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A year in the spotlight

The European Capital of Culture 2019 is up and running at Plovdiv in Bulgaria after a lavish January 12 opening ceremony featuring a specially designed…

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On the up and up from Down Under

It shouldn’t take long before guests at Budapest’s Adina Apartment Hotel begin to notice that there is something distinctly Australian about the place. The two…

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Green cuisine, red tractor

Organic is in – and not only on the shelves of grocery markets. More and more guests are hop-ing that food from organic and sustainable…

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Five places where smooth temptation awaits

Christmastime is just over, and while different people prefer very different presents under the fes-tive tree, there is one that almost always finds its way…

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New year, new local

The lads have bought a bar. A neighbourhood joint in District IX. I was surprised. They’ve put in their time as punters in hostelries around…

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The 'best Abba since Abba'

The Show: A Tribute to Abba has two elements to make it one of the leading copycats of the world-topping but long-gone pop group –…

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From luxury to decay – a landmark’s fall

Citizens stood to watch as the Corvin department store’s aluminium cover was removed at Blaha Lujza Square in mid-2018. The historical façade, which once housed…

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How Austria-Hungary contributed to the dream factory

“It’s not enough to be Hungarian, you need to be talented too.” This quote decorated the walls of one of the most famous Hollywood studios…

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New terminal among plans

Double-digit passenger traffic growth in 2018 saw some 14.9 million passengers at Budapest Airport, making it the fastest-growing airport in the Central Eastern European region….

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City 'destruction would end'

The opposition Socialists’ candidate for Budapest mayor Csaba Horváth has announced his programme, promising to address the city’s main problem which he defined as a…

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Sargentini blasts Fidesz 'danger'

Dutch Green MEP Judith Sargentini, author of a report critical of the state of the rule of law in Hungary approved by the European Parliament…

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Demonstrators make demands

Opposition MPs attended a demonstration outside Parliament and the public media headquarters in Budapest in mid-December, calling for a “free and independent public media” as…

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End migration once and for all: PM

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has said Hungary’s goal is to have “anti-immigration forces” in the majority in every European Union institution. Hungary wants to see…

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The brief history of the month (2018. January)

Presenting in one concise package the month’s most important and fascinating national stories, whether they be economic, political, cultural, sporting or among the hundreds of…

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31 million Indians represent their country abroad

Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of India, was famously photographed using a charkha, a portable hand-cranked wheel ideal for spinning cotton and other fine short-staple fibres….

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Immerse yourself in one of the biggest religious gatherings ever

Kumbh Mela, also called Kumbha Mela, is a religious festival that is celebrated four times over the course of 12 years, with the site of…

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Deadly, perhaps, but 1960s Paris is still a good place to be

There’s a comforting familiarity in settling down to the latest “Maigret”. Not unusually, this one opens at 1am and the Detective Chief Inspector and his…

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Brexit and beyond

British Ambassador to Hungary Iain Lindsay and a senior official of the Hungarian Government will update UK nationals living and working in Budapest and elsewhere…

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The gift of art

Nothing makes me feel more “of” a place than running into someone I know on the street. That sense of knowing someone from somewhere else…

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Gourmet canteen in the sausage factory

The salamis and sausage specialties manufactured by House Pick are known and loved by meat lovers not only in Hungary but in all Europe and…

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Tapas from the Near-East

Similarly as the French cuisine in Europe, the Lebanese cuisine is the gourmet cuisine of the Arabian world: it unites the various aromas, spices and…

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Empowering the world’s indigenous people

The annual Verzio International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival held in Budapest generally focuses on various human rights issues. This year, from 6-11 November, part…

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From uncool to hot

English singer-songwriter Tom Odell released his debut extended play “Songs From Another Love” in 2012 and it immediately won the BRITs Critics’ Choice Award. And…

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Mystery in the graveyard

It was by remarkable chance that friend and TV journalist Michael Dankanych, an Uzhgorodian, came by a grave and headstone belonging to an Elise Windsor…

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Yesteryear spirit in leafy Zugló

Although passably central, as shown by the yellow number 1 metro line end-stop at Mexikói út, Zugló is a quiet residential hub, situated behind and…

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New setting for old masters

It’s taken three years, but finally Budapest’s Museum of Fine Arts has just reopened after a comprehensive overhaul of the building and the stellar collection…

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'Everyone needs their own time and their own story'

Nóra Soós and Márton Győri have known and loved each other for about 20 years. We visited the married couple at their workshop at the…

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Figyelő firmly rejects accusations of anti-Semitism

The Figyelő editorial staff has faced numerous unfounded attacks since we drew attention in our printed edition to the confusing circumstances surrounding a project of…

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Sweep away tired MEPs: PM

New blood is needed in the European Parliament, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has said ahead of the European parliamentary elections in May 2019. “I can…

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'Dark day' for Europe, Hungary

Budapest’s Central European University (CEU) will launch all US-accredited degree programs in Vienna in September 2019, the university has announced. CEU said it was making…

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The brief history of the month (2018. December)

Presenting in one concise package the month’s most important and fascinating national stories, whether they be economic, political, cultural, sporting or among the hundreds of…

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Russia “plotting chemical attack” in Donbas

A group of Russian specialists in the field of chemical warfare agents and toxic substances arrived in the occupied Donbas in mid-December, according to Ukrainian…

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Hungary to further develop economic relations with Shaanxi province

Hungary is open to developing bilateral trade and investment ties with Shaanxi province in China, the secretary for financial affairs said on 13 December after…

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China allocated 700 million yuan over 8 years to help other countries cope with climate change

The Chinese government has spent a total of 700 million yuan (nearly $102 million) to assist other countries in coping with climate change since 2011,…

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Asian economy gains ADB outlook

Backed by robust domestic demand, developing Asia continues to weather external headwinds, according to the latest report of The Asian Development Outlook. Powered by WPeMatico

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Why is China laying importance on cash payment as e-payment develops?

Mobile payment in China is developing rapidly and becoming a mainstream payment method in urban areas. Even foreigners are surprised by the fact that smart…

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China to raise over half of impoverished counties out of poverty by year’s end

More than 700 million Chinese farmers have been lifted out of dire poverty over the last 40 years, according to China’s State Council Information Office…

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Culture, history ‘Together’ at Plovdiv in 2019

It was 2007 when Bulgaria joined the European Union, and so now a 12-year wait is over for one of its cities to become the…

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On course for learning in India

The Embassy of India in Hungary has held its annual celebration of the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) Programme, which allows people from partner…

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Independence of 1878 celebrated

Qatar’s Ambassador to Hungary, Mohamad Bin Hamad Mubarak al-Halifa, has hosted a National Day celebration commemorating the coming to power of His Highness Sheikh Jassim…

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‘Friend’ Hungary needs occasional reminder: ambassador

United States Ambassador to Hungary David B. Cornstein has said that under his belief it is his duty to point out to friends that they…

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New Emperor, new era for Japan

Japan’s Ambassador to Hungary, Sato Kuni, told guests at the Emperor’s Birthday Reception in Budapest on 11 December 2018 that it was the last such…

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Latest expansion taking Australian group into Munich

Australian company TFE Hotels will add to its European portfolio of 11 properties in 2020 when the Adina Apartment Hotel in Munich opens. TFE Hotels…

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It's no longer “change at the Ukrainian border”, it's now “change at Mukachevo”

Despite recent and precarious Hungarian-Ukrainian relations, I sensed both a new dawn and seasonal cheer while witnessing the “exclusive premiere” of the Budapest to Mukachevo…

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Thai reception

On the occasion of the National Day of Kingdom of Thailand,H.E. Jakkrit Srivali and Ms. Chitnapa Hui held a midday reception at the Museum of…

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Ballet and brunch

This year’s InterContinental® Christmas and Advent offering continues the “Nutcracker” theme of December 2017 but adds something extra: diners at the Advent Sunday Brunches and…

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Sleep then fly, fly then sleep

Never again, never ever again, we said, after crawling out of bed at 3am and gloomily standing in the wintery District II street half an…

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Let there be light, and more

Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest has published its 2018 Christmas and New Year’s Eve programme. The upcoming festive season’s offering features ÉS Bisztró and its seasonal…

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Clarke misses the mark

A bit of an odd thing happened with us and John Cooper Clarke in the early 1980s. Your Budapest Times correspondent was then living in…

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Russia 'seized our naval vessels'

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine has made a strong protest to the Russian Federation over the armed attack and capture of the Ukrainian…

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Diva’s exile in Brazil shown via photos, documents, film

Budapest’s Ani Molnár Gallery has announced that in the presentation of the gallery, Péter Forgács’s video received the Acquisition Award 2018 at the currently running…

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Conversations through a camera

“Am I sorry? Or should I be sorry? I don’t know. I don’t believe so. I don’t know what I believe. I don’t know what…

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Pro-immigration forces look upon European institutions as transport agencies: PM

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V4 can play big role in EU reforms, says house speaker

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Pension bond could be priced similarly to baby bonds

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Albanians celebrate independence, national hero

The 106th anniversary of Albania’s Declaration of Independence from the Ottoman Empire on 28 November 1912 was celebrated in a National Day event in Budapest’s…

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Brushing away stress and depression

When he wasn’t fighting the fascist forces of evil in a world war, seeing active service with courage and distinction in the British Army, winning…

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Airlines bring an end to free in-flight meals

A few Chinese airlines have recently announced an end to free meals onboard, with Tianjin Airlines making up the list. Powered by WPeMatico

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Shanghai to create better environment for privately-owned companies

Shanghai mayor Ying Yong has pledged support to private enterprises, and introduced several measures to boost the healthy development of the private sector. Powered by…

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59-year-old gives birth after losing only child

With her husband standing beside her, 59-year-old Guo holds her 25-day-old baby in a maternity center on November 10 in Wuhan, Central China’s Hubei Province….

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Piling on the agony for the ambassador

On November 15, 2017, The Budapest Times attended the local Republic Day celebration of the 34th anniversary of the establishment of the Turkish Republic of…

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Engineering a success

They glow in delicate raspberry pink, pistachio green or blueberry violet, and they are decorated with animal faces or flowers – the sweet pastries of…

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Save this man

In 2013, when the Hungarian government first criminalised homelessness, the BBC reported figures from the civic group the City Belongs to Everyone estimating that 10,000…

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'I am just going outside and may be some time'

Armchair adventurers can make a cup of tea and settle back to experience vicarious thrill after vicarious thrill in open-mouthed astonishment as Brits and Norwegians…

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Healthy joys in Buda’s newest breakfast bar

Dieting consciously is becoming increasingly popular in Hungary too. And while most people find it easy to eat healthy foods at home, they quickly lose…

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Only hearts will melt

Get ready to enter a winter wonderland featuring the most magical moments from across the kingdom in “Disney on Ice presents Magical Ice Festival”, an…

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US should respect, support all countries' choice of path: Chinese foreign ministry

China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said China always maintains that all countries should respect each others’ sovereignty and territorial integrity, non-aggression and non-interference in…

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'Chinese opening police station in South Africa' verified as a fake story

News that circulated on social media claiming that China is opening a police station in South Africa was debunked as false. Powered by WPeMatico

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Xi to address APEC summit with regional focus

Chinese President Xi Jinping is to pay state visits to Papua New Guinea, Brunei, and the Philippines from Nov. 15 to 21, and will attend…

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Xinjiang is an epitome of China's tremendous changes

In 1988, I flew to Urumqi airport aboard the Ilyushin IL-96 airliner at dusk. The terminal was like a steamer since there was no air…

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Airlines spread their wings

Airlines are announcing new flights from Budapest one after the other for the winter schedule period, and two carriers have already disclosed new destinations to…

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Lords of the airwaves

For those not familiar, or for those who need reminding, “You Rang, M’Lord?”, or “Csengetett, Mylord?” as it is known in Hungarian, is a splendid,…

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Tildy Palace has its secrets

Like many of the luxurious buildings in Budapest that are now residences or embassies of countries with diplomatic ties to Hungary, the Argentinian residence at…

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Orbán advocates strengthening China-CEE ties at central bank governors' meeting

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán attended a meeting of central bank governors of China and the 16 countries of central and eastern Europe. In his address…

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China's SOEs undertake over 3,000 Belt and Road projects

China’s central state-owned enterprises account for half of infrastructure projects started or scheduled to start. Powered by WPeMatico

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Restorer brings frescoes back to life

Li Xiaoyang says he’s been engrossed in fresco restoration since childhood, thanks to his family. Li’s grandfather Li Yunhe is a well-known fresco restorer in…

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All Hungarians should do sports

A former world-class swimmer, Tünde Szabó has been leading the State Secretariat for Sports within the Ministry of Social Affairs. The Budapest Times sat down…

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Explore International MBA or Masters Programmes Personally

Top international business schools and universities meet prospective English-speaking applicants in uniquely personalised educational One-to-One event and Open Fair in Budapest on 3rd and 4th…

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Mayor to seek third term

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has asked the incumbent mayor of Budapest, István Tarlós, to run for a third consecutive term in next year’s local government…

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Optimism ‘broad-based’

The European Commission has raised its projections for Hungary’s GDP this year and next to 4.3 percent and 3.4 percent, respectively, in its biannual forecast….

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Nations or nothing: Orbán

Without its nations, Europe would lose its spiritual and cultural identity, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has told a European People’s Party (EPP) congress in Helsinki….

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The brief history of the month (November)

Presenting in one concise package the month’s most important and fascinating national stories, whether they be economic, political, cultural, sporting or among the hundreds of…

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The great man blows his top

Regular readers of the “Maigret” books well know that their hero can be a grumpy old devil, chewing on his pipe and chewing out his…

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Ladies in the limelight, ladies in the moonlight

Still today, ladies are always behind men in life, while conversely it remains true that there’s a strong woman behind every man, says art curator…

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Brighter times ahead for children in need

The Xpat Charity Party “Fireworks Night” at Budapest’s Marriott Hotel on October 27 raised HUF 4.5 million to support under-privileged Hungarian children via three organisations:…

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Key to the Quai des Orfevres

In 1949, after he had written another 28 “Maigret” novels since the first one in 1931, Belgian author Georges Simenon suddenly wound back the clock…

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Growing global hostility ‘corroding public discourse’

With funerals being held this week for the 11 worshippers shot dead at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on 27 October 2018,…

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Great journey to a glorious future: Erdoğan

The 95th anniversary of the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey was celebrated with a reception at the Hungarian Heritage House in Budapest’s District I…

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News may be fake but blood is real

Disinformation and fake news generated by Russia to mask its meddling in other countries’ affairs was the topic when the Ukraine, Canada, United Kingdom and…

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Real people, places and events

This year’s Taiwan Dox festival sees the event enter its fourth year, and the 2018 selection focuses on ancient culture, the unprocessed past, women’s fates,…

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Beyond imagining

John Lennon was a man in millions. Even in exalted company his name came first: John, Paul, George and Ringo; Lennon-McCartney. Post-Beatles, his solo career…

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Feel good, do good

Under-privileged children will again benefit from this year’s Xpat Party for Charity at the Budapest Marriott Ballroom on October 27, with a target of topping…

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Off to fight the Russian monster

After civil unrest broke out in Ukraine in late 2013, Russia seized the opportunity to begin military intervention in eastern Ukraine and then annex Crimea…

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Imagine no ‘Imagine’

There is “Imagine” the song, recorded by John Lennon in May 1971 and which, almost ever since, is rarely mentioned without the words “iconic” or…

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Scream, Shout

I’ve had a string of bad news lately. Death and dying are featuring heavily in my conversations. Death notices are more frequent than marriage announcements…

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Why wander into foreign kitchens?

Wherever Krisztián Huszár swings his wooden spoon, the gourmets fall to his feet. The rock-star chef with the striking dreadlocks is one of the most…

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Colossus steers into the future

There is hardly anyone who does not know this restaurant: the Gundel on the edge of Budapest’s City Park has been a shining star in…

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New rabbi after 350 years

When a friend of mine recently told me that we would meet the following week during the synagogue and rabbi dedication in the Castle District,…

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Meeting of giants

Sziget is Europe’s most diverse festival and the fifth-biggest in the world. So what better platform for the biggest-selling artist on the planet to take…

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They’ll make you wish you had been there

Brit Floyd, who describe themselves as the world’s greatest Pink Floyd tribute show, is returning to the stage for a special 45th anniversary retrospective of…

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One expelled, two quit Jobbik

The parliamentary group of conservative opposition Jobbik has expelled János Volner, one of the party’s deputy leaders, after he sent a letter to Jobbik’s grassroots…

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No milk, no honey: EU cannot heal Europe

Sixty years ago, in 1958, Pál Maléter, who was Hungary’s Minister of Defence during the 1956 Uprising, was executed (with many others). His story reflects…

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Diplomatic row escalates

Hungary is expelling a Ukrainian consul in retaliation against Ukraine’s expulsion of a Hungarian consul, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó announced after Ukraine’s foreign ministry declared…

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Orbán on guard duty

The Hungarian government will not give up its right to control the country’s borders, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in his address at the opening…

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Life in the multiverse

Asterion project Theatre in English is a professional company and it will present “Constellations” by English playwright Nick Payne at Fém Arts & Café, Váci…

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The brief history of the month (Octorber)

Presenting in one concise package the month’s most important and fascinating national stories, whether they be economic, political, cultural, sporting or among the hundreds of…

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Making a monkey of Trump, and more

The Budapest Times dutifully pays a visit to the World Press Photo Exhibition when it is in town each year, and, as always, it confirms…

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Bringing freshness to European and global scene

Art Market Budapest was established in 2011 as an international contemporary art fair, and the latest edition will be at Millenáris cultural and convention centre…

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From a home lost to a place in the world community

Sixty-eight of Latvia’s museums contributed to the exhibition Latvia’s Century, which has been on display in the country’s National History Museum in the capital, Riga,…

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Tributes to Mahatma Gandhi

The Embassy of India in Budapest celebrated the 150th birth anniversary of Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi on 2 October 2018 with a double…

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Supping with ghosts of Freud, Mozart

The Kaffeehäuser are said to be the public living rooms of Vienna. The home of Mozart, Klimt and Freud is as famed for its coffee…

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A year learning in the United States

United States Ambassador to Hungary David B. Cornstein has announced that the US Government’s successful Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) program is now accepting applications from…

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Raised Concerns about the future of the leadership in the polisario

In Algiers, the mobilization of the presidency and intelligence services is at its peak. And the reason is that the health of Brahim Ghali, the…

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A history of destruction and recovery

On one of our visits to Vienna this year, The Budapest Times stayed in Leopoldstadt, which is considered a Jewish area. Orthodox Jewish men were…

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Three days of Mexico mood

Mexican colours, lights, shapes, moods and flavours are being celebrated with a festival all along District XI’s Bartók Béla út this Friday, Saturday and Sunday,…

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A Scottish man walked out of a bar…

Bring up the topic of football stadiums in Hungary and you’re guaranteed eyes will roll. So many have been built in recent years it’s laughable….

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Choir adds its voices to improving relations

With 19 ladies and seven men in its ranks, the Othello Polyphonic Choir has chosen an appropriate name for itself. Not that anybody in the…

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South Italian cuisine in style

Authentic ingredients, authentic staff, authentic atmosphere – that’s what most want an Italian place to feel like. There is now such a place right in…

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Cameraman on the battlefields

The Hungarian Museum of Photography in Kecskemét is exhibiting Hungarian-American photographer Laszlo Kondor’s images taken during the Vietnam War between 1969 and 1972, when he…

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Eyes glued to the screen

The Szemrevaló / Sehenswert (Hungarian and German for “Eyeful”) Film Festival presents films from German-speaking countries in Budapest for the seventh time from September 27-October…

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