Panel Discussion | Austrian Studies Today
Dec
12
7:30 pm19:30

Panel Discussion | Austrian Studies Today

  • Austrian Cultural Forum

Panel Discussion | Austrian Studies Today
December 12, 2016 | 7:30 pm

The 25th volume of the annual publication series Contemporary Austrian Studies (CAS), entitled Austrian Studies Today, was published recently by UNO Press/innsbruck university press, reflecting a unique transatlantic university partnership. This anniversary edition contains “updates” of articles by authors who had contributed essays to the main topics covered in the previous 24 volumes (such as “The Kreisky Era”/1994 or “Religion in Austria”/2005). The essays of this volume in toto therefore provide an excellent survey of Austrian Studies in the social sciences to this day and age. Co-edited by Günter Bischof (UNO) and Anton Pelinka, Fritz Plasser and Ferdinand Karlhofer (Innsbruck), CAS is published jointly by the Center Austria at the University of New Orleans and the Department of Political Science at the University of Innsbruck.

Panelists:
Günter Bischof, Austrian Marshall Plan Center for European Studies, The University of New Orleans
Steven Beller, Independent Scholar
James Shedel, Department of History, Georgetown University

When: Monday, December 12, 2016 | 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Where: Embassy of Austria 3524 International Court NW, Washington, DC, 20008
Tickets: General admission is free and opened to the public. 

A reception with wine and cheese takes place after the Panel Discussion.

© UNO Press/innsbruck university press

Festival Film | Neu
Nov
5
2:00 pm14:00

Festival Film | Neu

  • Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

Festival Film | Neu: November 3 - 6, 2016

The festival Film | Neu is Washingtons leading German-language film event which presents the newest trends and movies from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. This year for the first time, the category New Short Films shows awarded, new short films from the three German-speaking countries.

Austria's Contribution | New Short Films & Film Screening: Chucks
November 5, 2016 | 2:00 pm (New Short Films) & 8:45 pm (Chucks)

The ACFDC contributes with a selection of diverse short movies in the category New Short Films. These include the films "Domino" (Anna Vasof), "Babash" (Lisa Truttmann and Behrouz Rae), "Triste Déserts -  A Robot's Tale" (Stephanie Winter) and "Uncanny Valley" (Paul Wenninger). In addition to the new short films, the film "Chucks" is screened. The movie is based on the successful novel by Cornelia Travnicek and takes place on the streets of Vienna. 

When: Saturday, November 5, 2016 | 2:00 pm (New Short Films) & 8:45 pm (Chucks)
Where: Landmark's E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW, Washington, DC, 20004 (Metro Center)
Tickets: Tickets can be purchased at Landmark's E Street Cinema's box office or online using the following link: http://bit.ly/2elr4aa
A reception with Austrian treats takes place at Landmark’s E Street Cinema before the 8:45 pm screening of "Chucks".

Further information about the Festival Film | Neuhttp://bit.ly/1sNqtBZ

© Wolfgang Thaler

Kids Euro Festival 2016
Nov
3
10:00 am10:00

Kids Euro Festival 2016

  • Austrian Cultural Forum

Kids Euro Festival 2016
October 26
– November 6, 2016

There are 28 countries in the European Union with so many interesting cultures. Are you ready to broaden your horizons on European culture? Are you ready to experience culture through arts? Are you ready to experience Europe in the nation's capital? Come and enjoy the Kids Euro Festival – full of great events ranging from dance to sports, and from animation to theatre. The October 26 to November 6 festival is a fantastic way for the kids to learn about different cultures, for free! As part of the European Union, the Austrian Cultural Forum Washington DC on behalf of Austria also participates at the festival by screening the film “Brothers of the Wind”. The film is a powerful tale of hope and discovery. A legacy epic and a new frontier in wild drama.

Austria's Contribution: Film Screening | Brothers of the Wind
November 3, 2016 | 10:00 am & 2:00 pm

As part of the European Union, the ACFDC also participates at the festival and invites you for the screening of the film “Brothers of the Wind”. The movie is a powerful tale of hope and discovery. A legacy epic and a new frontier in wild drama.

When: Thursday, November 3, 2016 | 10:00 am & 2:00 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court, NW, Washington, DC, 20008
Tickets: General admission is free and open to the public for both screenings.
Reserve your ticket for the 10:00 am event at: http://bit.ly/2dqqDci
Reserve your ticket for the 2:00 pm event at: http://bit.ly/2dO7To8.

Further information about the Kids Euro Festival: http://bit.ly/1Mzx1hz

Call for Submissions | Short Film Competition
Nov
1
Dec 19

Call for Submissions | Short Film Competition

The Blue Danube goes USA!

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 – isn’t that a reason to celebrate? The Austrian Cultural Forum Washington takes this occasion to bring the classic waltz into the age of multimedia and film.

What does that mean exactly? We are looking for the most creative, funny and unique short films about the world-famous waltz. No limits are set to your imagination: whistle, dance, animate or even perform an anecdote about The Blue Danube – anything counts as a submission, as long as it’s captured on film.*

So: ALLES WALZER – let the waltz begin!

The short films are presented during an exclusive event at the Austrian Embassy in Washington, DC. The 5 most creative short films of this competition – which is organized by the Austrian Cultural Forum Washington – are shown to the international audience of the traditional Viennese Opera Ball in New York.

Closing Date: Monday, December 19, 2016 via WeTransfer (including name, address, nationality, date of birth and educational institution) to Ms. Birgit Witamwas, Cultural Officer, Austrian Cultural Forum Washington: culture@austria.org. She will be happy to answer any of your questions!

The best 5 short films will be awarded till January 25, 2017
Duration of the short film: 150 years in 1:50 minutes (up to 2:00 minutes)
Qualify to participate in the competition are students from any school, university, private university, college and teacher training college.

* The Austrian Cultural Forum Washington reserves the rights to exam the submissions and if necessary to exclude short films from the competition.

© Jorge Royan / http://www.royan.com.ar / CC BY-SA 3.0

Reading & Discussion | August Schmölzer: The Gravedigger in the Boxwood Tree
Oct
28
7:30 pm19:30

Reading & Discussion | August Schmölzer: The Gravedigger in the Boxwood Tree

  • Austrian Cultural Forum

Reading & Discussion | August Schmölzer: The Gravedigger in the Boxwood Tree
October 28, 2016 | 7:30 pm

The ACFDC proudly presents the Austrian actor and author August Schmölzer who reads from and discusses his first novel The Gravedigger in the Boxwood Tree.

The book centers on Josef, a lonely gravedigger, who comes back to the mountain town of his childhood after many years. During his youth, the war had led him to the neighboring town by the sea, where he worked as a war photographer. Since then, he has been haunted by the look of a little boy, Michael, who got shot in front of his eyes. On his way back home, Josef suddenly starts to talk with Michael. Through their continuous dialogue, Josef passes in review the story of his life. Progressively, he liberates himself from the past and finds the courage to start new again. Opening his heart to Ragusa, his old flame, Josef finally accesses to inner peace and happiness at the end of his life.

August Schmölzer was born in 1958 in Austria. He is known as an actor for his roles in Schindler’s List and also in many other movies and TV films such as The Chinese Man based on the novel by H. Mankell. The Gravedigger in the Boxwood Tree is the first novel of August Schmölzer. His writing style is vigorous and varied like the landscape of his home country.

When: Friday, October 28, 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: http://bit.ly/2duirZM

Further Event:
When:
 Wednesday, October 26, 2016 | 2:00 pm
Where: University of Virginia, New Cabell Hall 236, 1605 Jefferson Park Ave, Charlottesville, VA 22904
For further information please contact Mr. Asher D. Biemann, Professor at the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia: ab5j@eservices.virginia.edu

Credits: Photo A. Deutschmann

Concert | Duo Aliada
Oct
18
7:30 pm19:30

Concert | Duo Aliada

  • Austrian Cultural Forum

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: http://bit.ly/2d8DfXV

Credits: Siavash Talebi

Lecture & Discussion | Wendelin Ettmayer: The European Union Post-Brexit: Challenges and Opportunities
Oct
12
4:30 pm16:30

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

  • University of Virginia

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: http://bit.ly/2dGthON

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: ab5j@eservices.virginia.edu

Credits: Parlamentsdirektion / Carina Ott