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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

Harvard University rowers meeting Hungarian students in Budapest.

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During the afternoon hours on Wednesday, April, 22. 2015 at the Boathouse Club out on the “Romai” Bayside a gathering of students arrived called by the Harvard Club Hungary.

This special meeting was arranged previously to the Danube Regatta, so that the rower team of the Harvard University can participate  at this event before the competition to be held on Saturday, April, 25. 2015.  At this meeting were present members of the Harvard Club of Hungary. Chief patron Dr. Miklós Tóth – Vice-President of the MOB welcomed the gathered interested students. Kornélia Litke – Academic advisor – Hungarian-American Fulbright Educational Exchange Program Committee,  gave advice on available scholarships to the students present.

As special invited guest  Dr DóraGyőrffy  – (HARVARD ALUMNI MEMBER) – Associate Professor and national record holder in the high jump, who said: Q: “I believe that every man is born, that has a purpose of Life. Their goals continuously have to be discovered, and conscious efforts should be made to accomplish. During the lifetime the goals are subject to change. ”

The teens arriving by interest could hear about the scholarship, get first hand insight into … the secrets or not really … from the experiences by the already granulated students of the  world-famous Harvard University whom arrived to Budapest to participate on Saturday, April, 25. at the Danube Regatta international competition.

The team is a real mixture by nationality … two were from New Zealand, one from United Kingdom, one from Canada and four from United States of America. A part of them graduated students in 2013 and 2014. They one-by-one talked about how they reached the steps to the door to the Harvard University. Said as one, they are luckily and proud they could all come to participate and will compete worthily in the name of their former Harvard University.

The Harvard University’s rowing team does not really have to be introduced and as they all unanimously said they were grateful how their personal coach was by their side from the first minute and along they way. The whole complex … studying, sporty activities are at the fingertips for all the students. As James O’Connor – rower captain Harvard University said: Q.: “The Harvard does not need to set ourselves at a crossroads … do I really want to go to college concentrate on my studies or rowing? Here, both is possible. At the highest possible level.”

On the bottom line …

EDUCATION AND SPORT … IT IS UP TO THE STUDENT OF WHAT HE OR SHE BRING OUT OF IT!

Update and snaps by Aggie Reiter

Jolly Good Oratory – Monty Python ‘s movie “Life of Brian” comes to life on stage in Budapest.

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Well the month May is a bit far ahead, but never-the-less to hear the good news in advance is always a thrill!

Monty Python  – Not the Messiah … then who(!?!) … well in a nutshell  –  just a very naughty boy!

The domestic premiere on May, 31 will be at the Papp László Budapest Sports Arena.

After seven years captivates concert halls around the world the show is coming in May, 2015. Eric Idle and John Du Prez. „Not the Messiah” was also the author of the award-winning musical Spamalot. The show to be presented is a veritable genuine cavalcade in its unique genre. The founder of Monty Python, Eric Idle once said this is the „Baroque ‘n’ Roll”. Been on tour with the “Not the Messiah” in Canada, UK, United States of America, Australia and so forth, the show in May makes its debut in Budapest by excellent Hungarian singers, artist.  The Life of Brian from ’79 holds classic gags to giggle about and of course the best known famous songs which will trigger loud of smiles and laughter by the audience.

On October, 2. 2009., with a smashing full house celebrated with this piece Monty Python’s 40th birthday together with still existing Monty Python members, as Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam. The show was held at London’s Royal Albert Hall, along with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Chorus and with renowned opera soloists.

Eric Idle –  An Englishman in Budapest!

A comedian, actor, writer, singer, composer and songwriter and member of the Monty Python team and will be visiting Hungary for the first time and that ain’t a joke!

Definitely, the one-and-only undistinguishable guest at the premiere night.

Naturally, the well-known catchy songs, as the  “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” and the “Lumberjack Song” will not be missing. The jolly good oratory’s domestic premier surely will warm up the hearts and souls, sing-a-ling together with the Hungarian-known opera, musical singers and actors.

Learn at the press conference of to-day, that for the time being the catchy words will be in Hungarian language with English subtitle and later on taking on the road  to countrywide cities as to: Győr, Szombathely,Veszprém, Miskolc, Debrecen, Szeged  will have the performance also in English language by the Hungarian singers and actors. This may welcome, attract more foreigners as well to see the piece.

Also highlighting with his presence, as the narrator – most probably dressed in blue, but will not be blue at all in the play – Miklós Galla without whom naturally, the show would be kinda deficient in not having him on stage. Indeed, in his vain flows the utmost Monty Python’s love and spirit from the beginning of time as a domestic follower. Actor – Péter Molnar Kálloy is not far from UK plays. He is well-known in Hungary having huge love in playing W. Shakespeare pieces.

Starring in the show: Judith: Melinda Heiter – soprano – Hungarian State Opera singer,  Mandy Cohen: Kata  Janza – mezzo-soprano  – Budapest Operetta Theater,  Brian Cohen: Zsolt Homonnay – tenor  – Budapest Operetta Theater,  Stan / Loretta / Ben: Steve  Hajdú – baritone-like  – Madách Theater, Reg Biggus Kukis: Demeter Pintér – bass.

Naturally, would be kinda of deficient without having on stage, the full spirit of Miklós Galla in the upcoming show. He is Hungary’s Monty Python’s utmost domestic follower.

The „jolly-good oratorium” having 80 members of Dohnányi Orchestra will be providing the music, conductorGábor Hollerung along with 100 members from the Budapest Academic Amateur Choral Society.

Text Book and lyrics: Eric Idle. Music: JOHN DU Prez and Eric Idle. Original screenplay by Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin. Light and lighting designer – János  Madarász (Bird), Director –  György Szomor, Producer – László Sándor.

Tickets are already available on the spot at the Arena’s ticket booth or through ordering  www.pannonprodukcio.hu (unfortunately, does not have an English language site.)

Update and snaps by Aggie Reiter

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER, 21. FINAL COUNTDOWN – INTERNATIONAL GALLOP RACE – BUDAPEST

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To-day was a blast of festivals going in and around several venues at Budapest. Bet many of those  tourist  staying  in Budapest may have thought they have dropped into a wonderland.  About these venue in the next update. But at first here comes a major event to be! So as for tomorrow will be in deed the grand day of the year at the Hero Square whereas the finals will take place at the 7th International Gallop Race.

Sunday morning at 8 o’clock comes the track test at 00.45 p.m.  and  at 1 p.m will be two heats of 6-6 riders and among them 3-3  will be in the final shooting off at 5.30 p.m.  and  this year’s winner at the  International Gallop  will  end with a celebration ceremony.

First Heat: 1. United Arab Emirates – horse number 8.,  2. Qatar – horse number 5., 3. United States of America – horse number 12., 4. Slovakia horse number 3., 5. Hungary, Zoltán Varga  horse number 4., 6. Czech Republic – horse number 2.

Second Heat:1. Kazakhstan horse number 11., 2. Armenia horse number 7., 3. Serbia horse number 6., 4. Bulgaria horse number 10., 5. China horse number 1., 6. Romania horse number 9, The riders had already the draw and met their “horsepower” at the Bábolna  National Stud Farm  on Thursday, September 18. See previous update:

https://rollinginbudapest.com/2014/09/18/herald-news-7th-international-gallop-hungary-2014/

More to it, something not to be seen anywhere else in the world  just in Budapest – Hungary. Upon the idea and dream of Zoltán Lázar, six-time world  champion Carriage Seabiscuit driver his dream came true with combining the Scythian and the Roman chariot into one chariot to the needs of the 21st century’s race on the tracks. The chariot race has been implemented  into the programs ever since the National Gallop Race was on. Going to be every second an eye-catching  event during the National Gallop.  The audience will be watching a race as  a little reminder of the world-famous movie … Ben Hur. The competitors are not Ben Hur relatives so they had to undergo a tough training in advance. Well tomorrow all who visit the venue and be sharp to watch the ancient Scythian rolling wheel s go by will remember their stay if not just  for this grand sport race in Budapest!

Naturally spending a full day at the International Gallop Race with a dozen of shows and attractions will be worthwhile to attend in any hour!

Update by 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