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your life. One is as if nothing is a miracle. The other is, as if everything is a miracle."

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UNESCO - Listed Buso Festival Begins In Mohács - Fri, 2017-02-24 09:10
The popular end-of-winter Buso festival, a registered UNESCO cultural heritage event, began in Mohács, in southern Hungary, featuring around 1,300 Buso people wearing traditional wooden masks and sheepskin costumes marching in the city over the next six days.

Second Fence To Be Built Along Hungary-Serbia Border - Fri, 2017-02-24 09:00
The government has decided to build a “secondary line of defence” along Hungary’s fence on its southern border with Serbia, János Lázár, government office chief told his weekly press briefing. Lázár argued that a “significant number” of illegal migrants could arrive in Hungary in 2017.

Momentum: Govt “Betrays” Advocates Of Olympic Referendum - Fri, 2017-02-24 09:00
The government has “betrayed” those who supported a local referendum to be held on Budapest’s plan to host the 2024 Olympic Games by proposing the bid’s withdrawal, the civil Momentum Movement, the proponent of the referendum, said. “It is regrettable that the government ... has betrayed 266,000 people by withdrawing the bid.”

EU Has No Legal Means To Ensure Uniform Quality Of Food Products, Says Commissioner - Fri, 2017-02-24 09:00
Community law has no provisions under which the European Union could prosecute food producers distributing different quality goods under the same brand in different member states, daily Magyar Idők cited the EU’s commissioner for food safety as saying.

Dollar & Thrifty Team Up With Hertz In Hungary - Fri, 2017-02-24 07:00
From the 24th of February 2017, the operator of the Hertz Franchisee in Hungary will also be the proud representative of the Dollar and Thrifty brands here as well, alongside the Hertz brand.

Invitation: T2 Trainspotting VIP Screening - Thu, 2017-02-23 16:00
"Choose life, choose Facebook, Twitter, Instagram..." Choose XpatLoop! Choose to watch T2 Trainspotting with us, and the British Ambassador, at a premier-week movie screening, following a VIP reception featuring: free-flowing red + white wines, finger-food, craft-beer / Scottish whisky tasting, plus unlimited Cinema City snacks & soft drinks.

Now On: ’Geishas By The Danube’ Exhibition - Thu, 2017-02-23 15:55
“Geisha” was one of the first Japanese words to enter the Hungarian language, which is why it appears in the title of this exhibition featuring: Authentic Japanese and Chinese objects, and the 'best of Hungarian Japonism'. The exhibition is open until 12 March 2017, and can be visited from Tuesday to Sunday between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Budapest Boat Show, 23 – 26 February - Thu, 2017-02-23 15:50
Hungary's largest 'inland port' at Hungexpo is the 2017 season-opening event for local shipping and water sports. It also showcases the home-grown sailing industry, the electric and motor-boat market, as well as related shipping services, supplies and equipment.

Xpat Review: Costes Downtown Biz Lunch - Thu, 2017-02-23 15:45
Just like you, most probably, I find some high-end restaurants a tad stuffy sometimes. You know when you’re not sure whether to have the sparkling or still water without upsetting the waiter. Well rest assured the staff at the sister restaurant of Costes are very easy-going, as well as knowledgeable and prompt, and thankfully the food lives up to the Michelin-starred reputation.

Budapest Withdraws 2024 Olympics Bid - Thu, 2017-02-23 15:40
The government has passed a resolution in which it proposes that the City of Budapest and the Hungarian Olympic Committee should withdraw Budapest’s bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics, the prime minister’s cabinet office said.

Busó Festival In Mohács, 23 - 25 February - Thu, 2017-02-23 15:35
according to local legend, 'devils' still come on boats from the Island of Mohács. After arriving they proceed to Kóló Square , and then all parade through the streets, mixing with the audience along the way.

Food Truck Rally, Millenáris, 24 - 26 February - Thu, 2017-02-23 15:30
After years of gradual growth, street food culture has recently shown spectacular improvement in Budapest. Tiny eateries offering amazing quality food, and easy to eat fast food meals from various cultures from around the world, have been springing up everywhere in the city. It has not taken long for food trucks to roll in, as they promise to offer the same high standard of street food at any location or event.

Coming Up: Kitchen Show, Budapest Aréna, 3 – 5 March - Thu, 2017-02-23 12:00
At Hungary's 'Kitchen Show 2017' guests may find their 'perfect kitchen' – including kitchen and dining room furniture, appliances, and equipment to enable the joy of cooking. Over 100 exhibitors and day-long cooking shows await visitors at the Sportaréna during the first weekend in March.

Coming Up: Spring Orchid Exhibition, Vajdahunyad Castle, 9 - 12 March - Thu, 2017-02-23 12:00
Orchids at home? Yes! We will tell you the secret…
Orchids became one of the most popular indoor plants and by now everyone has or had one or two of them on their window sill. Keeping them is simple, they are blooming easily and for long, their flowers are colourful, spectacular and this is the reason of their popularity.

Exhibition: "Save As..." What Will Remain Of New Media Art?, Ludwig Museum - Thu, 2017-02-23 10:00
On display: 24 February - 26 March 2017. The exhibition presents media art in Hungary from its beginnings to our present days, also, the lifework of artists who apply perpetually renewing technologies in creating their works. Focus will be on particular artworks from Ludwig Museum’s collection which provide a comprehensive view of main tendencies in media art, meanwhile illustrate special Eastern European features of this genre.

Sziget's Shaping Up: New Acts Announced - Thu, 2017-02-23 09:08
The Island of Freedom has a lot of to offer when it comes to music, from all genres, during this 7-day festival. This year at the 25th Sziget, Kasabian, Major Lazer, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Flume, PJ Harvey, Alt-J, Interpol, Billy Talent, Two Door Cinema Club, Jamie Cullum, Rudimental and many more top names are now confirmed.

Budapest Motor Festival 2017, Hungexpo, 24 – 26 February - Thu, 2017-02-23 09:04
The event will be held at the same time with the Budapest Boat Show which is concerning to the visitors’ composition more aligned with the Budapest Motor Festival.

Tolstoy Square Planned At Buda Site - Thu, 2017-02-23 09:02
A public area near the intersection of Németvölgyi út and Bürök utca in the 12th District will be designated a square and named after Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy, Budapest city council decided on Wednesday.

Coming Up: National Restaurant Week, 13 - 19 March - Thu, 2017-02-23 09:00
The coming of Spring signals the beginning of the Hungarian National Restaurant Week, which will hold it's 12th installment this year. Essentially, the event invites 'quality food enthusiasts' to enjoy special 3-course menus, from HUF 3,300, by booking online in advance. The 120 participating venues are middle and upper category restaurants, spread all over the country.

Budapest Decides Against Sale Of Rác Baths - Thu, 2017-02-23 09:00
Budapest city council discussed the sale of the Rác bath and hotel complex in a public session on Wednesday, rather than a previously planned closed session, due to media outrage. Representatives voted down the suggestion to sell the spa facility to state development bank MFB for Ft 2.2 billion.

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