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28th April, 2016

Orchestra funding to be reduced

Budapest city council voted yesterday to slash support for the internationally renowned Budapest Festival Orchestra from Ft 260 million last year to Ft 60 million.

The council may return to the question in the summer when the 2016 budget is modified.

Deputy mayor Alexandra Szalay-Bobrovniczky said during the debate that the Festival Orchestra receives more than Ft 1 billion from the state each year.

The council rejected an amendment motion submitted by opposition councillors to maintain last year's level of support.

Mayor Istvan Tarlos said the city highly appreciates the orchestra, but support for it is a voluntarily undertaking.

The management of the orchestra expressed astonishment about the planned reduction of support on Tuesday, warning that such a cut in funding will mean fewer concerts. (origo.hu; N p.6; Nsz p.16; MH p.3; TV)
28th April, 2016

Simicska allowed to return home

Entrepreneur Lajos Simicska has returned to his countryside home following several days of treatment in a Budapest hospital, people in his entourage confirmed to the tabloid Blikk on Wednesday.

Simicska was driven by ambulance to the Koranyi Institute in Buda last Friday evening after coughing up blood, according to reports.

His business partner Zsolt Nyerges said on Saturday that Simicska was indeed hospitalised but was not in serious condition. (atv.hu; N p.2)
28th April, 2016

Photographer dies at 92

Marton Szipal, a well-known Hungarian photographer, died in his 92nd year, at his home on Tuesday afternoon, his family and friends told state news agency MTI on Wednesday.

Born in 1924 in Szolnok, Szipal emigrated to the US in 1956, where he was a favourite photographer of Hollywood stars for four decades.

He returned to Hungary in 1997 and taught in several photography schools. (MI p.17; MH p.12; Nsz p.5; klubradio.hu)
28th April, 2016

Pilis forestry opens bicycle routes

State forestry Pilisi Parkerdo officially opened nearly 600km of marked bicycle routes at a ceremony in Piliszsentlaszlo on Wednesday.

Nine park and cycle points (P+B) have also been opened near the 28 cycling routes through the hills. (MH p.14; MI p.15)

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