Austria and Bosnia and Herzegovina are close international partners and friends. This relationship is firmly based on our manifold historic, cultural, economic and human connections. Today, over 200.000 people with Bosnian background live in Austria. Two thirds of them are members of the first generation, and one third members of the second generation. They constitute a very important and stable bridge between our two countries.
As a sign of our close ties, Bosnia and Herzegovina will be a focus country of Austria’s International Cultural Policy in 2016. This year, we will get to know each other (even better) - and continue building a culture of interaction and cooperation. Our aim is to make audiences in Austria even more aware of art and culture from Bosnia and Herzegovina. Through artists-in-residence-programmes for visual artists as well as for writers at the Museumsquartier we further seek to create new opportunities for artists from Bosnia and Herzegovina. In addition, in April of this year the Women’s Museum in Hittisau will offer a month long residency to a female writer from Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The Cultural Year Austria – Bosnia and Herzegovina 2016 will be as multifaceted as our bilateral relations. With over 50 projects in our two countries it will also be quite substantial. Exchange and the linking-up of artists will be central elements of the various projects. With regard to content diverse topics such as migration, religion, identity, and the EU will be dealt with, among others, by scholars in religious studies, legal philosophers, musicians, writers, filmmakers, as well as students.
You will find the programme of events planned so far in our brochure on the Cultural Year Austria – Bosnia and Herzegovina 2016 in German and BCS-Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian.
The Cultural Year Austria – Bosnia and Herzegovina 2016 was launched by the Foreign Ministers of Austria and Bosnia and Hercegovina, Sebastian Kurz and Igor Crnadak, at an Inaugural Event for invited guests at the Arena21 at the Museumsquartier Wien.