater (SNT) Drama Ljubljana, Ljubljana City Theater, Cultural and Congress Centre, Ljubjana, Slovenia – Performed in Slovenian with Hungarian and English subtitles. – 3Hs with 1 break – Main Stage

Anton. P. Chekhov: IVANOV – 6 p.m. April, 29. 2018. – Director: Eimuntas Nekrošius
Croatiian National Theater Zagreb – Performed in Croatian with Hungarian and English subtitles – 3′ 30″ with 1 break – Gobbi Hilda Stage

Tickets: jegy@nemzetiszinhaz.hu

Update Aggie Reiter

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

Update Aggie Reiter

Two new gastronomy members on the charts of Hungaricum – HUSZ – Budapest

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The best way to learn about the country is by its gastronomy !

József Birinyi – President  and Gábor Mathiász – Vice President of the Hungaricum Association … hereinafter: HUSZ welcomed by invitation the previously and lately added members to the Hungaricum Association. Also guests and press individuals were greeted by  attending the ceremony.  During the past  weeks  round 20 members have been added  to the “HUSZ”.  Lately these iconic were the Omega band’s musical heritage, the 100-member Gypsy Orchester –  the Hungarian Gypsy music and its songs as musical heritage. The ceremony took place at the  St. George Residence Budapest‘s first “All Suite” hotel. Europe recorded among the hundred best hotels, five-star hotel on the basis of written documents dating back  from 1311, it is actually a three medieval foundations Baroque corner building complex. The 700 year-old buildings and more than 200-year-old hotel rightly bears the oldest hotel in Budapest.

Among the special guest, the HUSZ invited actor Gabor Koncz. Many knowing him as an excellent horse rider as well, but only a few know him as a Fishman. As for the story of his love for the fish he spoke of his own little island  where  the carp are brought up by him at a hundred square meters pond. He spends a deal of time in fishing his special way.  In connection with the fish soup, he entered at the local cooking contest and by the evaluated expert jury his fish soup named as “Orvhalászlé” –  Poach soup won the first prize. Before giving over the floor to the new HUSZ members the actor read a poem by poet András Szabó – The fishermen Lord’s Prayer on which the fishermen, anglers around popping poach.

Before presenting  the two new members heard a short overview of the association’s  task, highlighting the importance to wider the list of Hungaricum, not just for the Hungarians to learn, but for especially to bring attention to the near-and-far individuals not to only ring the bell of Hungary to foreigners as they say  “Yes Puskás”. Also to learn for those living abroad that the so-called „Gulyás” – Goulash is a heavy soup and not a stew! The value philosophy is important because it show the different regional traditions at the gastronomy festivals.

In recognition of many years of work the two new representatives officially join into the line HUSZ … on one hand with the Golden Carp – Fisheries Ltd. – Hungarian Fish soup, …  on the other hand  the “Betyárgulyás” – Outlaw Goulash – the Hungarian Goulash Gastro-Tourism whom both gave a short overview of keeping up with the tradition,  their presence in the history of the values in the Hungarian traditional gastronomy. Ferenc Lévai –  owner  – CEO  Golden Carp Fishery Ltd spoke about the fish soup acutally revealed initially by the Hungarian people  who were simple fishermen. Fishing in the homeland and enjoy this science brought to Hungary from the Carpathian basin rivers. Even King Sigismund loved to go fishing as well and his favorite fish was the  ” Viza – Sturgeon”.  When he was elected as  the Holy Roman Emperor, closed down near Győr all dead branches –  sturgeon migrating upward from the army. During his era huge quantities of fish were taken to the Vienna market.  The river’s richness in fish lasted until the beginning to the river regulation. Thereafter,  the batches, swampy areas fish farms were established. Our country has become the second largest producer of fish in Europe! To 15 countries were delivered carp in special wagons.  Way back, the fish-eating people were much healthier than are to-day.  There is no religion that prohibits to the consumption of fish.  The fish could be prepared in dozens-and dozens ways but one of the most successful recipe was just the simple carp fish soup made in so many different ways – depending on the region’s tradition.

Perhaps there are only a few countries around the world where as saying the word goulash, would not immediately connect it to  Hungary. The  Hungarian Association of Gastro-tourism – President Sándor Csányi  mainly talked about the Szolnok Goulash Festival first organized in 1998. It became unexpectedly such a huge success, that since then this year will be organizing  the 18th  Goulash Festival at Szolnok. Also said: Q.:  “The goulash is like a football – everyone thinks they know …  it all.”  Same with the Hungarian goulash  which is not that simple, yet easy to cook. Originally shepherds cooked as a stew  and called it goulash meat. Today, the  housewives  prepare the goulash soup completely differently, as a heavy soup, but traveling to any region in Hungary you will not find the  same in taste named goulash soup, yet it is a real experience to gain the notably  difference in the rich flavors.

After the official presentations on behalf of the Association was handled over the Hungaricum membership Charts.

Szabolcs Szécsi – Mayor of Tarpa announced that they intend to move into the line of HUSZ partnership. Emphasized … One of the village’s greatest value is the “Golden Plum Pálinka” BUT there is much more to see and taste in the village more than that. Many folks know about Tarpa from the history time the name  Tamás Esze who was the bravest captain in the 18th century in the  war of independence, but beside that Tarpa is famous of its local plum  the “Penyige” and as the locals call it  ” Unknow Plum”.   The Gold Plum Pálinka is a real trademark of the region .This pálinka is developed on centuries-old tradition. When the ripe season entered, the whole village move out under the plum trees, stripped, cooked jam, prepared pálinka and by the end took them back home. The former traditional Szatmár-Bereg Plum Days, renamed as the “New Pálinka Festival”  is still on. The Szatmár-Bereg co-jury assess the pálinka together with the Order of Knighthood. In the beginning the festival was held only for domestic participants, thereafter, Romania, Transylvania and Ukraine joined the event. The plan is to hold the “New Pálinka Festival”  not  only as for a one-day festival, but to be able to create for the Hungarians and tourists arriving to Tarpa to spend time at the 4-5 days  festival filled with not only pálinka, but enjoying the gastronomy and the local traditional programs.

The next event is coming up this weekend with the XV. Kuruc Day –  this is a traditional event brought back from the past, with also Kuruc gastronomy combined with traditional  programs.

Further info: https://rollinginbudapest.com/2016/05/25/the-xv-kuruc-day-back-to-evoke-the-heroic-age-tarpa-hungary/

The ceremony continued by a guided tour inside the St. George Residence Hotel,  then after invited to taste the two new HUSZ members cook of the day … fish and goulash soup, taste the wines from Kecel, champagne from the cellar of Törlei and naturally the famous golden plum pálinka from Tarpa.

With the two new members the Hungarian gastronomy and  the Hungaricum Association “HUSZ” definitely became richer!

Update and snaps by Aggie Reiter

Scott Bradlee’s – Post Modern Jukebox in Budapest – 2016.

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Ready for a musical tour?

Get into the mood … get into feeling PMJ retro music.

Scott Bradlee’s Post Modern Jukebox – British team is on a European tour and after Finland, Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Germany coming to Hungary on Friday, May, 27. at 8 p.mMoM Culture Center – District, XII.,  14-16 Csörsz Street – Budapest. From Hungary off to Romania and Bulgaria to give the audience their magical show.

The American musician, pianist, composer and arranger Scott Bradlee already is known for his viral videos. Postmodern Jukebox are a rotating group of musicians producing alternate variations of pop songs in a blend of cool jazz, soul songs, ragtime and within their program will bring alive swing, classics tunes from the ’20s and ’50s all delivered in a „groovy swingin style”. Their music blurs the boundaries between the generations and will catch those ears who are not too comfy within the pop forms.

Scott Bradlee’s Post Modern Jukebox group are bringing an excellent set of tunes mixed in their own way of idiom. The PMJ are still relatively somehow unknown, this will be their first European tour and most probably will gain more-and-more fans.

During their show an overall of 40 musicians will exchange the stage and a small big band will join them on stage and audience will feel the spell of being at the end of the last century.

A stellar performance will be on stage and if you are lucky enough… get yourself to their show!

Tickets are already on sale on the spot or through reservation at:

http://www.eventim.hu/en/tickets/scott-bradlees-postmodern-jukebox-budapest-mom-sport-422829/event.html?

Update by  Aggie 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

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER, 21. FINAL COUNTDOWN – INTERNATIONAL GALLOP RACE – BUDAPEST

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To-day was a blast of festivals going in and around several venues at Budapest. Bet many of those  tourist  staying  in Budapest may have thought they have dropped into a wonderland.  About these venue in the next update. But at first here comes a major event to be! So as for tomorrow will be in deed the grand day of the year at the Hero Square whereas the finals will take place at the 7th International Gallop Race.

Sunday morning at 8 o’clock comes the track test at 00.45 p.m.  and  at 1 p.m will be two heats of 6-6 riders and among them 3-3  will be in the final shooting off at 5.30 p.m.  and  this year’s winner at the  International Gallop  will  end with a celebration ceremony.

First Heat: 1. United Arab Emirates – horse number 8.,  2. Qatar – horse number 5., 3. United States of America – horse number 12., 4. Slovakia horse number 3., 5. Hungary, Zoltán Varga  horse number 4., 6. Czech Republic – horse number 2.

Second Heat:1. Kazakhstan horse number 11., 2. Armenia horse number 7., 3. Serbia horse number 6., 4. Bulgaria horse number 10., 5. China horse number 1., 6. Romania horse number 9, The riders had already the draw and met their “horsepower” at the Bábolna  National Stud Farm  on Thursday, September 18. See previous update:

https://rollinginbudapest.com/2014/09/18/herald-news-7th-international-gallop-hungary-2014/

More to it, something not to be seen anywhere else in the world  just in Budapest – Hungary. Upon the idea and dream of Zoltán Lázar, six-time world  champion Carriage Seabiscuit driver his dream came true with combining the Scythian and the Roman chariot into one chariot to the needs of the 21st century’s race on the tracks. The chariot race has been implemented  into the programs ever since the National Gallop Race was on. Going to be every second an eye-catching  event during the National Gallop.  The audience will be watching a race as  a little reminder of the world-famous movie … Ben Hur. The competitors are not Ben Hur relatives so they had to undergo a tough training in advance. Well tomorrow all who visit the venue and be sharp to watch the ancient Scythian rolling wheel s go by will remember their stay if not just  for this grand sport race in Budapest!

Naturally spending a full day at the International Gallop Race with a dozen of shows and attractions will be worthwhile to attend in any hour!

Update by Aggie Reiter

 

W!ZZ AIR ALREADY LAUNCHES ITS WINTER SCHEDULE 2014 – HUNGARY!

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COLOR YOUR DREAMS!

Many may say … winter days  … gosh give me a break  … but before heading back to the cold winter days here is the latest …

NEWSFLASH from April, 29. 2014.

One of  W!ZZ AIR’s most popular flight is en route from Budapest to Dubai which will increase up to four weekly flights … and another good news for travelers, planning, ahead to Dubai, previously was announced that no visa is needed for Hungarian citizens anymore to travel to Dubai. Services to Moscow will be on weekly base, operating 10 times.

Even though we still have a summer to come and enjoy, W!ZZ Air has already announced its winter flights from Hungary to Alicante in Spain. Also to Kutaisi with two weekly flights and  Thessalonike with  weekly flights can be already booked now to be aboard as hitting the http://www.wizzair.com

Many Hungarians spend their vacation in Barcelona and with the weekly 4 flights and its low airs it makes the planning more easy and comfy.

These flights are coming by beside the already 29 flights to 18 different counties in the W!ZZ AIR’s Hungarian route network.  All flights operated on Airbus A320 aircraft, with 180 seats.

MANY MAY KNOW ALREADY AND HAVE HAD THE EXPERIENCE … ANYWAY HERE IS A REMINDER …W!ZZ AIR  is the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe … which means their flights are to and from the following regions: Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Ukraine.

Update by Aggie Reiter

 

MISS COLORS INTERNATIONAL – WHEELCHAIR LADIES CONTEST – BUDAPEST – 2014.

Snap by Ernő Dudás

Snap by Ernő Dudás

On Saturday Night, March 22 the Miss Colors reached its first international edition of this event, held since 2012 at the national level in Hungary. The International 2014 Wheelchair pageant gathered at the Larus Convention Center, whereas 6 countries … Hungary, Romania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Mexico, Bolivia, Ukraine … 8 wheelchair ladies reached the final countdown. The Miss Colors International contest doesn’t have any boarders, therefore no surprise that among the eight finalists joined the competition from the other side of the Ocean namely Ms. Marcia Andrea Cornejo, 28 years old from La Paz – Bolivia. She is a graphic designer and singer.

The Hungarian 22 years old Fanni Illés received the crown  and became Miss Colors International 2014., as the most beautiful lady in wheelchair of 2014. The beauty queen came from Rezi and she is a Paralympic swimming icon. Participated twice at the Olympic Games, in Beijing and in London representing Hungary. First maid of honor Andrea Paula Hadarag, 22 years old come from Romania. The second maid of honor Eminna Mirna Fejzovich, 30 years old, arrived from Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The main message of Miss Colors is essential to promote accessibility for those living their daily lives in wheelchair!

The objective of this event was to vindicate the importance also for women with disabilities to stress the importance of sending a “positive message” to individuals with disabilities saying they also can live a full life!

The event was under the patronage of the National Health Insurance Fund.

Update by Aggie Reiter

MISS COLOURS INTERNATIONAL WHEELCHAIR BEAUTY CONTEST 2014.

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The eight finalists of Miss Colours Hungary – 2014., have had been chosen on February 22. at the City Park Cafe & Bar apart of the Ice Rink’s in the beautiful neo-baroque building  The competition this year for the first time, thanks to the Rotary Club of Budapest and the Center co-operation, has been released and published internationally. Calls arrived from six countries and 16 candidates were invited from Hungary, Romania, Bosnia – Herzegovina, Mexico, Bolivia, Ukraine. A total of 50 applications arrived. The jury members, interviewed each applicant, by having a short conversation through “appearance via Skype” through an interpreter. The semi-final jury consisting of Bernadett Mrázik – Colours Rehab Ltd – organizer, Dorottya Balló – Rotary Club – Budapest Center,  Vanda Vasas – Colours Miss Hungary 2013, Nóra Nemes – Choreographer, Ferenc Rákóczi – presenter, had chosen ont he spot the 8 semi-final ladies, who were:  Tünde Ferenczi  – 36 years old, Alcsútdoboz – Hobbies: wheelchair dancing, Zumba. „”If I would have the chance, I would tell the people who are so full-fledged human being can live. Exemplary for those who do not know that a woman can be so nice and pretty. To me it would mean the removal of obstacles that would stop the people from the kind of obstacles, which can not or do not want to converge.”  Kinga Ilyés – 31 years old, from Romania, Harghita County – Hobbies: painting, furniture painting, listening to music. „”I think the issue of accessibility can be carried forward if „we wheelchair individuals participate as often as we can in the social life. I think that the society is open to create the necessary conditions for equality, and be informed when we are needy.” Marcia Andrea Cornejo Vargas – 28 years old, from Bolivia – Hobbies: graphic design, singing. “I am currently dealing with graphic and creative design. My dream would come true to be able to come to Hungary and participate at the Miss Colours Contest.”  Valeria Leonova – 22 years, from Ukraine  – Hobbies: handwork, modeling, weightlifting. For me it is rather disappointing to see that some people are pulling up new building complexes and they care less or  do not think that there are individuals who are unattainable to accessible these buildings by wheelchair. I would be glad if I could draw the attention to all that are within this business.” Szilvia Pető – 30 years old from Budapest.  – Hobbies: traveling, reading. “I would help the cause of accessibility? Would provide an application to the Municipality with approving the wheelchair people. Many streets are unavailable to cross between cars, or having to cross the rail trauls. If  that’s not enough, I would as an experimental „subject” would roll along the roadway for the sake of a film that others on the road would notice the importance of us in the wheelchairs, since we are also here!”  Fanni Ilyés – 22 years old, from Rezi – Hobbies: reading, cooking, swimming. Paraolimpic swimmer, participated at the Beijing and London Olympics Games. “Born without legs, with conjoined fingers, but it’s never hindered me almost from anything. I swim competitively for more than eight years, thanks to which I got a lot of opportunities. During my travels, I found that it is easier for those living abroad who are in wheelchairs, since they are already in place to meet these requirements means, therefore, more mobile, more courageous, which promotes social inclusion as well. I would like to achieve the same in Hungary.” She also mentioned, being travelling around the world, she found out that in Miami they deal  a lot for the wheelchair users in the traffic routes, passageways as being constructed  in a manner for environment friendly for folks in use of wheelchair. Hadarag Paula Andrea 22 years old, from Romania  – Hobbies: reading, handwork.” I am disabled since 2009. I think that the wheelchair ladies can be just as beautiful and irradiated as intact counterparts, but beside their beauty we are advantage in being very strong.” Judith Horváth Pálfi – 46 years old, from Veresegyháza  – Hobbies: sports, reading, cinema, theater. „In 1992 had a car accident, broke my spine, so I got a wheelchair. As a fencer I attended five Olympics and I have achieved great success. Would consider it important in the rehabilitation of sports presentation of the more recent victims, and if possible pre-school and school integration”

MISS Colours International Wheelchair Beauty Contest Final on
 March, 22. 2014.  at the Larus Restaurant and Event Center.

Update  and snaps by Aggie Reiter

NATIONAL RESTAURANT WEEK! – ROLLING NOT JUST IN BUDAPEST BUT THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY BETWEEN MARCH, 19 AND 23. 2014.

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Talking about Hungarian food … many miss their Mum’s cooking, needn’t have to be sad, cause most of the restaurants during the National Restaurant Week will prepare their dishes  that will  bring back the home tastes which haven’t been forgotten.

HUNGARY WILL BE IN THE MOOD TO GO ON A RIDE, ENJOYING THE HUNGARIAN AND INTERNATIONAL DISHES DURING THE NATIONAL RESTAURANT WEEK!

MARCH, 17 – 23. 2014.

To-day, press and media representatives were called to participate at a hearing, held at one of the most beautiful venues in Budapest at the Robinson Timeless Kitchen  since 1989.  A place to visit, not just to eat and drink, cause at the Robinson your other senses are generated as well such as: a breathtaking view of Mother nature’s City Park and  in between the Robinson  a wide pond splits apart the area from the Vajdahunyad Castle, which is at an arm distance to watch the day-goes-by through the restaurant’s wide windows while enjoying the yummy delights.  A venue which cannot be left out to visit by tourists or foreigners staying, living in Budapest.  After this short intro of the Robinson whereabouts, coming back to the topics regarding to the press call whereas,  László Árpádowner Robinson restaurant, Balázs Csapodyowner Kistücsök restaurant, Attila Kaszab – business director Godunov Russian-European restaurants, and Tamás Borbély – owner Borbély Family Winery at  Badacsonytomaj … “A land of fiery wines and volcanic flavors!”  welcomed the press representatives. The Borbély winery won the Hungarian Wine Academy award in 2012 and 2013.  László Árpád spoked about the National Restaurant Week around the World. There are DiningCities beside Hungary around the World in South Africa, Austria,  Spain, Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Luxembourg, Romania which holds their local national restaurants week specialities. Beside Budapest, throughout the country list of five best Hungarian speech-enhancing wines will be in company. At the Robinson  the meals  will be in company brought from the Borbély Family Winery. The Robinson Timeless Kitchen has just opened after the building’s renovation with also adding an extra upstairs floor.   Again, this year more than a 100 top and mid-range restaurants will be offering visitors, usually 3-4 kind of starters or typical Hungarian thick soups, main course and the sweet tooth lovers will be flying high tasting mostly Hungarian cakes and satisfying confectionery delights for all ages.  Booking a table in advance is easy as 1,2,3, at the http://www.etteremhet.hu website.  “The 50 Best Hungarian Restaurant” participating in the program will do their best to serve their guests, so cut-off  dreaming. cause the mouth-watering  menu for lunch or supper is awaiting their guests.  The DiningCity international restaurant recommendation in March for the 6th time this year  in Hungary which is organized by the increasingly popular.  The event ‘s popularity indicates that in recent years has multiplied the number of visitors, as last recorded number was 19.227 visitors choosing the high range (in 2011, the number of guests  were 4,427). Great opportunity to get to know not just the sights-and-sound of Budapest – Hungary, but to find your special taste enjoying high quality, 3 course lunch or supper menu for only the price of 3300HUF. All you have to do is just select from the list of the participating restaurant, hit the date and the number of persons you wish to spend  some time to enjoying Hungarian or International food.  Dispatch Guests with bookings will receive instant confirmation of booking by e-mail, reflecting the reservation has been successful. Can not reserve a table by hand, nor via telephone . The online bookings system is only holding the registration at the above website and on the same website the cancellation can be made as well.

At the end of the press gathering, László Árpád – owner Robinson restaurant  invited  the participants to a taste the full selection of 10 …  yes …  ten  delights of the house to be served during the National Restaurant Week.  Appetizer: Chili-coconut milk flavored, pumpkin cream soup, marinated pike perch, blueberries …  Beef carpaccio, sun-dried tomatoes, parmesan cheese …  Buffalo chicken wings, blue cheese sauce, celery. Main courses: BBQ spare ribs, Robinson steak potatoes … Pappardelle, gorgonzola and pears, stripes of beef tenderloin … Chicken ”stew”, cottage dumplings, cucumber salad. Desserts: Floating islands … Chocolate cake, dried apricots with vanilla … Robinson profiteer.

Last but not least, after each-and-every dish ,  noble wines  from the Borbély Family Cellars were supplied to the invited press individuals. Must say a grand selection of wines.

These dedicates at the Robinson can be chosen by the guests from the list of meals and everyone can create  their own 3-course menus.  So grab your chance, get into the mood to learn about the places and restaurants thus enrich new impressions and experiences in Budapest – Hungary.

Update and snaps by Aggie Reiter