Friday, 22 May 2015 11:32

The Night of a Thousand Lanterns

In Hungary approximately 14 000 children go missing every year.  Most of them are found, but nearly 80-90 juvenile persons disappear without a trace on a yearly basis.The Night of a Thousand Lanterns is a social responsibility campaign, which we started in 2011.

The mission is to help find lost and missing children and raise public awareness in this very important issue.


In 2011 they adapted the initiative widely known in the United States – photos of missing children are displayed on the sides of thousands of milk cartons and other products (eg. mineral water labels, toast bread packages). Thanks to this 15 disappeared children have been found.


The Night of a Thousand Lanterns is a nationwide event in Hungary taking place on the 25th May every year, which date is known as the International Missing Children’s Day.

On tis day the organizers make charity programs in many Hungarian cities, including children and family activities, educational programs held by NGO-s, crime prevention, followed by a great concert show. At the end of the day thousands of  illuminated balloons filled with helium are released to the sky in memory of all the children lost and missing.

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Published in Programs - Child
Wednesday, 22 April 2015 11:57

You Can Dance!

29 April has been officially celebrated as World Dance Day since 1982. The date coincides with the birthday of world-famous French ballet dancer Jean-Georges Noverre.

Although there is nothing surprising about the fact that dance has a world day, when people celebrate the most exciting form of bodily expression with various colorful programs world wide, dance as an art form has been neglected, and to this day it lacks the support and attention it deserves. This is exactly what is voiced on 29 April. The history of dance has progressed hand in hand with the history of human culture. Even in the New Stone Age in China, images of humans dancing together were painted on porcelain surfaces, and on the walls of the rock shelters in Bhimbetka, India, the first dancing figures were drafted about nine thousand years ago. In the age of Antiquity, Egyptians also liked to remember dance as an essential element of life.

Early trances or dance, however, didn’t only remain in paintings and drawings. The Bible and the Talmud contain over thirty expressions related to dance. We know of Chinese classic text called Lushi Chunqiu from 239 AD which described certain dance forms - these at the time were parts of mystical or religious rituals. In time, however, dance began to lose its religious or mystical content, and became an integral part of art, then of entertainment. An ancient Indian treatise. Natyashastra tackled the importance of dance in dramas. Of course, visual arts never gave up on dance as a subject matter - in more recent times, for instance, dance was beautifully depicted in DeGaulle’s paintings.

From the various ages of history emerged not only new wears and music, but more and more new dance styles too. Dance became a part of history itself, and it also owns a precious historical heritage. Dance has preserved its outstanding artistic importance to this day, and at the same time, it has become the cultural heritage of most countries. a perfect example for this Hungarian folk dance, which is closely liked to Hungarian folk music and traditional costumes.

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Published in Programs - Art
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 06:11

Avicii On Sziget Festival

Tim Bergling was born on 8 September 1989 in Stockholm, Sweden.In May 2007, Avicii signed on with the Dejfitts Plays label.Then, in 2010, Avicii released the hit song "Seek Bromance", which reached the top 20 in several countries including Belgium, France, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, and Sweden. He also remixed Nadia Ali's classic single "Rapture" for her album Queen of Clubs Trilogy: Onyx Edition. In October 2010, Avicii signed with the European A&R team with EMI Music Publishing.

Avicii, Swedish EDM DJ, remixer, and record producer will arrive this year to Sziget. He is ranked 3rd on DJ Magazine' s annual Top 100 DJs in 2012 and 2013 and has been nominated twice for a Grammy Award. Citizens will, for sure, hear some of his most famous tracks as "Wake Me Up", "You Make Me", "X You", "Hey Brother" and "Addicted to You".

Since achieving widespread commercial success, Avicii began working with his manager and executive producer Ash Pournouri to start House for Hungerin 2011, a charity dedicated to alleviating global hunger. The pair wanted to showcase the giving spirit fostered by the house music community. Avicii explained, "You have to give something back. I am so fortunate to be in the position where I can actually do that. I feel lucky every day when I wake up and am able to do what I love and make a living." In addition to donating $1 million to Feeding America, a charity founded by John van Hengel, House for Hunger has helped fund the efforts of The Feed Foundation, started by Laura Bush  allowing it to distribute over two million school meals throughout Africa.

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Published in Programs - Festival
Thursday, 16 April 2015 05:35

Robbie Williams on Sziget Festival!

Robbie Williams has sold over 70 million albums over his solo career and has won more BRIT Awards than any other artist in history.  Robbie’s 2010 Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution To Music brought his tally of Brits to an astonishing 17. The english superstar’s coming to Budapest to make a big party on Sziget Festival, 10th august 2015!

Six of Robbie’s albums appear in the all time top 100 biggest selling albums in the UK whilst Williams holds the record for the most concert tickets sold in one day – 1.6 million in 2006.  These accolades coupled with the honor of playing the largest open air concert in UK history to 375,000 people (an unprecedented three nights at Knebworth in 2003) have meant that Robbie’s status as a live performer has equalled his massive achievements as a recording artist.

The release of Robbie’s most recent album,‘Swings Both Ways’ saw him achieve a UK chart-topping tally to match Elvis Presley, boasting 11 Official Albums Chart solo Number Ones apiece.

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Published in Programs - Festival
Thursday, 16 April 2015 12:30

Budapest Spring Fair

The Budapest Festival and Tourism Centre on 27 March 2015 - 26 April in Budapest, Vörösmarty Square will organize the Budapest Spring Fair which aims to enrich the cultural experience as Hungarian  and the foreign visitors too.

The Spring Fair traditional can we meet more than 73 creative designers and workshops at the Vörösmarty Square. Artisans, folk artists, craftsmen, designers, creators of innovative craft and artisan food makers can be admired and purchased merchandise, while waiting for colorful spring and Easter programs for families.
During the fair every weekend (Saturday and Sunday) 10-16 "open shop" craft demonstrations made by the organizers. Presentations based on folk tradition - to which the visitors can join - week vary week: have egg dyeing, felting and writers rides, goldsmith works, instrument making (drums, whistles, flute), beading, papermaking, glass-blowing, leather-making and basketry as well.
Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning and afternoon learn and folk crafts. The program is free!
Scheduled during the Budapest Spring Trade Fair pottery competition, participate in adventurous where ceramic flowers as large soaking the masters. Those who are tired of the hustle and bustle of the fair can relax in the cloister. The food presentations should not do without: the Spring culinary taste extravaganza shows the installation with the civil and peasant cuisine, and the sight of bread baking program promises to be exciting.
Stage programs, concerts
During the event every weekday from 17 am to 21 pm every hour (17:00, 18:00, 19:00, 20:00); every weekend at 11: from 00, 12 to 30 and in the afternoon 15: 00 to 16: 00 to 17: 00 to 18 from: 00 and 20: 00 to a variety of stage productions and concerts to entertain the audience. Typical genres: folk, folk dance, crossover, and jazz will be.

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Published in Programs - Festival
Thursday, 01 January 2015 13:20

Chain Bridge - Budapest

The Széchenyi Chain Bridge (Hungarian: Széchenyi lánchíd, Hungarian pronunciation: [ˈseːt͡ʃeːɲi ˈlaːntshiːd]) is a suspension bridge that spans the River Danube between Buda and Pest, the western and eastern sides of Budapest, the capital of Hungary. Designed by the English engineer William Tierney Clark, it was the first permanent bridge across the Danube in Hungary, and was opened in 1849.

It is anchored on the Pest side of the river to Széchenyi (formerly Roosevelt) Square, adjacent to the Gresham Palace and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and on the Buda side to Adam Clark Square, near the Zero Kilometer Stone and the lower end of the Castle Hill Funicular, leading to Buda Castle.

The bridge has the name of István Széchenyi, a major supporter of its construction, attached to it, but is most commonly known as the Chain Bridge. At the time of its construction, it was regarded as one of the modern world's engineering wonders. It has asserted an enormous significance in the country's economic, social and cultural life, much as the Brooklyn Bridge has in New York and United States of America.Its decorations made of cast iron, and its construction, radiating calm dignity and balance, have elevated the Chain Bridge to a high stature in Europe. It became a symbol of advancement, national awakening, and the linkage between East and West.

The bridge was designed by the English engineer William Tierney Clark in 1839, after Count István Széchenyi's initiative in the same year, with construction supervised locally by Scottish engineer Adam Clark (no relation). It is a larger scale version of William Tierney Clark's earlier Marlow Bridge, across the River Thames in Marlow, England.

It was funded to a considerable extent by the Greek merchant Georgios Sinas who had considerable financial and land interests in the city and whose name is inscribed on the base of the south western foundation of the bridge on the Buda side.

The bridge was opened in 1849, and thus became the first permanent bridge in the Hungarian capital, after the Hungarian Revolution of 1848. At the time, its center span of 202 metres (663 ft) was one of the largest in the world. The lions at each of the abutments were carved in stone by the sculptor, János Marschalkó. They are visibly similar in design to the famous bronze lions of Trafalgar Square by Edwin Henry Landseer with Marochetti (commissioned 1858, installed 1867), but they were earlier - installed 1852.They are also smaller (and appear from below to lack tongues). The bridge was given its current name in 1898.

It was designed in sections and shipped from the United Kingdom to Hungary for final construction.

The bridge's cast iron structure was updated and strengthened in 1914. In World War II, the bridge was severely damaged during the Siege of Budapest, and was rebuilt and reopened 1949.

In 2001, Hungarian stunt pilot Péter Besenyei flew upside down under the bridge, a maneuver that became a standard in Red Bull air races today. The bridge is featured in the 2002 movie I Spy. Also, in Katy Perry's music video Firework, it is featured at the beginning. The climax scene in Bollywood blockbuster Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam was shot on this bridge.

The inscription on each side of the bridge is to Clark Adam, a Hungarian name using Eastern Name Order, one of very few British names that have been placed in that order.

A plaque on the Pest side of the river reads "To commemorate the only two surviving bridges designed by William Tierney Clark: The Széchenyi Chain Bridge over the Danube at Budapest and the suspension bridge over the Thames at Marlow, England."

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From wikipedia

Published in Guide - Sightseeing
Thursday, 01 January 2015 09:52

Great Market Hall - Budapest

The Great Market Hall or Central Market Hall (Hungarian "Nagycsarnok") is the largest and oldest indoor market in Budapest, Hungary. The idea of building such large market hall arose from the first mayor of Budapest, Károly Kamermayer, and it was his largest investment. He retired in 1896 so when the building was completed, he participated in the opening ceremony as a citizen.

It is located at the end of the famous pedestrian shopping street Váci utca and on the Pest side of the Liberty bridge at Fővám square.

The building was designed and built by Samu Pecz around 1897.The market offers a huge variety of stalls on three floors. The entrance gate is with neogothic touch. A distinctive architectural feature is the roof which was restored to have colorful Zsolnay tiling from Pécs. The area size of the building is 10,000 square meters, which is covered by steel structure. During the World Wars it was completely damaged and then closed for some years. Throughout the 1990s restoration works brought back the market to its ancient splendour. The building was awarded with FIABCI Prix d’Excellence in 1999. The Central Market Hall is one of the most popular tourist attractions of the city.

Most of the stalls on the ground floor offer produce, meats, pastries, candies, spices, and spirits such as paprika, tokaji, túró rudi, and caviar. The second floor has mainly eateries and souvenirs. The lángos stand, which Rick Steves considers to be the best at the market, is located on this floor, serving the deep-fried snack lángos. The basement contains butcher shops, fish market, and pickles. Not only do they have traditional cucumber pickles, but they also offer pickled cauliflower, cabbage, beets, tomatoes, and garlic.

The market is closed on Sunday, opens at 6am on other days, and closes at 5pm Monday, 6pm Tue-Fri and 3pm Saturday.

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From Wikipedia

Published in Guide - Sightseeing
Thursday, 01 January 2015 19:48

Budapest Zoo & Botanical Garden

Hungarian name: Fővárosi Állat- és Növénykert

Location: Állatkerti körút 6-12, 14. district, City park, Budapest, Hungary (Millennium Underground Railway Széchenyi Baths Station)

Built: 1865-1866

Designed: Szkalnitzky Antal

Land area: 10.7 HA

Number of species: 900

Number of animals: 5000

The Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden is one of the oldest in the world with its almost 150 years of history. The first idea of the foundation dates back to 1820-30s but the 1848-49 Revolution and War of Independence and the era of Opression did not favour the idea of founding a zoo in Hungary. Finally, the initiation of a group of patriots took form in 1866 and the first Hungarian Zoo opened its gates to the sound of the midday bell on August 9th. Among the founding fathers were the geologist József Szabó, Ágoston Kubinyi, the Director of the National Museum, József Gerenday, the Director of the Botanical Garden of Budapest and most importantly János Xántus, a recognised zoologist,  ethnographer and the first director of the Budapest Zoo.

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Published in Guide - Sightseeing
Thursday, 01 January 2015 19:34

Buda Castle

Buda Castle (Hungarian: Budavári Palota, German: Burgpalast, Turkish: Budin Kalesi or Kızılhisar) is the historical castle and palace complex of the Hungarian kings in Budapest, and was first completed in 1265. In the past, it has been called Royal Palace (Hungarian: Királyi-palota) and Royal Castle (Hungarian: Királyi Vár, German: Königliche Burg).

Buda Castle was built on the southern tip of Castle Hill, bounded on the north by what is known as the Castle District (Várnegyed), which is famous for its Medieval, Baroque, and 19th-century houses, churches, and public buildings. It is linked to Clark Ádám Square and the Széchenyi Chain Bridge by the Castle Hill Funicular.

The castle is a part of the Budapest World Heritage Site, which was declared a Heritage Site in 1987.

The first royal residence on the Castle Hill was built by King Béla IV of Hungary between 1247 and 1265. It is uncertain whether it was situated on the southern tip of the hill or on the northern elevation, near the Kammerhof.

The oldest part of the present-day palace was built in the 14th century by Stephen, Duke of Slavonia, who was the younger brother of King Louis I of Hungary. Only the foundations remain of the castle keep, which was known as Stephen's Tower (Hungarian: István-torony). The Gothic palace of King Louis I was arranged around a narrow courtyard next to the keep.

King Sigismund significantly enlarged the palace and strengthened its fortifications. Sigismund, as a Holy Roman Emperor, needed a magnificent royal residence to express his prominence among the rulers of Europe. He chose Buda Castle as his main residence, and during his long reign it became probably the largest Gothic palace of the late Middle Ages. Buda was an important artistic centre of the International Gothic style.

Construction began in the 1410s and was largely finished in the 1420s, although some minor works continued until the death of the king in 1437. The palace was first mentioned in 1437, under the name "fricz palotha".

The most important part of Sigismund's palace was the northern wing, known as the Fresh Palace (Hun: Friss-palota). On the top floor was a large hall called the Roman Hall (70 × 20 m or 230 × 66 ft) with a carved wooden ceiling. Great windows and balconies faced toward the city of Buda. The façade of the palace was decorated with statues, a and coat-of-arms. In front stood the bronze equestrian statue of Sigismund, later repaired by King Matthias Corvinus.

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Published in Guide - Sightseeing
Thursday, 01 January 2015 11:51

Andrassy Avenue - Budapest

Andrássy Avenue is an iconic boulevard in Budapest. It links Erzsébet Square with the Városliget. Lined with spectacular Neo-renaissance mansions and townhouses featuring fine facades and interiors, it was recognised as a World Heritage Site in 2002. It is also one of Budapest's main shopping streets, with fine cafes, restaurants, theatres, and luxury boutiques.

Hungarian name: Andrássy út

Location: 6. district, Budapest between Erzsébet Square and Városliget (City Park) or Heroes sq.

Built: 1894-1896

Lenght: 2310 meters

Supporter of the plan: Gyula Andrássy

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