„Back to the Future” Day – Corvin Cinema – Budapest!


Two big silver screenings in Budapest of the re-premiere film.

Thursday, October, 15., 6.15 p.m.

Sunday, October, 18. 4 p.m.

Coming up to the 30th anniversary of the first and the second part of the trilogy, „Back to the Future”, exactly screened for the first time in the States. Hungary is also celebrating one of the everlasting superb film in history with screening it at the Corvin Cinema – Budapest and at a number of other cinemas throughout the country. The digitally restored version will be screened in the original 1987 Hungarian sync.

Guess, not far from saying, this was one of the best movies of the 20th Century. Generations have grown up within the adventures traveling in space and time, also with its iconic story and its characters, as the tough teenager Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) and his friend, the brilliant but slightly zany Dr. Emmet Brown, a.k.a. Doc (Christopher Lloyd). The „Back to the Future” surely made its way through the decades and entered forever into the world’s famous films. So after 30 years it’s time,  to refresh the fans mind, relive those moments of the film that made many to go watch it over-and-over again and talk about it for a long time. Catch up, refresh those memories and enjoy traveling back in time again.

As for those who have not seen it yet … or they were born much later, it is a superb time to go Back to the Future to see what this film was all about in the 80’s pop films. It absolutely serves as entertainment. So mark the date go sit, layback in a comfy seat, relax and travel back in time.

Back to the Future – is full of situation comedies  and a bunch of sci-fi adventures … based on Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis’ – Oscar-winning cult film, Steven Spielberg‘s screenplay.

Update  by Aggie Reiter

Hungexpo – Exhibition of Agriculture – Budapest – 2015.

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This fall once again the Hungexpo – Budapest Fair Center is organizing the 77th OMÉK – National Agriculture and Food Exhibition between September, 23-27. 2015.


The main objective of the largest agricultural and food exhibition in Hungary is to demonstrate the achievements that have been made during the past year. Also upon traditional farming is to present the forms and the way to enviroment friendly and effective farming whereas at the same time beside the agriculture experts, farmers, nine touristic regions join the fair to introduce their sights-and-sound, special local food and traditions.

During the exhibition many demonstrations, stage programs, interactive attractions and intimate stalls can be visited, also offering traditional food – home-made cheese, jams, sausages, folk items, a wide scale of Hungarian wines from the wine regions, meat and fish food. Talking about fish food …  two celebrity stars, singer Zséda and Peti Puskás had prepared at the OMÉK’s kitchen walleye fish dishes. The two stars intention was to raise attention and popularize the “Get it!”  fish consumption campaign booth.


Chef Róbert Bede gave instruction for the celebrities behind the kitchen desk. At the “Get It!”  stand  leading chefs will be holding cooking shows throughout the exhibition where the visitors can learn how to prepare quickly dishes, the unusual way from different kind of fish as: walleye, trout, carp or catfish.

Update and snaps Aggie Reiter

Cheeseville – III. Nations Cheese Competition Finalist at the Wine Festival – Buda Castle – 2015 – Hungary

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I.  “SZEGA” Cheese Celebration

Between August, 24 – September, 13. 2015. at the SZEGA MARKET – Budagönyge

Open: 10 a.m. – midnight

Attended at the III. Nations Cheese Competition press briefing. Concluded 17 countries ambassadors, and/or representatives of their Embassy were present. Each country was about to introduce their own point of view about their cheese in the forthcoming nation’s cheese competition. Ádám Gábossy – managing director of  the competition welcomed the distinguish guests at the SZEGA Market – Budagyöngye – District,I., 121 Szilágyi Erzsébet Ave. on the -1 level.

At the end of the presentation all had said they have high hopes that their national cheese will be this year’s winner.  Here is the list of cheese anybody can taste at the SZEGA Market and also purchase with a rather low discount price.

United States of America – Sartori Bella Vitano Merlot – Merlot wine dipped matured semi-solid greasy cheese.  Austria – Mölltaler Almkase – 12 months ripened Alpine-fat hard cheese. Belgium  – La Hervé Á La Biére A.O.P. – beer-washed crust, greasy, soft cheese. Czech Republic – Zlatá Prahá – semi-soft, fatty cheese fermentation with holes. Denmark – Danbo – semi-solid, greasy,  washed crust, soft cheese. United Kingdom – Red Leichester – traditional farmhouse semi-solid oily greasy cheese. Estonia – Forte Classico – aged 10 months. Lactose-free, semi-skimmed, hard cheese. France – Comté A.O.C. – Traditional farmhouse oily greasy, semi-solid cheese.  Greece – Kefaloteri – traditional, raw sheep milk, hard cheese. The Netherlands – Edam Balls – semi-solid, semi-greasy, national cheese. Ireland – Dubliner – greasy, hard, Irish cheese. Hungary – Abbey – fatty semi-hard cheese with rugged holes. Germany – Limburger – traditional, washed crust, semi-greasy, soft cheese, Italy – Provolone – traditional, greasy, semi-solid, Italian cheese. Portugal – Sao Jorge D.O.P. – Seven months of maturing, raw milk, fat, semi-hard cheese.Spain – Idizabal  D.O.P. – raw sheep milk, fat, hard cheese. Switzerland – Appenzeller Extra Noir A.O.C – Six months of maturing, fat, semi-solid cheese.

The participating countries representatives also offered their products for tasting at the briefing and could already vote in person to choose by their own taste as to be the one of 2015 year’s runner-up cheese.

At the Nations Cheese Competition 17 countries and also cheese capital representatives/producers will be on the spot for the guests to taste these mouth melting cheese. At the same time the tasters can vote on their taste to be 2015 year’s best cheese at

I had the opportunity to taste the products and talk to the dedicated …  and we did not have to travel around Europe for good cheese, at last we ate finally traditional  real yummy cheese made of cows real milk at the press meeting

Indeed the Cheese Road protagonists of artisan cheese maker produce unique and special, high-quality cheese products for their local and foreigner buyers. The tourist can expects quality. The visitors collecting experience who will therefore choose the route to  be present at the finalist of the Nations Cheese Competition  will  most probably enjoy their stay in Budapest and will not be unsatisfied.

Based on the votes, the winner country’s cheese is to receive the award at the venue of the 24th Wine Festival at the Buda Castle.

Nations Cheese Contest Award Ceremony:

 Sunday, September,13. 2015. 5.20 p.m.

Here is in brief  a peak into the presentation given by the Greek and United Kingdom part to the history, tradition kept to their cheese  … Below is a part of the Greece presentation given by Konstantinos Flouris – Economic and Commercial Office – Embassy of Greece – Budapest and it goes like this Q.: “According to the Greek mythology, the gods of Mount Olympus sent Aristaeus, son of god Apollo, to teach men the art of cheese making. It was called a “gift of everlasting value”. Greece is rich in cheese production, with a cheese loving population. For the Greeks cheese is not just an accompanying food – it is food per se. The annual per capita consumption is about 25 kilos, one of the biggest in the EU countries. Greece is classified in the 9th place based on cheese production among the 28 EU countries. There are 16 million sheep and goats in Greece, whose milk is used to produce cheese and yogurt. Following in the footsteps of tradition, Greek cheese makers managed to produce an important selection of cheeses, some of which are unique in the world.  The art of cheese made in Greece has evolved over the years. Feta cheese is made in Greece for over two centuries, and is the undisputed number one item on Greek dinner tables. It is noteworthy, that in Greece approximately 300 different types of cheese are produced, either in small or large quantities, and 21 Greek cheese varieties (among them kefalotyri, feta and graviera cheeses) have been accorded PDO status (“Protected Designation of Origin”) by the European Commission.

As for the presentation of Adam Kettle-Williams  – UK Embassy in Budapest talked about the Red Leichester cheese going for the award in the competition …  saying this is a special cheese in the UK, Also told the story of the traditional cheese rolling race which is pretty popular in the UK … Q.: „Thousands gather each year to watch Cooper’s Hill cheese rolling competition. Contestants in the men’s race chase a replica Double Gloucester Cheese down the steep gradient during the annual cheese-rolling Bank Holiday tradition in Gloucestershire, England. Contestants from around the world tumble-down the 200m slope, like a rocket to win the world-famous event and the one who first get down the hill receive the Double Gloucester Cheese as the reward. … Also a quicky history.: „Randwick, Gloucestershire, had two, probably unrelated, calendar customs of note. The cheese-rolling was described in a letter, dated April 1827, published in William Hone’s Table Book, which related that every May Day three large Gloucester cheeses were decked with flowers and carried on litters in procession through the town, and were then rolled around the church before being cut up and distributed. This custom has been revived, following closely the old description, but with only one cheese being distributed and the other two set aside for rolling at the start of Randwick Wap. The term ‘Wap’ has not been satisfactorily explained, but it is the name for the local revel or feast, which was held on the second Monday after Easter, and it perhaps pertains to the weaving trade which was the mainstay of the village economy. The celebrations included a mock mayor ceremony, first mentioned in 1703, and suppressed about 1892 because of the drunkenness it encouraged. It was revived in 1972,  along with other celebrations of the new Randwick Wap.”

The Wine Festival of 2015 will take place at the same venue within the Buda Castle beginning from

Wednesday, September, 9. until Sunday, September, 13.

These various European cheese perfectly will go along with your wine either having a sip of dry, red or sparkling wines and good to keep in mind to give it a try from afar the American cheese to be first introduced in Hungary, which was previously an award-winning cheese in the United States of America.

Update and snaps by Aggie Reiter

„Ki Mit Tube” … “Who What Tube” rolls-off – Budapest – 2015.

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It’s motto is freedom and creativity!

The second year is here again to kick-off with the „Ki Mit Tube” … “Who What Tube”  Internet competition.  Heard this morning at the briefing held on the Google Ground – Budapest. Was said,  beside the nine-jury members will be expanding this year with one more individual about whom the audience will decide to be  the most suitable person for taking the board as the tenth jury member.  The „Ki Mit Tube” … “Who What Tube” is looking for the most original self-made performers. The platform door is wide open where any video production may be a hit even in the first round. All that is needed to be able to conquer a high number of folks at the Internet, through the online world.

The Ki Mit Tube – Who What Tube, will be changing from minute to minute, ongoing broadcasts will take place so the Internet viewers and the jury will be able to watch the performances. The success of „Ki Mit Tube” lies in the creative power of the Community.

The organizers are awaiting for those talented, independent individuals who are aware of that only those creators will remain on the surface who are able to form their own creative, clever video and want to show themselves and wish to meet the community taste.

This year’s competition will have two rounds. To-day was the first round and was selected the tenth member of the  jury. On August, 18., the competition begins with the productions which will run until September, 8. The semifinal and the final countdown will be announced on September, 28. with the „Ki Mit Tube -… Who What Tube” winner of 2015.

With the grand prize the winner will surely gain national acquaintance,  media support of one million HUF. one-year subscription to mobile Internet, as well as a portable Wi-Fi, hotspot sponsored by the Vodaphone …. and the cream on top of the cake he or she will travel to the States to the Google New York Space Studio offered by the Google Hungary, whereas the winner will have a chance to prepare a new promo-material on YouTube channel. For the winner to make the trip smoother the Mark Media offered an Android 3D Smart LED TV,  together with a HDR-PJ410 made video camera. The remaining 8 competitors will not leave with empty hands. Each one will all receive a one-year subscription to mobile Internet  and a portable Wi-Fi, hotspot also sponsored by the Vodaphone.

Update and snaps by Aggie Reiter

The 47th “Blue Ribbon” race start off – Thursday, July, 2. 2015. – 9 a.m. – Balatonfüred – Lake Balaton – Hungary

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The KÉKSZALAG – „Blue Ribbon” sailing boat competition is a challenge that resemble to the New York Marathon runner race … whereas professionals and amateurs on the same track, are competing together, but at the finish line for all stands the victory for their extraordinary athletic performance.

The utmost sailing event on the Lake Balaton, the largest lake in Europe will hold for the 47th  KÉKSZALAG –„Blue Ribbon” Árkád Grand Prix competition. The sailing distance 155 kilometers stands for 48 hours. Around six hundred ships will be taking part in the fleet. The tournament will start with a traditional unibody vessels and two or three-body high-tech sailboats, professional teams, groups of family sailors and enthusiastic yachtsmen and women. The lake will test all the sailors and their performance in participating at the KÉKSZALAG – “Blue Ribbon” GP in itself is an awesome and huge achievement.

The KÉKSZALAG – „Blue Ribbon” Hungary’s largest sailing competition built on tradition and technology in harmony said at the morning’s opening press gathering by organizer of the event dr. Lajos Kollár – President of the Hungarian Sailing Association. Who added … since 1934 the tradition is kept alive and  held always on the week closest to the full moon in July.  The boats of the 21st century are made of carbon fiber reinforced plastic, sometimes representing up to thirty knots of speed with around 60 kilometers/H capable of sailing.

Also was announced that sailors from Sweden and Austria will be arriving to participate at the Blue Ribbon GP race. So a kinda international “fleet” will also sail on the Hungarian Sea!

Here comes the varies events to the forthcoming sailing boats race … On Saturday, June, 27. before the race weekend will take place the “warm-up” sailing to the Blue Ribbon with the FEHÉRSZALAG – “White Ribbon” Regatta competition. Teams may set their boats to assess their speed. This White Ribbon is a separate sailing race on the lake to be as the most prestigious classic race.  The boat Nemere II., sailed 50-time around the lake winning time record. The more than a hundred-year-old boat the “Kishamis”-  “Little False” participated in several races and the Tramontana won the most awards at the previous KÉKSZALAG – “Blue Ribbon” competitions.

In connection to the Blue Ribbon, the youth competition within the White Ribbon … the KÉK PÁNTLIKA – Blue Strap” sailing will follow,  held on Wednesday, July, 1. At the Blue Strap the future of the Hungarian sailing adolescents and youth aged athletes start the race between Balatonfüred and Tihany. At the same time, at the eastern part of the lake will be held the 2 KÉK PÁNTLIKA – „2 Strap Race” for those on two-hulled vessels (catamarans), which are not allowed to compete because of their size in the Blue Ribbon race.

After the day’s competition another superb event will take place on Friday, June, 3. the “Night Sailing” competition. The prominent sailorman of Hungary will compete a few meters away from the spectators having mounted reflectors illuminated slopes to follow and admire them from the Lake’s Tagore boardwalk.

In addition to the KÉKSZALAG – “Blue Ribbon” sailors competition several coastal sailing programs offers locals and foreigners to visit Balatonfüred. During the period to the competition the local museums will be open until 10 p.m. in connection to the “Night of Museums” event and those visitors who will go dressed in color blue outfits will receive a small gift. During the competition an “International guitar festival” will be held in the city. To ease the thirst locals and  tourists may give it a try to taste the VinCE wines also arranged parallel at the “Balaton wine festival”, where also free concerts will take place.. After the awards ceremony,  Saturday night shoots off with a huge street party.

The results announcement ceremony handing over the three trophy award cups will take place at 6 p.m. on the Gyógy Square – Balatonfüred Saturday, July, 4. 2015. 

The  trophy award cups were offered as a supporter to the BEST KÉKSZALAG – “Blue Ribbon” sailors  by the porcelain factory at Herend. The first prize award is worth 500000HUF

The KÉKSZALAG – “Blue Ribbon”  charity supported foundations: Hospice Foundation – Lárifári Foundation – Breast Cancer Association.

Update and snaps by Aggie Reiter

Again Stylewalker Day and Night in Budapest – 2015.


Stylewalker … Day andNight

“Inner City to be the main future City Center”

Saturday, May, 16. 2015.

Sales beginning at 2 p.m.- 10 p.m.


Go and join a fascinating design trip in the city of Budapest, exploring a whole day long  programs of events and a wide collection of  the hottest Hungarian designers awaits for the shopping  lovers.

The design shops event is sponsored by the Municipality of Belváros  “Inner City “  – District V.  Budapest, a wide collection of  the hottest Hungarian designers.

What is awaiting for the folks visiting the venue on Saturday? Art programs all day long with the favorite graphic designers of the Hype and Hyper design magazine!

… Like one of the exhibited art piece? If you’re lucky enough, you can take it home, by getting involved at their give away. How does it work? Post some of your best Stylewalker moments on Instagram, use location and #stylewalkerhype.  They would appreciate to be let  known which is the object of desire. Of course not to forget to, hashtag the name of the artist, as well. The more picture to be posted the biggest the chance is to win! Hype and Hyper will let know about the winners on May, 20.2015.

… The Day turns into Night starting off at  10 p.m. at  the Good Bar  and Good Burger with a huge celebration party along with the designers and the Stylewalker crew.

Update by Aggie Reiter

Rowing in Budapest! … Danube Regatta!

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Splashing Rowing on the River Danube!

  Sports Festival Of The Year!

Saturday, April, 25. 2015.

Before getting into deep Herald News, here are some figures to make your day … Two top US universities,  rowers on the water 324, 36,000 meters down the River Danube, A number of 3470  beat sound on  the dragon boats.  With 1684 supporters, also counting on cca. 13000 visitors. Up to 26 Bayside programs around with 20 extreme sports, 10 music programs having 5 finalists. These were the figures to the coming up third Danube Regatta, so we heard at the press conference at the Danube Whale Center inside the “Esetleg” Bar and Bistro house. “On board” was present: Anikó Gorácz  – press officer – Antall József Knowledge Center, Péter Jánosi – president – Hungarian Dragon Boat Association, Bendegúz Petersburg-Molnár – European rower champion, hosted by Gábor Gundel Takács.

The Harvard  and Princeton rowers team from the States will be participating – rowing in the Danube Regatta competition. Rowers and dragon boats will swarm the most picturesque section of the Danube. Professional and amateur teams will race off against each other and the champions of last year’s Regatta, between the Parliament building and the main building of Budapest University of Technology.  For the time being of the programs traffic on the river will be stopped.

This huge water-sports event is by the patron of Colleen Bell – US Ambassador to Hungary who will be present to open the event on Saturday, April, 25. 2015.

The whole event is organised by the Antall Knowledge Center.  The basic idea of Hungary’s biggest sports festival was called three years ago  for several purposes … on one hand to promote the sporty lifestyle among the youths and to light up so many ways … options the venue of the River Danube can be used.

At the Danube Regatta races, two in a rowing race finals of six Hungarian and two US universities professional racers drive consisting of eight ships will be participating. The starts goes off  in front of the Parliament Building and the finish line will be in front of the Technical University of Buda at the new K-building.

Another interesting competition to the program is to draw the attention and spread the news, which promises to the dragon boat race. Péter Jánosi, president –  Hungarian Dragon Boat Association, said: 12 boats within two USA, three and nine provincial capital’s boats on the water.  University of enthusiastic amateurs recruited 18-strong team from a total of more than 200 students will be measured by volume. Each team is has skilled drummer and drive control, the preparation, the team-building exercise at their disposal will be at the „Lágymányosi Bay” on the open waters of the Danube. The organizers calling this event “The year’s sports festival in Hungary”. The water sports fans will be awaited, especially to see and cheer at this unique rowing sport.  extreme sports to challenge those who wish to try themselves how skillful  they are. After the gripping Danube Regatta  competition there will be no full stop,  plenty of musical programmes will continue throughout the evening until late-late night, with giving the beat to the  Intim Torna Illegál band, the Sound of the University with the sing-off contest, dancing to the beat of the DJ Whiteboy closing the big party.

As the press conference ended there was a choice for a voluntary participation  to measure his/her rowing power against Bendegúz Petersburg-MolnárEuropean rower champion, rowing on a special rowing ergo meter bench off  on a 200-meter run. Despite the fact that the candidate was above the fifties, received 100-meter run advantage from Bendegúz and even though he at the finish line rowed in first. Here the victory was not important. Indeed the candidate got slightly sweaty and said at the end it is not so easy to paddle as it seems.

Here are the participating rowers at the Danube Regatta: The Andrássy Gyula German University (AUB), the Corvinus University of Budapest (CUB), the  Budapest Business School (BBS), the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME), the  Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE), the National Public Service University (NCU), the Catholic University (PPKE), the Semmelweis University (SE), the University of Physical Education (TD), the University of Pécs (PTE), the  Széchenyi István University (KAU), the University of Szeged (Szeged),  Two  American universities … the eternal rival teams from the Harvard and the Princeton University!

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(Forint = HUF –  stand for the small Hungarian change.)

Tuesday afternoon, February, 5.  Once more coming back to the first day of the afternoon’s great prelude at the Miskolc National Theater.  Two dancing  production in the  theater’s repertoire  was not in the schedule of the SZEM festival, yet a marvellous idea by the organizers to have brought it on stage,  not only to see by the international artists, but  as well by the locals and the Hungarians from the four corners of the country were able to learn how sophisticated talented dancing artists the National Theater of Miskolc has. The choreography was by Mr. Attila Kozma introducing by dancing Miskolc’s past life of hard-working class, hopelessness and violence. In the second act, Medeia, the terrible mother becoming the murder of her children without any explanation.

The two play’s in a nutshell … The first scene was in the heart of Miskolc, more precisely, at the warning traffic lights at  the “electric police”, i,e. at the traffic light’s on the main intersection.  There isn’t even one person at Miskolc and even around the country,which place talking about when saying the word “FORINT”   Either at Miskolc or elsewhere in Hungary. It is as saying to an Aussie,  Bondi Beach, no matter if the person lives thousand of kilometers away from the scene, surely knows where to connect the place. The dance show of to-day speaks about a strange figure milling around  at this emblematic area. He lives in his own world on the street. He is not a beggar, and not fighting, nor barking at anyone. Most of the locals thinks he is a madman. He’s got hot-and-cold, merrily walking around, but sometimes screaming like hell, rushing  in a  hurry like he was about to be chased. He is „Sanyi” , Alex and a part of the cityscape.  The people were waiting for the tram to arrive … that never stopped for them … in the meantime they wanted to get Sanyi to speak with them, but the „lonely hobo” just carried on his everyday’s drama. What an enjoyable, excellent performance by twelve very talented young dancers, plus the lonely hobo! Interesting and thought-provoking story was unfolded in front of the audience. In the second act,  Medea,   the heroine of Greek mythology, the barbarian sorceress kills her children .. there is no limit of hatred. The grieving father asks to be given his children’s murdered  body, Medea denies even the funeral. The play’s dramaturg is Mr. Attila Rácz.

Wednesday afternoon, February, 06., Verscio „Yo SOY USTEDESM„ … “I AM YOU” –  Scuola Teatro Dimitri, Switzerland. Lights and sounds: Luca Sartori, Puppets: Laura Belli, Installations by: Raul “Nene” Vargas Torres, Tuthor: Davide Giovanzana.

In brief about the superb act: In the mist of darkness, a broad-shouldered man slowly sneaked through the paths of the audience, dressed as the high-priest entering the auditorium which was almost on the same level of the performance. With eyes wide open the audience minute-by-minute were swept to different scenes, dictatorship, scene from the bible, baby crying, the loud sound of electric saw and  merry sounds of the Carnival. even though the YO Soy Ustedes was a non-verbal solo-performance, the strong, absurd and surreal images were perfectly brought upon surface. We all frozen feeling the dramaturgic tension. Summarizing the actor and his act … “Nene’s” performance focused on human behaviors and reveals its relation to power, authoritarian, religion, love, double standard, the profane and sacred. The whole performance is based on the cyclical paradox of the history of Latin America. Raúl “Nene” Vargas Torres is a circus and physical theater performer from Bogotá, Colombia. He is currently finishing his Masters of Arts in Theater at Scuola Teatro Dimitri in Switzerland. Was lucky enough to catch him after the performance for short  interview.“Nene” was a simply, yet serious chap and more serious in every step in his performance. Asked him about his so-called early days …”I was 8yrs.old when I started to make performances on the streets of  Bogotá with my elder brother aged 12. We both had wonderful time on our street-shows, as jugglers, acrobatic, break-dancing,  playing on drums, percussion, making the folks walking by stop for a while to watch our show. As year went by, at the age of 18, I realized I wish to be a real artist, but I didn’t see the  road to get there in Columbia, so I first targeted France to study there, but without any certificate of proof of artist studies, I wasn’t excepted. Same happened later trying  in Italy. My high hopes were getting lower. Then I turned to Switzerland, there they didn’t ask for any “paper”. I showed performances and was excepted and from then on I am very grateful for the Swiss Nation to be studying there. Not to mention, I am  since then not performing as a hobby street dancer, but I am supported to study, teach and make performances. Soon I will be heading to Turkey for 2 months to join a theater class, as a mentor and also will  participate next month at Turkey’s annual ‘Street Festival”. I am ongoing in writing, arranging performances on my own, which I much enjoy.”  Q.: How did you come… influence to write “I AM YOU”?  “I wish to act so the audience will recognize themselves in my performances that it why the title is I AM YOU ! … Growing up in a post-war country imprints a lot of memories. Anyway, the play is integrated to be international.  Q.:  Are you living in democracy? A.: People can express freedom of speech, but there is no value to it. Overall, the TV channels  also have great power, in pack on our influence, and I do not even know what the truth is upon the fact. About  I AM YOU … it has a lot to do  with my Dad, he was a military man,  grow up, seen the movements going around.  It is absolutely natural, that everyone has more or less “V”, victory, a little dictator in him/herself … sorry to have said that, but this is how I feel. All the wars are the same. With my performance I wish, try to push people to think about it!…sighhhhh. “Nene” with a wide smile and shinning eyes said … “You know what !?!  Global warming is already the trigger,  then …all around the world will have to face the same problem. The time will come no need to look over the neighbor’s fence.”  Hmmm, I think a lot truth lies in his words . Very interesting artist and hope he”ll come around next year to the 2nd International SZEM Festival with some awesome show again. He was much appreciated by the locals and the international artists.

Wednesday, February, 6. „1984” Performing from the  Academy of Performing Arts Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Casting: Amila Terzimehić, Benjamin Bajramović, Jasenko Pašić, Dramaturg: Dragan Komadina, Adnan Lugonić, Puppets design: Naida Begović, Neira Sinanbašić, Video: Edita Gazibara, Photographer: Velija Hasanbegović Light and sound: Sretko Vujić, Irhad Hodžić, Mentor: Dino Mustafić.

Short description the piece: Three uniformed persons symbolized from head to toe the social structure of Oceania. One day Winston meets a person who shares his opinion: Julia. The two of them, are alike Adam and Eve, led the battle against Oceania. Living in a country led by half-mythic leader the Big Brother. This was a deeply touching drama written by Life! Benjamin Bajramović  brought his graduation theater play to Miskolc. This drama’s premier was held on stage at the Sarajevo War Theater in November, 2011 and later in January, 2012  at the Academy of Performing Arts in Sarajevo.  The play is corresponding the adaptation of George Orwell’s:  “1984”.  Winston Smith, is an officer in totalitarian machinery of superstate Oceania, and one day he starts to think with his own head. How strange … the irony of life … George Orwell with this novel, even in the year of 1948 had in a way predicted the future we will live in. His ability was unsurpassed in noticing then the dissect social and political problems.  In deed, a very dramatic performance, where you  really felt, you were even nailed to your seat. After the act they invited the SZEM’s artists for a talk. Benjamin Bjramović  said: “It  was one year ago I graduated and this was my high examination act. During the show I say the word “History” 33times. Just thinking about any era History for the humanity was terrible. New dictatorships came-gone-came.”  He is fond of poems and his favorite time is spending on writing. Jasenko Pašić, joined this play upon request from his friend, Benjamin and was glad he excepted to be in the play.  Six years ago he graduated. Amila Terzimehić, said it is a very hard era that they are bringing alive on the stage. She feels lucky to have not felt on her skin these terrible days. Somehow her mother avoided her from the sights and pain, protected her whole family in not getting effected during those bloody days.  She said: “It is most important to show other  societies as well … even in our democracy nation … as  to keep in mind, the time is changing, but the wars are still going around  our world and that the horror that lights the fire should  never again show up and the  humans to have those experience.” 

… To be continued with some coming updates …

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February, 5-10. 2013.

Being at the City of Miskolc, it is impossible not to stop for a  while to mention the illustrious dramatic actress, (Jókainé) Laborfalvi Róza (+November,20.1886.) who played on the stage of the National Theater Miskolc. She was the wife of Mr. Mór Jókai, the Hungarian realist theater pioneer, who himself entered the Hungarian theater history. The platitude is so true in the case of Ms. Jókainé Laborfalvi Róza, that „behind every successful man is a woman.” The only difference is that the “great Hungarian storytelling, the well-known writer was behind and next to her husband as a successful actress.

At her apex of glory in 1883, celebrating her artistic career 50 years jubilee  granted by the National Theater Miskolc, played her old-time favorite role of Volumnia in Shakespeare’s Coriolanus. The entire audience was present in full gala, as the presence of the King in person, I Franz Joseph personally crowned her by a golden cross on merit.4

On the occasion of the opening of the National Theater  Miskolc, September, 3. 1857., Mór Jókai held the opening speech and Róza Laborfalvi played as a guest actress. Ms. Laborfalvi retired from the stage in 1859 until  then she was most dominant drama actress in the house.

After skipping back in time, now wish to pull the attention to the “SZEM” = “EYE” … FESTIVAL  brought  in the frame with updates from inside the historical walls at the National Theater Miskolc.


The 1st International University and College Theater Festival at the National Theater Miskolc

February, 5-10. 2013.

Hundered theater artists from Six European countries!

Mr. Csaba Kiss, Director National Theater Miskolc, opened the festival  saying why the festival is called SZEM? … (stands for EYE in Hungarian language) … „I believe  in the moment … a good conversation, a good meeting and the as „SZEM” –  EYE  sees, feels … it is about Confidence, Curiosity, Openness and Honesty. This is why the SZEM – EYE is represented on the festival’s flag,  it is important in terms of expression, because we feel, we are living in a very lean year in finding curiosity, openness an contacts. The  SZEM  – EYE is our first  international  festival by many reasons, just mentioning one … even though the National Theater at City of Miskolc is outside the capital of Hungary, organizing, bringing  European academic young adult artists performing with their homeland productions into our city  is unique  by itself. This evening at this 1st International  SZEM – EYE festival for what you are about to see and hear is shown by the young musical artists  member, bless with good voices from the University of Theater and Film Arts, Budapest, Hungary.  It is also rare to have a musical class with so many extremely talented singers. We would surely like to count on the group to perform at our forthcoming summer theater festival. Hope “we can work  it” ! The Director quoted an extract from Goethe’s fairy tale: „The Green Snake and the Beautiful Lily… Where are you from? … The crevices  … said the snake – where the gold room. … What’s cooler than gold? … said the king. … Light – replied the snake. … What is more refreshing than light? … said the other. The conversation – was the answer”

At the end of  the director’s welcoming speech, he wished the audience not just only for this evening, but to the forthcoming 5 days performances to come along and enjoy the shows .  As he left the stage, the  lights slowly were turned into darkness. In the auditorium  softly whispering voices saying … good-night … good-night,  filled the air. When the lights were turned on again two-member of the band were on the stage  and the Beatles show began with the „Good-Night Sweetheart from the ’68 album of the Beatles. Wow … what a starter and the whole 2 hours was absolutely breathtaking… not just because of the young artist’s superb show, but each-and-every song’s lyrics were played on the stage, coming alive like the “Fool on the Hill” with excellent choreography. I bet this musical performance would be even number one in the UK, the homeland of the Beatles! The acts and the songs matched  perfectly. Sorry can’t bring  the picture but here are some titles  which were sung and played:  Sgt. Pepper, Let it be, Because, When I’m, 64, Your mother would know, Roll over Beethoven, I’ll be back , I need you, Misery, Ask me why?, Oh Darling, Something, Twist and Shout, Here comes the Sun, Fool on the Hill… oh but I mention that earlier, but many more unforgettable tunes were in the air. So this was just a sample of the jolly good tunes to come alive by the grand musical class’s show.  At the same time, seen at the show… listening to those unforgettable Beatles songs that once hit the charts  for many in the audience rang the bell of their once-upon-a-time loved songs caming alive again. Many were shaking their shoulders  and probably tapping the rhythm.   Thumbs-up for the class …well done indeed and hope this production will be on the „must see” performance in the near future throughout Hungary and abroad, because I believe these talented young adult artists from the Budapest’s  University of  Theater, will rock the stages no matter where they will be invited. The groups imagination showed their superb talent by reinterpreting the biggest BEATLES songs of the 60’s.  When the show came to the end, a storm of clapping hands fulfilled the theater hall and they were called back with nonstop applause six times to the stage.  Their success was in the air  … made many  their day, I mean  their night!  … „Happiness is a warm gun” … as the Beatles tune says … and it was all the way through. The young artist and the audience felt that warmth and happiness …  Bang … Bang … Shoot … Shoot … OH YEAH!!!

Three actors  in show are from Ms. Eszter Novák and György Selmeczi graduating class. They are spending their practical and tutorial period at the National Theater in Miskolc. They are also performing in every production brought to the stage at the National Theater  Miskolc.

Students of the musical actors’ class have had created an awesome musical theater, their full night performance on the opening  evening surely highlighted the SZEM Festival. With this production not only the musical, but the organizers of the SZEM – EYE festival really hit the high standards.

After the  first evening’s  production there was a  reception party arranged by Mr. Csaba Kiss, the director for all the participants  joining the SZEM – EYE Festival. Had a chance to ask him about how he was able to achieve  financially the background to bring it to happen this festival? A.: „Actually, this festival was low costed , because the participants are still attending their education time, therefore there was no fee involved.  Another note he added:  “Wished to organize a festival, by covering all the costs and by this way we were able to choose between the productions. There was no exclusion criteria. If you want to call someone and tell him/her that all costs will be covered by the organizers, then usually they will be available to virtually  be at any ensemble. In practice that meant, covering from our side such as the transportation, travel, boarding and lodging. The only „must” from our side  was to have them stay, share their views, learn from each others experiences. So the idea was to let them work together, be at workshops, getting acquainted with the others productions, build a relation with each other and enjoy their stay at Miskolc throughout the whole 5 days at the theater during the festival. “

Mr. Csaba Kiss also spoke about the European universities and academies saying: ” In Europe there are around 60-70 tertiary actor training institutions, universities and academies. About a half-a-year ago sent a circular letter around Europe’s institutions to see whether there is willingness and a production to bring to our festival. Requested to pass a DVD and we one-by-one  selected the  performances, thenafter  sent out our invitations to the institutions. Usually, the festivals are organized by the universities. The SZEM – EYE’s invitation was unique by itself, because a countryside National Theater  invited  Europe’s academic theater artists. This seemed to be a great opportunity to host the best theaters and their artists to participate, be together throughout  the festival’s five days. Furthermore, to work together, exchange experiences at these workshops  by staying for the time being (usually the hosted theaters and artist „lift-off ” as soon as they step down from the stage), get acquainted with the others productions, build a relation with each other and enjoy their stay at Miskolc throughout the whole 5 days at the theater during the festival. Last but not least as to remember for a long time their gain experiences at this festival and their stay at the City of Miskolc. Quoting Goethe at the opening, was … I believe and hope in the next coming five days we will admire the young professional, meet with them, have discussions, and  have a festival of openness, trust and curiosity.”

To be continued with further updates …

 Update and snaps Aggie Reiter