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Maestro Gilbert Varga and Tibor Bogányi conductors with two faces at Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra – Pécs

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The Pannon Philharmonic Orchester (PFZ ) introduced  Maestro Gilbert Varga at Pécs in the Kodály Centre’s concert auditorium, whereas an open Group meeting was held on October 30, 2018, marking the beginning of a new chapter. This was the first time ever, the ensemble held an all-encompassing “Group meeting” that was open to the press as well with the orchestra members underlining the importance of the event that ushered in this new chapter.

The PFZ succeeded to sign for the forthcoming 3 years a contract with the Principal Conducter Maestro Gilbert Varga which was officially announced at the Kodály Center Music Hall. Conductor Tibor Bogányi, who has been for the past 18 years the lead conductor will share the stage with the maestro in the coming seasons. The ensemble will stronger the orchestra and bring fresh air into the music hall. For instance, said Bogányi  Q.: “Mutual conductors has become common elsewhere in Europe i.e. in Finland there are four permanent conductors at the Finnish Philharmonic Orchestra, and goes very well, each one conducting different music pieces. This joint mission is a unique new form in the Hungarian musical life with the ensemble of two equally artistic director in directing a spirit of trust in mutual co-operation. The two leader virtuoso conductors, alongside will be bringing new color into the Hungarian musical life for its artists, orchestra leadership and certainly will be a gift for the ears to the local and foreigner audience visiting the Kodály Center at Pécs.

Gilbert Varga is a Maestro of Hungarian descent, born in London, his family emigrated in the late ’40s. His father Tibor Varga was a legendary Hungarian violinist.  The maestro in the beginning made up his mind to be a violinist, but later on found himself the “worthy place” in the music hall and stepped up to the conductor’s pulpitum. The legendary conductor was the Music Director of Philharmonia Hungarica, a symphony group gathered of Hungarian musicians who emigrated in 1956.
The Pécs based orchestra have had been unsuccessfully attempted to call him home on multiple occasions, and now finally excepted to come to Hungary. Earlier, with the Basque Symphony Orchestra and Philharmonia Hungarica and  currently chief conductor of the Basque Symphony Orchestra and Philharmonia Hungarica. He worked at the Malmö Symphony Orchestra and the Stuttgart’s first permanent guest conductor and as a guest conductor also conducts the world’s finest ensembles from the United States to Taiwan.

The Maestro Varga, spoke about many instances in his career when he worked in a pair with other Principal Conductors, including Cristian Madeal and Mario Venzago. The Maestro Varga said Q.: „Together with Tibor Bogányi, we will be like a conductor with two faces. I have experience in similar paired leading conductor work, it has always been a positive experience for me and forward-thinking for the orchestra. Fulfilling this invitation by means sharing the responsibilities with Tibor Bogányi, making in use of opportunities that lie in our different age but open artistic capabilities.”

Q.: „The orchestra is constantly exploring new ways of reaching out to the audiences both young and elder folks. The idea is to activate young ones and young adults instead of passive listening, to gain experience of what the orchestra music is about. It is important to “win” the young ones… cause they are the next generation who will decided whether they will enjoy later the symphonic music or not, so our goal is that  for those coming for the first time to the music hall, to give them our best to feel, love to enjoy the symphony orchestra music” so said conductor Tibor Bogányi. The upcoming collaborative work both a test of personality and a professional challenge. Bogányi has undertaken a leadership position that supports creative expression, and he sees the older Maestro’s main role as prioritising the synthesis of professional tasks and broadening the young musicians’ professional horizons even further. Moreover, the pair’s distinctive musical interests will also enrich the orchestra’s repertoire.

The PFZ Director – Zsolt Horváth sees the aim of this new era as the lasting establishment of Hungary’s leading orchestras. Due to the group’s inner motivation and the artistic demands the orchestra, unique amongst local symphonic orchestras, has achieved a standard noted on both national and international stages. The collaboration is a high level of education that is already manifested in the orchestra’s current processes.  Q.: “The Pannon Philharmonic must get the opportunities and occasions to evolve, and we are confident in it cause we feel that we have done everything to provide them in the past 16 years.” stated the director. Added, overall the concerts conducted by Gilbert Varga and Tibor Bogányi cover about 70% of their program, but will continue to work also with well-known guest conductors in the future as in the past. Last but not least Zsolt Horváth stated, Maestro Gilbert Varga, is the band’s true national orchestra of Central Europe and the Visegrád countries. The goal is to act as cultural ambassadors as providing a guarantee that the Hungarian music represented a worthy level in the Carpathian Basin and Hungary surrounding.

Agnes Morvay – president of the Art Council of PFZ, said … This co-operation of the two directors … the experience of Gilbert Varga is clear, concrete sound design, artistic work and the talented youthful personality of Tibor Boganyi  the orchestra will surely benefit from  both sides  and the new sound  also will provide a higher love to the concert lovers.

Zsolt Pava  – Mayor of Pécs emphasized Gilbert Varga career guarantee that the PFZ new professional level step to happen; the orchestra brand strengthens the arrival of the conductor. Musicians of the company with excellent artistic and professional qualifications are “on the threshold” for wage increases, he added.

Update and snap by Aggie Reiter

Diplomatic Fair – 2016

November, 27. 2016.

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

International Bazaar

InterContinental Budapest

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

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

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

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

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

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

Entry fee 500HUF/person

Update by Aggie Reiter

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

“ART ON THE WATER”- CITY PARK – AUGUST, 7 – 20. 2014 – BUDAPEST

 

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Moments of Central European Art Visual Art Festival (AMS) 

“Art on the Water”

Motto: “Melting Pot”

Where … around the Castle of Vajdahunyad

When …  Thursday, August, 7 until  Wednesday, August, 20. 2014.

Was announced to-day at the press gathering, that it is a pleasure to have this year the Art Moment at the City Park of Budapest. In the frame of Art on the Lake, around 20 programs will be organized with piece of works of arts to catch the eye whilst boating on the City Park’s lake, adjacent to the Castle of Vajdahunyad. On a 600 square meters an exhibition presenting art works by European, UAE and Hungarian artists. Those who wish to skip the boating may view the arts from the dock of the lake. During the evening time there will be concert, shooting films, literature discussions, discussion about art works on 600 square meters venue. It will be opened for the public, no matter being local, foreigners working staying as tourist in Budapest or throughout the country.

The arts festival aims is to bring closer the contemporary art of the domestic and artists and to provide an introduction and demonstration of emerging opportunities by the domestic and the already well-known artists. Simultaneously, there will be „room on the lake” for foreign talents to strengthen the connection between the international professionals. Here at the Lake the Art Moments will present a unique show from the usual contemporary art up to the gallery environment. By this  sophisticated exhibition a much wider audience can be present at the same time.

The abbreviation of the CAP comes from the English Contemporary Art Platform, in expressing the colors of contemporary art. The CAP is a modern and contemporary nonprofit art center in Kuwait. Aim is to support to-day’s or emerging artists, providing creative workshops, exhibitions, workshops, readings, cinema nights organized and to continually support the expanding library of art. Continuing the collaboration started last year, this year’s the CAP Director – Abed Al Kadirinek of the Art Moments of Kuwait will be here who is also an active artist and also arriving two other artists from the Arab region, Rima Chahrour and Kevork Mourad who will be also creating live performance on Thursday, August, 7 and Friday, August 8. on the spot. Their joint project title bears the state of the anxiety: war, destruction and creation.

What may be expected to the coming days by the visitors … Carried out on request of Art Moments, the Central and Eastern European Art exhibition focuses on the young and emerging contemporary art of the region. The exhibition’s sculptures, installations, videos and their hybrids will bring alive at the temporary exhibition space set on the City Park Lake alive. This is largely due to the intention of the exhibitors. The exhibition showcases constellations, which are both highly entertaining and humorous yet, at the same time confusing, making the audience uncertain and stimulating them to understand it, but bringing us closer to the true essence of contemporary art and understanding. Placing particular focus in the realm of applied art, Abu Dhabi Art Hub has assembled an extraordinary group of prestigious international artists  from Germany, Scandinavia, Ireland,Philippines, France , Canada,  4 Eastern European States, USA, South Korea,Mexico Arab North, Australia and Hungary have had already been at the Art Hub at the community oasis designed to live, to create, to exhibit at the platform for artist both local and creativity in the UAE, said Ahmed Al Yafei – founder – owner of the Art Hub.

Artist Zéro Kelemen – Hungary, statue welcomes the visitors arriving to the venue to admired the “Möbius ship” floating on the water. Will be presented the MOME and Mercedes-Benz joint project. The best of diploma exhibition … The “Worker” painting by Alexandra Evelin Hegedűs  – Hungary can be seen  on the spot. She graduated at the Faculty of Arts at the City of Pécs  (was founded in 1996 which is the only institution to provide the higher education in music and art, as well as visual arts programs in shaping the cultural life of the City, furthermore the Nation’s and Europe’s Art Moments. Sculptures formed of volcanic stones floating on the boards on the water titled “Mom Sees Into Water” by Imre Pistyur – Hungary. His motto: “For me painting is a study of reality perceived, a new cognizance of the world. The process of cognizance shows as new side of fality … this is what I call essential realism” Have to mention the Must see sculptures! Have the experience to lead your steps to the spectacular shadow art sculptures by Bassam Al Selawi (3 family members sculptures) and Maysoon Masalha. An another Hungarian artist  has worked in Abu Dhabi Marto Takat’s painting „Musaffah Seaside” About the venue he said: “Some contemplative workers and two old ships in the morning by the seaside of Abu Dhabi’s industrial district „Musafah.”

 H. H. Sheikha Alyazia bin Mubarak Al Nahyan – UAE … ” Most of our shapes come out from our thoughts and views, consists of beneficial or unbeneficed information we receive from the different forms of media. We become what we are by taking in what is fed to us through our screens … and as the saying goes…YA WHAT YA EAT!” Sheikha Alyazia drew the contours of her artistic career at an early age, adopting a unique approach in her paintings which are characterized by cultural reflections. A lists of art exhibitions and events she participated would be far long to long to give an overview, so therefore mentioning a couple of them as being at the “Emirati Expressions”, titled “39 Artists” in Abu Dhabi, which was arranged by the Ministry of culture on the UEA National Day. In 2011., “Fine Arts” titled: Abu Dhabi Business Women Council. Also in 2011 she opened her own solo art exhibition entitled “Dialogue” at the Artspace Gallery in Dubai.

Highlighting some  programs: Movie presenting famous photographer Vivian Maier’s life. Closing day of the Art Moments will be on stage „Cities of Mary”, the only opera by Astor Piazzolla – performance by the musical theater. Within the Art Moments events, to have the rhythm under your feet there will be a happy-go-lucky Salsa evening.

Joining the festival will be brought the “Cégér”,  is to address to designs of wine the labels of this year’s top 10 wines. At the same time the goal is  to introduce young vintners and help them enter the market, which is pretty hard task without a marketable brand image.

Further source: http://artmoments.hu/en

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