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Travel Exhibition 2020

2020. Feb 27 – Mar 1

Hungary’s number one tourism fair welcomes industry professionals and the public alike between 27 February and 1 March at the Hungexpo Centre. Over 250 exhibitors represent 40 countries, with Italy the foreign guest of honour, Eger the Hungarian. Apart from the traditional tourist agencies, there will be bloggers and experienced travellers to provide valuable insight, while the stage will be filled with a variety of shows, performances, music and dance.

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Coronavirus chaos in China’s sporting calendar

China has been forced to cancel or put off a host of sporting events due to the coronavirus epidemic, from suspending all football in the country to postponing the first badminton tournament of the 2020 world tour season.

The world’s most populous country has increasingly become a powerhouse in hosting international sport in recent years but has had its sporting calendar for the year thrown into chaos.

Here is a wrap-up of events already affected and those at threat:

– Cancelled, postponed or moved –

— Football: China on Thursday suspended all domestic football and postponed indefinitely the top-flight Chinese Super League season kick-off due on February 22 in order to “carry out prevention and control of the pneumonia epidemic,” said the Chinese Football Association.

— Athletics: The World Indoor Championships, scheduled for Nanjing from March 13-15, were postponed for a year. “It is with regret that we have agreed with the organisers … to postpone the event to March 2021,” the sport’s governing body said in a statement Wednesday.

— Football: The Asian Football Confederation announced Wednesday that home Champions League group stage games featuring four Chinese clubs would be switched to away fixtures for the first three match days in February and March. A decision on venues for each club’s three home group matches will be made at a later date.

— Women’s football: A women’s Olympics qualifying event between China, Taiwan, Thailand and Australia scheduled from February 3-9 in Wuhan, the disease epicentre, was moved initially to Nanjing then to Sydney. The China women’s football team were quarantined in a Brisbane hotel on Wednesday after arriving in Australia for the tournament.

— Boxing: A qualification event for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics initially scheduled from February 3-14 in Wuhan was rescheduled for Amman in Jordan from March 3-11.

— Women’s basketball: Another Olympic qualifying tournament, a four-team battle for three Tokyo places between China, Great Britain, Spain and South Korea was moved on Monday from Foshan, in southern China, to Belgrade where it will run alongside another four-team group on February 6-9.

— Aquatics: The Chinese leg of the Diving World Series, scheduled for March 7-9 in Beijing, “has been cancelled,” Cornel Marculescu, president of the international swimming federation, told AFP on Monday. He said the World Series of synchronised swimming, scheduled for Suzhou from April 23-25, was also in question.

— Cycling: The Tour of Hainan, due to be promoted to the second-tier ProSeries this year, was scheduled from February 23 to March 1 on the southern island of Hainan. It has been cancelled “due to the health situation in the country”, the International Cycling Union said on Monday but could be rescheduled later in 2020.

— Skiing: Men’s World Cup races set for February 15 and 16 in the Chinese resort of Yanqing, the first test events for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, were cancelled and shifted Thursday to Saalbach-Hinterglemm in Austria on February 13 and 14.

— Golf: The LPGA on Thursday cancelled the 2020 Blue Bay tournament scheduled for March 5-8 on Hainan island.

— Snooker: The China Open in Beijing, set for March 30-April 5, was postponed on Friday.

— Badminton: The China Masters tournament from February 25 to March 1 was postponed on Saturday. Several players had already withdrawn. Organisers said the Asia Championships in Wuhan scheduled for April may also be disrupted.

– Under threat –

— Formula One: The Chinese Grand Prix race weekend is scheduled for Shanghai from April 17-19, an event that attracts tens of thousands of fans. Governing body the FIA has said it will monitor the situation closely.

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World champion Lewis Hamilton waves to fans at the Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai last year, but this year’s race is under threat from the deadly virus sweeping China

— Formula E: The electric car racing series is also due to stage a race in China, on March 21 on the southern island of Hainan. Organisers said they would monitor developments on a daily basis.

— Football: China is due to host the Maldives in a World Cup qualifying match on March 26 and travel to Guam for another on March 31 and said despite the postponement of all domestic football any decision on international fixtures would be made at a later date.

— Wrestling: The Asian Olympic qualifying tournament scheduled for March 27-29 in Xi’an could be cancelled. The International Wrestling Federation told AFP on Monday that it would take a decision within 15 days.

— Sport conference: The SportAccord annual convention, which brings together the presidents of the major international sports federations and the heads of the Olympic movement, including IOC President Thomas Bach, is due to take place in Beijing from April 19-24. SportAccord said it would follow the recommendations of the Chinese authorities and the WHO concerning travel.

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Budapest Black Food Festival, 21 March

The Black Food Festival, a project started by Hungarian food enthusiasts, is on an astonishing international tour and is now coming back to Budapest.

The Black Food Festival is about unusual, dark and black food and drinks – and so much more: the culture of the colour black, creativity, and openness. Black design and fashion items, dark music, an alternative atmosphere… Dark souls, you beautiful goth people – it’s your turn now.

The international tour kicked off in Berlin. The next stops were Tel Aviv and Helsinki. With a bold move, the festival was then taken to New York – where it took Brooklyn by storm.

It seems the concept is wildly popular in all kinds of cultures, as the next venues were Istanbul and London. Then, astoundingly, the festival made its way to Nairobi in Kenya – one of the most open and rapidly developing countries in Africa.

The concept can be adapted; the first franchise event was in Tallinn – with 4,000 guests, no less.

So the good news is that the festival is coming back to Budapest on a Saturday , 21 March. Guests can taste black ice cream, black cakes, savoury dishes, vegan, sugar-free, lactose-free and gluten-free dishes, and various kinds of street food.

As it is also international French Macaron Day, expect a wide assortment of dark macarons. Get ready for some major surprises, too: black cocktails with real locusts, and special, rarely seen dark fruits and vegetables.

A panel of expert judges will choose the most delicious food and drink, and hand out the Black Food of the Year and the Black Drink of the Year Awards.

Find the tickets here.

Tickets:
HUF 1,500 / 1,800

Date and time:
Saturday, 21 March, 1 pm – 8 pm

Venue: 
OFF Kultur Hungary
1045 Budapest, Berni utca 1.

More: 
blackfoodfest.com

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GT Champions at Hungaroring

The next race of the Blancpain GT World Challenge Europe season held at Hungaroring.
The weekend was all about.
Raffaele Marciello and Vincent Abril, who finished first place on both qualifying and standing at the top of the podium after the two races. This excellent performance earn them enough points for the #88 AKKA ASP Mercedes-AMG duo to be on the third place overall, after fallen out at  Nürburgring.
The Hungarian visitors enjoyed every minutes of the show. The open hour at the boxes resulted massive tumult ahead of each teams and the open podium above the boxes were full of people who enjoyed the performance of the mechanics during the wheel changes.
The overall champions were crowned in Hungary, as were class title-winners in Pro-Am and Silver Cup.
Raffaele Marciello and Vincent Abril delivered a spectacular showing in Hungary. It was not enough to earn them the title – they had fallen out of contention at the Nürburgring – but a brace of pole-to-victory performances ensured the #88 AKKA ASP Mercedes-AMG duo third in the standings.
FFF’s secret weapon was the incredible work of their pit crew, who frequently gained significant time for the #563 Lamborghini.
Andrea Caldarelli and Marco Mapelli emerged victorious at the top of the overall standings, with the #563 Orange1 FFF Racing Lamborghini crew edging Luca Stolz and Maro Engel (#4 Black Falcon Mercedes-AMG) by the smallest possible margin. As has become the norm in sprint racing, the title remained in the balance until the chequered flag flew.
The #63 Grasser Racing Lamborghini took six podiums this term – four of them runner-up finishes – without winning a race. In fact, Mirko Bortolotti and Christian Engelhart were among the top-three finishers in five of the last six contests, helping to ensure that a Lamborghini crew stood on the podium 10 times from 10 races.
A total of 19 drivers finished on the overall podium this season.
The final race to be held at Barcelona on 28th September will decide the final order of the championship.

The next race of the Blancpain GT World Challenge Europe season held at Hungaroring. The weekend was all about
Raffaele Marciello and Vincent Abril, who finished first place on both qualifying and standing at the top of the podium after the two races. This excellent performance earn them enough points for the #88 AKKA ASP Mercedes-AMG duo to be on the third place overall, after fallen out at Nürburgring.
The Hungarian visitors enjoyed every minutes of the show. The open hour at the boxes resulted massive tumult ahead of each teams and the open podium above the boxes were full of people who enjoyed the performance of the mechanics during the wheel changes.

The overall champions were crowned in Hungary, as were class title-winners in Pro-Am and Silver Cup.

Raffaele Marciello and Vincent Abril delivered a spectacular showing in Hungary. It was not enough to earn them the title – they had fallen out of contention at the Nürburgring – but a brace of pole-to-victory performances ensured the #88 AKKA ASP Mercedes-AMG duo third in the standings.
FFF’s secret weapon was the incredible work of their pit crew, who frequently gained significant time for the #563 Lamborghini.

Andrea Caldarelli and Marco Mapelli emerged victorious at the top of the overall standings, with the #563 Orange1 FFF Racing Lamborghini crew edging Luca Stolz and Maro Engel (#4 Black Falcon Mercedes-AMG) by the smallest possible margin. As has become the norm in sprint racing, the title remained in the balance until the chequered flag flew.

The #63 Grasser Racing Lamborghini took six podiums this term – four of them runner-up finishes – without winning a race. In fact, Mirko Bortolotti and Christian Engelhart were among the top-three finishers in five of the last six contests, helping to ensure that a Lamborghini crew stood on the podium 10 times from 10 races.

A total of 19 drivers finished on the overall podium this season.

The final race to be held at Barcelona on 28th September will decide the final order of the championship.

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On this weekend: Cross-Balaton Swimming 2019!

This year the annual big swim across Balaton will be organized on this Saturday 29 June.

in 2018, more than 7,300 people participated, swimming the 5.2 kilometre distance between Révfülöp in the north and Balatonboglár on the southern shore of the lake.

More from the organiser: Participants start swimming by 12 noon, and need to arrive at the finish line before 4pm at the latest. During the cross swim there will be different time limits after certain distances. Competitors have to get to the checkpoints at each kilometer until the given time. A competitor who exceeds the time limit has to get up onto the boat, and can only get off at the finish in Balatonboglár.

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Hungarian Derby & Fashion Festival @ Budapest’s Kincsem Park, 28 – 30 June

Winning the Derby is the dream of many as a way to sporting immortality… At this event we’re also told that, “Greyhounds, trotters and thoroughbreds are all vying for the Blue Ribbon”.

Derby Programme:

28 June – Friday

The opening day features the 5th Hungarian Greyhound Derby with the six fastest dog in the country. Trotters will also be lining up for the start. The invitational Pony Derby is on the card as well.

29 June – Saturday

The 105th Trotting Derby is for the best four-year-old trotters, alongside an abundance of other exiting races, among them the Celebrity Derby.

30 June – Sunday

The 97th Hungarian Derby is the most important event for thoroughbreds in the season. Superb colts and fillies contest over a mile and a half for the purse of HUF 14 million. Other prestigious races will feature great steeds from both Hungary and Europe.

“Look smart, wear a hat”

The most elegant visitors will be rewarded with fantastic gifts, so do not miss out on this chance, say the organisers.

Dates: 
28 – 30 June, 2 pm – 6  pm

Tickets:
HUF 1,500 (on the spot)
HUF 1,200 (online)

Venue: 
Kincsem Park
1101 Budapest, Albertirsai út 2-4.

More: 
kincsempark.hu

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Nationwide ‘Night Of Museums’ On 22 June

This annual summer special offers over 2000 programs in 320 venues countrywide.

In Budapest, armbands granting entry to the events also allow discounts on the bike-share system Bubi and electric cars, as well as free-of-charge use of the buses and electric cars among the venues.

This year’s main ideas and highlighted topics are digitalization and travel. Maybe it is unnecessary to emphasize the importance and significance of these two points, since they define our age to a great extent.

Traveling became faster and cheaper over the past decades, bringing the treasures and values of faraway and exotic cultures within reach, while digitalization made almost everything that surrounds us searchable and even browsable from our homes: from works of art through the wonders of nature to the secrets of the cosmos.

This year Szombathely will be the leading city of the event. After Eger, Kecskemét, Debrecen and Pécs, a Western Transdanubian city gets the opportunity to take part in the Night of Museums as a prominent location.

About half a million artefacts are preserved in the collection of the Savaria Museum of Szombathely, for example one can find the largest collection of indigenous plants from the Pannonian Epoch there.

The Iseum is also an especially attractive location, where a large part of the Savarian Shrine of the goddess Isis can be admired.


Tickets:

HUF 1,900

More:
Night of Museums

Photo courtesy of jozsefvaros.hu

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Budapest’s marathon tourism more than tripled in past decade

The number of tourists visiting Hungary to participate in running events such as marathons has more than tripled in the past decade,

daily Világgazdaság said on Tuesday, citing figures from the government commissioner for an active Hungary and the Budapest Sport Office.

Nearly 25,000 foreigners ran in three large Budapest events last year, the Telekom Vivicitta City Protection Run, the Wizz Air Budapest Half Marathon and the SPAR Budapest Marathon, as against only 8,000 in 2007, the paper said.

The number of guest nights and the money spent by runners visiting Hungary has also increased significantly, the paper added. The former exceeded 80,000 last year as against 21,000 in 2007, and the latter totalled 4 billion forints (EUR 12.3m) last year as against 600 million forints in 2007.

Budapest Sport Office managing director Árpád Kocsis told the paper that Hungary was competing with the Czech Republic for first place in the region when it comes to running tourism.

Last year, runners came to Hungary from 90 countries.

The highest number was from the UK, followed by France, Germany, Italy, Slovakia and the US. Kocsis said the number of foreign runners is expected to increase by 5-10 percent this year.

As we wrote a few weeks ago, domestic tourism has increased by 8.3 % in the first quarter. On average, 113 euros were spent on a reservation, while the busiest day was during the long weekend in March.

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ALDI Women’s Run In Budapest, 19 May

This ladies only event held at Népliget welcomes both experienced runners and beginners.

Longer distance runs are up to 17 kilometers, and there are shorter races too including a 700-meter family one, plus there will be fitness activities for runners – check out the video below.

Detailed info available (in Hungarian) via the event website.

To partcipate, you can register directly here.

Date and time: 
19 May, 8.30 am

Venue: 
Népliget
1091 Budapest

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FC Barcelona To Launch Soccer Academy In Budapest

FC Barcelona, one of the world’s largest professional football clubs, will start a football academy in Budapest for training children aged between 4 and 14 throughout the year.

In line with the agreement, the academy in Budapest will operate under a professional director from FC Barcelona.
All coaches working for the academy will be expected to use the training methods of the Catalonian club.

The best players at the academy will get a chance to join Barcelona FC in the future because the Catalonian club will have a pre-emption right for footballers trained in Budapest.