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FINA Artistic Swimming World Series – Budapest – 2018.

The Hungarian Synchronised Swimming Federation has the honour to invite you to Leg 5 of the FINA Artistic Swimming World Series 2018., to be held in Budapest, Hungary.

This will be for the first time in the history of FINA Artistic Swimming World Series, Budapest as to be the host of the competition during May, 18. and May, 20. After the great success, the 17th FINA World Aquatics Championships which was held in Budapest and Balatonfured, the best athletes of artistic swimming will return to the Hungarian capital, the Danube Arena.

District XIII., 38. Népfürdő Street – Budapest

Day 1. – May, 18. 
11 a.m. -12.15 p.m. – Duet Technical Routine
5 p.m. 5.30 p.m. Free Combination

Day 2. – May, 19.
10 a.m.-10.30 a.m. – Team Technical Routine
11.30 a.m. -12.30 p.m. –  Solo Technical Routine
5 p.m. – 5.15 p.m.-  Highlight Routine
6.30 p.m. 7.45 p.m. – Duet Free Routine

Day 3. – May, 20.
10 a.m. – 11.05 a.m. – Solo Free Routine
3 p.m. – 3.35 p.m. – Team Free Routine
4.30 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Gala Exhibition

Besides the best Hungarian artistic swimmers, many world champions showed interest in competing in front of the best and loudest crown in May. The team of Ukraine, Italy and Spain are expected to come.

FINA event integrates recognised artistic swimming competitions around the globe and establishes an international ranking based on points accumulated over a ten-meet circuit.

Further info:  FINA

Update Aggie Reiter

Concerts – International Guitar Festival – Budapest

19. Szeged IGF | International Guitar Festival

April, 9-12. 2018.  –  Budapest

April, 9.  7 p.m. Concert hall of the Italian Cultural Institute
Address: District VIII., 8.Bródy Sándor str. Budapest
Andrea Roberto (IT) solo concert
Giacomo Susani (IT) solo concert
Bozsóki Gergely & Funusual Quintette (HU)  concert

April, 10. 7 p.m.  Concert hall of the Tóth Aladár School of Music
Address: District, VI., 19-21. Szív str. Budapest
Dominik Carevic (HR)  solo concert
Jesse Flowers (AU/DE) solo concert

April, 11. 09:30 – 1.30 p.m. Cervantes Institute
Address: District, VI., 32 Vörösmarty str. Budapest
William Kanengiser (USA) masterclass

April, 11. 7 p.m.  French Institute
Address: District, I. Budapest, 17. Fő str. Budapest
Concert of the prize-winners of the XIV. National Guitar Competiton  Vác
Raphael Feuillatre (FR) solo concert
Tritonus Gitar Trio (Szurgyi Gergely, Molnár Levente, Varga Bálint)
Wine-tasting after the concert.

April, 12. 7 p.m. Budapest Cervantes Institute

Nagy Márton (HU) solo concert, Flavio Apro (BR) solo concert

(International Guitar Festival is the oldest existing and one of the major guitar events in Hungary bringing together the greatest players and hosting acts from all over the World. It is held on April 12-15, 2018 in Szeged and its region. Amusement for open-minded fans of all things guitar in diverse genres like world music (e.g. flamenco) and astonishing combinations with various art forms. Concerts take place in various venues such as concert halls, music bars, churches or your comfortable coach thanks to the live streaming. Interactive guitar courses for amateurs, students, children who can learn from noted musicians. Exciting competition for the best young stars of classical guitar and showcase with masterclasses, training programs. Networking platform for wits and curious professionals (musicians, managers, festival promoters, music institution directors, producers, music journalists). From 2018, the 19th year of Szeged IGF is involved in EuroStrings, the European Guitar Festival Collaborative which is the first European platform gathering 14 classical guitar festivals from Croatia, Finland, United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, Italy, Holland, Montenegro, Bulgaria, Spain, Portugal, Estonia, Bosnia-Herzegovina. This platform with an international reputation and professional structure enables promotion and education of emerging guitar players exchanging artists, events and one of Europe’s major guitar competitions.  https://eurostrings.eu/

The festival was founded by guitarist-composer David Pavlovits in 1999, he gave concerts in more than 30 countries. He is the head of guitar department at the University of Szeged which is one of the most successful and popular communities of classical guitar in Hungary.)

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

The 2nd Zsolnay Light Festival – Pécs – 2017. multi-arts festival!

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Multi-arts festival of the Year!

Venue: Pécs – Public spaces around the city center.

This year will be held from June, 30 –  July, 2. 2017., at Pécs having the enormous success within the  last year’s festival. The organizers attention is to guarantee this year as well  the cavalcade of events to the visitors by enjoying their time at the splendid 2nd Zsolnay Light Festival so these were the welcoming words by the organisers at the TEREM of Budapest’s newest event venue.

During the 3 days superb projection mappings turning the downtown into a magical “Wonderville”. The XXI century light art various branches of new circus, street arts, theater, countless concerts and street performances await visitors.

Pécs light festival wishes to welcome and provide an unforgettable experience to foreigners in Hungary and of course the Hungarian visitors. The three-day event of the XXI century … light art various branches of street arts, theater, music and new circus entertains visitors.

Last year were 50,000 visitors, many have  arrived from neighbouring countries and other countries.

Last year, North and South America have been also candidates, and this year will not be other. This year’s festival highlights the airy circus trapeze artists. The 14-member troupe consisting of trapeze artists and musicians arriving from Spain to the Széchenyi square, where there will be a 70-tonne crane showcasing their art of work. Barcelona known for hairdresser light will be present to give visitors a unique shiny hair at the scene.  Also coming from Bali with a 6-foot moving scenery.

Last Year’s atmosphere to bring  as appetizer to this year’s  supper event …  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0MopeQZM4g

For detailed programs visit: http://zsolnayfesztival.hu/

Update and snaps Aggie Reiter

Travelling 80edays Around the World Using No Fuel!

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New Beginning, Renewable Energy and New Ecosystem so was said at the travelogue of the 80edays around-the-world trip by electric cars held by József Helmich and Csaba Mészáros – president and owner of the evopro group at the TAMA Restaurant in Budapest.

Barcelona hosted the start off the major electric event of the year.

The ten pure electric cars and an electric bus lined up at the Arc de Triomf to participate in the ELDURO.  The end point was also at Barcelona.

Before getting into the depth of information, starting with what usually is mentioned at the end of an update wish to highlight the following fact … The winner in its category for its self-supporting, modular, full composite body Bus designed by Hungary’s evopro and manufactured by Russia’s NCC, won International Innovation Award! Now that its done, here goes the insight to the electric cars around-the-world race. Definitely had to keep in mind that anything can break down. That is why it was a key factor during the designing of Modulo to minimize the amount of parts and to avoid unnecessarily complicated details, so it was said by József Helmich.

In the 80edays tour there were 11 teams, traveled over 25000 kms, crossed over 20 countries, including three continents. The rolling teams on 80edays were Austria, China, Czech Republic, Italy, Germany I., Germany II., Germany III., Hungary Spain, Switzerland I., Switzerland II., USA with electric cars around the world. The goal was to prove, once again, the sustainability of electric vehicles.The project was initiated by Rafael de Mestre, who in 2012 managed to circle the world in 127 days. He participated this time along with the teams with a car Tesla Model S.

The rally rolled through many different geographic areas … plains, deep vallies, mountains high, narrow street sections, through a lot of potholes, due to restriction heights, barriers to bridge the bus had to change directions make detours, but they did not loose too much time in figuring out which way to continue the race and also drove over 2000 meters above sea level. In each country they travel through the teams plant a tree along with a memorial plaque.

From Europe ten cars have been transported across the Atlantic. The Electric Bus of the Hungarian team was transported by ship to Halifax/Canada that was the first North American stop. From Halifax to New York and then on the road led them throw the States to San Francisco and Los Angeles. From there on, the vehicles were flown over the Pacific Ocean, until reaching Guangzhou – China and off they drove on the road again ending the race at their starting point in Barcelona, Spain. The teams traveled 25,000 kms across 20 countries and three continents. The teams passed along iconic cities, where over 40 events were organized to raise awareness about EV technology. Residents and tourists strolling by the boardwalk stopped by viewing these electric vehicles. Many among the observers said they are hoping to travel in the future at their sub-urban and inner city areas on these gas-free buses.

After having arrived from America and Spain back to Budapest, the Modulo vehicles are now promoting electro mobility in the capital as well with two 80edays buses. Furthermore, the Hungarian-developed electric bus showed the world that electro mobility is accessible for everyone in public transportation as well.

The 80edays around-the-world electric car rally (11 EVs) set up a new world record. The teams successfully completed the navigation trip and drove the total of 289.662 kms. together across Europe, North America, and Asia with 100% electric vehicles, including the time in cross-continental transportation. At the finish line the teams were warmly welcomed and congratulated by Professor Gunter Pauli a.k.a. “The Steve Jobs of Sustainability”.  The crews had plenty of challenges on their way but successfully made their way home.

Overall, the Hungarian invented #Modulo #electricBus has successfully completed the North-American and European sections of the 80edays. The race also served as to promote awareness of sustainable transportation, fast, comfortable, silent, environmentally friendly.

More to it … rewriting the automotive history and proving the capabilities of modern electric vehicles have already become an essential part of our lives.

Update and snaps Aggie Reiter

Competition – European Nation’s Best Cheese in Hungary – 2016.

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This year has started for the fourth occasion the Nation’s Cheese Contest organised by the SZEGA Foods based at the Budagyöngye. At the press meeting was announced, that this year 14 internationally plus 1 Hungary recognized countries in cheese makers will be in the ring to win the award of the Best European Cheese 2016.The French Jury President Roland Barthelemy formerly cheese maker said … Q.:”It was a great success in the domestic semi-final, but this does not mean the others in competition failed with the Hungarian cheeses. They brought very diverse cheeses which were tasted and experienced the good quality. Arriving as jury member to the cheese contest, the world-famous French cheeses knight, Roland Barthelemy’s visit is not the only important to as to judge the best Hungarian cheese. He  also is known as an extraordinary “diplomatic on cheese” and takes the news of the best Hungarian produced cheese to many countries around the world. As he said it is a great pleasure and honor that he could be here and take part in the jury which took 3 hours at the semi-final. Finally, the three-member jury judged the best Hungry’s cheese to compete with the other 14 nations cheese and the first place was awarded for  Hungary’s Ranolder cheese that is prepared at two-and-half kilometers from Sümeg at a small countryside factory with the producers heart and soul and of course cow’s milk!

The cheese knight added, unfortunately, the Hungarian cheese has not received the well derved role in the international field, but now here experiencing the products made he is sure that the change will come.  Next June (2017) at the World Cheese Contest 150 kilometers from Paris, at  Tours  among the other Hungarian cheese their place is there to be beside the Ranolder cheese and will also be represented. Last but not least, he said Q.:”This competition is a great opportunity, because finally Hungry’s cheese may reach its worthy place of this fantastic country.”

“This is a character special cheese, which is due to receive a unique bacterial flora bringing the characteristic flavor. There are prepared in different stages of ripening. Hungary’s winning cheese will be on store shelves after nine months of maturation. The Ranolder cheese goes with almost any food. It is excellent to serve as a cheese platter or any food as seasonings” said Mrs. Mária Tóth Tamásné.

The winning Europe’s finest cheeses will be announced on September, 11. at the 25th Budapest Wine Festival – Buda Castle – Budapest said Ádam Gábossy – Managing Director – organizer SZEGA Camembert Ltd. Sample box of the cheese in competition can only be purchased … where else than at the SZEGA Food Store.

The voting started today … Have you vote for your favorite? … Go as you please and pass your votes at the website: http://www.nemzeteksajtversenye.hu/en/contact/index/

The Hungarian organizers aim is to give an opportunity to introduce the locals and foreigners the major cheese producing countries by introduce themselves. Where else than at the SZEGA Foods. Previously, the Hungarian Food magazine spread the news as Budagyöngye Shopping Center –  SZEGA Foods – “Independent supermarket” The Year’s Best Shop – 2016. The SZEGA Foods has the rich selection of premium deli products and was found most worthy of the award.

Here are the 15 European nation’s cheese participating in the contest:

Greece – Manouri (PDO) … The ancient Manouri cheese is prepared by the sera of feta or kefalotiri. This cream and white manouri has a texture of cottage cheese pie up to a light. The cheese has fresh, milky, slightly lemon flavor and it melting in the mouth. The taste is slightly sour, like fresh yogurt. From Sheep and goat’s milk also can be produced in various forms.

Netherland – Reypenaer V.S.O.P. … The Reypenaer V.S.O.P. is made in a traditional way by a small cheese factory. After this, the cheese is historically ripened for 2 years in the unique micro climate in Woerden (Holland) with natural differences in temperature and humidity. The cheese has an extraordinary intense taste with surprising mineral crystals and complex aromas: caramel, light chocolate and toffee.

Ireland – Porter beer Cheddar … This handcrafted cheese, produced using Guinness-brewer Porter is smooth in texture with a distinctive marbled pattern which is the most attractive part of the cheese. This cheese is perfect as an hors D’Oeuvre when sliced and served with a tossed salad. It is equally as good when served as a center piece on an after dinner cheese board.

Hungary – Ranolder … The Hungarian Ranolder cheese is prepared at two-and-half kilometers from Sümeg at a small countryside factory with the producers heart and soul and of course cow’s milk!

“The specialty of the Ranolder cheese is originating from the simplicity and tradition and craft-making techniques. According to the preparation of the cheese we use only locally produced fresh milk. The cheese has a special characteristic flavour and aroma, a slightly hard but crisp substance, which is about the first quality milk, the unique bacterium flora, and for the long, bark maturation happening on more monthly air. The taste of our best quality cheese is because we are maturing them in Merlot Wine, which makes it even more complex, harmonious. A special cheese taste, character and full, highly diverse, well; structured and long. The cheese flavors aromas is the most intense between of 15-20 oC. Next to the initial slightly sweet and salty flavor of the cheese appearing the cashew nuts, and from among the dried fruits onto the fig reminder flavour tickets” added  Ms Mária Toth Tamásné.

Germany – Bördespeck … The Bördespeck has been manufactured in Germany since 1879. Following the old traditions they using the same recipe to make the cheese. Because smoked on juniper berries and oak the taste of the cheese is salty and slightly smoky. Its taste the distinct flavors of hazelnut.

Italy – Pecorino Romano (DOP) … Probably the most popular pecorino is Romano, which is made in province Lazio. The cheese is produced between. It matures in 12 months, and develops a characteristic flavor: salty and fruity. The older is more spicier. It’s an aromatic hard cheese, which is excellent for grating.

Spain – Tetilla (DOP) … Tetilla is a typical Galician cheese. Since 1992, it has been one of the four cheeses that received DOP recognition. The name Tetilla is Galician for “small breast”, which describes the shape of the cheese. Its texture is soft, thick and smooth with scattering of air pockets. Yellowish ivory in color Tetilla has a creamy mouth feel with buttery, slightly bitter and tangy flavors surrounding the palate. The maturing, which takes place between 10 and 30 days, happens in the hot and humid climate of Galicia.

Switzerland – Vecherin Fribourgeiols (AOC)… Vacherin Fribourgeois is a Swiss semi-soft cheese made with raw cow’s milk. The milk for the cheese is sourced from Fribourgeois breed of cows that graze on the Alpine grass and wild flowers all the way through the late spring and summer. As early fall arrives, the cows are brought down to graze on grass and summer hay. This traditional cheese making process ensures that Vacherin Fribourgeois has a pleasant nutty flavor.

Slovenia – Tolminc (OEM) … Tolminc cheese with a protected designation of origin is today one of the most recognized Slovenian native cheese. Tolminc cheese was first mentioned in the thirteenth century: at the time tax was paid with cheese for the landlord. The cheese is matured for at least 60 days. The taste is sweet and slightly spicy.

Update and snaps Agie Reiter

Imaging Korea – Ferenc Hopp Museum of Asiatic Arts – 2016.

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Ferenc Hopp Museum of Asiatic Arts

District, VI., 103. Andrássy Road – Budapest

May, 6. –August, 28. 2016.

The sculptures are made by sculptors hand figment … these photos are taken seen by the eye, which are creations of places, people, buildings to be seen at the garden and inside the Ferenc Hopp Museums by the visitors.

The first station to the traveling exhibition arrived in Budapest.  The press representatives were to see the exhibition before the official opening welcomed  by SEOK Jaehyun – Curator – Professor of Daegu Future College, and the Korean photographers KANG Woongu,  KWON Taegyun, KIM Jungman, PARK Jongwoo, LEE Gapchul, CHO Daeyeon, SEO Heunkang telling the story of Korea.  The touring exhibition begins at Budapest – Hungary, also will be presented in six other European countries, Germany, Poland, Belgium, Kazakhstan, Spain, and  naturally in Korea.

The Ferenc Hopp Museum of Asiatic Arts was founded by Ferenc Hopp (1833-1919). He was a former wealthy optician, world traveller, art patron and art collector. The museum displays his own Oriental collection, which numbered 4000 items, containing Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Tiberian and Mongolian statues, paintings, ceramics, sculptures, embroideries. To-day, there are over 20000 items out on display, with an emphasis on medieval Japanese arts and Chinese bronze and porcelain items. Ferenc Hopp’s mansion is used as a temporary exhibition hall for Eastern arts.

Enjoy the „IMAGING KOREA -Beyond the People, Land and Time” snaps taken at the venue and having interest, mark a date in your calender to hit the road to  the Ferenc Hopp Museum of Asiatic Arts.

Opening hours: Tuesday–Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Ticket prices:

1000HUF – Full price (adult)

500HUF – Student ticket (age 6-26), pensioner’s ticket (age 62-70

2300HUF – Family ticket (2 adults and their children)

500HUF – Photo ticket

3000HUF – Video ticket

Update and snaps by Aggie Reiter