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IAA 2018

We are looking for successful, solution-oriented intercultural dialogue projects! The Intercultural Achievement Award (IAA) is a key intercultural dialogue project of the Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs. The award honours successful and innovative projects in the field of intercultural dialogue, both in Austria and on a global scale. The award is open to all those who identify and make use of opportunities which positively shape intercultural co-existence. It is also designed for those who have successfully explored new pathways within intercultural dialogue, who have mastered a specific challenge through intercultural action, and who have promoted the dialogue of cultures and religions through their media presence.

Which criteria must be met? Both large- and small-scale projects implemented by organisations or individuals qualify as potential award winners. The IAA specifically promotes intercultural projects within the realms of Arts/Culture, Youth, Human Rights and Global Citizenship Education. The projects need to be either in the process of being implemented or already concluded.

Who is eligible to apply? Applications are open to both non-profit organisations (including non-governmental organisations as well as associations, foundations, charitable educational institutions or religious organisations) and commercial organisations. Governmental, scientific, research or international organisations are excluded from consideration.

Which prizes will be awarded?

  • Category Sustainability: “Best practice project” 
  • Category Recent Events: “Best project with reference to a current issue”
  • Category Innovation: “Most innovative intercultural project”
  • Category Media: “Best media contribution for intercultural understanding”

Specific criteria have to be met for each category. There will only be one winner per category. More information: http://www.bmeia.gv.at/IAA

Application Deadline: March 26th 2018, e-mail your application to: dialogue(at)bmeia.gv.at. APPLY FOR THE IAA 2018!

Alpbach Scholarship Programme

Every year, 700 students from about 80 nationalities participate as scholarship holders in the European Forum Alpbach. Join smart minds from around the world in a charming Alpine village, immersing yourself in an environment bursting with novel ideas, new ways of thinking and opportunities for making great contacts. With the Alpbach scholarship programme, young people under 30 can attend this leading interdisciplinary conference and a variety of academic seminars. A basic scholarship covers the participation fee to all events at the European Forum Alpbach. Additional subsidies are available for accommodation and daily allowances.

Apply for a scholarship until March 30, 2018

Literature Scholarship - Writer of the City of Graz

Call for applications for the "Writer of the City of Graz" scholarship for the period of September 2018 until August 2019.

Donation / Intention of Promotion:  The city of Graz awards the "Writer of the City of Graz" scholarship each year. It includes the provision of an apartment for free in the Cerrini-Schloessl on the Schlossberg, from September of the year of awarding until August 31st of the following year, and a monthly allowance of EURO 1.100,--.

The Kulturvermittlung Steiermark will supervise the guest in consultation with the City of Graz-Department for Cultural Affairs. The intention is to promote writers who show innovative ability and examination of current subject matters, quality in aesthetic and linguistic terms, authenticity and artistic independence. The residence in Graz should contribute to cultural exchange and interaction with the local literature scene. The scholarship holders explicitly agree to stay in Graz for at least 8 months during this period.

Writers who already have been "Writers of the City of Graz" in the past cannot apply again for this scholarship. The submission deliberately does not provide any regional restrictions for the applicants, in order to make intercultural discourse between European and non-European writers possible.

Basic Requirements • cultural interest in and linguistic affinity to Graz • basic German language ability • at least one autonomous literary publication (no private publishing); five published texts in magazines or anthologies; or two already broadcast or published radio plays; or one stage play already performed at a theatre or published • cooperativeness for a dialog between literature and the local urban environment • cooperativeness for participation in readings, lectures at schools, discussions etc. arranged by the City of Graz-Department for Cultural Affairs or the Kulturvermittlung Steiermark, in order to connect with the public and the cultural scene in Graz • working out a proposal for a specific project, which shall be realised during the duration of the stay

Required Documents (six copies) • statement of purpose (informal) • curriculum vitae (resume) • list of publications • 2 different publications (plus translations if not published in German) *) • printed texts (5-10 pages prose or drama texts; or 5 poems in original language with German translations) • concept for the proposed project (appr. 2 pages DIN A4) **) * Dimension: 5 to 10 pages text samples, sending of books not necessary ** Description of a concrete project idea to be implemented during your stay in Graz

Method of Awarding • call for applications • evaluation by the extended advisory board for literature and the City of Graz-Department for Cultural Affairs • decision by City of Graz authorities

Deadline for Applications: March 31st 2018 (valid is the date of postmark)

Applications should be sent to: Kulturamt der Stadt Graz City of Graz – Cultural Office Stigergasse 2/II. Stock (Mariahilfer Platz) 8020 Graz Austria

Contact: Kulturamt Misses Elvira Maurer Tel.: +43/316/872-4907 kulturamt(at)stadt.graz.at  elvira.maurer(at)stadt.graz.at  www.kulturserver-graz.at/kulturamt 

Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts: Transgressing boundaries

What is the International Summer Academy of Fine Arts?

The Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts, founded in 1953 by Oskar Kokoschka as the "School of Vision", in Hohensalzburg Fortress, is the oldest of its kind in Europe. Every year, some 300 participants from more than 50 countries attend some 20 courses offered in two fixed locations: Hohensalzburg Fortress and the Kiefer quarry in Fürstenbrunn, as well as in further temporary spaces in the city of Salzburg. Well-known artists, curators and critics from all over the world offer courses focusing on topical questions of art production, as well as curatorial practice and writing about art.


Some 80 grants, usually covering participation fees only, are available for participation in one of the classes at the Summer Academy. Additional subsidies for travel and living costs are offered by the The American Austrian Foundation (AAF/Seebacher Prize for Fine Arts), ERSTE Foundation, Free State of Bavaria, Münster Academy of Fine Arts, Society of Friends of the Leipzig Academy of Visual Arts, and the Fine Art Department (FADA), Kingston University, London. Applications for these grants should be made directly to the granting bodies, according to their guidelines and closing dates. The BKA Eastern Europe grants, co-financed by the Austrian Federal Chancellery and awarded by the Summer Academy, also include travel and living costs. Applications for the latter and all other grants should be made, online only, via the Summer Academy. The grant application also counts as the application for a class (so need not be made separately). The closing date for all grant applications is 3 April 2018

Grant Application

For applying please make a file upload. It is not necessary to apply for a special grant, applications should contain the following:  

  • Application form for grants
  •  Brief informative curriculum vitae
  •  Statement on the reason for applying and what you expect from participation in a course at the Summer Academy Portfolio, approximately 10 photographs of your work (for the courses in curatorial theory and praxis, writing and blogging a portfolio is not necessary)

Further informations: http://www.summeracademy.at/Grants_94.html

1. International Haydn Competition for Classical Lied and Aria

As of 2018, the International Haydn Competition for Classical Lied and Aria will be held at Rohrau, the birthplace of the brothers Joseph and Michael Haydn, to commemorate the anniversary of Joseph Haydn’s death. It is being organized by the sate of Lower Austria in cooperation with the HAYDNREGION NIEDEROESTERREICH (Haydn Region Lower Austria) Society. The competition is aimed at young singers worldwide with particular talents and training in the areas of Lied and opera and focuses on the Wiener Klassik (Vienna Classical) era.

Age Limit Eligible are female singers born after January 1, 1987 and male singers born after January 1, 1985.

Registration / Application Registration is possible only in digital form from January 15 until April 10 2018. Candidates must submit the following:

  • scan of the completed and signed registration document
  • copy of birth certificate
  • artistic CV
  • competition repertoire list
  • 2 photos in high resolution (300 dpi)
  • a live recording on Weblink 

Participants give their permission for the sharing of their personal data for the purpose of information on the part of the competition organizers.

Registration Fee: € 50, non-refundable. Final Date for arrival of fee: April 13, 2018

Bank details: Account holder: HAYDNREGION NIEDERÖSTERREICH IBAN: AT08 3207 3000 0084 3862 | BIC: RLNWATWWBRL Reference: Haydn-Competition 2018

Murau International Music Festival

Submission of compositions on „Otherness“ The Murau International Music Festival (MIMF) 2018 will take place from August 17th to the 25th and will consist of a workshop program for voice and composition as well as a concert series. All composers have the opportunity to submit hitherto unpublished scores to this year’s theme of “Otherness”. The selected piece will be premiered under the artistic direction of Zane Zalis at the Gala Concert in the Mathäuskirche in Murau on August 24 and will be performed again on the repeat date of the concert on August 25.

“Otherness” is a fundamental experience that shapes each and every one of us. We experience ourselves and the world on different levels and in constantly changing situations. An important role is played by our perception of others and their “otherness” or, conversely, our own “otherness”. What distinguishes us personally or as a group from others? What role does the differentiation from others play in our own identity? Under what circumstances does this distinction from others become permeable?

All composers are invited to explore these and other questions on the topic of “Otherness”. We are looking forward to your contributions!

Please submit contributions online only using the online form provided via www.mimf.at. Any further questions can be addressed to Marko Zeiler by email at: office(at)mimf.at Kindly note that further information and any possible changes as well as the results are posted on a regular basis on www.mimf.at 

Deadline for submission: 15 April 2018, Announcement of the results: 25 Mai 2018