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Music: Kingswood on tour in Austria
16-30 November 2018, Austria
Australian rock band from Melbourne Kingswood will perform their first Austrian appearance as part of their 2018 International tour. Having supported the likes of Aerosmith and AC/DC, the indie quartet have begun their intensive tour in anticipation of their third album. Their second album After Hours, Close to Dawn was released in 2017.
19 November, Linz
4020 Linz, Austria
22 November, Dornbin
6850 Dornbirn, Austria
24 November, Hartberg
8271 Hartberg, Austria
Music: Sydney Symphony Orchestra in Concert
25-26 November 2018, Austria
Australia’s flagship orchestra, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra conducted by David Robertson, will be performing two different programs with internationally renowned soloists in Linz and Vienna, Austria. In Linz, French violinist Renaud Capuçon will join the orchestra for a program including works by Gustav Mahler. In Vienna, Austrian multi-percussionist Martin Grubinger will join the SSO for a program of Leonard Bernstein, James MacMillan and Sergej Prokofjew. The Sydney Symphony Orchestra has a strong international profile, performing around 150 concerts a year to a combined annual audience of more than 350,000 people.
Exhibition: Jenny Watson’s Tall Tales and True
Opening on 28 November 2018, 7 pm, and running until 2 February 2019, Vienna
Internationally-renowned Melbourne artist Jenny Watson is returning to Vienna to exhibit her new work, Tall Tales and True. One of Australia’s most important contemporary artists, her work represents an elaborate form of conceptual painting. Her imagery makes complex issues visible, with image ideas that are coherent and metaphors reduced to the essentials. Using simple components – unprimed textiles, figures left in aesthetic rudiments, and hand-written short texts – Watson creates complex stories from her figurative images, which provide a feminist and social critique and also diary-like personal insights into her life. Jenny Watson represented Australia at the Venice Biennale in 1993. The work shown at the current exhibition were developed during a stay in Japan.
Galerie Straihammer und Seidenschwann
Tuesday to Friday: 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Saturday: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Exhibition: Dislocation / Wild Remembering
Opening on 30 November 2018, 7:00 pm, and running until 17 December 2018, Vienna
Brisbane-based artists Rachael Wellisch and Emma Gardener will be joining Austrian-German artist/curator Claudia-Maria Luenig for their first joint European exhibition under the title of Dislocation / Wild Remembering (Das bewegte Bild – Das Bild bewegt – Raum und Struktur). Making use of natural indigo dye, textiles, installation and performance, the exhibition is an exploration of space and structure, and of vulnerability and strength. The artists explore their positions as global citizens, focussing on environmental and social inequality themes. Rachael Wellisch and Emma Gardener have been described as two of the most exciting emerging artists in the Australian contemporary art scene.
Grundsteingasse 8, Top 34–35, 2. Hof (yard)
Thursday-Friday: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Saturday-Sunday: 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Music: Koehne Quartet with Wolfgang Puschnig in Concert
30 November 2018, 8:00 pm, Vienna
The largely Australian Koehne Quartet will perform with renowned Austrian jazz musician Wolfgang Puschnig (saxophone) for a concert of Puschnig’s Songs With Strings. The Quartet features Australians Joanna Lewis, Anne Harvey-Nagl and Melissa Coleman, and Canadian Lena Fankhauser. Violinist Joanna Lewis, originally from Adelaide, first moved to Vienna in 1985 to pursue her interest in string music and founded the Koehne Quartet in 1987. Melbournian Anne Harvey-Nagl, member of the Quartet since 1992, studied violin in Australia and Austria. She frequently performs with renowned ensembles such as the Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna and has been concertmaster of the Vienna Volksoper since 2011. Melissa Coleman, a Melbourne-born cellist, began her musical career at the age of 7, winning several awards and scholarships in the aftermath. Melissa has lived and worked in Vienna since 1992. The Koehne Quartet enjoys a reputation as one of today’s outstanding interpreters of contemporary music in Europe.
Music: Daniel Weltlinger in Concert
6 December 2018, 7:30 pm, Vienna
Sydney-born musician Daniel Weltlinger will be performing in Vienna together with the German Karsten Troyke Trio, one of Europe’s leading interpreters of Jewish songs, and Berlin bassist Martin Buhl Staustrup. Daniel descends from a family of musicians and has French-Austro-Hungarian-Israeli background. Renowned for his distinctive warm sound and innovations within the genres of Gypsy-swing, jazz, klezmer and experimental/free-improvised music, he is based in Berlin. Austrian actress Mercedes Echerer will be reading from a program specifically written for the Yiddish Culture Festival.
Charity: Australia-New Zealand stall at the UN Women’s Bazaar
16 December 2018, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm, Vienna
A group of Australians and New Zealanders will continue their tradition and run a joint stand at the annual International Festival Bazaar held by the Vienna section of the United Nations Women’s Guild (UNWG) a few days before Christmas. The Bazaar offers a colourful market atmosphere with a wide range of countries presenting traditional food & drink specialities, cultural performances, as well as some gift items. Admission to the day is free, all donations and fundraising will be given to charity projects.
The organisers of the Australian/New Zealand stand are looking for volunteers to help in the lead-up to the event or on the day serving in shifts. You can volunteer time or donate pavlovas cases, biscuits or anything Australian to sell on the day. The Australian and New Zealand Ambassadors will be volunteering during the day. For further information and registering to volunteer, see http://bazaar.fwdinc.eu or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Austria Centre Vienna