Dr. Heinz Fischer, President of the Republic of Austria from 2004 to 2016, will deliver the Annual Botstiber Lecture, "Austria 1918 - 2018," at the Austrian Embassy in Washington, DC, on June 2, 2017.
The Austrian Federal Minister of the Interior, Wolfgang Sobotka, visited Washington, DC from May 2 to 3, 2017, where he held bilateral meetings with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly to discuss the fight against terrorism, illegal immigration, and cybersecurity. In addition, Sobotka visited the Austrian Embassy to view artwork by Austrian painter and police officer Christoph Palaschke, who was on site to guide the minister through the exhibit.
Austrian Minister of Finance, Hans Joerg Schelling, and Austrian Central Bank Governor Ewald Nowotny, represented Austria at the 2017 Spring Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund, which took place on April 21-23, 2017.
Produced by the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission, the ceremony “In Sacrifice for Liberty and Peace” took place at the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City on Thursday, April 6, 2017.
Ambassador Wolfgang Waldner visited Denver, CO and Salt Lake City, UT from February 28 to March 8, 2017.
On March 22, 2017, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson hosted members of the "Global Coalition to defeat ISIS" at the State Department in Washington, DC. Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz represented Austria at this partners' meeting to review and accelerate the campaign for the lasting defeat of ISIS.
We asked Eva Nowotny, Austria's first and only female ambassador to the US, to recollect her time in DC.
Today, 200 Special Olympics USA athletes travel to Austria for the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games. The Games will run from March 14- 25 in Graz, Schladming, and Ramsau in the state of Styria.
From March 16-18, 2017, Harvard University will host the conference "The Transformation of Intractable Conflicts III – Perspectives and Challenges for Interactive Problem Solving.”
Ambassador Waldner was invited to a “Black Tie Gala Dinner” hosted by the Vienna Philharmonic Society of New York City at the Knickerbocker Club in New York City.
According to critics, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra is "probably the greatest orchestra for the regional repertory in which it specializes. To the music of its hometown composers - Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms and Bruckner - the Vienna musicians bring a sonority and style that no other orchestra in the world can match."
"I thank the VPO society’s commitment to promote the rich artistic traditions of Austria in the U.S., especially its efforts to bring Vienna’s signature sound to young people,” Wolfgang Waldner, Austria’s Ambassador to the United States, pointed out at the opening of the Gala.
While the national and international guests enjoyed dinner, they had the opportunity to listen to the extravagant sounds of a small ensemble of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra performing Beethoven’s Septet in E-flat Major, Op. 20.
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Christoph Palaschke (b. 1974), an autodidact artist from Austria, is sporting his inner Andy Warhol by portraying celebrities from the past and present. His first solo show in the United States - entitled FACES 2.0 - is on view through March 31, 2017, at the Austrian Cultural Forum Washington.
The USA Biz-Awards, or “WirtschaftsOskars,” are granted every year to recognize outstanding achievements by Austrian companies in the U.S. market. This year’s winners, assessed by the Austrian Trade Commission in Los Angeles, are Aichelin, ETM, Frequentis, RIEGL, Stratodesk, and ViewAR.
Austrian Foreign Minister, Sebastian Kurz, in his capacity as OSCE Chairman-in-Office travels to the United Nations in New York.
Following his official visit to Washington, DC, Austrian Federal Minister of Justice Wolfgang Brandstetter stopped by in Connecticut to pay a visit to the 93-year-old film producer Eric Pleskow and then travelled to Los Angeles to meet the 96-year-old exile composer Walter Arlen at the residence of Austrian Consul General Ulrike Ritzinger
Austrian Minister of Justice, Professor Wolfgang Brandstetter visited Washington, DC from February 1st to 3rd, 2017.
Accompanied by Ambassador Wolfgang Waldner, he met the present chair of the Helsinki-Commission of Congress, Congressmen Chris Smith, as well as Senator Chuck Grassley, the chairman of the Senate Judicial Committee.
The Economic Chamber of Austria (WKO) organized the 2017 edition of ‘trip to the future,’ giving Austrian company representatives an insight into Silicon Valley’s businesses during a five day round trip from January 23-27, 2017.
The Governor of the State of Upper Austria Josef Pühringer accompanied by State Minister for Social Affairs Birgit Gerstorfer and State Minister for Economic Affairs Michael Strugl undertook an official visit to New York City from January 29 to February 3, 2017.
Ambassador Heim, Special Representative of the Austrian OSCE Chairperson-in-Office for the Transdniestrian Settlement Process, visits the U.S.
On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the world-famous Blue Danube Waltz by Johann Strauss II, the Austrian Cultural Forum Washington organized a short film competition to bring the classical waltz into the age of multimedia and film.
Alexander Van der Bellen was sworn in as the Federal President of the Republic of Austria on January 26, 2017. The final election result was published on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 (including absentee ballots); Van der Bellen won the re-run of the second round with 53.79%.