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The 25th Summerfest International Folklore Festival and Folk Art Fair

The Art of Folk Art!

Traditions that you experience, enjoy live today!

Szászhalombatta (It is about 30 kms. from Budapest)

The festival will be also held at Szigetszentmiklós and Tököl.

The Summerfest International Folklore Festival this year during August, 12-20. celebrates its 25th anniversary. The festival aims to raise awareness of the Hungarian National folklore treasure of richness. The invitation was out to 20 other nations from around and  throughout the festival 800 dancers will present their own traditional dancing with traditional songs preserving their own cultural values.

With the performance of the Hungarian dances, the main goal is the foreign groups to have an opportunity to get know about the country and its dances. The show will take place at Forrás Folkensemble on the stage of the Culture Center at  Százhalombatta.

Assemblies from around the World: United States of America, Bolivia, South Korea, Northern Cyprus, Estonia, France, Yakut, Kyrgyzstan, China, Laos, Mexico, Russia, Panama, Paraguay, Senegal, Tahiti, Taiwan, Tatarstan, Thailand, Turkey and naturally Hungary.

The dancers will be going on the stage while the announcer  telling a few background about the country and its traditional dancers performances.

Special children program for 4-6 years old children. Also World Music Tent  a program outside, in a tent around 20-25 minutes. The dancers teach dances for the audience with live music.

During the folklore festival  “Folk Art Fair”  all day long.

In the evening concerts, the audience can witness a real curiosity joy of music.

Beside other daily concerts in the program, the Essence’s concert have a special atmosphere, their music reflects, provides relaxation and liberates whilst taking on a trip  in the world of folk, jazz and classical music.

Update Aggie Reiter

The 6th Art Market … Millenaris Cultural Center – Budapest 2016.

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District, II., 16-20. Kis Rókus Street – Budapest

October, 13 – 16. 2016.

Visiting hours: open from 11 a.m.- 8 p.m., except on Friday: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

During the 4 days program it may fit into your time to see this huge national and international art fair. Thousands of works by around 500 artists on almost 6000 square meters. The 100 exhibitors from 25 countries include all the important contemporary galleries of Hungary.  Meet in person the artists, collectors, experts and long time non seen gallery art lovers.

One of the main goal of the Art Market is to bring the young artists from Europe together in time and space in Budapest – Hungary.  The artists show their way of bringing upon surface their inspiration of culture in their own art work.

“Press release … ART MARKET BUDAPEST, the international art fair established in 2011 presents a unique artistic composition in perhaps the most exciting exhibition halls in Europe, that, while it features some of the exhibitors welcomed even by the oldest art fairs, gives an emphasised presence to a younger generation of galleries and artists including the now emerging stars of the future.  ART MARKET BUDAPEST defines a new cultural region: YOUNG EUROPE, where we may find combined influences from the former Communist countries stretching from the Baltic States to the Balkans, and from such sources of cultural inspiration as Turkey or Israel in the South, countries of Central Asia in the East, or even a progressive new generation of artists from the already established West. And what can be more attractive than a fair that is GLOBAL AND LOCAL at the same time?
Exhibitors having arrived from over 30 countries and an audience of over 25 thousand international visitors clearly indicate that there had already been a demand in the art world for this new artistic platform to bring freshness to the European and global art scene. “

For further information to the exhibitors see: http://artmarketbudapest.hu/exhibitors

Update Aggie Reiter

XXIII. International Book Festival Budapest – 2016.

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Millenáris Park – 4 Days!

April, 21. – April, 24. 2016.

Venue: Budapest –  District II.,  16-20 Kis Rókus Street.

After the previous year’s invited country’s guest of honor, being highly successful Guest of Honour presentations  of Poland, the Czech Republic, Italy, France, Germany, Russia, Spain, Canada, China, Romania, Israel, Turkey, the European Union and the Nordic Countries they are here again to introduce the literature and the publishing industry of their country.

In 2016  we will presenting Slovakia as the Guest of Honour Country.

Dates and Opening Hours 21. April,21 – Noon – 7 p.m., 22. April, 22. 10 a.m. – 7 p-.m.,  April, 23. 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.,  April, 24. 10 a.m. 7 p.m.

A great festival for book lovers. The Budapest’s International Book Festival hosts representatives of world literature and of domestic intellectual life. During the week-end can meet 100 authors from 25 countries and more than 400 Hungarian authors, scientists, and artists who will be on the spot. Therefore, a  fine occasion meetings with authors, signings sessions, book premiers and presentations, roundtable discussions, concerts, theater performances, exhibitions and films. Also meet many Hungarian and foreign authors.

Children’s Kingdom will be organized especially for young generations with promotion of children’s books and special programs for kids.

Last year opening day was dedicated to Shakespeare and Cervantes, having been commemorated the anniversary of the death of the two great poets.

More than 300 new publishing, a host of international and local authors and around 350 cultural programs make the International Book Festival in Budapest truly  worthwhile event for both locals and  foreigners staying in Hungary and naturally the tourists are  welcomed as well.

Ticket price: 500HUF (if you buy a book at the festival the entry fee will be deducted).

Update by Aggie Reiter

Hungary’s largest tourist parade at HUNGEXPO –TRAVEL 2016.

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DAY1 ... Even though the data are under processing on the opening day showed the tourism trends show that the visitors are mainly looking at inland offers. Never-the-less there is still 3 days to go for visitors to look and see what the foreigner exhibitors can offer them.

Many foreign exhibitors were here last year and having good experiences with their offers, came back this year aswell.

The list would be extremely long to mention having from 28 countries with 399 exhibitors of domestic and foreign exhibitors, but a short note to see a couple of offers at their stand can be learnt. On the first hand, Budapest – Hungary as the City of Guest of Honor, with its slogan “Budapest hosts Hungary”. In 2016., the Budapest Summer Festival and the Budapest Spring Festival offering this year within the spirit of Romanticism assembled cultural activities and including for tourists special packages to book also available during the exhibition on the spot. At the Margaret Island Open-Air Stage, Hungarian and International artists will be on stage  such as: Andrea Rost, Erika Miklósa, Zoltán Kocsis, Támas Vásáry, Gergely Madaras, Hawk Dominic. Welcoming foreigner stars on stage will be Yuja Wang- Chinese pianist, Marc Heller, Sébastien Guez, Giuseppe Filianoti, James Valenti – opera singer, Stacey Kent – jazz diva, guitarist – Stanley Jordan and London’s Globe Theater and the Monte Carlo Ballet. As a novelty 3 Tenors opera gala  and  there will be Virtuosi festive variety show, circus and concerts as well.

On the second-hand, a wide variety of foreigner exhibitors arrived this year aswell to make the Hungarians wish to spend their holidays abroad, and most probably if they really want to know a country’s cultures then certainly will learn through its gastronomy. As mentioned, more than two dozen foreigner exhibitors are present, so here is a couple mentioning to visit their stand.

Austria – Offering  unforgettable entertainment and loads of fun at the Wiesn Festival – September,22. – October, 9. 2016. (More info  to come)

Israel – The israeli stand was opened by His Excellency Ilan Mor Israeli Ambassador to Hungary, by saying Israel is a place to visit once in a lifetime, these were the first welcoming words. Take a journey through the ancient Holy land, learn, discover the authentic Israel with family, friends or fellow travellers. Whatever the season experience something new, interesting and exciting, including activities, customs and places that are unique.  Hear more about the travel opt. on the spot. There is a huge of holiday offers that will surely catch the eye.

Turkey  – A place where nature, Sun and Sea,  health and wellness, sport, culture  can be all  reached having vacation at Kemer/Antalya with family or friends.  There are many hotel just by the Sea where the spectacular mountains and sea view of the Mediterranean can be perceived on the spot.

Malta –  Is closer from Budapest than many may think. It is a small countries with marvelous places to visit, for instance: Popeye Village, the Grand Fort and during the fall holds the Birgufest – Candlelight event at Birgu (also known as Vittoriosa) – which is one of Malta’s oldest and most historic cities.

Cyprus – Was a good reason for the visitors by telling, Cyprus can be visited any time of year that suits you.  Many places rich of ancient ruins can be found there and also very handy is a “free” weekly guided tour, I was told.  Was highlighted to visit Pafos Archaeological Park. It is at the entrance of the harbour one can access this quite stunning park which houses a truly unique collection of remarkable treasures dating from far back in time in the 2nd century B.C.

The visitors strolling around  the stands were pretty surprised by the sight of Mr. Piano Man rolling along  the pathways…

Coming up  more adventure at the Travel 2016. Hungexpo – Budapest

Update and snaps Aggie Reiter

SHOW YOUR COLORS AT THE FED CUP TOURNAMENT IN BUDAPEST 2014.

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The Tennis Court is one of the World’s top sporting and cultural events.

The Fed Cup is the alternative tournament of the Davis Cup just for women.

After the ISU European Figure Skating, the Syma Sport and Event Hall (1. György Dózsa Rd. Budapest )went through a huge mission in rearranging the venue from the skating rink to transform into a cosy tennis court and welcome the tennis ladies participating to the Games of Europe Africa Zone Fed Cup.

Monday, February, 3. was the day of practise on the match court, whereas each team received 3 Hs and 30 minutes for practise . During the early afternoon hours  the Hungarian ladies had their practise time. The the balls flew high and hitting sound of the rackets were already giving the feeling of fabulous time to come in the following days.  At the court  were Timea Babos, Ágnes Bukta, Réka Jani and Szabina Szlavikovics.  Ágnes said: Quote.”The Romanian tennis players are in the top 100 and their figures says a lot. Robson from the Brits tennis group isn’t coming after all, but still the Brits are very good. Concerning the Latvia team … hopefully the tennis court will be in favor for us. Our aim is of staying in match! Regarding to the Syma’s tennis court, this is an indoor hard court, which is not a fast court, and it’s in favor for me. Hoping many Hungarian cheering fans of tennis lovers will come”.  During the afternoon, seen beside the Hungarian team, Latvia, Turkey, Ukraine, Belarus, Slovenia teams were also on the practise field.

In Budapest already arrived the Euro-African Zone I’s group: Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Great Britain, Israel, Latvia, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine team, so even the ranking second in place of Victoria Azarenka, the 2013 mascot year, including the WTA event in Budapest triumph Simona Halep and Wimbledon semifinalist admire Kirsten Flipkens play well. Hungary have had twice been Fed Cup quarter finalists in 1963 and 1985.

FED CUP schedule in Budapest 2014.

Tuesday, February, 4.

10 a.m. Belgium Luxembourg
10 a.m. Croatia Netherlands
4 p.m. Belarus-Turkey
4 p.m. Bulgaria Portugal

Wedesday, February, 5.

10 a.m. Ukraine-Israel
10 a.m. Austria Slovenia
4 p.m. Great Britain Latvia
4 p.m. Hungary Romania
4 p.m. Belgium Netherlands
4 p.m. Croatia Luxembourg

Thursday, February, 6.

10 a.m. Belarus Portugal
10 a.m. Bulgaria Turkey
4 p.m. Ukraine Slovenia
4 p.m. Austria Israel

Friday, February, 7.

10 a.m. Belarus Bulgaria
10 a.m. Portugal Turkey
4 p.m. Belgium Croatia
4 p.m. Netherlands Luxembourg
4 p.m. Great Britain Romania
4 p.m. Hungary Latvia

Saturday, February, 8.

10 a.m. Ukraine Austria
10 a.m. Ukraine Austria
10 a.m. Slovenia Israel
4 p.m. Great Britain Hungary
4 p.m. Romania Latvia

Saturday, February, 8., 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Hungarian Tennis Day at the Syma Center Hall “C”. Door opens at 9.45 a.m. The entrance to the Fed Cup games are free of charge. The Play and Stay mini tennis game between 10.30 a.m. until noontime with Mónika Szeles and Andrea Temesvári, previous Hungarian Fed Cup and Davis Cup tennis players. Also presenting a special performance by Ágnes Szávay. Also on the day Monika Szeles will be holding a signing sessions between noon and one o’clock. junior team presentation of U12 and U14. Entry only wearing sneakers.

Sunday, February, 9.

PLAY OFFS

10 a.m. 1A- 1D – 4A- 4D – 4A- 4D – 2A- 2D – 3A- 3D

4 p.m. 1B- 1C – 4B- 4C – 2B- 2C – 3B- 3C

The idea for Fed Cup can be traced back to 1919, when Mrs Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman came up with the concept for a women’s team competition.

When this was rejected, she instead presented a trophy in 1923 for an annual contest between USA and Great Britain, who were at that time the strongest tennis-playing nations. Mrs Nell Hopman, wife of the legendary Australian Davis Cup captain Harry Hopman, later took up Wightman’s original idea.

In 1962, when a British resident of USA, Mary Hardwick Hare, presented a dossier proving that support for such an event was overwhelming, the ITF was persuaded to organise a team championship played over one week in a different venue each year. It had taken 40 years for Wightman’s concept of a women’s version of Davis Cup to become a reality.

The ITF, the world governing body of tennis, launched the Federation Cup in 1963 to celebrate the organisation’s 50th anniversary. Open to all nations, not just USA and Great Britain, the much awaited competition became a resounding success.” source: Fed Cup.

Update and snaps by Aggie Reiter

3RD. DIPLOMATIC CHARITY FAIR IN BUDAPEST 2013.

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Intercontinental Hotel – Budapest

Sunday, November, 24.

The Association of Diplomatic Spouses Budapest DSB (Diplomatic Spouses Budapest) organized for the third time this year the Diplomatic Charity Fair. The family fair was opened to  everybody who wished to join this event. The main purpose is to raise money for charities was also supported by the Hungarian DSB.

Organizations supported by the DSB: Special Educational and Development Institute (SOFI). The Brothers of the Good Shepherd (victims of violence for women and kids).  The Esztergom Our House (the community center for disadvantaged children and families in need of services). The entry ticket fee was 500HUF which as a donation also was offered  to the organizations  supporters.

The official opening and welcoming words were given by  Biljana Griovska, President of the DSB club, deputy mayor of Budapest and H.E. Mr. Alberto Bottari de Castello, Apostolic Nuncio. 

Mrs Anita Herczegh, the spouse of the President of Hungary was the guest of honor.

During the fair the national stalls of different countries presented their yummies, folk art, music and dances but souvenirs can buy small gifts for visitors. Was alike as having a trip in a wink abroad in just minutes away from one nation to the other. There was a „kids corner”, crafts, self-made silver and art jewelry, rainbow colors of pashmina stoles, hand-made painted silk exotic food/spices, gifts, cloths, home furnishing and ayurveda products from India. Thai and Indonesian food and spices, wooden gifts, exotic fresh veggie and fruit drinks, hand-made sweeties, Dolce Vita Beauty supplies, organic drinks … far from knowing the existence of these drinks by the Hungarians.

The entertainment programs of the day were awesome, having the present the preformances of the ExperiDance show, the splendid Korean and Indian dance shows, Children music group from Bosnia and Herzegovina. Music performance represented by Andre Goodfriend and Karen Posner Mullen from the U.S.A. Embassy in Budapest, brought the eye-catching Iberoamerican artists on the  stage, grand show with 16 dancers show by the Folk group from Serbia, Hungarian Opera singers, Italian musicians. Second-hand cloths … mostly brand new and various accessories all in good condition. The event was held at the Intercontinental Hotel in Budapest.

The charity fair have had become so popular compared to the previous two years, there was no question to hold again the third diplomatic charity fair this year with the participation of the representative embassies. The countries were: Belarus, Bulgaria, Estonia, Indonesia, Japan, Lebanon, UK, Belgium, Slovenia, Macedonia, Moldova, Georgia, Lithuania, Qatar, Jordan, Thailand, Italy, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Egypt,Serbia, Latvia, Angola, Philippines, China, Russia, Turkey, Switzerland, Ecuador, USA, Mexico, Pakistan, Palestine, Albania, Kosovo.

During the late afternoon hours, the giant raffle draw took place with sophisticated prizes awaiting the lucky ones … Just to mention the most wanted ones … trips offered by the participating countries to their homeland was the most popular beside the 28 prizes.

Even though the program started at 10 a.m. and officially ended at 4 p.m., seemed like nobody wished to leave the place, feeling good and enjoying the each others companies.

This international gathering absolutely proved  peace and harmony is in everyone’s heart.  This good vibration should be propagated around the world. Happy people filled with warm hearts.

Thumbs-up to the organizers …  Even though on a day called Sunday, the Sun was missing, raining throughout the day … for many it was a bright and sunny day at the Diplomatic Charity Fair!

Last but not least, here goes two videos to show the brilliant preformances:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4kUXfjRbGvk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3CJxwKeSGcc

Updated, snaps, video by Aggie Reiter