Dear friends of the Austrian Cultural Forum Washington,

I would like to use this occasion to introduce myself as the new Director of the Austrian Cultural Forum Washington, having taken up this post in mid-September. I am very excited about the four years ahead of me in which I want to continue the marvelous work done by my predecessor Andreas Pawlitschek in presenting to you a selection of Austrian art, music, literature, films and academic thoughts.

Additionally, I am planning to put a particular focus in our future programs on female artists, the role of women in society in general and which contributions Austrian art and culture can offer to this discourse. Furthermore, I would like to explore in more detail how art and culture can, does and should address pertinent human rights questions, with which we are confronted on a daily basis. Finally, we have in 2018 a year of many anniversaries ahead of us – 170 years Austrian civil revolution, 100 years end of the “Great War”, 80 years since the destructive “Anschluss” – the annexation of Austria to Hitler-Germany – and 70 years since the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, dates which we all in one way or the other want to address through our cultural events. More details on this special series for 2018 will follow soon. 

We also want to expand our outreach and promotion activities and are thus working on a relaunch of our website and social media presence in the upcoming months.   

I am looking forward to many interesting encounters, talks and inter-actions with all of you at one of our future events and hope you will keep enjoying the program of the Austrian Cultural Forum Washington.

Eva Schöfer
Director of the Austrian Cultural Forum Washington

Photo | © Eva Schöfer

Short Film Competition | The Blue Danube Reloaded
In 2017 the world-famous Blue Danube Waltz composed by Johann Strauss II, the Younger, celebrates its 150th anniversary. The Austrian Cultural Forum Washington took this as an occasion to bring the classic waltz into the age of multimedia and film and organized a short film competition. And the winner is ...

“A boy, a waltz, a cake” 
by MEisterschule FÜR Kommunikationsdesign Linz

Reopening of the Weltmuseum Wien in 2017
The Weltmuseum Wien will reopen at the end of 2017 in the historical complex of the Vienna Hofburg, the former Imperial Palace at the Heldenplatz. Its aim is to connect cultures and people from all over the world in a unique way by offering new perspectives on culture, history and tradition for the visitors. The museum should hence become a cultural center for people of all ages and backgrounds.

Sponsoring & Fundraising Campaign

Radio | Micatonal
micatonal features Austrian contemporary music around the clock – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It also offers special programs: 

  • Migration in sound                                                                             
  • Austrian province special
  • Micatonial composer portraits
  • Micatalysator                                          
  • Webermann
  • Composer programs from and with Wolfgang Seierl

Plurality of Privacy in Five-Minute Plays
The Plurality of Privacy Project in Five-Minute Plays (P3M5) in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut Washington and the EUNIC Cluster Washington DC, is a transatlantic theater project across the US and Europe. Austria’s contribution is the five-minute play “Leitgeb” by the Austrian writer and translator Clemens J. Setz. 



DETROIT OVERTURE - A Project by Lisa Kortschak: An empty abandoned hall. Daylight and street noises penetrate the space through the porous walls. Only the dilapidated, however, still impressively splendid ceiling refers to the history of the location, which once was considered as Detroit’s most famous concert hall.

Austrian Culture worldwide (ger)

World War I Centenary

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