Friday, 29 June 2007

bryan adams for free

every year, on the 30th of june, there is a big concert with an international star on the stage - for free, organised by t-mobile. the date is because their phone numbers begin with 06-30. (and hungarians write the dates like this: 2007. 06. 30. we mix up everything, like the names: surname first!)
this year that star will be bryan adams, the canadian singer, but i think that who will be the main reason of the crowd is rúzsa magdolna, last year's 'megastar' singer contest's winner. she participated this year in eurovision with this song. i like the most her performance with lajkó félix, a genious musician from last summer. this one was also amazing, a song from the serbian movie 'time of the gypsies'. she sings in hungarian and in serbian in this song, too, because she's from serbia's hungarian part.

the technical parts now:
the concert begins at 6 pm, and bryan adams probably will be on stage at 8.30.
the place is '56-osok tere (square of the 56-ers; map), you can get here by the yellow (#1) metro. just follow everybody. there will be some changes in the public transport, for example the yellow metro and the trams #1 and #6 will circulate until 00.30. and the crowd will be huge!

Monday, 25 June 2007

party people - zöld pardon

where to party on monday? well, i would recommend you zöld pardon (map and details) again. the concert is a lot of fun - if you speak hungarian. cause the sarcastic hip-hop band, the "belga" will be on scene from 8pm. but it's too early to party anyway, so you can catch the disco-part from 10pm. two stages, young boys and girl, what else do you want?
at this place tuesday is for rock, i'm not good in it, but the performer will be "guilty parties", a rage against the machine tribute band. enjoy, if you love this.
buuuut! on wednesday! the one and only "neo" will give the music under your feet. 8 pm again, don't miss it! an old but forever green song from them is "ranbo 13". they are in the electronic industry, as you can hear it.
thursday is also good, "heaven street seven", alternative soft indie or something like that, i'm really bad in these style-things, but whatever. i would recommend you the song "south america". you can come here if don't like kasabian. but if you do... man... then you should definitely go to the kasabian concert that time. but this deserves a new post. and i will tell you how to enjoy it if you don't have the money for the entrance ticket. stay tuned.

Friday, 22 June 2007

the market again

maybe you already noticed that i'm in love with our central market. i found a great post about it in english from my favourite gastro-blogger, chili and vanilia. she's an expert, beleive her.


love to bring things back home? love to shop clothes, shoes, etc.? you must buy the traditional tisza shoes. or a tisza shirt, vest, bag, purse or socks or...
it means much more for the hungarians than just a brand. tisza (second largest river in hungary) story begins somewhere in the first half of the 20th century. later, in the communist era it became a great succes. we got the order to produce shoes in the comecon, so we did. it was known all over the eastern side of the world. but you can read it on the homepage.
in the retro craze of late 90's it was renewed. now, it's a kind of alter's wear. say it: tea-sa-tzee-poe! you can be sure that these shoes wil be unique in your country.
the central shop is on the Astoria (map). there are two others in the pólus and westend malls and five in the countryside. their hompage is here:

Sunday, 17 June 2007

indian dance night

this will be the 12th indian dance night where you can party to the greatest indian top hits, known or unknown in europe. the entrance is free! the date is 21st of june, this thursday, from 9pm. the place is szilvuplé, 6th district, ó utca 33 (map).

Friday, 15 June 2007

night of museums

actully we don't have any live and traditional event or festival around summer solstice. yes, it's the day of St. John, but nothing extraordinary like in the mediterranean or scandinavian area.
some years back a great feast is organized every 23th of June. most of the museums open its gates at 6 pm and hold special performances, guidances, concertes, screenings till dawn. the official page is only in hungarian, so let me help you a bit.
you can reach some english program on the homepage of the museum. eg the national museum.
price of the ticket is 1 200 HUF (4,8 euros) . can be bought in the museums and also in BKV (transport co.) ticket offices. it is valid for all the museums and also for the bus connection (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th) between them. they go in every 10 mins.

Monday, 11 June 2007

hungarian facts 1.

i'm sure you know the prize-winner music video "karma police" from radiohead. but did you know, that the man running in front of the car is a hungarian actor, kovács lajos? i'm very proud of it (:

Saturday, 9 June 2007


blog-news: we put to the right side a calendar to make easier for you to find a programme for an exact date. just click to the link above the day, and you will see the details in a new window with a link to the post which is about this programme. use it!

alternative market

every second sunday of the month a special market is organised at szimpla kert (or mozi), which is a very cool bar - i can recommend it also for the nights. i think i will write a post about szimpla, too, but now just about the market.
you can bring here anything to sell, self-made clothes, bags and accessories, old books or bakelites, and beautiful bulgarian icons. and you can come here also to buy them.
all the stuff is very creative, cool and "alternatively trendy", if you know what i mean. and you can sit down, drink a cold beer or a hot cocoa from a traditional red-spotted cup. and use free wi-fi...

so the place: 7th district, kazinczy street 14 (map).
the time: 10th of june, sunday, 13:00-19:00

colors budapest hostel

good news if you come to budapest in june: colors budapest hostel has better prices than ever: only 12 euros with breakfast. i think this is the best price what you can find in the city in such a good location. see our post below about the details. you can reserve even for a big group, as it has 30 beds.

Thursday, 7 June 2007

Balkan Fanatik concert

the longest summer festival - this is the slogan of zöld pardon (green pardon), a nice open-air place next to the danube. there are live concerts every day from 20:00, and the entry fee is just 100 ft (0,4 eur)! after the concerts you can dance on two different dancefloors.
you already missed the best concert of the week, which was pál utcai fiúk (PUF), but maybe it's not very interesting for foreigners - they are already history, you know.
but i can recommend friday's balkan fanatik. they mix balkan and hungarian folk music with electronic styles, well it's quite interesting.

so, 8th of june, 20:00, zöld pardon, balkan fanatik (map).
you can get there by tram #4, 6, the stop is called "petőfi híd, budai hídfő", it's in the bank of the river, so you can sit down staring the water while you drink your cheap wine or beer before the concert.

Monday, 4 June 2007

Tunisian touristical days

life is always busy in the central market. this weekend tunisia will be the guest.
you can taste traditional food and drink, like fig-spirit, dates, olives, pastry and specialities of the arabic kitchen. you can learn a lot about their traditions, history, folklore. you can enjoy tunisian music and dance while you know more about water-pipes or henna-painting.

7th-9th of june
opening hours:
thursday and friday: 9.00-18.00
saturday: 9.00-14.00

Saturday, 2 June 2007

Athe Sam!

here we are! this is the meaning of the title, and this is the title of next week's gypsy art festival (4th-10th of june). the place is gödör klub (club 'hole') in the very center, erzsébet tér (just next to deák tér, where all the metro lines meet; map).

there will be many concerts, exhibitions, some cinema and theater during the week. the aim of the festival is not just entertaining, but to show everyone how talented they are.
my personal tip is váradi roma café (tuesday) with a special fusion of pop, jazz, funky and - of course - gypsy music; the number one szakcsi új magyar gypsy jazz (wednesday) with the world-famous szakcsi lakatos béla, and parno graszt (friday). i don't know them, but i'm really excited about their concert: brasilia essenthia from brasil! they play on saturday. these are just some names from the programme (unfortunately it's in hungarian, but just go to gödör klub any time during the week after 6 pm), but i'm sure that all of them will be an excellent show - from jazz to hip-hop.
the entry is free, the location is very nice in my favourite square with a lot of green and fountains, and if the weather is good, the concerts will be open-air until 10 pm.

indian film festival

tired in travelling? go in to the cinema. you can just catch the 4th indian film festival (June 1st-June 13th) in the weeny Örökmozgó (perpetual-motion machine) cinema just under the trees of the ringroad. they have pretty good at filmfests. this one is organized by the Indian Embassy and the Hungarian National Film Archive in the occasion of the 60th anniversary of India's independence. you can see movies made from 1946 to 2003 (many of them with english dialogue or subtitles).
what we found with english subtitles:
Pather Panchali (Song of the Road) (1955), 3rd of june, sunday, 18:30
Konikar Ramdhenu (Ride on the Rainbow) (2003), 3rd of june, sunday, 20:30Antareen (The Confined) (1993), 5th of june, tuesday, 20:30
Apur Sansar (The World of Apu) (1959), 6th of june, wednesday, 18:30
Pyaasa (Eternal Thirst) (1957), 8th of june, friday, 19:00
1942: A Love Story (1994), 9th of june, saturday, 16:30
Komal Gandhar (A Soft Note on a Sharp Scale) (1961), 9th of june, saturday, 20:00
Kannathil muthamittal (A Peck on the Cheek) (2002), 10th of june, sunday, 20:00
Ganashatru (An Enemy of the People) (1989), 13th of june, wednesday, 20:30

and two with french subtitles:
Amma Ariyan (Report to Mother) (1986), 6th of june, wednesday, 20:30
Mukha Mukham (Face to Face) (1984), 12th of june, tuesday, 20:30

the tickets cost 500-800 Ft (2-3 eur). the address is Erzsébet krt. 39 (map).