Some 50,000 visitors attended this month’s Budapest International Wine Festival in the Buda castle, thanks in part to a late spell of unseasonable sunshine sending temperatures into the 30s.
Pleasure-seekers will be spoilt for choice this weekend as over 1,000 buildings and sites will be opened for visitors in Budapest and across the country. During the Cultural Heritage Days (Kulturális Örökség Napjai) free guided tours and site inspections will be available at many places normally closed to the public, including several private houses, galleries, museums, synagogues, churches, municipal offices and public institutions.
Heroes’ Square is once more resonating to the sound of hooves as the yearly National Gallop (Nemzeti Vágta) takes over for four days of horse-riding entertainment until Sunday 18 September. Some 500 horses have taken up residence near the square and the 1956 memorial monument, and will be involved in a range of equestrian events including show jumping, a coach driving race, a polo match, free horse riding and a parade of Hussars.
Chinese fast-food restaurants, the Four Tigers market and myriad products in countless shops: many things and a lot of people in Budapest seem to be “made in China”. Some wonder where all the Chinese have suddenly come from, while others have been going to school with them, doing business with them or have been married to them for years. Nevertheless, the lack of knowledge about the immigrants from East Asia is great. The Hungarian and Chinese communities often live parallel to one another rather than together, a fact that easily gives rise to prejudice. To learn more about the Chinese minority in Hungary, Lisa Weil spoke to Tian Yang Zhang, one of the editors of the radio programme Csodálatos Mandarin on Tilos Rádió, and Dr. Gergely Salát, director of the centre for Modern China Research at the Confucius Institute of Eötvös Loránd University and the editor of Konfucius Krónika.
The international community came together on Friday 5 November to raise HUF 1.5 million (EUR 5,468) for charity – over twice the amount donated during the Bonfire Night charity event last year. Stephen Linfitt, the event organiser, took the occasion of the 10th anniversary of XpatLoop.com to put on the event for The Smiling Hospital Foundation. More than 250 people attended, including many distinguished locals, ministry officials and media personalities. ExpatsÂ including several ambassadors, senior diplomats, leading business figures and a whole variety of socialites all joined in the celebration.