Vienna, 7 November 2007 Press release

Viennese coffee house in Ankara


Austrian Embassy presents Austria month

Vienna, 7 November 2007 - November in Ankara is being devoted to Austrian culture. The concert and exhibition series began on 4 November with a piano recital by the renowned Turkish pianist Berki Türev, who is giving five concerts featuring Austrian and Turkish composers. Concerts by the Austrian violinist Konstantin Weitz, the Wiener Schrammelquartett and the Austro-Georgian pianist Mzia Simonischwili complete the musical programme, which ends in early December with a Schubert lieder evening with Peter Schöne.

The focus of the Austrian Embassy’s cultural activities in Ankara is the first "Vienna Coffee House Days" on 6 and 7 November in the Ambassador’s residence. Apart from typical Viennese coffee and cakes, recipes and books about the coffee house tradition, there will be an exhibition of coffee house pictures by the Austro-Turkish painter Muteber Aydin-Wurm, whose images of Austrian and Turkish women present a critical female point of view. The atmosphere of the Viennese coffee house as a place to meet and pass the time will be recreated through piano music and readings from typical coffee house literature by actor Christoph Nechvatal. Austrian geography and culture, focusing in particular on literature, music and coffee houses, will also be communicated at the same time in the Austria Days at the University of Ankara.

The Austrian culture month will have a political underpinning through a visit on 8 November by the Secretary-General for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Johannes Kyrle, to the exhibition "Austro-Turkish history - 125th anniversary of St. Georg Kolleg, the Austrian school in Istanbul" in the gallery of the Turkish foreign ministry.

Austrian Mission Ankara
Iris Denli-Wrana
Tel.: ++90 (312) 419 04 31
Fax: ++90 (312) 418 94 54