Review: Ludwig Museum exhibitionRetro is the flavour of the month in art as well as fashion. The temporary exhibition at the Ludwig Museum The Science of Imagination looks at the Cold War years from 1945 to 1989. Science-fiction, war scenarios, enthusiasm for technological advancements and belief in progress are among the themes.
Daily Archive: May 18, 2010
The name of a singer who lent his vocals some of the most influential and startlingly original music ever, nestles discreetly in the listings for this month’s Art Against Discrimination Festival at independent cultural centre T?zraktér. Damo Suzuki fronted German art rockers Can for only three years, but the albums Tago Mago, Ege Bamyasi and Future Days represent a rare explosion of creativity that few groups approach.
Madhouse to take on King Arthur. Local theatre group Madhouse are best known for dismantling Hungarian classics and reassembling them as something recognisable yet altogether different. In the hands of the London-Irish Mike Kelly and Welshman Matt Devere, Sándor Márai’s brilliant but undeniably sombre Embers becomes One Set To Love, a knockabout comedy of manners with a comic twist, while their interpretation of Jeno Rejto’s The Blonde Hurricane showcases their performing talents by adding stage fights, Irish dancing and ballet into the mix.
A Fidesz economic architect speaks at First Swiss Business Day. The Swiss-Hungarian Chamber of Industry and Commerce held its first Swiss Business Day last Thursday. The small trade fair is designed to offer Swiss companies doing business in Hungary an annual opportunity from now on to present their products and exchange information with fellow professionals.
First CEE Interim Management Conference. “Bringing in interim managers is an efficient tool. Nevertheless, it is almost unknown to most potential users in Germany,” the German interim manager and CEO of taskforce GmbH, Lennart Koch, said at the first CEE interim management conference in Budapest. The situation is similar in Hungary according to Györgyi Kristóf, CEO of the firm that organised the conference, Hammel & Hochreiter International Consulting Kft.
Hope springs eternal: Preparations for what will be the country’s largest mineral water bottling facility near the town of Piliscsév began last week, the company’s managing director announced.
Graft costs Hungary 1.5 per cent of GDP, anti-corruption advocate claims. The international corruption watchdog Transparency International last week sent five proposals to the incoming Fidesz government to assist in its stated aim of tackling rampant corruption, the organisation’s Europe and Central Asia director Miklós Marschall announced.
The new Minister for National Economy György Matolcsy last Tuesday criticised the Hungarian National Bank (MNB) monetary policy that the centre-right Fidesz politician claims weakened Hungary’s economy, particularly after the crisis hit in autumn 2008.
Although the Hungarian affiliate of the McDonald’s saw its revenues decrease by 3.3% last year – the first annual decline of its 21-year presence in Hungary – it maintained its 14.3% share in the restaurant segment and remained market leader of the fast-food industry.Â
Magyar Telekom (MT) last Wednesday reported its consolidated financial results for the first quarter of 2010, which showed a yr-on-yr fall in revenues of 7.5% and a decline in EBITDA of 10.7%.