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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

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

Documentary that encapsulates – Russian Avant-Garde to life. 

Revolution: New Art for a New World

Premier: Uránia Movie Theater – Budapest – from June, 1. 2017.

5 p.m. Saturday, June, 10. and 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 20. Ceremonial Hall

District, VIII. 21. Rákóczi Road

Can art be fully understood without the political conditions under which it was produced?  The  Revolution: New Art for a New World examines the rise and fall of an artistic movement embedded in their political and historical context. In this new documentary, director Margy Kinmouth zooms in on the 1917 Bolshevik revolution to appreciate the vibrant, abstract work of the Russian avant-garde … the documentary gives the answer.

Revolution: New Art for a New World taking the audience through 90 minutes of a bold and exciting featuring documentary that encapsulates a momentous period in the history of Russia and the Russian Avant-Garde.

The documentary tells stories of amazing artists like Chagall, Kandinsky and Malevich – pioneers who flourished in response to the challenge of building a new art for a new world and  draws attention to art of post-Revolutionary Russia deserves to be more widely understood, the unhappy fate of some of the country’s most creative people after  implacable authority after 15 years after the 1917 Russian Revolution when some of the most exciting art the world had ever seen. These where the short years silenced by Stalin’s Socialist Realism.

Artists found new ways to represent the hopes of the newly free, optimistic country led by Lenin, but after his death they were silenced when Stalin enforced socialist realism as a political tool. Many were killed or sent to the gulag.

Also drawing  the attention on the collections of major Russian institutions, contributions from contemporary artists, curators and performers and personal testimony from the descendants of those involved, the film brings the artists of the Russian Avant-Garde to life.  Fortunately,  these remarkable artworks survived and the Russian Avant-Garde continues to exert an influence over contemporary art movements.  The New Art for a New World confirms this exploring the fascination that these colourful paintings, inventive sculptures.

This semi-dramatised documentary reveals how many artworks survived the purge and went on to influence the artistic world. Focusing on artists such as Wassily Kandinsky, Kazimir Malevich and Marc Chagall.

The film is in English language with Hungarian subtile. Ticket available on the spot.

The documentary under 12 year-old children is not recommended!

Update Aggie Reiter

Dakar Route – Africa International Cross Country Race 2017.

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On January,2. began the two weeks adventure on rolling on the 38th Dakar Rally!

The Desert Riders Arrived Home!

The Hungarians  held an “After Party” gathering at the Champs Pub in Budapest where they told stories about their international cross-country race experiences throughout Route Dakar 2017.

In the Africa Race Balázs Szalay and László Bunkoczi finished in 11th place, and in the category came second in the 6500-kilometers.

On Saturday, the 292 kilometer between Dakar and Saint Louis 22 were measured, but this was not counted into the race, so that was a kind of driving with pleasure in the final days. At the same time the motorcyclist started, the car drivers who were divided into eight groups.

Within this year’s Dakar Race, Balázs Szalay reached the finish line in the 11th, while László Bunkoczi made it at the 7th place at the Pink Lake.

They spoke about their adventure saying Quote: “Every race is difficult,  physical challenges passes through the Sahara, this was no exception. Had a couple of annoying trifle back fed, that worn both of us during the past two weeks. I cannot just say that the African races has a row of difficulty in terms of its location, but it was not easy that’s for sure. The tracks were good, drove through wonderful places. Overall, notwithstanding there were ups and downs sometimes things went on our nerves but laughed a lot. Mainly listened to AC/DC songs and often to “Highway to Hell” then we shouted the to words as loud as we could. Now that we are back again we feel we could go for it again, test ourselves and tomorrow start it all over the race.”

Among the truckers … Miklós Kovács, Péter Czeglédi, László Ács trio finished in 5th place, while  Zsolt Darázsi, Norbert Szalai double in 6th place closed.

Final results:

Motorists: The 1st. Vladimir Vasilyev, Konstantin Zsilcov   – Russia  (Russian Mini) 36:33:40Hs.

The 11th Balázs Szalay, László Bunkoczi  – Hungary  (Hungarian, Opel Mokka) 9:46:46Hs

Truckers: The 1st.  Andrei  Karginov, Andrei Mokejev Dmitry Nyikitin  – Russia  (Russian Kamaz) 39:52:43Hs.

The 5th Miklós Kovács, Péter Czeglédi, László Ács  – Hungary (Hungarian, Scania) 31:35:52Hs.

The 6th Zsolt Darázsi, Norbert Szalai  – Hungary ( MAN) 51:08:45Hs.

motorcyclist:

The 1st Teddy Gev Sella (Israel, KTM) 42:13:11Hs

Update and snaps Aggie Reiter

Ballet … Passion … Love … Life … Budapest

Just in front of the doorstep at the Italian Institution of Culture - Budapest

Just in front of the doorstep at the Italian Institution of Culture – Budapest

InternationBalLET

Monday, December, 5. 2016.

Italian Culture Institution  – Budapest

District, VIII. 8. Bródy Sándor  Street

6.30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

The InternationBalLET was established in the year 2016 by the Italian Cultural Institute and the Hungarian State Opera House in cooperation of foreign dancers. The beautiful art formation will bring a taste of somewhat a bridge between ballet and modern dance, giving the opportunity to locals and foreigners to be in the audience to enjoy the beauty artistic show.

InternationBalLET – Passion, Love, Life has previously been presented at two superb performances this year, during the summer at the Teatro Magnolia (Abano Terme, Padova) and at the Teatro Vascello (Rome). The “preview show” was on May, 23. 2016. at the Italian Institute of Culture and was a huge success with a full house and now coming back with its unaltered performance to its birth place to Hungary. On this evening first to be heard in the world: E-motion – Christian Calcatelli compositions.So for visitors who have passion, love for dance this will be their night enjoying the One Night artistic journey. 

InternationBalLET is getting ready to be dancing alongside with the Italian contingent dancers from Hungary, Croatia, Ukraine, Japan and Russia artists, namely:  Angela Mingardo, Nika Crnic, Yuka Asai, Kristina Starostina, Tatiana Melnik, Rosa Pierro, Umberto Aragno, Gergely Leblanc, Gaetano Cottonaro, Mario Genovese, Mark Biocca, Pierpaolo D’amico, Lurii Kekalo. Christian Calcatelli composer and choreographer, and co-founder of InternationBalLET – Mark Biocca.

“Passion … Love … Life” will follow the launch of the first photographic exhibition by dancer and photographer Dénes Darab. The blend of ballet, bodies, geometry and lighting comes to life in the images. The exhibition can be visited until December, 20. 2016.

Admission is free but registration is required …  iicbudapest@esteri.it

Update Aggie Reiter

Hungarian National Chess Players – 42nd Olympiad – Baku – Azerbaijan – 2016.

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Opening ceremony  on Thursday, September, 1.  2016. – National Gymnastic Arena – Baku.

The competition start off  Friday, September, 2. 2016. – Crystal Hall (venue hosted the 2012 Eurovision Song).

Although CHESS – “in capital letters”  is a mind-numbing, popping out with brilliant moves, following crazy strategies, but need to have outrageous slices of luck!

Chess is known as an individual sport,  yet at the Baku Olympiad will be held within team players.

The federal captains  have had already appointed the five-strong frame in women and men chess players!

So in less than two weeks the Hungarian National Chess Players will be heading to the Olympiad Games – Baku. Regarding to the forthcoming event not an everyday press conference was held by the Hungarian Chess Federation at the  Abacus Business and Wellness Hotel – Herceghalom which actually resembled as a family get-together.

The Hungarian national chess team is experienced and has dynamic chess players. The chess player Zoltán Almási it will be participating at the 11th Chess Olympics. Richárd Rapport is in the top 20th place in the world ranking, and currently holds the 16th place and at Baku be the first tablet which will probably be on him a great psychological pressure and obviously a major challenge said  coach – Judit Polgar Men’s Team … Known as the Greatest female chess player of all time retired two years ago …  revealed she has been working hard the past year in developing the young, dynamic chess players. She expressed having much pleasure to spend a lot of time in the training camp and greatly strengthened the team in preparation period. The team’s youngest chess player Benjamin Gledura will be present at his first Olympiad Games.  Other members of the chess men’s national team is Csaba Balogh and Ferenc Berkes. Polgár also talked about her regret that  Péter Leko will not be a member of team this year. Had to accept the Grand Master‘s decision, but looking forward in participating in the future.

The women team coach – Gábor Papp also highlighted the importance in the advance preparation tasks and continued by saying, Q.: „Around the Globe there is no team most likely, that have had spent as much time, attending at six training camps before the Olympiad than we had.”As Papp also added they are attending with a well-established team and now standing at the 7th place on the leaderboard and although in the top ten the top five is very strong, he is still confident of obtaining a medal. Hoang Thanh Trang will be at the first table. Other chess players will be Anita Gara, Ticia Gara, Sidonia Vajda and Petra Papp at the Olympiad. Zoltán Rácz – Hungarian Chess Federation General Secretary  said all the conditions for preparations has been guaranteed, having given each players the confidence to sit down at the table with good conscience.”

Two years ago at Tromso – Norway the men’s team won the silver medal, while the women team closed in the 45th place.

Looking ahead and summing up … Even though Russia, China and the United States chess players are also very strong, but the big „if” at the last rounds all goes well, the Hungarians might even reach the medal place as well.

Update and snaps Aggie Reiter

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

images PJB May, 27 Budapest 1

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