After a hard winter, the return of spring means going out onto the streets again, enjoying some sun and being once again amongst nature, eating al fresco and going to cafĂŠ terraces. This past winter was a lot harder than the last. Perhaps it´s because of global warming that the seasons are more intense or unstable, with unexpected climate changes that include waves of wind and cold, storms and other phenomenons, so could it be true that it´s the end of the world in 2012? The human race and the thousands of inventions of its culture are always bordering the apocalypse; that machinery that unites us to death so desperately and that makes the final destruction of the planet something so selfish, eroticized and eventually another product of day to day consumption. Religions and companies, or religions that are companies or companies that are religions, it doesn´t matter, just fill us with fear with these ideas that turn out to be false, that separate us from today, the time of action and the constant daily transformation.
Spring is a reason for rejuvenation, rebirth, of new life and light. Of course it´s related with the green environment of the dry and shadowy forest, the return of flowers and birds in patios and gardens, no other association goes better with love, fertility and the essence of life itself. And so, so many books and poems have been written to spring that we´d need more days to count them, comment on and read them all. In the same way, the association of spring and music has always been intense. The processes of musical creation, like spring, can be the result of a large effort in the personal interior darkness that finally bring melodies and rhythms to light, which move us in a thousand different ways and make us more human and, of course, more careful towards the beauty of our humanity.
Despite the contradictions of our time, art and of course music, above all, can bring us back to think about our species, its future and the immense possibility of change that the human race represents. Even more in spring and in a city as poetic as Budapest, which traps you from the first moment of your visit.
The Spring Musical Festival in Budapest is one of the best pretexts to travel and see this beautiful city in a climate that rejuvenates us and with the spirit of seeing contemporary, classical, jazz and folk music as well as the opera from inside in some of the most emblematic places in the city: churches, the Palace of Arts and the ThĂĄlia Theatre among others. For more information visit the following website:Â http://www.btf.hu/
Get apartments in Budapest and enjoy this important spring music festival. Budapest and its diverse and rich cultural lifestyle await you to wrap you inside it. Without doubt, it´s one of the most interesting cities in Europe today.
There is a before and after Cicciolina,Â both in pornography and in Italian politics.Â But first we should ask what strange twist of fate causes women born in Hungary to be some of the most beautiful on the planet.Â It´s no joke.Â Hungarian women have a very particular grace and beauty that has made them perhaps the most desirable women in the world. Some of the most attractive porn actresses working today come from this country.
But to tell this story, we must go back in time. The history of pornography in Hungary dates from the period after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.Â Until then, both production and distribution of pornography was illegal in communist Hungary. However the laws were changed with the arrival of “democracy” and these more permissive laws soon allowed this country to come to the forefront of the industry.Â Foreign directors were quick to take advantage of Hungaryâs permissive laws, its low production costs and its large numbers of attractive actresses.Â
However, the history of La Cicciolina dates from long before the Wall fell, and although her story is mainly connected to Italian culture and government, it is worth noting that she is from Budapest.Â In the 60´s she worked as a model in Hungary, and it wasnât until the early 70´s that she began to develop her career in Italy.Â In the 80´s she starred in her first hardcore film and her fame grew even more.Â After this, she entered politics and, in 1987, was elected to the Italian parliament with more than twenty thousand votes.Â Her prime aims were to combat the nuclear threat and world hunger.
Among the most memorable moments of her time in parliament was the occasion she offered to have sex with Saddam Hussein in exchange for him releasing prisoners during the Gulf War.Â After failing to be elected again in 1991, she became one of the founders of the Partito dell´Amore, along with the porn actress, Moana Pozzi.Â Her further attempts to take an active part in politics failed, as did her offer to Osama bin Laden to have sex with him in exchange for an end to violence in the Middle East.
Although the successes of Cicciolinaâs political career may have been negligible, her presence in the Italian parliament undoubtedly had an impact on European society. The fact that she found enough support to be able to crossover from the âundergroundâ world of porn to the international political arena opened many peopleâs eyes to the true market size of pornography and its deep integration in contemporary culture. In pornographyâs revelatory power of display, in its rawness, and in its blatant use of sexual intercourse as a means of production and capital, it explodes all societyâs ideals, whether moral, political or religious about what sex means in our culture.Â La Cicciolina represented the impulse of downtrodden women everywhere to take control for themselves and wield some of the power in an industry, religion and world ruled by men.
There can be nothing better than renting apartments in Budapest and exploring this city, which, as well as being beautiful, is also the home of some of the best porn stars working today.
Translated by: Ben Palmer