FILM AND PERFORMANCES | DIGITAL EYE @BLINDWHINO

THE PRIVACY PARADOX: DISCOVER HOW YOU CRAVE AND FORFEIT YOUR PRIVACY.

Digital Eye @BlindWhino is an exciting, interactive event merging theater, film and a live game show to explore how the Digital Age is affecting our everyday lives. As technology moves towards a more intimate experience with its users, we find our private lives becoming the commodity for a global market of data-miners, phishers, and hackers. Our private selves - what we watch, what we like, where we go - can all be used overtly or covertly to determine what we do. We invite you to consider how you fit in at the dawn of a new era.

View thought-provoking micro-plays and filmed performances produced by Europe’s most innovative playwrights and directed by Washington’s leading theaters. Team up for challenges revealing fun yet disturbing truths about how others predict our personalities. Lend your voice to a talk with renowned international digital and privacy experts. Experience one of DC's most visually stunning venues as the evening challenges your understanding of what it means to be a connected individual.

So... what are you getting in this new world? What are you giving up?

This hybrid cultural-political experience is part of the transatlantic theater project P3M5 (Plurality of Privacy in Five-Minute Plays), a partnership between European and American cultural organizations to engage in the changing nature of privacy in the digital age.

Digital Eye @BlindWhino partners include the Austrian Cultural Forum, British Council, Embassy of the Czech Republic, Cultural Office of the Embassy of Spain, Goethe-Institut Washington, Embassy of Sweden, Baltimore Center Stage, Blind Whino SW Arts Club, Forum Theatre, The Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics at Georgetown University, Shakespeare Theatre, and Studio Theatre.

Additional support for Digital Eye @BlindWhino comes from the European National Institutes of Culture Cluster Fund and Friends of the Goethe-Institut.

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When:
Monday, October 16, 2017 | 6:00 pm & 8:30 pm
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 | 6:00 pm & 8:30 pm
Where: 
Blind Whino SW Arts Club, 700 Delaware Avenue Southwest, Washington, DC 20024

LECTURE: AUSTRIAN–AMERICAN RELATIONS IN A PERIOD OF TURMOIL

What are Austria’s foreign policy interests, and how are they pursued? Is there a “distinguishing feature” of Austrian foreign policy? If so, how is it defined?

Ambassador Franz Cede and Ambassador Christian Prosl will deliver the lecture "Austrian-American Relations in a Period of Turmoil" at the Austrian Embassy in Washington DC, on October 11, 2017. The lecture will cover the following topics: "Austrian/European - US relations", "EU future after Brexit" as well as " Immigration and Integration - A European Perspective". The speakers will be pleased to answer questions from the public after their presentation.

The lecture is based on their co-authored book “Ambition and Reality. Austria’s Foreign Policy since 1945”, which describes the most important themes of the Second Republic’s foreign policy, and provides insight into diplomatic practice. It delivers an overview of the developments of the past decades—from the re-establishment of the Foreign Service and Austria’s role in the Cold War to the changes that have taken place since EU accession. The book sheds light on Austria’s relations with its direct neighbouring states, the ambivalent relationship with the USA and the effects of the collapse of the USSR.

Ambassador Cede and Ambassador Prosl have written the book based on their many years of experience in the diplomatic service, and aim to contribute to a better understanding of the country’s position in an international context with their analysis. They do not just direct their gaze into the past, but also into the present and future of Austrian foreign policy, and consider above all the fundamental changes that took place at the beginning of the 21st century—changes that have set completely new challenges for Austria.

Additionally, Ambassador Franz Cede and Ambassador Christian Prosl will give the lecture “The European Union - Challenges and Chances; A View from Austria” at the Georgetown University on October 12, 2017.

When:   Thursday, October 12, 2017 | 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Where:  Georgetown University, Department of History – Conference Room ICC 662 | 37th St NW & O St NW, Washington, DC 20057
Tickets: General admission is free and open to the public.

Ambassador Franz Cede
After finishing his law studies in Innsbruck and further studies in Paris, Bologna and Washington (Master of Arts), Ambassador Franz Cede was admitted to the Austrian Foreign Ministry in 1972. In his diplomatic career Cede first worked at the Austrian embassies in Paris and Rabat. He was later appointed ambassador to Zaire (Congo), General Consul in Los Angeles, ambassador to Russia and in Brussels where he was Austrian ambassador to Belgium and to NATO. In Vienna, Ambassador Cede was assigned to the International Law Office of the Foreign Ministry. He was Director of the International Law Office from 1993 to 1999. Ambassador Cede is the author and editor of numerous publications in the fields of international law, European law and international relations. He taught at the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna and the Andrássy University in Budapest and is presently teaching at Webster University in Vienna.

Ambassador Christian Prosl
After completing his studies in law and French in Vienna and post-graduate studies at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Ambassador Christian Prosl worked with the UN Development Program (UNDP) in Burkina Faso and Rwanda from 1973 to 1977. In 1977 he joined the Foreign Ministry and was assigned to the embassies in London and Washington, followed by an assignment as Head of the Secretary General’s Coordination Office in the Foreign Ministry in Vienna. From 1991 to 1995 he served as Consul General in Los Angeles. Back in Vienna, he was appointed Head of the Department for Western and Northern Europe and acted as Head of the Leg­al and Consular Section from 1998 to 2002. From 2003 to 2009 he served as Austrian ambassador in Ber­lin, followed by an assignment as Ambassador to the US until 2011. He retired in December 2011. Since 2012 he has been the president of the Austrian Cultural Association.

CONCERT | IRENE KEPL @ THE SONIC CIRCUITS FESTIVAL

Sonic Circuits is a local promotor for experimental music. This year’s festival takes place at Rhizome in Washington, DC from September 15 to 17, 2017. Sonic Circuits offers artists new platforms where they not only get the chance to present their music but also get to connect with other artists from around the world.

Irene Kepl, a renowned Austrian violinist and composer, will be part of this year’s festival lineup. On September 17, 2017 (4:00 - 10:00 pm) Ms. Kepl will perform her latest work “SololoS” which was released by FOU records in Paris earlier this year. The album shows that she likes to challenge herself by improvising and exploring music, where she finds herself using all different types of sounds including scratching, whistling and singing.

“Here we have a stunning solo album of improvised violin from Viennese violinist Irene Kepl, showing a great range of style and technique while keeping the music playful and interesting, invoking a quote from Trisha Brown: Dancing on the edge is the only place to be.” – Jean-Michel Van Schouwburg

Irene Kepl focuses in her work primarily on contemporary classical music, free improvisation, composition, Jazz and groove based musics. She has performed in many prestigious venues and received various grants and prizes such as Gustav Mahler Composition Prize the Theodor Körner Prize for composition. Her aim is to always push the borders of musical expressions via improvising and composing. She also performs at festivals including Moers Festival, Java Jazz and NowNow. She is a founder or a member of several projects such as Violet Spin (String Quartet), Ensemble Verso (zeromoon records 2016), Kepl & Holub (SLAM records 2015), resonators (Another Timbre 2016), faqs (w/ Dirk Marwedel & Uwe Oberg) and SololoS (improv Violin Solo, FOU records). She released several CDs for which she earned international recognition. In autumn 2016 her compositon “get weaving!” was released by zeromoon records, Washington DC. Ms. Kepl is also the founder of the concert series “Musik im Raum” in Upper Austria and now runs a new one at “KunstbeTrieb” in Vienna, featuring contemporary and improvised music.

Tickets: Tickets are available at the door before the show. For more information please visit: dc-soniccircuits.org

VIENNA PHILHARMONIC 1842‒2017: 175 YEARS OF POLITICAL, SOCIAL, AND MUSIC HISTORY

In 2017 the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra commemorates its foundation 175 years ago. This lecture starts by presenting the distinctive structures of this orchestra which are in effect until today. Based on documents of the orchestra’s Historical Archives a time travel from the 19th to the 21st century will then highlight the orchestra’s relations with the most famous composers and conductors of their times, the role of its musicians that have formed this unique musical body, and its affiliations with the different political regimes between the Habsburg Empire, National Socialism, and the Republic of Austria. In this talk, Dr Silvia Kargl, archivist of the Vienna Philharmonic, and Dr Friedemann Pestel, historian at Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg, who have extensively worked on the orchestra’s rich archival collections, will explain how the Vienna Philharmonic became and remained one of the world’s leading orchestras over 175 years.     

(c) Historisches Archiv Wiener Philharmoniker

When: Wednesday, September 13, 2017 | 6:00 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court NW, Washington, DC, 20008
Tickets: General admission is free and open to the public.

EXHIBITION | MATTA WAGNEST: THE SOUND OF ART

THE SOUND OF ART

is the space,  is the form, is the time, in which movement can take place. The movement forms the space, defines the time, is the event, is the music. 

The exhibition The Sound of Art refers to the fact that music and creativity can be found everywhere. It affects every form of communication, whether in privat, in politics, in the economy, in trade ... locally and globally.
One of the shown art works is Sculpture.Europe. The goal is to emphasize the “united in diversity” and to present the project in this spirit in all EU countries, perhaps during Austria’s EU presidency in 2018. The same material, namely “float.glass”, is used for each country, though colors differ. Floor plans are individually customized for each nation to ensure the sculptures are accessible. This approach aims at representing on the one hand the respect for the individual nations and on the other hand the equality of the basic needs of all people. The transparency of the “glass” material symbolizes the importance of “open communication” in the sense of “passing through”.

Exhibition Opening
When: Thursday, May 18, 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.

Exhibition |  May 18 - July 7, 2017

CONCERT | MARK DAMISCH

Mark Damisch is an American concert pianist who began studying organ at the Evanston Conservatory of Music at the age of four. He performed his first piano concert at seven. As a teenager in 1974, he toured Europe both as a pianist and also in a vocal group alongside the Vienna Boys Choir. In Salzburg’s Mirabel Gardens, he first considered the idea of touring on his own.

Mark Damisch’s piano concerts have taken him to more than 40 countries, including Japan, the Soviet Union, Ukraine, Israel, Egypt, the Netherlands, China, the Greek Islands, Iceland, Taiwan, Vietnam, Australia, New Zealand, India and more.

Currently he is touring to Washington, D.C., Portugal, Spain, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, Romania, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, and Russia.

When: Friday, July 7, 2017 | 12:00 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court NW, Washington, DC, 20008
Tickets: General admission is free and open to the public

CONCERT | DR. DIDI: IN EFFIGIE

When Dr. Didi was founded in 2006, it combined three strikingly different artistic personalities, Peter Androsch (Guitar, Melodica), Didi Bruckmayr (Vocals) and Bernd Preinfalk (Double Bass). Peter Androsch is active as a composer, mostly in the context of musical theatre, as well as as the founder and head of the Hörstadt. Didi Bruckmayr is known for his performances, formed by Fuckhead and Wipeout. Bernd Preinfalk is a composer and sound researcher from the border to the Czech Republik. The three musicians construct a fascinating world in between Death Metal turned Lied and a skeletal operetta version of classical blues. The ACFDC is delighted to present this musical event.

When: Friday, June 30, 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 | 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.