WELCOME OUR NEW DIRECTOR,
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.
Director of the Austrian Cultural Forum Washington
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