Special events

Sunday, September 1st: Happy hours, get together party.

Conference participants and accompanying persons are also invited to participate in “Happy hours meeting” on Sunday evening. White wines of the Barkóczy cellar from the Tokaj wine country will be served in the Hotel Palota hall.
Monday, September 2rd: Visit to Cave Bath in Miskolctapolca.

Conference participants and accompanying persons are also invited to participate in the visit to Cave Bath in Miskolctapolca.
The Cave Bath, the karst chambers that have been formed during several millennia hold thermal water which is unmatched in Europe is open only for the conference participants in this time! You can find stuffs necessary for the visit in your conference bag, except the swimsuit! Do not forget to take your swimsuit into your suitcase!

The Cave Bath is a thermal bath in a natural cave in Miskolctapolca, which is a part of the city of Miskolc, Hungary, and is unique in Europe. The thermal water (temperature: 30°C, 86°F) is reputed to cure pain in the joints, and since it has lower salt content than most thermal waters (around 1000 mg/liter), people can bathe in it for much longer, practically for an unlimited period of time. By September 2002 the sauna park reconstruction and the main building and the bathing hall with a relaxing terrace, boarded by a rock wall in the height, had been finished, which, with its water of 120 square m increases the water surface used for entertainment and medical treatment to 1267 square m.

If the bathing is not comfortable for you there is the possibility for a walk without getting wet in the extraordinarily nice and special area.

Welcome drinks and refreshments will be served under the glass cupola that can be opened in summer.

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Buses depart from the main entrance of Hotel Palota.
Tuesday, September 3nd: Concert.

Conference participants and accompanying persons are also invited to participate in the concert of “Miskolc Dixieland Band” in the more than 150 years old “Miskolc National Theatre”.
Miskolc Dixieland Band is one of the most significant jazz bands in Hungary. The band was founded in 1990. Their repertoire combines well-known Dixieland hits, jazz standards and also very characteristic versions, which demonstrates the unique sound of Miskolc Dixieland Band. The Band soon reached the status of playing at large Dixieland festivals in Hungary where their music was appreciated by both the audience and the musicians. The band has given successful concerts at several jazz festivals in Europe, for example Birmingham Jazz Festival in the United Kingdom or Marbella Jazz Festival in Spain, and Euro Jazz Festival in France.

They have performed with famous Hungarian musicians and world famous solists, like Joe Muranyi - USA. Miskolc Dixieland Band played several major concerts in Miskolc where famous musicians supported them on stage. Miskolc Dixieland Band got an artistic award in Miskolc and also a prize adjudicated by the general public in 2005.

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Buses depart from the main entrance of Hotel Palota.
Wednesday, September 4th:Visit to Tokaj Historic Wine Region, conference dinner.

Conference participants and accompanying persons are also invited to participate in the visit to Szegi winery at the Tokaj Foothills. This land was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The slogan of this wine region is: „The wine of kings, and the king of wines”

After a short walk in the 6-700 years old rhyolite tuff maze the conference diner will be served in the cellar with 8 different wines tasting. The cellar foreman will interpret not only the tasting method but the history of wines. The temperature of the cellar is about 10-12°C and the humidity is about 88-92%. There is possibility to buy bottled wine (3€-30€), even very old ones. The oldest bottle in this cellar museum is originated from 1680.

The Tokaj Foothills (Tokaj Hegyalja) became the leading Hungarian wine region after the Turkish occupation, and Tokaji wine practically started to gain its international fame around that time. Wine marketing has existed since as early as the 16-17th centuries, and in 1737 the King even had to create laws to protect Tokaji wine since everyone in the proximity of the region tried to sell wine under the name 'Tokaj'. The laws included a list of all the place names where the production of Tokaji wine was legally permitted, and so was the first „closed-wine-region” born. Today, we find three major indigenous grape varieties in the Tokaj Wine Region: Furmint, Hárslevelû and Yellow Muscatel, all of them are suitable for botrytization. The cool cellars of Tokaj are visited by hundreds of people every year.

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Buses depart from the main entrance of Hotel Palota.
Special events for the accompanying persons

During the days 2nd, 3rd, and 4th of September special program will be organized for the accompanying persons who will get detailed information in the last week of August.