Establishing a strong cultural and scientifical cooperation between Austria and Albania features the main focus of the Cultural Year 2018. In this respect, the project aims to further strengthen and intensify the Austrian-Albanian relationship in order to encourage a long-term and sustainable intercultural dialogue.
Considering this year's theme is called "Mutual Discoveries", the project is not only based on historical connections, but mainly focuses on the current transnational friendship. With this in mind, contemporary art, culture and innovative ideas created by young Austrian and Albanian artists will be presented and strongly promoted.
This year's programme contains a variety of events in the categories history, literature, visual arts, film, music, media and intercultural dialogue. Furthermore, the participation of female Albanian artists will be strongly encouraged in the implementation of events. Additionally, the International Cultural Policy initiated a book project, which emphasizes connections between the two countries. The project presents a lasting cultural heritage and aims to create curiosity about further intensive studies on each other.
International artists performing in the Wiener Konzerthaus as a prelude of the Cultural Year 2018
The concert "Vienna salutes to Tirana" took place on the 16th of November on the occasion of the 105th Albanian National Holiday, presenting the musical start of the Cultural Year 2018 under the topic Austria-Albania. It was ceremonially inaugurated by the former Austrian Federal President Heinz Fischer and the Albanian President Ilir Meta.
Due to the involvement and cooperation of various Albanian and international artists and musicians, like soprano Inva Mula, pianist Genc Tukici, concert master of the Wiener Philharmonie Volkhard Steude, prima ballerina of the Vienna State Opera Maria Yakovleva and solo dancer Eno Peci, the concert was simply superlative in supporting the intercultural dialogue.
More than 100 events, including concerts, theatrical and dance performances, as well as film screenings, exhibitions and journalistic projects will take place in both countries within the Cultural Year Austria-Albania.
The project's aim is it to further strengthen and intensify the Austrian-Albanian friendship in order to encourage a long-term and sustainable intercultural dialogue.
In the context of the Cultural Year Austria – Croatia 2017, which runs under the slogan "Experiencing Culture Together", more than 100 different and exquisite cultural events will take place: concerts, art exhibitions, theatre and film festivals. The programme aims at giving Austria and Croatia the chance to get to know one another better.
Please find detailed information on the programme in our brochure:
The opening event of the Cultural Year Austria – Croatia 2017 took place on 14 February 2017 in the renowned jazz and music Club Porgy&Bess. In the presence of the foreign ministers of both Austria and Croatia, Sebastian Kurz and Davor Stier, the Cultural year was ceremonially inaugurated. Please find photos of the event here.