CONCERT | VIOLON EN FACE BY GABRIELE PROY & ELENA DENISOVA

The ACFDC is delighted to present the musical evening "Violon En Face" with compositions by Gabriele Proy as well as Fritz Kreisler, Eugène-Auguste Ysaÿeand Johann Sebastian Bach played by the Russian violinist Elena Denisova. Gabriele Proy, born in Vienna, Austria, received for her composition “Campanula” the Composition Prize of the City of Vienna in 2014. This piece was dedicated to the violin virtuoso Elena Denisova, who also played it at the First International Campanula Music Festival in Schifferstadt, its world premiere. 

Gabriele Proy is one of Austria’s best-known contemporary composers. She studied composition under Prof. Erich Urbanner at the University of Music and Performing Arts of Vienna. Her compositions for choirs, orchestras and chamber orchestras have been performed by various orchestras, soloists and conductors e.g. the Munich Philharmonic Chior or the Wiener Symphoniker. In 2013, she received the Composition Prize of the City of Vienna.

Elena Denisova, born in Moscow, is a violinist who already loved to listen to Jascha Heifetz‘ music in her early childhood. Soon her parents supported her musical talent. While she was still a pupil at the music school of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, she recorded her first LP. After her graduation, Elena played as well as soloist in the Moscow State Philharmonic, first violinist of the Moscow National Quartet and as a chamber musician. In the 1990s, Elena Denisova held her concert performances in Western Europe where she choose Austria as her second home. 

When: Friday, June 16, 2017 | 7:30 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court NW, Washington, DC, 20008
Tickets: General admission is free and open to the public

LECTURE | DR. STEVEN ENGELSMAN: VIENNA AND MORE. RECENT AND CURRENT DEVELOPMENTS IN EUROPE'S ETHNOLOGICAL MUSEUMS.

Dr. Steven Engelsman, the director of the new Weltmuseum Wien, which reopens this October, is giving a lecture at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in the Anthropology Department at the Rose Room with the title: Vienna and more. Recent and Current Developments in Europe's Ethnological Museums.

“In May 2012 I was selected to be the new director of the former Museum für Völkerkunde Wien. Already then I knew this museum has large potential, housing one of the most important historical ethnographical collections worldwide. [...] I now see my main task in accompanying the Weltmuseum Wien on its way to a glorious future. Our museum is a meeting point, where cultural diversity rules and everyone is equal [...]”

In Vienna, the Museum für Völkerkunde was closed for renovation over thirteen years ago, only to be reopened as Weltmuseum Wien - literally world museum Vienna - on October 25th this year. Like many other ethnological museums in Europe it has gone through a drastic transformation, with major shift of focus and mission.

The lecture will address the main reasons for this universal trend and compare different ways out of the dilemma as have been chosen by different museums. The emphasis will be on two museums where Steven Engelsman has been in charge of these transformations: the National Museum of Ethnology in Leiden, the Netherlands and Weltmuseum Wien.

Dr. Steven Engelsman (*1949) started his museum career as a curator of physics and mathematics at the dutch National Museum of the History of Science. From 1992 through 2012 he was director general of the National Museum of Ethnology. In 2012 he was invited to oversee the transformation of the famous ethnological museum in Vienna, Austria. The new Weltmuseum Wien is scheduled to reopen  on October 25th, 2017.

When: Wednesday, June 14, 2017 | 3:00 pm
Where: Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Anthropology Department, Rose Room, 10th St Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20560
Tickets: General admission is free and open to the public.

SYMPOSIUM | PANEL DISCUSSION: GUENTER JOSEF BISCHOF, PH.D.UNIVERSITY OF NEW ORLEANS

For the 70th anniversary of the Marshall Plan a symposium will take place at the George C. Marshall International Center. 

When: Monday, June 5, 2017 | 10:00 am — 12:00 pm
Where: The George C. Marshall House, Leesburg, Virginia
Tickets: you can purchase tickets here.

Marshall House Docents are dedicated to preserving the legacy of General George C. Marshall, one of the greatest Americans of the 20th century. Docents describe their experience as rewarding and one that motivates them to expand their knowledge of Marshall and to share that knowledge with other Docents and with visitors to the Marshall House.

Guenter Josef Bischof, Ph.D., Havard University 1989, is the leading director of "The Austrian Marshall Plan Center for European Studies at The University of New Orleans". He is a historian of international history with the focus on American and European diplomatic history of the 20th century. He is part of the panel – "The History of the Marshall Plan: Its Origins and Legacy" and will be talking in regard to “After All These Years: The Marshall Plan is Alive and Well in Austria”. Dr. Barry MachadoWashington & Lee (ret.), “New Light on the Origins of the Marshall Plan” and Nico Lange, Director, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung USA, “Adenauer, the Marshall Plan, and a Coordinated European Economy” will be also speaking on the panel.

For more informations please visit the official website here.

THE ANNUAL BOTSTIBER LECTURE: HEINZ FISCHER

Heinz Fischer, President of the Republic of Austria from 2004 to 2016, will deliver the Annual Botstiber Lecture, "Austria 1918 - 2018," at the Austrian Embassy in Washington, DC, on June 2, 2017. 

The lecture is hosted by the Embassy of Austria and sponsored by the Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies, a program of the Dietrich W. Botstiber Foundation. The institute promotes an understanding of the historic relationship between the United States and Austria, including Habsburg Austria, by awarding grants and fellowships, organizing lectures and conferences, and publishing the Journal of Austrian-American History. More information is available at botstiber.org.

When: Friday, June 2, 2017 | 6:30 pm
Where: Austrian Embassy, 3524 International Court NW, Washington, DC, 20008
Tickets: General admission is free and open to the public.

CONCERT | THE CARINTHIAN CONNECTION BY BERND KLUG & THE RHYTHM METHOD

THE RHYTHM METHOD STRING QUARTET

Praised for their “uncompromising and unreserved . . . intense, and sensuously gestural” performances, The Rhythm Method strives to reimagine the string quartet in a contemporary context. Since their founding in 2014, the group has given soulful, spirited performances in New York, Vienna, Paris, and Lucerne, and tackled works ranging from classics by Ligeti and Webern to newer works/premieres by Tonia Ko, Dai Fujikura, Andrew Norman, John Zorn, and other living composers, including members of the ensemble. Through a mixture of thoughtful programming, captivating performances, and collaborations with sound artists, visual artists, and songwriters as well as composers, they present concert experiences that engage and challenge their audiences. 

The Rhythm Method has given performances at Joe’s Pub, The Stone, the Met Museum, the Noguchi Museum, and Roulette, and has been featured on the String Orchestra of Brooklyn’s String Theories Festival, MATA Festival, and the Austrian Cultural Forum’s Moving Sounds Festival. The Rhythm Method recently completed their inaugural Austrian tour, featuring world premieres of new works by sound artists Bernd Klug and Andreas Trobollowitsch, a collaboration with the singer-songwriter collective Loose Lips Sink Ships, and premieres of works by all members of the ensemble.

This season marks the kickoff of the quartet’s Hidden Mothers Project, a research-performance-recording initiative highlighting works by historical women composers. It will also bring the first installment of Broad Statements, a celebration of music-making by women in a wide array of artistic styles. This year, The Rhythm Method will also be releasing records of music by two of its members, Leah Asher and Meaghan Burke, as well as Dai Fujikura’s “Silence Seeking Solace.”

 

BERND KLUG

Bernd Klug is an Austrian born, Brooklyn based sound artist and double bassist. In sound installations and solo concerts, his music encounters our everyday circumstances as found forms and questions our perceptions of sound and social space. Through feedback and displacement of sonifications he creates site-specific interactive environments which allow us to engage with each other and our surroundings in new and productive ways.

His solo double bass work was released on the CD ‘Cold Commodities’ (Innova 902) and was performed at Wesleyan University, CTSwaM Fridman Gallery, Share Issue Project Room, in the US as well as the Radiokulturhaus and the Porgy and Bess in Vienna. His installations have been featured in solo exhibitions at Harvestworks (NYC), Art Now at Monmouth University (New Jersey) and the Austrian Cultural Forum NYC as well as in collaborations with Daniel Lercher at mo.ë (Vienna) and Johanna Tiedtke at Galerie Freihausgasse (Villach, AT).

As an improviser and bassist, he has collaborated with Burkhard Stangl, Keiko Uenishi, Shelley Hirsch, Radu Malfatti, Franz Hautzinger, Butch Morris, Bernhard Lang, John Butcher, as well as the bands, ctrl, OENCZkekvist, Ritornell and T-Shit.

Bernd Klug was a Wave Farm Artist In Residence 2015 and was most recently awarded the biennial award for interdisciplinary arts 2015 from the Carinthian government, AT and the “New Austrian Sound of Music” prize for 2014-15. His compositions received commissions by New Music USA and the BKA (Austrian Federal Chancellery). He graduated from Bard College’s MFA program (Music/Sound) in 2015 and holds a BA in bass performance (popular, contemporary, and classical music and music education) from the Vienna University for Music and Performing Arts.

When: Thursday, June 1, 2017 | 7:30 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court NW, Washington, DC, 20008
Tickets: General admission is free and open to the public

LECTURE – DISCUSSION | MARC ELSBERG: BESTSELLER AUTHOR OF "BLACKOUT"

Learn about power outage issues with the Austrian author, Marc Elsberg, who will showcase his techno-thriller book, Blackout. Since 2012 the book got translated into 17 languages and was sold nearly two million times. In February 2017 this bestseller has just been translated from German into English. The Times nominated it to the "Book of the Month". Berlin-based Marc Elsberg will be visiting the DC area to promote his book. His novel illustrates modern society’s interdependencies and vulnerabilities, dramatizing the consequences of a weeklong blackout caused by a hacker attack against European and U.S. power grids.

Berlin-based Marc Elsberg will be visiting the DC area to promote his book. His novel illustrates modern society’s interdependencies and vulnerabilities, dramatizing the consequences of a weeklong blackout caused by a hacker attack against European and U.S. power grids.

When: Wednesday, May 31, 2017 | 6:00 pm
Where: Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW, Washington, DC, 20008
Tickets: General admission is free and open to the public.After the lecture refreshments will be served.

If you can not make it on May 31, there will be another chance to see Marc Elsberg:

When: Thursday, June 1, 2017 | 6:00 pm
Where: Make Offices Clarendon, 3100 Clarendon Boulevard 200, Fourth floor, Arlington, VA 22201
For more details please visit: lercpa.org.

Or take the chance and see him at a bookstore event:

When: Saturday, June 3, 2017 | 11:00 am
Where: Winchester Book Gallery, 185N LoudonSt, Winchester, VA 22033

When: Saturday, June 3, 2017 | 5:00 pm
Where: Barnes & Noble, 12193 Fair Lakes Promenade Dr. Fairfax, VA 22033

FILM FESTIVAL | WASHINGTON JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL

One of the largest and most respected Jewish film festivals in North America, the Washington Jewish Film Festival (WJFF) is an international exhibition of cinema that celebrates the diversity of Jewish history, culture and experience through the moving image. In addition to the annual festival, the WJFF presents an ongoing, year-round film series, in our home venue at the Edlavitch DCJCC.

The 27th Festival lights up screens throughout the DC metropolitan area from MAY 17-28, 2017.

Opening Night | ''The Woman's Balcony''
When: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 | 7:00 pm
Where: AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD
Tickets: you can purchase tickets here.

This year the WJFF will be screening four Austrian films based on different Jewish stories from romances to dramas.

CONCERT | DAVID SIX: SOLO PIANO-BETWEEN THE STATIONS

„Between the Stations“ is how the Austrian pianist David Six calls his new project. The solo artist presents compositions all written on the road. The idea is simple: At every single recital, he presents one new piano piece that has been inspired by and written at the very same place: Music, written in hotel rooms or at train stations, on planes or simply on stage. Pieces that are named after their place of birth. By the end of this year, David Six seeks to have drawn a kind of musical-geographical map. Places of this year's tour like Paris, Teheran, New Delhi, New York, Nairobi, Berlin, Vienna, London or Shanghai are part of David Six’ sonic form of cartography. Inspired by traveling and longing for a new challenge, the idea of composing „Between The Stations“ was born. David Six also uses on-stage-composing-methods, often including spontaneous ideas of his audience. Piano grand master Misha Alperin commented admiringly: "David’s sense for integration and organic unity of composition and improvisations is simply incredible!“
Experience accumulated during his studies of Classical Music, Jazz & Improvisation and Classical Indian Music come in handy in this project.

David Six was born in 1985 in Vöcklabruck, Austria. He studied Classical Piano as well as
Jazz and Improvisation in Linz and Vienna. Further studies in 2010 in New York with Ellery Eskelyn, Aaron Parks and Fabian Almazan made very important contributions to his musical development. Since 2012 he studies classical Indian percussion with Manickam Yogeswaran in Berlin and Pandit Shailendra Mishra in Delhi, India. His musical collaborators include classical soloists as well as outstanding jazz and pop musicians from all over the globe: Shara Worden, Woodkid, Daníel Fridrik Böðvarsson, Bill Frisell, Mira Lu Kovacs, Laura Winkler’s Wabi-Sabi Orchestra, Stargaze & André de Ridder, Morris Kliphuis, Terry Riley, Lisa Hannigan, Andrej Prozorov, David Six’ Matador, Ilya Alabuzhev, Matthias Ruppnig, Wanja Slavin, Nora Fischer, Dach, Alexi Murdoch, Grant Hart (Hüsker Dü), Aart Strootman, and many more…

When: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 | 7:30 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court NW, Washington, DC, 20008
Tickets: General admission is free and open to the public

SHORTCUT TO EUROPE | EU EMBASSIES' OPEN HOUSE DAY

On Saturday, May 13th, 2017 the Embassies of the European Union and the EU Delegation to the United States open their doors to the public for the annual EU Embassies’ Open House: A day of family fun, food, culture and more. The event offers visitors a rare look inside the embassies and provides a unique opportunity for them to experience the cultural heritage and national traditions of the 28 member countries.

Austria is known for many beautiful things: High-caffeine drinks, spring water straight from the mountains, scenic regions and Alpine vistas, specialties, satisfying the sweet and savory tooth, music, that makes you dance (in three-quarter time) … and wine has been made here for millennia. #AustriansAbroad in America are fueled by these. See what they are up to. 

When: Saturday, May 13, 2017 | 10 am – 4 pm
Where: Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court, NW, Washington, DC, 20008

FILM SCREENING | LATE BLOSSOM BLUES

When 81 year-old Leo „Bud“ Welch from the Mississippi backwoods skyrocketed to global Blues & Gospel stardom after releasing his debut record in 2014, it took the music world by surprise: Where has this guy been the last 60 years? Why has nobody ever heard of him before? When he started playing 10-15 shows every month all over North America and even in Europe and Africa, more questions arose: How is this possible for a guy his age? Who makes all this happen? Answers are given in Late Blossom Blues, a feature-length Documentary about Leo "Bud" Welch and his very late rise to fame. It’s the quintessential Blues story – a story about poverty and exploitation, about The Lord & The Devil, and of course a story about life that reminds us that it’s never too late to live your dream. Late Blossom Blues follows Leo and his ex-soldier manager as they balance the tight rope between business and geriatrics, between jetlag and soundcheck. It also paints a heartwarming portrait of Leo’s small hometown Bruce, MS where Leo’s daily life is still untouched by his late global popularity. Documenting the most exciting times in the life of one of the last real Bluesmen, Late Blossom Blues is a film of historic dimension for all music-lovers – a moving account of a hard-working man, who, despite all the adversaries, never wavered from his passion and waited more than 70 years to finally live his dream.

When: Monday, April 24, 2017 | 7:30 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court NW, Washington, DC, 20008
Tickets: General admission is free and open to the public.

 

Wolfgang Pfoser-Almer (Director & Producer): Wolfgang Pfoser-Almer is the man who came up with the idea for this movie. He is the driving force behind this project and is director and producer of the movie. He has 17 years of experience in music, event and multimedia work and has founded four companies on the way. However, Late Blossom Blues is his first real movie project. Wolfgang has discovered, supported and promoted many award-winning artists in his home country Austria and currently works as freelance curator and artistic director of a big open air festival called LINZFEST. Wolfgang was the first to invite Leo “Bud” Welch to Europe to play on 2014′s LINZFEST. Wolfgang holds a Master’s degree in Film & TV-Production and in Business Administration and has done minor work as actor, location scout and consultant on local film productions. Wolfgang lives and works in Vienna.

Stefan Wolner (Co-Director & Co-Producer): Stefan Wolner has been making movies since his early teenage years. He worked at ORF (Austrian Broadcasting Company) as director and was part of many successful projects there. He realized many short movies, advertisement and industrial movies and has won several international awards. Since 2012, Stefan also worked as production & unit manager, e.g. for the six-episodes TV-series ‘Wagner vs. Verdi’, for the nature documentary “The Triumph of the Tomato” and for ORF’s children’s programme. Stefan holds a degree in Media Design and a Master’s Degree in Film- and TV Production. Stefan lives and works in Vienna/Austria.

Exhibition | Getting Things Done: EVOLUTION OF THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT IN VORARLBERG

Over the last half century, the Austrian State of Vorarlberg has developed an international reputation for its radical yet sensitive and considered approach to architecture, design and building. A combination of innovative architects and clients, liberal building and planning regulations, an aspiring regional government and open-minded public has paved the way for a built environment and culture with design quality at its heart. Ecological sensitivity, the value placed on traditional and innovative crafts and skills, investment in young designers, and good understanding of local materials and landscape all contribute to the Vorarlberg phenomenon. On the basis of some striking examples, Wolfgang Fiel, Lecturer at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna and Co-director of the Institute for Cultural Policy in Vienna, attempts to trace the evolution of this development from its roots in the late 50´s of the last century to the current day. The exhibition is brought to University of Maryland by the Austrian Cultural Forum Washington and The Kibel Gallery.

Lecture & Exhibition Opening
When:
 Monday, April 3, 2017 | 5:00 pm
Where: University of Maryland, School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Architecture Building, 3835 Campus Drive, MD 20742
Tickets: General admission is free and open to the public. 

Exhibition | April 3 - 21, 2017

CONCERT | DOROTHY KHADEM-MISSAGH

CONCERT | Dorothy Khadem-Missagh
April 7, 2017 | 7:30 pm

The Austrian pianist Dorothy Khadem-Missagh leads a promising and aspiring musical career. At the International Beethoven Competition Bonn 2015 she has been awarded the chamber music prize and the “Beethoven-Haus Preis” by the renowned members of the jury. She performs on international stages and renowned festivals such as the “Wiener Konzerthaus”, the “Styriarte Graz”, the “Festival Allegro Vivo”, the “Mosel Musik Festivals in Trier”, the Norwegian Youth Chamber Music Festival and the Kyoto International Festival. In 2016 she was invited by Musikverein Vienna to play her solo recital debut in the concert series “Tasten.Lauf”.

When: Friday, April 7, 2017 | 7:30 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court NW, Washington, DC, 20008
Tickets: General admission is free and open to the public.

LECTURE | KURT BEDNAR: PAPERWAR BETWEEN THE US AND AUSTRIA-HUNGARY 1917-1918

LECTURE | Kurt Bednar: Paperwar between the US and Austria-Hungary 1917-1918
April 5, 2017 | 7:30 pm

On December 7, 1917 the United States declared war on Austria-Hungary. It is to discuss what caused this drastic step. In any case, there were hardly any direct fights between American and Austrian soldiers (Yes, an Austrian mortar hit Hemingway in Northern Italy). It was more in the diplomatic field that the struggle lingered on. The recognition of an independent Czechoslovakia helped to disintegrate the old monarchy. The Paris Peace Conference of 1919 with its non-transparent procedures and often one-sided propositions finished it off. In-depth research in Vienna and in the US (Library of Congress, National Archives, libraries at top universities - Columbia, Duke, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Yale) supports that conflict among the nationalities was encouraged from outside. At the end, a rather bizarre construction named Mid-European Union was thought to fill the vacuum in Central and Eastern Europe. The US and her fresh troops entering at a late stage finally decided the Great War. Lacking international experience and knowledge of European and global affairs the US did a lot to gather data und prepare for the event in Paris. All good will was no match to the old intrigues of Europe.

Kurt Bednar: Born in 1950 in Vienna, Austria, Kurt Bednar graduated from Albertus Magnus private gymnasium Vienna in 1969 and from the University of Vienna (faculty of law) in 1974. His work life has carried him through employments with the government and the chamber of commerce as well as entrepreneurial positions in fields like databases, data protection and company pensions. He graduated from the University of Vienna a second time in 2012 (faculty of philosophy, department of history). Since then he has been involved in history projects dealing with emigration from Austria-Hungary to the US as well as the struggle between the US and Austria-Hungary in 1917/1918 (“Paper War”).

When: Wednesday, April 5, 2017 | 7:30 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court NW, Washington, DC, 20008
Tickets: General admission is free and open to the public.

Following up on Kurt Bednars lecture ''Paperwar between the US and Austria-Hungary 1917-1918'' on April 5th 2017, it’s our pleasure to publish the text of the lecture for those of you who hadn’t a chance to be present that evening.

 

THEATRE | Curie_Meitner_Lamarr_indivisible

THEATRE | Curie_Meitner_Lamarr_indivisible
March 20, 2017 | 7:30pm

Three outstanding pioneers represent the achievements of women in the fields of science and technology: The double Nobel Price winner and discoverer of radioactivity Marie Curie (1867-1934), the Austrian-Swedish nuclear physicist Lise Meitner (1878-1968) and the Viennese Hollywood actress Hedy Lamarr (1914-2000) with the invention of frequency hopping. Incidents of their lives, achievements and impediments as well as the contents of their research and the passion for their work are in the centre of the theatre play „Curie_Meitner_Lamarr_indivisible“, produced by the Viennese association portraittheaterIllustrated with music and videos, the performance shows within 95 minutes an entertaining portrait of extraordinary women in history. The theatre performancedirected by Sandra Schüddekopf, with Anita Zieher impersonating the three women was a great success in Austria and had already been invited to Belgium, Germany, Iran, Poland, Switzerland and Romania.

When: Monday, March 20, 2017 | 7:30 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court NW, Washington, DC, 20008
Tickets: General admission is free and open to the public.

FILM SCREENING | ''One of us''

FILM SCREENING | ''One of Us''
March 15, 2017 | 7:30pm

"One of Us" tells the story of Austrian farmer Franz Jägerstätter (1907-1943), who as a conscientious objector refused to serve in the Wehrmacht of Nazi Germany during World War II and was sentenced to death and executed in 1943. The film deals with new findings on Jägerstätter, including the court room protocol and numerous original letters and notes. The film focuses on the reasons why Jägerstätter refused service, his grappling with his decision and the role of his wife, Franziska. "One of Us" also builds a bridge into present day and discusses the significance of Jägerstätter for today’s generation. The screening of the film will be followed by a discussion with the author of the documentary Peter Schierl and its director Lothar Riedl.    

When: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 | 7:30 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court NW, Washington, DC, 20008
Tickets: General admission is free and open to the public.

THEATRE | ILLEGAL HELPERS

THEATRE | ILLEGAL HELPERS
March 8, 2017 | 7:30pm

Come witness an emotionally powerful documentary play by prize-winning playwright, Maxi Obexer. It examines the plight of the Illegal Helpers who provide aid and shelter to migrants flooding Europe, even though assisting them is against the law. This play sheds a powerful light, and provides keen insight - on the contemporary tragedy that threatens to engulf Western Europe. Presented by Scena TheatreIllegal Helpers takes a sharp, poignant look at those who help and those who callously sit by doing nothing.

When: Wednesday, March 8, 2017 | 7:30 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court NW, Washington, DC, 20008
Tickets: General admission is free and open to the public.

LITERATURE FESTIVAL | ZEITGEIST DC

LITERATURE FESTIVAL | ZEITGEIST DC                                                                                                       March 6, 2017 | 6:00 pm

The Zeitgeist DC literature festival makes the richness of German-language literature accessible to English speakers by presenting the latest works of the literary scenes of Austria, Germany and Switzerland. This year's theme, Queer as Volk, will highlight new works in German that deal with themes of queerness and identity. 

Among the authors is Fabian Hischmann from Germany with his debut novel Am Ende schmeißen wir mit Gold ("In the end we throw with gold") and Zora del Buono from Switzerland with her novels Canitz’ Verlangen ("Desire") and Gotthard. 

The writer and journalist Jürgen Bauer wrote Austria's contribution Das Fenster zur Welt ("The Window to the World"to the literature festival. In his debut novel, Jürgen Bauer describes the clash of two generations who together face the mistakes they have made. With his delicate language and subtle humor he addresses the question of beauty and transience of a moment. 

Reading & Discussion
When: Monday, March 6, 2017 | 6:00 pm
Where: Human Rights Campaign, 1640 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036
Tickets: General admission is free and open to the public.

EXHIBITION | Christoph Palaschke FACES 2.0

EXHIBITION | Christoph Palaschke FACES 2.0
March 1 – May 3, 2017

The ACFDC presents the Austrian artist Christoph Palaschke's first solo show FACES 2.0 in the US. The exhibition gives an indication of the work of the artist in the field of portrait painting in the last 15 years. With exhibits ranging from abstraction of the spatula technique and photorealist portraits in coal and acrylic, abstract and reduced portraits to shadow portraits from his latest series Face to Face the show represents well-balanced overview of the artist's oeuvre.

Christoph Palaschke was born in Vienna in 1974. He spent his early childhood in Carinthia and now lives and works in Vienna. His first presentations and prominent exhibitions happened between 1999 and 2001. In 2003 he moved into his new atelier at the "Wiener Heumarkt". Coming from abstract painting his first portraits originated from around 2004. At the same time he had his first prominent exhibition in the Viennese "Museumsquartier" ("Shift of Paradigms"). Several exhibitions in the Ukraine and a two-year exhibition tour in Egypt followed which made Palaschke's work known throughout the whole country. Palaschke was the first Austrian artist who was able to present his exhibition in the famous Alexandrian Library at the Egyptian Mediterranean Sea. Since 2005 Palaschke is present with a permanent exhibition in the VIP-Lounges at the Vienna International Airport. Steady challenge is more important than daily routine. Constant development is far more important than self-satisfied stagnation.

Exhibition Opening
When: Wednesday, March 1, 2017 | 7:30 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court NW, Washington, DC, 20008
Tickets: General admission is free and open to the public.

CONCERT | DANIEL GUTMANN

CONCERT | DANIEL GUTMANN                                                                                                                        February 15, 2017 | 7:30 pm

Daniel Gutmann is a young singer and musician from Austria. The upcoming bass-baritone is currently a vocal student at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. In 2017, Daniel Gutmann will be on tour with his solo program in the United States (New York, Washington D.C.) and Singapore. Further concerts with the COMPANY OF MUSIC and the music theater group ANIMATO will take place in Austria and Germany. Daniel Gutmann will be accompanied by New York-based pianist Peter Walther. Together they will perform songs by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Gioachino Rossini, Andrew Lloyd Webber and many more. Come and join us at the ACFDC for an amazing night of classical music!

When: Wednesday, February 15, 2017 | 7:30 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court NW, Washington, DC, 20008
Tickets: General admission is free and open to the public.

EVENT | THE BLUE DANUBE RELOADED

EVENT | THE BLUE DANUBE RELOADED
January 25, 2017 | 7:30 pm

In the cold winter months of the year 1866/67 Johann Strauss II composed the world-famous Blue Danube waltz – the melody to which couples around the world swing into the New Year. In 2017 The Blue Danube celebrates its 150th anniversary, if that's not a reason to celebrate! Therefore, join the ACFDC at the special "The Blue Danube Reloaded" event.

The ACFDC organized a short film competition to bring the classical waltz into the age of multimedia and film, the best five submissions will be awarded at this event. In addition, Pianist Burnett Thompson will perform waltzes by Wayne Shorter, Richard Rodgers, Scott Joplin, Frederic Chopin, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, himself, and finally his own transcription of Johann Strauss’s Blue Danube Waltz. 

Since attending the Hochschule für Musik (Music University Vienna), Mr. Thompson has been a leader in the Washington music community. His activities range from chamber music with members of the National Symphony Orchestra to musical scores for silent film, numerous acclaimed recordings, performances with traditional Chinese musicians throughout China and the U.S., and his own teaching studio. He is the director of concert programming for Castleton in Performance, Hill Center Concert Series, Jazz on Jackson Place at the White House Historical Association and Piano Jazz at the Arts Club. At the Austrian Cultural Forum, Mr. Thompson has presented the Christmas in Vienna concert, the music of pianist/composer Friedrich Gulda, and a poetry/music collaboration with Viennese actor Felix Kurmayer. He stands out for his wide range of repertoire from Bach to Bebop, and an extensive knowledge of Chinese traditional music. 

Let us surprise you, what else we have up our sleeve for this special evening!