Welcome to the Homepage of the Austrian Cultural Forum Tel Aviv!
The Cultural Forum deals with art and culture and attempts, at the same time, to connect innovation with tradition. Our wide spectrum of activities includes music, literature, film, architecture, painting and photography. As indicated in our name, the work of the Austrian Cultural Forum concentrates on the implementation and support of cultural projects in cooperation with Israeli institutions and partners as well as the mediation of Austria’s cultural heritage in the light of a modern and an open-minded understanding of the complex image of Austria. The presentation of the manifoldness of Austrian culture with a priority to contemporary arts is an important focal point of our activities in Israel. In addition to well-established cultural sections, the cultural relationship to Austria has intensified and it has been approaching niche sectors of different fields, due to rising social media activities. We aim to reach a wide spectrum of interested people not only with a European background but from all over the country.
Therefore the Austrian Cultural Forum Tel Aviv aims to initiate, foster and improve cultural and scientific contacts in order to contribute to the positive development of relations between the two countries. The development of a lively network of local event partners is of crucial importance since the Austrian Cultural Forum does not possess its own venue for events.
Fostering direct contacts and deepening the excellent working relationship with local universities is of great significance to the Cultural Forum. We work closely with several universities in Israel, such as the Tel Aviv University, the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beer Sheva or the Center for Austrian Studies at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Historian Dr. Christian Gerbel occupied the position as Austrian guest lecturer in Jerusalem in the academic year 12/13. Furthermore, the Center of Austrian and German Studies at the Ben-Gurion University in Beer Sheva is the location of an Austrian lectureship for German language and Austrian literature.
The year 2013 was characterized by a variety of successful cultural events. Highlights of 2013 included the exhibition “Journey to Poetry” in the Peres Peace Center, which presented photographic works of eight different international artists – among them Sini Coreth as the Austrian representative – and the exhibition “Free Wheel” with 45 bicycles from the “Embacher/Collection” at the Design Museum Holon.
Among a variety of concerts and performances from different genres were Martin Mallaun’s zither-program in Jerusalem, Austrian bands at the “Rock to Bethlehem” festival in Bethlehem, as well as the Viennese Academy Orchestra under the guidance of Martin Haselböck - in collaboration with US-actor John Malkovich playing the role of murderer Jack Unterweger in the music drama “Infernal Comedy” in Tel Aviv and Eilat. Furthermore, Uli Fussenegger, Doris Nicoletti and Joonas Ahonen of Klangforum Wien participated in the 2013 edition of the “Tzlil Meudcan” summer school and festival of contemporary music.
Several Austrian film and documentary productions were once more presented in all major Israeli film festivals. In May 2013 the docaviv-festival had various Austrian entries: Nikolaus Geyrhalter’s “Danube Hospital”, Paul Poet’s “Foreigners Out! Schligensief’s Container” and Andreas Pichler’s “The Venice Syndrome”. “One Song” by Catalina Molina and “Liquidation” by Matthias Zuder were the Austrian entries at the 15th International Student Film Festival, while the 29th Haifa International Film Festival screened the Paradise-Trilogy by Austrian director Ulrich Seidl (Love, Faith, Hope), Jem Cohen’s “Museum Hours” and Yves Montmayeur’s documentary “Michael H. Profession: Director”.
At the 26th Jerusalem International Book Fair in February 2013 author Sabine Gruber presented her literary work to the audience. In May, Austrian acclaimed actor and author Miguel Herz-Kestranek pleased his audience with readings in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. The symposium “An Austrian Homage to Contemporary Yiddish Literature”, with Dr. Markus Jaroschka and Dr. Thomas Soxberger brought Yiddish literature into sharper focus.
The Austrian Cultural Forum Tel Aviv will continue bringing together different generations and acting as an important linkage between Austria and Israelis with Austrian roots. Several projects have been designed to further deepen the friendship between Israelis and Austrians. In recent years, more than 300 young Israelis and Austrians have been celebrating together at the “Red-White Clubbing”, which has been organized since the year 2008, at the residence of the Austrian Ambassador. By now, this event ranks among the best and most successful Austrian cultural initiatives in Israel. The 6th edition of this popular event took place on May 30th, 2013 – this time celebrating “the 130th Birthday of Franz Kafka”.
Initiated by the Austrian Embassy and the Austrian Cultural Forum Tel Aviv, the recently created Forum “Young Israelis Meeting Austria” launched the “Austria-Israel Salon” – monthly organized events for young Israelis with a strong connection to Austria – and thus promotes Austrian Israeli relations in the fields of research, diplomacy, culture and economy.
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