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Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary, Kosovo, Slovakia and Slovenia


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Film: "Lion – The Long Way Home"

Currently in the cinemas across the region

“Lion – A Long Way Home” is based on a true story and has been nominated for six Academy Awards. It has received wide international critical acclaim since its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on 10 September 2016. Directed by Australian Garth Davis, it stars legendary Australian actor Nicole Kidman and international actors Dev Patel, Rooney Mara, David Wenham and the young Sunny Pawar. Based on Saroo Brierley’s autobiography “A Long Way Home”, the story tells how five-year old Saroo gets lost on a train which takes him thousands of miles across India, away from home and family. He learns how to survive in Kolkata, before being adopted by an Australian couple. Twenty-five years later, he sets out to find his lost family.

For more information, see official trailer:


Concert: Russell McGregor and the Johann Strauss Ensemble

19 March, 11:00 am in Linz
5 April, 7:30 pm in Vienna

Australian lead violinist Russell McGregor will be performing some spring concerts with the Johann Strauss Ensemble. Russell McGregor has been working with the Johann Strauss Ensemble since 2004 and has influenced their professional development.  The Ensemble offers a mixture of Johann Strauss music, newly commissioned work and symphonies by various composers.  In Vienna, the Johann Strauss Ensemble will be performing a program from their latest CD entitled “Aus den Bergen”.

More information on Russell McGregor and the Johann Strauss Ensemble is available on

For tickets, please refer to or

Linz Venue:
Musiktheater Am Volksgarten – Orchestersaal
Am Volksgarten 1
4020 Linz

Vienna Venue:
Ehrbar Saal
Mühlgasse 3


Opera: Simone Young conducts Gounod’s "Faust"

Saturday, 18 March, 7:00 pm
Tuesday, 21 March, 6:30 pm
Saturday, 25 March, 7:00 pm

World-famous Australian conductor Simone Young will be conducting Charles Gounod’s opera “Faust” at the Vienna State Opera on 18, 21, and 25 March. Simone Young was Artistic Director of the Hamburg State Opera and Music Director of the Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra from August 2005 to the end of the 2014/2015 season. Simone Young made her remarkable debut at the Vienna State Opera in 1993, and was the first woman to conduct the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in 2005. She has since conducted lead orchestras in eminent venues throughout the world. For more information on Simone Young, please refer to

For tickets, please refer to

Vienna State Opera
Openring 2
1010 Vienna


Meet the Schools! – Student Exchange Fair

25 March, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

The Hausch & Partner education agency is organising a fair for high school students to learn about student exchange programs with Australia and New Zealand. Representatives of four Australian educational institutions will be available to provide first-hand information about studying and living in Australia, and about applying for scholarship programs.

For more information, please refer to the website of Hausch & Partner.        

25hours Hotel Wien
Lerchenfelder Straße 1-3
1070 Vienna


Literature: Christopher Raja reading from "The Burning Elephant"

30 March 2017, 7:30 pm

Indian born Australian author, Christopher Raja will be reading from his debut novel "The Burning Elephant" at the Shakespeare & Company bookstore in central Vienna. "The Burning Elephant" (pub. Giramondo, 2015) deals with social and religious issues as they impinge upon the consciousness of a young Indian boy, who migrates to Australia together with his father. The Australia Council supported Chris Raja in writing this novel. Chris has been shortlisted twice for the Northern Territory Writers Centre’s "Chief Minister’s Book of the Year" award.  At the 30 March event Chris will be joined by Kenyan born author Reena Manchanda, who will be reading from "Notes of a Non-Native", a diary of a migrant’s perspective in Vienna. 

A review of "The Burning Elephant" is available under:

For more information on the reading please refer to:

Shakespeare & Company
Sterngasse 2
1010 Vienna

Scholarship: Writer of the City of Graz

Deadline of submission: 31 March 2017

The City of Graz together with Kulturvermittlung Steiermark is offering a literature scholarship entitled “Writer of the City of Graz”, which is open for applications for the period September 2017 until August 2018. This annual project is to promote writers who show innovative ability and examination of current subject matters, quality in aesthetic and linguistic terms, authenticity and artistic independence. Knowledge of basic German is a requirement. The scholarship offers free accommodation and a monthly allowance of € 1.100.

For more information, please refer here.

Concerts: Sydney Youth Orchestra in Austria and Hungary: 9-15 April 2017 

The Sydney Youth Orchestra (SYO) is undertaking a European tour, including performances in Austria and Hungary. SYO is the flagship orchestra of Sydney Youth Orchestras, and features 100 of Sydney’s most talented young musicians. Since 1973, it has been the training ground for Australia’s future professional musicians, and its alumni can be heard in every major orchestra in Australia. During the tour, the young musicians will perform a program with compositions by Peter Sculthorpe, Josef Haydn, Dmitri Shostakovich, Modest Mussorgsky, George Palmer and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The SYO will also undertake masterclasses with the Vienna Philharmonic and the Budapest Festival Orchestra.

For further details, please refer to the SYO’s European Tour 2017 website:   and see a short video here: 


Sunday 9 April 2017, 6 pm – Charity Concert

Eumigweg 1-3
2351 Wiener Neudorf

Further information is available here: 


Tuesday 11 April 2017, 12.00 - 1.00 pm

Haydn Hall, Schloss Esterházy
Esterházyplatz 1
7000 Eisenstadt

Further information is available here:


Thursday 13 April 2017, 7 pm

Riding Hall (Lovarda)
Royal Palace Gödöllő
2100 Hungary

Tickets: Admission is free; registration is required by email:
Further information is available here:  


Saturday 15 April 2017, 7:30 pm

Great Hall
Orchesterhaus of the Mozarteum orchestra
Erzbischof-Gebhard-Straße 10
5020 Salzburg

Further information is available here:

Film Documentary: Tim Slade: “The Destruction of Memory”

10 April at 6:30 pm

Australian film director and producer Tim Slade will present his film documentary “The Destruction of Memory” at the Topkino in Vienna. Based on a book of the same name by Robert Bevan, the documentary focusses on the destruction of cultural heritage in war-torn countries like Syria and Iraq, and tells the stories of those who try to save cultural identity and expressions. Tim Slade’s films have been screened with great success throughout Australia and internationally in cinemas, film festivals, and online. Organised by the United Nations Information Service (UNIS) Vienna, in cooperation with the Australian Embassy, "this human world" Film Festival and Topkino, the Vienna screening will be followed by a panel discussion and a Q&A session. Admission is free and on a first come, first served basis.

For more information please refer to

For more information on Tim Slade please refer to

Rahlgasse 1
1060 Vienna


Anzac Day 2017 - Commemorative Service

Photo caption: Anzac Day Dawn Service in front of Karlskirche, Vienna. Copyright: Australian Embassy.


The Embassy of Australia and the Embassy of New Zealand invite you to attend a Dawn Service to mark Anzac Day. The service will take place in front of Karlskirche, Karlsplatz, 1040 Vienna, on Tuesday 25 April 2017. Please arrive by 5:30 am for the ceremony to commence at 5:45 am.


 Breakfast will be served in the Harry Seidler Room, Australian and New Zealand Embassies, Mattiellistrasse 2,
 1040  Vienna, at the conclusion of the commemoration.

 For catering purposes please register with Ms Lisa Kirchebner at:
 by Wednesday 19 April 2017


 Ode of Remembrance

 “They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
 Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
 At the going down of the sun and in the morning
 We will remember them.”


 We invite Australian and New Zealand children to read the Ode of Remembrance as part of the ceremony.
 Please  register your children with Mr Ross Alford at: by 7 April 2017.
 Participating children are  required to attend a rehearsal at 5:30 am on 25 April.


For further information on Anzac Day, please refer here, to the websites of the Australian Department of Veterans' Affairs, and


Concerts: Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir performing with Carmina Slovenica and with Vienna Boys Choir

8 May 2017, at 7 pm in Maribor, Slovenia
13 and 14 May 2017, at 11:00 am in Vienna, Austria

As part of its first European tour ever, the inspiring Australian Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir will be traveling to Slovenia and Austria for joint performances with Carmina Slovenika in Maribor and with the Vienna Boys Choir in Vienna. Directed by Lyn Williams, the Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir is a unique initiative to preserve and develop Indigenous language and story through song, involving intergenerational cultural activity and developing a new contemporary Indigenous repertoire. The programs in Maribor and Vienna will allow the members of the choirs to engage in a unique form of cultural exchange.

The collaboration with Carmina Slovenika, a well-established actor on the international vocal music scene,  includes a workshop and a joint concert on 8 May aiming at a cultural merge of international vocal music with characteristic sound and wide-ranged virtuosity. Carmina Slovenika is known for its innovative programming which explores works from the forefronts of the contemporary music scene. It has received more than 100 awards and recognitions at home and abroad.

From 9-13 May, the Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir will be in Vienna to work with the internationally acclaimed Vienna Boys’ Choir (Wiener Sängerknaben) and to give joint performances. These two highly skilled children’s choirs will bring together two rich cultural heritages. In their performances, they will juxtapose and merge their diverse musical traditions: Australian Indigenous songs and European classical music. The Vienna Boys Choir plans to reciprocate with a visit to Australia and joint performances in Sydney and Cairns later this year.

For more information about this special project of the Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir please refer here:  

Venue in Maribor:
Union Hall
Prešernova street 3
2000 Maribor

Ph:  +386 (0) 31 652 662

For more information about the joint concert please refer here:

Venue in Vienna:
MuTH - The Vienna Boys’ Choir Concert Hall
Augartenspitz 1
1020 Vienna

Ph: +43 1 347 80 80
Box office opening times: Mon – Fri (except holidays) from 16:00 – 18:00


Music: Simone Young Conducting “Mondparsifal Alpha 1-8” at Vienna Festival

4 June, 2017 Sunday 6pm
6 June, 2017 Tuesday 6 pm
8 June, 2017 Thursday 6 pm

World-famous Australian conductor Simone Young will be conducting the world premiere of Austrian composer Bernhard Lang and director Jonatan Meese’s new interpretation of Richard Wagner's Parsifal. Mondparisfal Alpha 1-8 is a re-interpretation of, and homage to, Wagner’s famous opera, transporting Wagner’s mythos into a revolutionary moment in a far-flung future, as Parsifal meets Marlon Brando and Barbarella on the moon. Simone Young has established herself internationally as a Wagner and Strauss specialist. She was the first woman to conduct the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and made her debut at the Vienna State Opera in 1993. She has since conducted lead orchestras in eminent venues throughout the world, including as Artistic Director of the Hamburg State Opera. For more information on Simone Young, please refer to


Tickets are available here:

Theatre and der Wien
Greta Hall (Großen Pausenraum)
Linke Wienzeile 6
1060 Wien


Theatre: “Lady Eats Apple” - Back To Back Theatre at Vienna Festival

14 June, 2017, 20:00 pm
15 June 2017, 15:00 and 20:00 pm
16 June 2017, 15:00 and 20:00 pm
17 June 2017, 15:00 and 20:00 pm
18 June 2017, 15:00 and 20:00 pm

From the city of Geelong, Victoria, Back to Back Theatre, Australia’s only professional theatre company comprising actors with intellectual disabilities, is returning to perform at the Vienna Festival for the third time. After “Ganesh versus the Third Reich” and “Small Metal Objects”, the company will perform “Lady Eats Apple” and invite the audience to witness the beginning of our civilisation, and see the epic and everyday merge. Back to Back Theatre is balancing on the liminal edge of possibility, and charts new trails deeper into the landscape of the unconscious, creating work that questions our assumptions and offering an alternative view of the world. Performance is in English with German subtitles.

Further information on Back to Back Theatre’s performance is available here: 
Tickets for the Vienna Festival performances are available here: 

Theater an der Wien
Linke Wienzeile 6
1060 Wien