Art and culture are part of the Austrian identity. They are closely linked to Austrian consciousness.
The dimension of art conveys perceptions, offers exciting insights and opens new perspectives on Austria. Portraying Austrian culture abroad is, therefore, an essential and invaluably important instrument of Austrian foreign politics.
In line with Gustav Mahler’s formulated principle that ‘tradition( is) the passing on of fire and not the adoration of ashes’, the Austrian Embassy gives priority to convey modern aspects of cultural works. As such, Austria should be portrayed as an innovative-creative country whose artistic and cultural achievements are based on traditions, and at the same time produce innovations till the current day.
In October 2016, the Austrian film ‘Wie Brüder im Wind’ was successfully screened at the European Film Festival, and the Austrian Embassy joined the local EUNIC Cluster as the eighth member.
Concerning extremist violent acts in the name of – and as such the missuse of- religion, as well as in the conflicting priorities of migration and integration, initiatives in the field of dialogue between cultures and religions have been set, with the goal of making a sustainable contribution to global trust-building and peace-keeping. Within this context, a regular exchange of common values for co-existence amid the diversity of cultures and religions, on beliefs and world visions and the foundations of our legal system, are of the utmost importance. In 2010, and upon an initiative by Jordanian King Abdullah II, the UN General Assembly decided to dedicate the first week of February to harmony among religious communities and worldviews.