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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

LEN Champions League Final Six – Danube Arena – Budapest 2017.

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District, XIII.,  34.  Népfürdő  Str. – Budapest

The Final Six of LEN Champions League will take place at the Danube Arena between May, 25-27. 2017. Top men’s water polo players fight for victory on the continent in a traditional six-group tournament. The tournament will be the first international event held in the Danube Arena, venue of the swimming and diving events of the 17th FINA World Championships.

Title defender Croatian Jug Dubrovnik, last year’s silver medallist Greek Olympiacos, Italian Pro Recco and AN Brescia, as well as two Hungarian top teams, last year’s bronze medallist Szolnoki Dózsa-Közgép and ZF-Eger will participate in the Final Six this year. The three-day-long event offers high quality game for spectators and fans.

Although the water polo tournament of the 17th FINA World Championships will take place in Hajós Alfréd Swimming Stadium, the atmosphere of the Final Six, the impressions of the Danube Arena will provide a foretaste of what is anticipated during the World Championships in this facility.

The Final Six will feature a number of water polo players playing in the Hungarian, Italian, Serbian, Montenegrin, Croatian, Spanish and Greek national teams at the World Champs, also. This tournament will be an important one concerning preparations for the World Champs. Tamás Märcz, head coach of the Hungarian team, for instance is to decide about the final roster for the World Champs following the Final Six.

At the event’s press conference Tamás Gyárfás, FINA Vice President, Alexander Sostar, LEN Bureau member (conveying the greetings of Paolo Barelli, LEN President, also), Dénes Kemény, President of the Hungarian Water Polo FederationMarco Birri, Operational Manager of LEN welcomed the organisers in  bringing the superb event to Budapest.

They all agreed that it is a privilege and at the same time a great opportunity that it will be the discipline of water polo which will debut in the central venue of the 17th FINA World Championships.

Organisers expect more than 15-18 thousand visitors during the 3-day Final Six tournament (4 LED screens  will be ensuring better visibility for the water polo lover audience).

In the course of this programme the official opening ceremony of the Danube Arena will take place at 2.30 p.m. on Saturday.

Thursday, May, 25. – quarterfinals:  Olympiacos-Jug Dubrovnik, 7 p.m.  and  ZF-Eger-AN Brescia, 8.30 p.m.

Friday, May, 26. – semi-finals  – for the 5th place 5.30 p.m.
Olympiacos/Jug Dubrovnik-Pro Recco, 7 p.m. , ZF-Eger/AN Brescia-Szolnoki Dózsa-Közgép, 8.30 p.m.

Saturday, May, 27. – finals Bronze medal match, 3.15 p.m., Final, 4.45 p.m. ending with Gala Ceremony.

Update and snaps Aggie Reiter

Diplomatic Fair – 2016

November, 27. 2016.

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

International Bazaar

InterContinental Budapest

District V., 12-14. Apáczai Csere Jánios Street – Budapest

At the 6th Diplomatic Fair, forty-five countries will be represented by their embassies at the InterContinental Budapest in collaboration with Diplomatic Spouses of Budapest. It is organized under the patronage of Anita Herczegh – spouse of the president of Hungary.

Stalls will showcase specialities and souvenirs from these countries and he visitors will be able to enjoy food and drinks from over 20 countries  ont he spot at the refreshment area.

Entertainment will not be shortage … music and dance performances from Indonesia, Chile, India, USA, and Serbia  and among many others will be as being over at these countries at their entertainment programs.

There will be as in the previous years a children corner devoted especially to them. Throughout the day there will be raffles to be won.

The Diplomatic Fair is not just an entertaining international day for the whole family in the spirit of the festive season, it also raises funds for Hungarian charities.

Entry fee 500HUF/person

Update by Aggie Reiter

Annual Jewish Culture Festival – Budapest – 2016.

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The synagogues in Budapest will be glittering in glow as they open its gates … The venues holds a special atmosphere with bringing outstanding artistic productions.

Sunday, September, 4. until Sunday, September, 11. 2016.

Guest stars from abroad arriving from the Israel, Serbia, States.

Each year as the Indian Summer arrives the tradition of holding the Jewish Culture Festival is an awaited program for many locals and foreigners staying in  Budapest. As  having an insight to the below programs show that this year’s multi-arts festival will have a wide variety of events at several venues, featuring presentations – interpretation of well-known great actors and cheerful children’s show to entertain the young audience.

The Festival’s main goal is to contribute in strengthening of tolerance through meeting eye-to-eye the cultures.

Participating venues: Dohány Street Synagogue, Rumbach Street Synagogue, Goldmark Hall, Bethlen Square Synagogue, Hegedűs Gyula Street Syngogue, Liszt Academy, Bálint House, Zwack Museum … etc.

Highlights of performances during the festival: Concert by Andrea Rost and the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchester … A World Invented – An evening with Anikó Für and János Karácsony, Myrtill Micheller and SWINGUISTIQUE – Edith Piaf and French Chansons, Mörk featuring Bea Palya, Soul Exodus – Bálint House, János Gálvölgyi and Miklós Benedek – No Kidding! A Very Impromptu Cabaret in One Act, Hegedűs D. Géza and Kovax – interpretation  200 years of Jewish Poetry, Musical Infusion for Ears and Soul, InFusion and Kátya Tompos concert, Tamás Pajor Unplugged, Lövölde tér – András Kern concert – Guests: Judit Hernádi and Gábor Heilig, Tamás Pajor – legendary personality of the Budapest underground/alternative art scene of the 80s.,Sephardic Divas Night – Mariann Falusi, Eszter Bíró, Dina Pandzarisz, Judit Klein, Kings of Klezmer Concert – Budapest Klezmer Band and the American Grammy award-winning Klezmatics, Klezmer meets jazz – Concert with Nigun and the Kossuth Award Winner Mihály Borbély, Hungarian Fallow – Balázs Galkó, Gipsy Swing – Katica Illényi and the Swing De Gitanes, Vera Jónás Ordinary Symphonies – Experiment Band concert, Handshake and Over this Water – Concert – Ghymes and Besh o droM bands, Look up to the Sky – concert with Charlie, The Walk – Documentary-feature premiere performed by Judit Havas, Patché Birthday concert – Péter Kálloy-Molnár, Mazel Tov – Concert with Violinist Eyal Shiloach (Israel) and the Klezmerész Band, Margaret Island Acoustic, An evening dedicated to Barbra Streisand –  Finucci Bros Quartet and Nikoletta Szőke Concert, Caramel – Open Zone Guest: Dániel Rudas, cantor, Awake lute and harp! Let me wake the dawn, More than klezmer for 18 years – Concert with Sabbathsong and the Kinneret choir, Song in Noise – Anna Pasztor concert, Django meets pop and classical music, Pankastic Orchester Concert with Guests: Gábor Winand, Gergő Oláh and the Dohnányi Big Band, Petruska – concert  guest: Bence Temesvári, Trumpet virtuosi in the Synagogue – Boban Markovic and his Orchester, Golem Tale – Gólem Theatre’s show for children.

To purchase tickets to any events stroll over to English version: http://www.eventim.hu/en/search/?search_string=zsid%C3%B3

Update Aggie Reiter

HERALD NEWS … 7TH INTERNATIONAL GALLOP – HUNGARY – 2014.

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The National Gallop, historic-style horse race based on Hungarian traditions that is both traditional and tradition, national cultural event.

A live competition and show nowhere else in the whole wide world to be seen  just in Hungary!

VENUE: HERO SQUARE – BUDAPEST

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER, 19. – SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER, 21.

Roll down to have a look at the forthcoming  week-ends daily schedules.

To-day the press announcement and the draws took place at the magically beautiful Bábolna National Stud Farm  since 1789, whereas the National Gallop organizers and the International Previte 2014 Race competitors were present. Upon the welcoming words by the members of the organizers, the drawn took place. At first the competitors  number of their riding tracks, thereafter which will be their horses to shoot off  and win the competition.  Before heading to the drawing just wish to mention a word or two about the Bábolna National Stud Farm…as already mention it was founded in 1789 and the place became a major horse breeding in Hungary.Ever sinbce its existence the mission was to preserve, promote and develop the values created by the efforts of predecessors. The place is  as a huge jewellery box and well said this place bears centuries old heritage in a traditional environment. This place is well-known throughout the world where horse breeding is the major hometown to the pure-bred Arabian stock namely  known around Europe as the Shagya Arabian bred recognized as an independent bred in 1978.

Rolling back to 2014, after 6 years of having the National Gallop race in Budapest, last year, the organizers wished to wider the attention to the horse riding lovers in having International  Competitors at the National Gallop Race. The attention and the success was so high that the number of foreigner country’s horse riders this year increased from 8 to 12.  Many may remember the winner of the international gallop race of last year was the horse rider from Qatar. This year Qatar joins again to take part at the race. Also joining the event by the  United Arab Emirates, Kazakhstan, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Serbia, Bulgaria and the United States of America, Uzbekistan and China.   

During the magnificent three days show there will be food and drinks of plenty at the Country’s Kitchen opening  already on Friday and just as in the previous years including: celebrity charity race, cavalry gallop, race car as well as a variety of programs for children, young adult, family i.e. for all age the venue is open.

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DAY1.

Friday, September, 19.

The Country Kitchen opens up, visitors may roll over to the venue and see the awesome racetrack already awaiting for the gallop race.

DAY2.

Saturday, September, 20.

8 a.m. – 11.30 a.m. – Riders experiencing the racetrack

11.45 p.m. – 12 Noon – Wreath-laying ceremony at the Hungarian Heroes Memorial Stone.

12 Noon – 1 p.m.  – International Gallop opening ceremony and the vows

1.15 p.m. – 1.45 p.m. – Hungarian Post (Magyar Posta) Little Knights Seabiscuit – Heat- 1 –  2 – 3

2 p.m.- 6p.m. – Heat 1 – 2 – 3 – 4  –  5  – 6

3.50 p.m.- 4 p.m. I. pre race Carriage

4.15 p.m.- 4.45 p.m.  Heat 7 – 8

4.55 p.m.- 5 p.m. Equestrian Theater  show on tour

5 p.m. – 5.15 p.m. OTP Bank  – Celebrity Charity Race

5.15 p.m. – 6.30 p.m. Heat   9 – 10 –  11 – 12

6.45 p.m. – 6.50 p.m. Wagon-wheel race

6.50 p.m. – 7 p.m. Carriage Seabiscuit

7.10 p-m. – 7.20 p.m. Dog Parade

7.20 p.m. – 8 p.m. Free to visit the field!

DAY3.

Sunday, September, 21. 

9.45 a.m. – 9.55 a.m. Para Equestrian Sports Show and competitive games Foal Champion

10.05 a.m. 10.45 a.m. National Gallop – semi-finals

11 a.m. – 12.45 p.m. First, Middle second race, 3, 4 medium term,5th medium-term

12.45 p.m. – 1 p.m. International Race – I semi-final, Race

1 p.m. – 1.15 p.m.  International Race –  – II. semi-final

1.30 p.m. – 2.15 p.m.  Equestrian Jumping competition, free dressage

2.30 p.m. – 2.45 p.m. Akhal-Teke, the wonder horse  show

3.15 p.m. – 4 p.m. Lajos Kassai – Horseback Archery show

4.20 p.m. – 6.22 p.m. Equestrian stunt show, free dressage

Wranglers and bare-fives Tutorial, 48-Traditional knights battle scene Tutorial

Small Knights Seabiscuit – Final, awards

Carriage Seabiscuit – Final, awards, National Gallop final race of opening

International Race – Final, awards, National Gallop Awards Ceremony

6.22 p.m.  Stud drive

Last but not least  … “Rural Saddle, Saddle Hungary!”… goes out to the countrywide locals, tourist, foreigners staying, living in Budapest and foreigners from abroad who will choose in the coming week-end to be a part at an unforgetable superb event spiced up with an awesome show which is only once a year  held in Budapest ! So the RACE IS ON!!!  …But you don’t have to race, the International Gallop Race is free of charge! Only need to purchase tickets to sit at the grandstand

Update and snaps 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

 

„THE-END” OF THE 7TH HUNGARIAN FLAVORS – CHEESE FAIR – MILLENNIUM CENTER – BUDAPEST -2014

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A  summary update concerning „The End” of the 7th Hungarian Flavors Fair. Twelve thousand people visited the cheese fair, where hundreds-and-hundreds of cheese and other products for connoisseurs was to taste and shop. The 300 kgs. record cheese was somehow the main star of the event and by the end of the fair not a single piece of the mass of cheese remained. Not only was out to taste by the people who exchanged tickets for the cheese fair, but anyone who entered the lobby at the Millennium could have a bite.  Hungary not just the recommended consumption is behind  for children, but is pretty low within the adults daily meals. The average annual Hungarian only has 152 liters of milk, or eat dairy products, which is unfortunately a significant fact and below the European average. Over the past four years the milk production and the domestic herd has been extended to 10% .  Last year, Hungary imported 43% less milk, thanks to the Hungarian dairy products.

During the two-days Cheese Fair  more than 200 craft and small farmer producers had their debut. Around 80,000 visitors turned put. One of the most authoritative trade fair with having the atmosphere like being at a huge Sunday family gathering. Having a wonderful chat between the long-non-seen producers who are regularly coming along to the Hungarian Flavors events.

Now a couple of  thoughts about the exhibitors that met my eye … Katalin Török not the first time to come over from Ada – Serbia to be at their disposal for the customers. Katalin and Árpád Török are  probably one of the most competent producer at this event. Both are like the pages in the lexicon … knowledgeable experts of their products. It is no coincidence that their customers are returning each Hungarian Flavors Fair to purchase their favorite products. They are the only one who deliver to their Hungarian visitors to the fair the blackberry wine vinegar. Believe it or not it acts like a miracle drug.They say the world’s most powerful fat-eater and why would they say so, if it doesn’t work. Katalin says, she consume one bottle (one liter) per year and feels dropping years way behind herself. The fruit vinegar drinking cure is not today’s invention. It was a long time ago discovered how beneficial effect on the body and soul alike. Their homemade quince jelly, jams and fruit juices are pure taste of heaven. Serbia hosts the “Ajvár” and Hungarians love its special flavor. The “Ajvár” is a Southern flavor from the authentic Serbia. Slightly smoky, mildly spicy, contains very rich flavors, also has a beautiful reddish color. Consonants are not measurable Balkan temperament united in the glass which surely spice up your dishes. It is also called “Zakuszka” which is a traditional Balkan delicacy.

The chimney cake – doughnut wasn’t missing and even though the fair was all about cheese everywhere, the „Kürccsi Ltd.” was very popular among kids and adults visiting the booth. Some folks would say, what a stupid way of thinking, but I believe no matter what type, kind of food is prepared the main „ingredient” is to have been prepared with full love. Here is a glance at their site in English language: http://www.kurcsi.hu/in1ang.html.

Another newcomer at the fair was the products of the Hippocratic family. The „Manna Racks Bt. product is a bar packed of organically grown grains and is purely full of vitamins and minerals. It isn’t a medicine bar, a simple and extremely healthy dietary supplement without any side-effects. Some bars do not get into your favorite taste, but within these products the flavor is simply marvelous, not to mention it feeds our well-being. What is not included … added sugar, preservatives, coloring, and other property-improving chemical toxins. Here is an info which may not be new for some folks … here it goes anyway: Albert Szent-Györgyi, after his wife and daughter suffered from cancer, germinated wheat and saw great potential in overcoming the disease. Concurring his observation the Manna established MANNARAX dietary supplement, and in honor to the scientist it was named  after him … Szent-György powder ... is sprouted grains bio-based dietary supplement. Who is Albert Szent-Györgyi was a Hungarian physiologist who won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1937. He is credited with discovering Vitamin C and the components and reactions of the citric acid cycle.”  Now if needed or not and someone missed to taste-shop this food of gold, hopefully next time at the Hungarian Flavors Fair the producer’s representatives will be present.

Many have had heard the name of the place and brand called „Tokaj”. Here at the fair debuted the Tokaj-Hegyalja manufactory which is more than a simple brandy factory. The first-class brandy used as a basis for the preparation of high-quality liquor, which includes fresh fruit and added spices. They prepare Special liqueurs, artisan delicacies prepared. Liqueurs and brandy manufacture Tokaj received a wide range of fair … after this nectar over a brandy.

Szabolcs Fülöp originally pastor – cheese maker – from Székeydálya – Transylvania had a wide selection of delicious goat, cow, bull, buffalo cheese and buffalo yoghurt and dairy products  which were very yummy and delightful to have met.

At the closing ceremony the most votes collected for their products by the visitors were called on the stage and was given the award for their products by the fair’s  organizer. (See the awarded at the  slide-show) The organizers rolled in a 150 piece of a slice cake and offered a glass of champagne to express their  thanks to the dedicated work of the producers. Also those shoppers who remained at this small celebration  were invited to join them.
At the closing ceremony the most votes collected for their products by the visitors were called on the stage and was given the award for their products by the fair’s  organizer.  The organizers rolled in a 150 piece of a slice cake and offered a glass of champagne to express their  thanks to the dedicated work of the producers. Also those shoppers who remained at this small celebration  were invited to join them.

Update and snaps by Aggie Reiter