Austrian Cultural Forum

MEET & GREET DISCUSSION | CrossCurrents: European Theater Residency
May 6, 2019, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
@House of Sweden

More than 200 visionary artists from over 40 countries will get together for CrossCurrents, a citywide biennial festival. For the week from May 6 to 11 the EUNIC Cluster Washington, the network of European Union National Institutes for Culture, has developed together with The Lab from Georgetown University a European Theater Residency project, featuring theater makers from 7 European countries. Join us for the prelude to the official opening of "The Gathering" (May 8 – 11), where the European artists will participate in a public Meet & Greet discussion in the House of Sweden on May 6.

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May 11, 2019, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
@Embassy of Austria

Photo | View of the lake Achensee © Österreich Werbung, Photographer Martin Steinthaler (TineFoto)

On May 11, we want to welcome you with a heartwarming “Servus aus Österreich! Hello from Austria!” to the EU Open House Day at the Embassy of Austria in Washington, DC. We are famous for Mozart, Sound of Music and apple strudel, but we have way more to offer: For example, we are the leading country in the European Union when it comes to organic farming! Thus you will be able to sample Austrian organic delicacies and coffee throughout the day as well as enjoy a unique opportunity to experience the country’s cultural heritage and national traditions.

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CONCERT | Hanna Bachmann & Isabel Pfefferkorn
May 14, 2019, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
@Embassy of Austria

Photo | Isabel Pfefferkorn ©  Maciek Burdzy / Hanna Bachmann ©  Nancy Horowitz

Listen to the strains of the late Classical and early Romantic era followed by some vibrant youthful sounds from Austria. It seems like pianist Hanna Bachmann and mezzo-sopranoIsabel Pfefferkorn have found their perfect match on stage as they perform their music. The two Austrian musicians will present their interpretation of Winterreise (Winter Journey) from the well-known composer Franz Schubert and Wüstenschrei (Desert Scream), which is Isabel Pfefferkorn’s own composition and will highlight Austria’s new and contemporary music. The two artists will also perform at the lunch concert series of the National Gallery of Art on May 15.

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EXHIBITION | Ruth Maier, the "Austrian-Norwegian Anne Frank"
Through July 5, 2019
Mon – Fri, 9:30 am – 4:30 p.m
@Embassy of Austria

Photo | Ruth Maier, 1940 © Norwegian Center for Holocaust and Minority Studies

Through photographs and diary extracts, this exhibition tells the story of the Jewish girlRuth Maier, born in Vienna in 1920. She recorded her everyday life and the increasing persecution of Jews in Austria following the Anschluss in 1938. After witnessing the violent antisemitism of the Kristallnacht Pogrom, Ruth found refuge in Norway while the rest of her family escaped to Great Britain. However, her newfound safety did not last: In 1942, Ruth was arrested and deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau, where she was murdered on arrival. The exhibition will be on view through July 5, in the Atrium of the Embassy of Austria.

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