Musicians in Gastein, Salzburg© Österreich Werbung, Peter Burgstaller.jpg

Dear Friends of the ACF Washington,

Time flies by, it’s already been three months since I started as the new director of the ACF Washington. In the meantime we have finished our cultural events for 2017 and are rounding up the year while at the same time preparing for 2018, when we will implement many new ideas, features and concepts on which we have been working in the last weeks and months.

I am very excited to share these ideas with all of you over the coming weeks when I will lay out and present not only our new cultural events but also the underlying concepts we based our programming on. I will put a particular focus on the role of women in art and culture why we tried to establish new partnerships with local women’s cultural initiatives like i.e. the Washington Women in Jazz Festival, the Women’s Voices Theater Festival or the International Women’s History Initiative, where in one way or the other Austria will be represented and participate in their programs.

In 2018 we will commemorate some anniversaries, among others the adoption of the UN-Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) 70 years ago, why many of our events will be based on and related to a particular right from the UDHR. These rights will be further outlined and explained in more detail in the respective promotion of the events. I am happy that we have received the permission from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights of the United Nations in Geneva to use the official logo the UN has created for the 70th anniversary of the UDHR in all our projects related to human rights.

In addition, at the beginning of next year you will be informed about our events we have planned in the commemoration of the “Anschluss of 1938” where we want to honor and remember Austrian artists and scholars who were forced to leave Austria and go into exile, many of them to the United States.

And last but not least you will find out very soon about our new public relations concept, we are currently working on a new design of our website and our Newsletter and will also steam up our activities on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, in order to increase the visibility of our program, create a space for interaction and exchange and provide a platform for young Austrian artists to present themselves and their work to the audience in Washington, DC and around.

So stay tuned of new information coming very soon at the beginning of 2018 (, until then let me wish all of you a relaxing time with your loved ones and how we say in Austria “einen guten Rutsch ins Neue Jahr” (meaning “a good slide into the New Year”).

Kind regards, Eva Schöfer, Director of the Austrian Cultural Forum Washington

Photo | Musicians in Gastein, Salzburg. Österreich Werbung, Peter Burgstaller.

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