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Mariana Bíró and Sándor Rácz

Hungarian-Argentine Inventor Remembered

Jun 18, 2019

The world’s probably most commonly used tool is the ballpoint pen. Its commercially successful version was invented by a Hungarian, László Bíró, who was born 120 years ago in Budapest. He patented the first modern ballpoint pen in Paris in 1938. Five years later, he fled the Nazis with his brother, moving to Argentina in […]

Vanessa Mae Budapest

Moving Mountains with Music

Vanessa-Mae made Guinness World Record by becoming the youngest soloist to record both the Beethoven and Tchaikovsky violin concertos at the age of 13. Over the years, her conservative classical style gave way to a more modern outlook and she developed her own crossover style – something she will demonstrate in Budapest during her upcoming […]

Indian yoga teacher Ankita Sood and India's Ambassador to Hungary

India Festival and Yoga Day

Jun 11, 2018

The Ganga-Danube Indian Cultural Festival, combined with the International Day of Yoga, takes place this year in Hungary on June 23-24. Diplomacy&Trade has talked to Indian Ambassador Rahul Chhabra as well as a yoga teacher from India, Ankita Sood.

Trombone player Márk Beke | Zoltán Balogh /MTI

Virtuosos: absolute winner 2018

Jun 8, 2018

Trombone player Márk Beke was voted by the viewers of the Hungarian public service channels Duna Television and M5 as the absolute winner in the final of the fourth series of the classical music talent show 'Virtuosos'.

Festive Budapest Book Week 2018 | Noémi Bruzák /MTI

Festive Book Week kicks off in Budapest

Jun 7, 2018

Festive Book Week, the biggest celebration of contemporary Hungarian literature is being held for the 89th time this year (June 7-11). It was opened at Vörösmarty Square in downtown Budapest but satellite events are organized throughout the country.

| Dávid Harangozó

Italian Festival - for the 4th time

May 30, 2018

It is the fourth time that the Italian Festival takes place – until June 16 – organized by ICE – Italian Trade Agency with the patronage of the Italian Embassy and in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute and the Italian Chamber of Commerce for Hungary.

André van Lier`s abstract art on display | Royal Dutch Embassy

Dutch exhibition opens in Budapest

May 4, 2018

Parallels sculpture/object - an exhibition by Dutch fine artist André van Lier opened this Thursday evening in the Saxon Art Gallery in the Hungarian capital. The exhibition can be viewed every Thursday and Friday afternoon until July 6.

Professor Gábor Klaniczay | Central European University

Hungarian professor elected to US academy

Apr 20, 2018

Budapest-based Central European University (CEU) has announced that University Professor Gábor Klaniczay, founding faculty of the Department of Medieval Studies, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Pocket book ATM in Budapest | Balázs Mohai /MTI

Pocket book dispensers in Budapest

Apr 11, 2018

April 11 is the Day of Poetry in Hungary in commemoration of the great 20th century poet Attila József who was born on this day in 1905. This year, a pocket book ATM was put in operation in the capital to encourage people to read more literature.

Hungarian film director Ildikó Enyedi at the International Film Festival Thessaloniki. | Paul Katzenberger /Wikimedia

Hungarian director to receive lifetime achievement award

Apr 9, 2018

Hungarian movie director Ildikó Enyedi, whose recent film, 'On Body and Soul' was shortlisted for the Academy Award in the best foreign language film category, is to receive a lifetime award at the 'Festival del cinema europeo' in Lecce Italy this Tuesday.

Hungarian conductor Ádám Fischer | Nikolaj Lund/

Hungarian conductor shares prize with former Beatle

Feb 16, 2018

Hungarian conductor Ádám Fischer has been named – along with former Beatle Paul McCartney – as the recipient of Israel’s prestigious Wolf Prize in the music category for being “an inspirational conductor and eloquent defender of human rights,”

| Mozinet

Hungarian movie nominated for Oscar

Jan 23, 2018

The Hungarian movie 'On body and soul' has been shortlisted to be among the top five productions nominated for Academy Award in the best Foreign Language Film category. This is the tenth Academy Award nomination for Hungary in this category.

Clown welcomes kids at the Budapest Circus Festival | Tamás Kovács /MTI

International circus festival in Budapest

Jan 11, 2018

Great talents from all over the world have gathered in the Hungarian capital for an exciting and inspiring competition at the 12th Budapest Circus Festival. It is a festive year of the 250th anniversary of the birth of the modern circus art in Europe.

Gergõ Bárdi in a scene from the Hungarian short film 'Long way home' |

Hungarian movie recognized at LA Film Awards

Jan 3, 2018

The Hungarian short film 'Long way home' has received the 'Best Picture' title at the latest Los Angeles Film Awards. Directed Sándor Gál, the production was also named as the 'Best narrative short' film at the competition.

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