Strasbourg/Vienna, 18 November 2013 Press release

Spindelegger presents Austrian cultural programme for the term of chairmanship of the Council of Europe

From Paul Flora to Ars Electronica: Rich programme of Austrian culture in Strasbourg during Austria's chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe

Strasbourg/Vienna, 18 November 2013 – The municipality of Strasbourg and the Austrian Consulate General have organised a rich cultural offering for the six months during which Austria is to chair the Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers (November 2013 to May 2014).

At a meeting with Roland Ries, the mayor of Strasbourg, last week, Austrian Vice-Chancellor and Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger stressed the diversity of the rich Austrian cultural programme that has been compiled together with the city of Strasbourg. "It is impressive to see what a very high profile Austria will have in Strasbourg thanks to its cultural programme that ranges from classical to contemporary Austrian art and provides a comprehensive scope of highly diverse topics."

The cultural institutions of Strasbourg and the French region of Lower Rhine always arrange for a multicultural, colourful cultural programme with the country holding the chairmanship. The aim is to increase both the visibility of the Council of Europe as also that of the diplomatic representations of the 47 member states.

Austrian culinary art will also be offered in Strasbourg: From November to May various restaurants of the city – led by the famous "Maison Kammerzell" in the Place de la Cathédrale – will hold "Austrian weeks". The cultural kick-off event was a concert by the "1. Frauen-Kammerorchester von Österreich" in the framework of the "Voix étouffés" music festival on 14 November. The First Women's Chamber Orchestra of Austria performed works by composers Schulhof, Haas and Goldschmidt who were killed in the concentration camp of Theresienstadt.

Other highlights of the cultural programme with its 41 events include:

·         Performance of Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 2 (Resurrection Symphony) at Easter
          in the Cathedral, and a Mozart Charity Concert with the Strasbourg Philharmonic
·         Paul Flora exhibition at the Tomi Ungerer museum
·         Concert evenings with Shmuel Barzilai, chief cantor of Vienna
·         Jazz concerts
·         Film festival with Austrian films
·         Photo exhibition "Jude sein - being Jewish" of the Jewish Museum Vienna
·         Ars Electronica/Ososphère installations
·         Schubertiade (Opéra du Rhin) 
·         Akademie Graz – Roma exhibition (art and culture of the Roma in Europe)
·         A Stefan Zweig focus

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