A broad scope of activities
Since the 1990s Austria has maintained a network for its cultural activities and cooperation projects in the fields of science and education in Ukraine. Today, the Austrian Cultural Forum Kyiv and the Austrian Cooperation Office Lviv form the core of this network.
Both institutions aim to actively participate in Ukrainian cultural and scientific life and support projects which lead to various forms of long-term Austrian-Ukrainian cooperation.
Our scope of activities is broad and stretches from projects for the preservation of our common cultural heritage to the presentation of contemporary Austrian art and the discussion of future topics. Furthermore, we support the cultural and scientific exchange between our countries in the form of residencies and scholarships which are offered by various Austrian institutions and bodies.
Culture in the virtual space
The COVID-19 pandemic has not only posed new challenges. It has also given us the opportunity to present more culture in the virtual space.
With our productions KulturCafé, KulturCafé Gourmet, KulturKolleg and KulturPortrait which we broadcast on the Facebook Pages of the Austrian Cultural Forum Kyiv and of the Austrian Cooperation Office Lviv, we bring culture live to your home or to your smartphone. Recordings of all shows are available on the Facebook-Pages of the Austrian Cultural Forum Kyiv and the Austrian Cooperation Office Lviv.
If you are interested in more online culture from Austria, check out the platform Creative Online International which gives you an overview of the comprehensive cultural offerings in Austria that are available in the virtual space.
Dialogue for a common Europe
All our projects are based on the desire to further deepen the dialogue between Ukraine and Austria on many levels.
We aim to facilitate encounters between people from both countries as these people-to-people contacts lead to more knowledge and a better understanding for each other.
In this sense we see our work also as a contribution towards a common Europe and the good neighbourliness between our countries.
Focal point “Women”
The Cultural Year Austria-Ukraine 2019 offered many opportunities to raise the cultural exchange between Austria and Ukraine to a new level. For this year we decided to make women the focal point of our programme.
Under the title “Calliope Austria” (named after the ancient Greek Muse of epic poetry and philosophy) we want to highlight the important role of women in society, culture and science in all periods of history. We also want to bring experts from both countries together to discuss gender issues. And of course we will also feature a number of gifted female Austrian artists in Ukraine.
With this programme we hope to contribute to a new global awareness, which sees women beyond any stereotype as equivalent components of our society.