Concert | Duo Aliada

Concert | Duo Aliada
October 18, 2016 | 7:30 pm

The name “Aliada” means alliance and Duo Aliada is exactly that: an unlikely alliance between saxophone and accordion, one the audience won’t soon forget. The Wiener Musikverein said it best, Duo Aliada consists of two “outstandingly talented and creative musicians”, namely saxophonist Michał Knot and accordionist Bogdan Laketic. Since their foundation in 2013, the duo has quickly caught the attention of the classical music world, which resulted in securing a busy concert schedule for this season with more than 60 performances on five different continents, many in illustrious concert venues such as the Wiener Musikverein.

It all began with their staggering success at the 12th annual Fidelio Wettbewerb where Duo Aliada unanimously won Grand Prix. In 2015, The duo recorded their debut studio album “New colours of the past” with ARS Produktion and it has been received with tremendous critical acclaim. They were also selected for the international program “The New Austrian Sound Of Music 2016-17”, a prestigious sponsorship platform funded by the Austrian Government. Duo Aliada have been regularly featured on popular radio broadcasts such as ORF1, SWR2, BR Klassik, and Radio Klassik and they couldn’t be more excited to continue sharing their unique music with audiences all around the world.

The event is presented in cooperation with the Austrian Cultural Forum New York and Ottawa.

When: Tuesday, October 18, 2016 | 7:30 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court, NW, Washington, DC, 20008
Tickets: General admission is free and open to the public. Please reserve your ticket at:

Credits: Siavash Talebi

Lecture & Discussion | Wendelin Ettmayer: The European Union Post-Brexit: Challenges and Opportunities

Lecture & Discussion | Wendelin Ettmayer: The European Union Post-Brexit: Challenges and Opportunities
October 12, 2016 | 4:30 pm

A Discussion with Wendelin Ettmayer (Former Austrian Ambassador to Finland, Canada, and the European Council in Strasbourg)

The history of European integration since the Second World War is truly remarkable: Western Europe enjoyed two generations of peace and prosperity – an unprecedented achievement in 2,000 years of European history. With the establishment of the Council of Europe in 1949, the protection of Human Rights, pluralistic democracy and the rule of law became generally recognized principles. Old, hereditary enemies have become friends; centuries of confrontation were replaced by cooperation. What, then, accounts for the explosive rise of ultra-national parties, political disunity with respect to refugee absorption, and populist break-away decisions such as Brexit? Is the European Union going to survive? And, if yes, in what form? Ambassador Ettmayer will address these questions from historical and diplomatic perspectives, discussing their implications for the future of the European Union.

Find the paper "The European Union: Quo Vadis?" by Mr. Ettmayer at:

Find Mr. Ettmayer's newest article on "Revolution in Non-Military Affairs" at:
Current events are listed on Mr. Ettmayer's website at:

When: Wednesday, October 12, 2016 | 4:30 pm
Where: University of Virginia, Hotel A (Center for Global Inquiry and Innovation), Conference Room, 1605 Jefferson Park Avenue, Charlottesville, VA 22904
For further information please contact Mr. Asher D. Biemann, Professor at the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia:

Credits: Parlamentsdirektion / Carina Ott

Lecture | Steven Beller: 2016 – 1916 – 1866: The Austro-Prussian Conflict and its Consequences for Europe, then and now

Lecture | Steven Beller: 2016 – 1916 – 1866: The Austro-Prussian Conflict and its Consequences for Europe, then and now
October 5, 2016 | 7:30 pm

Amidst the ongoing centenary commemorations of the First World War it is worth considering more the 150th anniversary of another, related conflict. The Austro-Prussian War of 1866 brought to an end the "struggle for mastery in Germany" between Prussia and Austria. But it also heralded a glorification of the concept of the nation-state in contrast to the defeated supra/multi-national "imperial" model of the Habsburg Monarchy. Subsequent history has shown, however, that the nation-state model proved a disastrous mistake in Central Europe, and the European Union is in many respects the heir to the Habsburg imperial model. The talk will discuss how the dialectic between nation, state, empire and now Union developed, and look at the lessons of this for today's Europe.

Steven Beller has written widely on Austrian, Jewish and Central European history. His books include Vienna and the Jews, 1867-1938: A Cultural History (Cambridge University Press, 1989); Herzl (Halban, 1991); Francis Joseph (Longman, 1996); A Concise History of Austria (Cambridge, 2006); Antisemitism: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2008; 2nd ed. 2015) and Democracy: All That Matters (Hodder, 2013). He also edited and introduced the anthology Rethinking Vienna 1900 (Berghahn, 2001). He is currently an independent scholar resident in Washington DC.

When: Wednesday, October 5, 2016 | 7:30 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court, NW, Washington, DC, 20008
Tickets: General admission is free and open to the public. Please reserve your ticket at: 
The event is followed by a reception with Austrian refreshments.

Credits: Steven Beller

Reading & Discussion | Maja Haderlap: Angel of Oblivion

Reading & Discussion | Maja Haderlap: Angel of Oblivion
September 28, 2016 | 12 pm
September 28, 2016 | 7 pm

A prize-winning Austrian-Slovene novelist, poet, playwright, and translator, Maja Haderlap will discuss her novel Angel of Oblivion, recently translated into English by Tess Lewis and published by Archipelago Books. The novel won the highly prestigious Ingeborg Bachmann prize in 2011 and, in 2015, France’s Prix du Premier Roman. The book's translator Tess Lewis received the 2016 ACFNY Translation Award.

Angel of Oblivion (Angel pozabe in Slovenian, Engel des Vergessens in German) is inspired by the experiences of Maja Haderlap’s family and the Slovenian-speaking minority in southern Austria, many of whom fought as partisans against the Nazis during the Second World War. The story centers around a young girl learning to navigate the terrain between two hostile communities and two extremely burdened languages: Slovenian, a language of heroic resistance and continued humiliation; and German, an escape from her stifling rural upbringing but also the language of the camps which her grandmother barely survived and many other family members did not. Engaging with themes of tolerance and integration, the weight of history, the effects of conflicts on survivors and their children, and language’s role in shaping identity, Haderlap’s novel strikes at problems of paramount importance to our world today. 

When: Wednesday, September 28, 2016 | 12 pm
Where: European Division conference room, LJ-250, 101 Independence Ave SE, Washington, DC, 20540 (2nd floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Tickets: General admission is free and open to the public. There is no registration required.
Further information:
The event is presented in cooperation with the European Division of the Library of Congress and the Embassy of Slovenia.

When: Wednesday, September 28, 2016 | 7 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court, NW, Washington, DC, 20008
Tickets: General admission is free and open to the public. Please reserve your ticket at:
The event is presented in cooperation with the Embassy of Slovenia and followed by a reception featuring a selection of Austrian and Slovenian wines and pastries.

Credits: Maja Haderlap

Concert | Steven Scheschareg

Concert | Steven Scheschareg
September 22, 2016 | 7:30 pm

The Alexander Zemlinsky Fonds and the ACFDC present a concert by Steven Scheschareg, reciting songs of exiled Viennese composers.

Song recital with Lieder by Alexander Zemlinsky
Tonal works by Franz Schreker, Arnold Schönberg and Karl Weigl

Accompanied on piano by Mitchell Cirker

The Austrian-American bass-baritone Steven Scheschareg has gained widespread acclaim for his striking stage presence, strong voice and his wide-ranging artistic capabilities. He is also the winner of the prestigious George London Prize of the Vienna State Opera.

As son of Austrian immigrants, he was born in Brooklyn, New York which is why music from exile componists is a project personally important to him.

His career started at the Landestheater in Linz and the Neue Oper Vienna and since then, he has been invited to sing in theaters in Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Norway, and China. He is currently engaged at the Nationaltheater in Mannheim and the Vienna Volksoper. As a concert singer, he performs regularly in Vienna’s Konzerthaus, and has also sung in the Musikverein Vienna, New York’s Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center in Washington, Munich’s Am Gasteig, as well as the Musikhalle in Hamburg. 

When: Thursday, September 22, 2016 | 7:30 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court, NW, Washington, DC, 20008

Tickets: General admission is free and open to the public. Please reserve your ticket at: 

Credits: Steven Scheschareg

Concert | Pamelia Stickney

Concert | Pamelia Stickney
September 9, 2016 | 7:30 - 11:30 pm

Pamelia Stickney has become one of the most sought-after artists of the theremin, performing and recording worldwide with diverse artists such as David Byrne, Simone Dinnerstein, Yoko Ono, Grace Jones, Otto Lechner, Arthur Blythe and most recently with the Cape Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jung-Ho Pak.

On September 9, 2016, Pamelia will play amongst other artists at the Sonic Circuits, a Washington DC festival for experimental music.

Pamelia's background with string instruments and as a jazz bass player influenced her signature playing techniques, expanding the expressive possibilities of the instrument as displayed in her TED TALK.

In 2003, she began to perform her solo “theremin orchestral” pieces in which she composes and/or improvises using looping pedals, which led to her debut solo album “Thinking Out Loud” released on John Zorn's Tzadik label. In 2005, she moved to Vienna where she recently cofounded the band Blueblut with whom she also tours extensively and has released two further albums to date. 

When: Friday, September 9, 2016 | 7:30 - 11:30 pm
Where:  Logan Fringe Arts Space , 1358 Florida Ave NE, Washington, DC, 20002

Tickets: General admission is $20.00 and can be purchased using the following link:

Credits: David Visnjic, Pamelia Stickney

Concert | Trio Alba

Concert | Trio Alba
July 29, 2016 | 7:30 pm


Youthful vigor, passion on stage and compelling playfulness, all based on a profound knowledge of sound perception and chamber music structures. This is how you would describe the musical trinity, which has been known since 2008 as the TRIO ALBA.


Franz Schubert (1797-1828): Trio op. 99 in B-flat Major
  Allegro moderato
  Andante un poco mosso
  Scherzo. Allegro
  Finale. Presto


Helmut Jasbar (*1962): "Fugitive Pieces" based on the novel by Canadian Anne Michaels (2016)

Bedrich Smetana (1824-1884): Piano Trio op.15 in G-Minor
  Moderato assai
  Allegro ma non agitato
  Finale. Presto

TRIO ALBA - an allusion to alba (ital. sunrise, dawn) and the Swedish song “se solen sjunker”, that inspired Franz Schubert to the second movement of his Piano Trio in E-flat major.

They have matured and developed through worldwide performances in small and large concert halls, through award-winning CD-productions as well as intensive chamber music studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz. There, the three met and found to a joint music-making: the German violinist Livia Sellin, the Austro-Italian cellist Philipp Comploi and the Chinese pianist Chengcheng Zhao.

In the summer of 2014, the Trio was invited to chamber music Festivals in New York and Canada, where they performed the world premiere of the third Piano Trio by Kelly-Marie Murphy, a work dedicated to the TRIO ALBA.

When: Friday, July 29, 2016 | 7:30 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court, NW, Washington, DC, 20008

Tickets: Please reserve your ticket at:

Credits: Trio ALBA.

Film Screening | Panel: The Last Witnesses

Film Screening | Panel: The Last Witnesses
June 23, 2016 | 6:30 pm

They are the last survivors and witnesses. They speak up and tell us their stories. Stories about how they escaped and survived from the Holocaust. How much longer will we be able to listen to their testimonies?

Over 75 years after the Shoah seven survivors share their terrible experiences and stories about colleagues who turned into robbers, neighbors into murderers, and friends into traitors. Together with ensemble members of Vienna's Burgtheater these Last Witnesses bring their memories back on stage.

Produced and directed by former Burgtheater Director Matthias Hartmann and the acclaimed Israeli-Austrian writer Doron Rabinovici, the original Burgtheater performance will be presented in a special screening of the 2013 recording. The subtitled screening will be followed by a talk with former Washington Post Editor and current Opinion Editor of Moment Magazine Amy E. Schwartz and Ari Rath, one of the protagonists.

Ari Rath (born 1925) is an Austrian-Israeli journalist and writer, born and raised in Vienna. After the 1938-Anschluss he came as a thirteen-year-old Boy through the Youth Aliah  to the Palestine. As one of the founders of the kibbutz Hamadia he studied contemporary history and economics. After turning to journalism he became editor and editor-in-chief of the Jerusalem Post. At the age of 91, he continues to be active as a journalist and author, as well as promotor of dialogue between cultures and civilizations. He lives in Vienna and Jerusalem.

When: Thursday, June 23, 2016 | 6:30 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court, NW, Washington, DC, 20008

Tickets: Please reserve your ticket at:

Exhibition | Tatiane Hofstadler: Quintessência

Exhibition | Tatiane Hofstadler: Quintessência
Opening event: June 1, 2016 | 6:00 pm | doors open at 5:45 pm
June 1 - 24, 2016 | 10 am - 12 pm | 2 pm - 4 pm

Tatiane Silva Hofstadler, a native Brazilian, lived in Austria, India and Japan before moving to Washington, DC in 2011. She started her artistic journey at the Corcoran College of Art and Design where she received her Certificate in Fine Art in 2015.

"When you first encounter the work of Tatiane Hofstadler, you will immediately respond to the aspects of nature that it evokes. But it is nature at its most basic form, the elements: earth, wind, fire and water. 

You will experience an unexpected and visceral response to her work that goes beyond the elements, beyond the seasons that you cannot define. Is this a fifth element, an unidentified season? Or is it something else?  The feelings you will have are those of the passion with which the artist imbues the canvas. What you will experience is the magic of color and texture at its best. You will experience quintessence.

Prepare to be transported at the exhibit, QUINTESSÊNCIA, where Tatiane Hofstadler shares the spirit, passion and magic of her work at its finest.  At QUINTESSÊNCIA, let her work speak to you in a language only you can hear and comprehend. Let it transport you to a time and place you never knew existed.  Let her work move you in ways you never expected.

Experience QUINTESSÊNCIA, a fifth element, an undiscovered season and catch a glimpse of a world transformed by Tatiane Hofstadler". (Credits: Maritza Rivera, Poet and Publisher, Casa Mariposa Press)

When: Opening event: June 1, 2016 | 6:00 pm | doors open at 5:45 pm
Exhibition: June 1 - 24, 2016 | 10 am - 12 pm | 2 pm - 4 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court, NW, Washington, DC, 20008

Tickets: General Admission is free and open to the public.
For the opening event please reserve your ticket at:

Concert | Lana Is

Concert | Lana Is
June 14, 2016 | 7:30 pm

The multifaceted vocalist-composer and actress Lana Is has already won widespread acclaim in Europe, both for her own visionary releases, her acting work and for her work as a versatile collaborator who has lent her talents to a diverse array of projects with a wide assortment of rock, pop, contemporary classical and jazz musicians such as John Medeski, Kenny Wollesen, Dan Weiss, Michael Mantler, Manu Delago (Bjork) and many more.

Lana Is (born Lana Cencic) is the daughter of a well-known family of classical musicians from Zagreb with an avant-garde jazz-pop-rock album recorded in New York, among others with guitarist Brandon Seabrook, known for his John-Zorn-like free-spirited playing.

"In Your Head" her 2013 breakthrough solo album, is widely celebrated by critics and fans alike, establishing Lana Is as a startlingly original creative force with a seemingly limitless future.  

On June 14th, 2016, at the Austrian Cultural Forum, Lana Is presents her songs in a quiet, duo setting with Jesske Hume on bass and voice and herself on voice, piano and electronic beats. 

When: Tuesday, June 14, 2016 | 7:30 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court, NW, Washington, DC, 20008

Tickets: Please reserve your ticket at:

Credits: The Rolling Stone Magazine / Lana Is (Lana Cencic).

Lecture | Luba Sterlikova & Erich Keel: Vienna 1900

Lecture | Luba Sterlikova & Erich Keel: Vienna 1900; Architecture, Music and Theater
May 25, 2016 | 7:30 pm

The first half of the talk will look at a selection of theatres in different nineteenth-century styles, from Neo-Classical to Art Nouveau, with special attention to the Viennese firm of architects Fellner & Helmer. Between 1870 and 1914, they built nearly fifty spaces for the performance of operas, plays, and classical music. No atelier in Belle Époque Europe was as successful as the team of designers led by Austrian-born Ferdinand Fellner and his partner, Hermann Helmer, born near Hamburg. From Zurich to Odessa, from Hamburg to Sofia, their architectural vision responded to the taste and spirit of an increasingly prosperous and confident middle class. The talk will address the reality of architecture, and touch on the decorative programs that enriched the symbolic and illusionary appeal of Fellner’s and Helmer’s performance spaces. Major artists contributed to the success of the architectural firm. Gustav Klimt, for example, began his career as a painter of ceilings and drop curtains for auditoria and stages.

The second half of the lecture will examine the growing role of posters in popularizing the stage as a nexus for entertainment and education in the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy while publicizing singers, actors, and musicians who like theatre architects forged a world of truth and magic.

Posters, as historical documents, will present the rich cultural life in Vienna circa 1900 as well as its international legacy in music and theater from Johann Strauss, Jr. to Franz Lehár and Robert Stolz.

When: Wednesday, May 25, 2016 | 7:30 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court NW, Washington, DC 20008.

Tickets: Please reserve your tickets at:

Lecture |The Botstiber Foundation: ”The Politics of Migration in America and Austria”

Lecture |The Botstiber Foundation: ”The Politics of Migration in America and Austria”
May 20, 2016

Migration is one of the most divisive issues in American and Austrian politics. The issue dominates the 2016 campaign for the American presidency. A Republican candidate would deport all illegal immigrants, refuse entry to all Muslims, and build a wall between Mexico and the US to prevent Latin Americans from entering. Austrians are polarized by the surge of Middle Eastern immigrants coming across their border, first from Hungary and later from Slovenia. Nearly 100,000 people have applied for asylum in Austria over the past year, raising fears of joblessness, terrorism and cultural collapse. On Friday, May 20, 2016, the Botstiber Foundation is pleased to present a panel discussion on migration issues (including related issues of racism, nationalism and terrorism) confronting both Austria and the United States from the perspective of three leading academics who will compare and contrast the issues that afflict both countries.

The three leading academics are:
Farid Hafez, a researcher at the Department of Political Science at the University of Salzburg. He is also the editor of the German-English Islamophobia Studies Yearbook and was awarded the Bruno Kreisky Award for the political book of the year for his German anthology Islamophobia in Austria which he edited together with John Bunzl.

James Hollifield, a Professor of Political Science, Ora Nixon Arnold Chair in International Political Economy, and Director of the Tower Center at Southern Methodist University. As a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Public Policy Scholar at the Wilson Center, he has published widely on international political and economic issues, including Immigrants, Markets and States (Harvard UP), Migration Theory (Routledge), and Controlling Immigration (Stanford UP). His current projects include The Emerging Migration State – a study of how states manage international migration for strategic gains.

Tara Zahra, a Professor of East European history at the University of Chicago where she specializes, in part, on transnational and comparative history, nationalism, migration and displacement. She is the author of a new book on a history of emigration from East Central Europe to Western Europe and the United States between 1889 and the present.

Guests are also welcome to stay for the wine and cheese reception.

When: Friday, May 20, 2016 | 6:30 p.m.
Where: Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW, Washington, DC 20008.

Concert | Mozart In Vienna: Le Nozze di Figaro

Concert | Mozart In Vienna: Le Nozze di Figaro
May 19, 2016

Mozart In Vienna presents an opera from Mozart. Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro) debuted in Vienna, Austria on May 1, 1786. Mozart's comic masterpiece about love and marriage in the "upstairs downstairs" castle of the Count and Countess Almaviva thrills with Mozart's most magnificent melodies, glorious arias, comic fun and the timeless message of love, fidelity and forgiveness. This special performance celebrates the 230th anniversary debut of Mozart's greatest opera, and shines with internationally-acclaimed singers, costumes and chamber ensemble in Italian with English narration.

The mission of Mozart In Vienna is to present music that Mozart composed or debuted in Vienna, Austria. The years he lived and composed in Vienna are considered some of his most prolific and fruitful, resulting in an abundance of great operas, including Le Nozze di Figaro, and several other notable works. Mozart In Vienna  also celebrates Mozart's entrepreneurial spirit, relentless tenacity and his passion for sharing his music with the world, often in spite of astounding opposition and difficulties.

Eduardo Castro (Figaro)
Christina Nassif (Susanna)
Jose Sacin (The Count Almaviva)
Nancy Scimone (The Coutess Almaviva)
Stephanie Edewaard Weidle (Cherubino)
Zachary Burgess (Bartolo)
Mary Ellen (Marcellina)
Dongkeon Kim (Antonio)

When: Thursday, May 19, 2016 | 7:30 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court, NW, Washington, DC, 20008

Film Screening | Phil Grabsky: Concerto – A Beethoven Journey

Film Screening | Phil Grabsky:  Concerto – A Beethoven Journey
May 4, 2016 | 8 pm

British director and filmmaker Phil Grabsky and Seventh Art Productions are proud to present this new and extraordinary classical music film documentary, which already received great acclaim from audiences and critics alike. The film follows pianist Leif Ove Andsnes on his four year journey to perform and record the five Beethoven Concertos, whilst exploring Ludwig Beethoven’s life as revealed by these masterpieces. This journey took him to 108 cities in 27 countries for more than 230 live Performances. The pianist’s partnership with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra was also captured on disc; The Beethoven Journey, their hit recording series for Sony Classical, proved a resounding success.

Leif Ove Andsnes was born in Karmøy, Norway in 1970, and studied at the Bergen Music Conservatory under the renowned Czech professor Jirí Hlinka. The New York Times has called Leif Ove Andsnes “a pianist of magisterial elegance, power, and insight.” With his commanding technique and searching interpretations, the celebrated Norwegian pianist has won acclaim worldwide; the Wall Street Journal named him “one of the most gifted musicians of his generation.” An avid chamber musician, he served as co-artistic director of the Risor Festival of Chamber Music for nearly two decades, and was music director of California’s 2012 Ojai Music Festival. He was inducted into the Gramophone Hall of Fame in July 2013.

When: Wednesday, May 4, 2016 | 8 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court, NW, Washington, DC, 20008

Tickets: General Admission is free and open to the public. Please reserve your ticket at:

The Russian Chamber Art Society presents: "...Tender tears and love and life"

The Russian Chamber Art Society presents: "...Tender tears and love and life"
April 29, 2016 | 7:30 pm

The Austrian Cultural Forum is pleased to announce the Russian Chamber Art Society's performance of "...Tender tears and love and life". Enjoy the musical talents of Zhanna Alkhazova (Soprano), Elena Bocharova (Mezzo-Soprano), Viktor Antipenko (Tenor), Vera Danchenko-Stern (Piano). Performed will be songs by Mikhail Glinka, Anton Arensky, Alexander Glazunov, Sergey Taneyev and Sergey Rachmaninov.

The Russian Chamber Arts Society strives to enhance the existence of Russian chamber vocal music in the United States. Their repertoire is unique and prolific, and their musical selection encompasses many artists from the 19th century to modern day. The music is highly expressive, lyrical and passionate, and offers a great variety of emotions appealing to all audiences. 

When: Friday, April 29, 2016 | 7:30 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court, NW, Washington, DC, 20008.

Exhibition | Gallery KULTURFORMEN: Art by People with Special Needs

Exhibition | Gallery KULTURFORMEN: Art by People with Special Needs
April 6, 2016 – April 29, 2016 | 10 am – 12 pm | 2 pm – 4 pm

The KULTURFORMEN are an organization of the Institution Hartheim, a Care Centre for people with mental and multiple disabilities in Upper Austria. It was founded in 2002, at the same time as the restauration and opening of the learn- and memorial site “Castle Hartheim”. The exhibition will show works of seven artists, who continuously work with the atelier of the Institution Hartheim. Artists: Heliodor Doblinger, Alexander Dvorak, Renate Grohe, Josef Mayr, Andrea Obwaller, Christian Pichler, Franz Scharinger
During the German Third Reich approximately 30,000 people with disabilities have been killed at Castle Hartheim. After the war the castle was given back to the Charity Club (today named GSI = Gesellschaft für Soziale Initiativen). Nowadays Castle Hartheim is known as a hub for art connected to people with mental and multiple disabilities. Furthermore, they pursuit the discovery, fostering and reflection of creativity and artistic expression of people with disabilities as part of an integral development. Besides an atelier and a gallery, the works are archived and scientifically analysed. The Gallery KULTURFORMEN exist since November 2015 in the centre of Linz, Upper Austria. 
Josef Ramaseder, curator, artist and associate of the institute, represents the Gallery KULTURFORMEN at the opening. He delivered opening remarks on Kulturformen Hartheim, the artists and Art Brut in general.

Guests will be able to enjoy a complimentory glass of wine while viewing the exhibition.

When: Wednesday, April 6, 2016 – Friday, April 29, 2016 | 10 am – 12 pm; 2 pm - 4 pm
Opening Event: Tuesday, April 5, 2016 | 7:30 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court, NW, Washington, DC, 20008

Tickets: No tickets or registration required for visiting the exhibition.

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Reading & Discussion | Maxi Obexer: Migrants, Refugees, Citizens; Arriving in Europe

Reading & Discussion | Maxi Obexer: Migrants, Refugees, Citizens; Arriving in Europe
April 28, 2016 | 6:30 pm

The Goethe Institut proudly presents a conversation with Author Maxi Obexer.
Obexer is an award-winning playwright, essayist, and novelist who is currently the Max Kade Writer in Residence at Georgetown University. For over a decade, her writing has revolved around refugees and those who help, sometimes despite laws that criminalize such assistance. 

Maxi Obexer will present excerpts from her recent drama Illegal Helpers (2016), which tells the stories of civil society heroes and heroines before the word ‘welcome culture’ existed. In addition, she will read from her essay “The Longest Summer,” in which she reflects on her own path as an EU citizen from South Tyrol, Italy who applied for German citizenship. She also reflects on and compares her situation to that of undocumented refugees with whom she shares a train to Berlin, and to the complicated status of many migrants living in Europe isolated from one another and yet bound by the invisible threads of bureaucratic terms and categories. Furthermore, Maxi Obexer will discuss her work with Professor Katrin Sieg (Center for German and European Studies, Georgetown University). 

The reading and discussion will be followed by a light reception.

When: Thursday, April 28, 2016 | 6:30 pm
Where: The Goethe Institut, 1990 K St. NW, Suite 03 (entrance on 20th St. NW, lower level) Washington, DC 20006

Tickets: Please register at:

Lecture | Wolfgang Schwaiger: „The Value of Diversity of Life" as part of the KULTURFORMEN Exhibition

Lecture | Wolfgang Schwaiger: „The Value of Diversity of Life" as part of the KULTURFORMEN Exhibition
April 28, 2016 | 7:30 pm

Wolfgang Schwaiger has more than thirty-five years of professional experience in industry, and has worked in various management and consulting positions. In addition, he has participated in many extended assignments in Europe, Africa, the Americas and Asia. His professional focus lies in corporate strategy, communications, capital markets, business and systemic consulting, change management. Furthermore, he has more than twenty-five years experience in teaching at academic institutions, as well as twenty-five plus years experience in charitable and social work. 

The topic of his lecture will be „The Value of Diversity of Life". He will talk about how the attitude towards people with special needs developed since the founding of GSI (Gesellschaft für Soziale Initiativen), a non-profit organization for social initiatives, which is part of the Institution Hartheim. Furthermore, he will talk about other institutions and the history of Castle Hartheim as well as the current activities of the organization.

When: Thursday, April 28, 2016 | 7:30 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court, NW, Washington, DC, 20008

Concert | Friedrich Kleinhapl and Andreas Woyke

Concert | Friedrich Kleinhapl and Andreas Woyke
April 20, 2016 | 7:30 pm

The Austrian Cultural Forum proudly presents two amazing artists.
Anyone who hears Friedrich Kleinhapl at a concert will realize immediately - this man is not playing the cello, he is the cello. His passionate style, his highly individual interpretation, his ability to draw forth inimitable sounds from his instrument, to make it sing - all these characteristics raise Friedrich Kleinhapl above the many other cellists. His virtuosity is not only testimony to his great talent, it is also the expression of an extraordinary life, the product of an unfaltering ambition to achieve musical perfection and the consequence of the drive to abandon the well-trodden paths and break new ground.

An intensive quest and constant search for new and unconventional ways to express music determines the artistic vita of German pianist Andreas Woyke. Woyke's education has been shaped by various international influences. In his work Woyke crosses borders by composing and improvisation, which is a very meaningful part of his life. Woyke is open minded for any styles like rock, jazz-rock, funk, soul, ethno or house as well as the classical epoques and ancient music. In his live concert programs he strives for improvisatory momentum as well.

Since the spring of 2003 Woyke and Kleinhapl have been collaborating very successfully. The duo is performing all over the world and a number of CD-recordings have been published with Ars-Produktion.

Johannes Brahms (1833 – 1897)

Sonata for piano and violoncello e minor op. 38
1. Satz: Allegro non troppo

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827)
Sonata for violoncello und piano no. 2 g minor op. 5 no. 2
2. Mvt: Rondo. Allegro

Max Bruch (1838 - 1920)
Kol Nidrei, op. 47

Anton Webern (1883 – 1945)
Three little pieces op. 11 for violoncello and piano (1914)

Astor Piazzolla (1921 – 1992)
La Muerte del Angel


Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1809 - 1847)
Sonata for piano and violoncello no. 2 D major op. 58
3. Mvt: Adagio

Friedrich Gulda (1930 - 2000)
Cadenza for violoncello solo (1980)

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827)
Sonata for piano and violoncello no. 5 D major op. 102 no. 2
3. Mvt: Allegro – Allegro fugato

When: April 20, 2016 | 7:30 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court, NW, Washington, DC, 20008

Concert | Alexei Kornienko

Concert | Alexei Kornienko
April 19, 2016 | 7:30 pm

Alexei Kornienko is an outstanding musician whose work is characterized both by an unconditional and joyful attention to text and also a boldness in interpretation. This seeming contradiction in fact stands the Austrian-based conductor Alexei Kornienko in very good stead. His work as a pianist of the Russian school, his extraordinarily wide classic and romantic repertoire, is combined profoundly with his work as a conductor, which he has steadily expanded in recent years.

Kornienko has worked with countless internationally renowned orchestras, including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London, the Moscow Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, the Tchaikovsky Orchestra and the Slovakian Philharmonic Orchestra, and he has garnered enthusiastic praise from critics. Born in Moscow, Alexei Kornienko began music lessons at the age of five, studied at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, in Charkov and was prize-winner at the International Rachmaninov Piano Competition in Moscow. Since his move to Austria in 1990 he has made his name as a respected competition juror as well as a teacher at the Kärntner Landeskonservatorium (Carinthian State Conservatory). He is co-founder of the Gustav Mahler Ensemble and a member of the “Bösendorfer Artistic Club”. In 2000 he was appointed as artistic director of the newly founded “Wörthersee Classics Festival”. His work is documented in numerous CDs. Additionally to the amazing program, this concert will see a special occassion - the American premiere of Gabriele Proy's piano piece "Kigen" (2008).

Partita No 6 e-Moll

Kigen (2008) - American premiere

Intermezzo op.119 No 1 h-Moll
Intermezzo op.116 No 4 E-Dur
Intermezzo op.76 No 7 a-Moll
Intermezzo op.118 No 2 A-Dur


Sonate A-Dur op.posth.

When: Tuesday, April 19, 2016 | 7:30 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court, NW, Washington, DC, 20008