Federal Minister Kurz: "Presenting Austria as an innovative and creative country"

‘Auslandskulturtagung’ in Vienna on 2 September 2015 focuses on creativity

Vienna, 2 September 2015 - “International Cultural Policy is an important part of the Austrian foreign policy. It presents Austria as an innovative and creative country, with her achievements in the arts, culture and science fostering innovation. A great number of people in Austria work in the cultural sector and creative industries and I am delighted to say, that we more and more find ourselves able to spread this work throughout the world”, said Minister for Foreign Affairs, Sebastian Kurz,  referring to the figures for the year 2014.

More than 8,000 artists have been presented at more than 6,000 events in over 90 countries. This makes the FMEIA the largest Austrian organiser of cultural events abroad. These achievements are showcased in the “Austrian International Cultural Policy Yearbook 2014”, which will be presented at the ‘Auslandskulturtagung’ meeting. The annual conference, which takes place within the framework of the FMEIA’s Ambassadors’ Conference and this year is held in the House of Industry provides insights into the vast field of activities of the Austrian International Cultural Policy’s worldwide network.

The publication “KALLIOPE Austria – Women in society, culture and science” aims at improving the visibility of women’s contributions to Austria’s cultural and socio-political life. “KALLIOPE Austria” offers an anthology of 164 outstanding Austrian women, from the 18th century up to today, who have both shaped Austria and have written history.

A stage is also set for the FMEIA’s next generation musician programme “The New Austrian Sound of Music”. The programme, which was initiated by the FMEIA in 2002 and now reaches its fifth edition, was, with more than 150 applications, able to triple the number thereof for the years 2016/17. A jury of experts has selected 25 ensembles and solo artists from the genres classical music, jazz, pop, new music and world music, who will receive start up assistance for international performances via the Austrian International Cultural Policy’s network.

Within the framework of the Auslandskulturtagung the ‘Intercultural Achievement Award’ (#IAA) will for the second time be bestowed to five civil society projects, which have been significantly promoting intercultural dialogue. The ceremony takes place in the Porgy & Bess Jazz and Music Club in attendance of Sebastian Kurz on 2 September. The IAA’s goal is to honour innovative and practical projects in the spectrum of intercultural dialogue. The projects are nominated by the Austrian International Cultural Policy’s network and selected by a jury of experts in Vienna. In addition to four international awards in the categories sustainability, actuality, innovation and media also a special prize for integration of an innovative project that successfully applies intercultural dialogue in everyday life in Austria will be awarded.