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Slovenian-Austrian Year of Neighbourhood Dialogue 2019–2020

A year-long project aims at developing new partnerships and cooperation between institutions and inhabitants of the neighbouring countries as well as eliminating stereotypes.

SKICA & Slovenian Embassy in Vienna

The Slovenian Culture and Information Centre (SKICA) in Vienna at the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia, together with the Slovene Arts & Culture Residency programme by the Ministry of Culture is a backbone of a vivid and intense cultural cooperation between the two neighbour states.

Slovene artists and producers hosted in Austria

Every third day, Slovene artists and producers feature on cultural events in Austria. Check the right-hand column and (the archive or explore the map.) Half of these events take place in Vienna; there is also a strong connection with Carinthia, the region with a culturally prolific Slovenian minority.

At the festivals in Austria

Slovene artists and producers regularly participate at established Austrian festivals: Waves Vienna (MENT Ljubljana, Kino Šiška Centre for Urban Culture, SIGIC, Slovene Music Information Centre...), Vienna Design Week (Niko Kralj, Gigodesign, Poligon Creative Centre...), LET'S CEE Film Festival (Staragara, Sever & Sever Production, Petra Pan Film Production...), Festival of Literature and Wine in Krems (Versopolis), and Ars Electronica in Linz (Kapelica Gallery). Two Slovene artists have even won the prestigious Golden Nica Award there: (Marko Peljhan in 2001 and Maja Smrekar in 2017). The P74 Centre and Gallery regularly presents artists at the ViennaFair, while Photon Gallery participates in the ViennaPhotoBook Festival and viennacontemporary. In 2013, Photon opened a new gallery space in Vienna.

Cf. the list of all the festivals in Austria with Slovenian participation in the right-hand column.

Literature connections

In 2018, the Grand Austrian State Prize goes to writer Florjan Lipuš (b. 1937) who has written in Slovene language. In 2011, however, Maja Haderlap (b. 1961), also a Carinthian writer, was bestowed the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize, one of the most important in contemporary German literature, for the novel Angel of Oblivion, which was later turned into a play and produced in Slovenia by the Slovenian National Theatre Drama Ljubljana in 2014. Erwin Koestler has translated several prose works by Ivan Cankar and put into German the graphic novel The Mexicans, published by the Austrian Bahoe Books in 2018.


Quite a few partnerships have lasted for years, among them, the collaboration between the temporary radioCona and the Ö1 Kunstradio; the creative collaboration between the accordionists Bratko Bibič and Otto Lehner; Aksioma Institute has collaborated in various projects with the University of Applied Science FH JOANNEUM Graz; Flota Institute with the D.ID Dance Identity platform for choreographic research and the practice of contemporary dance and its Tanztage festival held in Oberwart; and the Slovene Ethnographic Museum with Weltmuseum Wien in the SWICH (Sharing a World of Inclusion, Creativity and Heritage) project.

See a list of Austria-related articles below.

See also

Events in Austria

Festivals in Austria

  • Ars Electronica Festival Linz
  • Ars Electronica Linz
  • Blessed Be the Rage of Your Flesh
  • BuchQuartier Book Fair for Independent and Small Publishers
  • Buch Wien Book Fair
  • Classical:NEXT
  • Common Past Common Future Performance Festival Vienna
  • Crossing Europe Festival Linz
  • Curated by
  • European Festival of Poetry Vienna
  • Festival of Alternative Choirs (FAC)
  • Filmestival Neue Heimatfilm
  • Filmfestival Freistadt
  • FM4 Frequency Festival
  • Heart of Noise Festival
  • International Accordion Festival
  • International Animation Film festival Tricky Women
  • International Puppet Festival Wels
  • International Puppet Theater Festival
  • Jazz and the City Festival
  • K3 Film Festival
  • KuKuK, Regional Theatre Festival For Young Audiences Wildon
  • Labyrinth höfleiner donauweiten poesiefestival
  • LET'S CEE Film Festival
  • Literatur & Wein, Das Kulturenfestival
  • Music Theatre Days Wien
  • Music Unlimited
  • New Adits Festival of Contemporary Music
  • Nextcomic Festival
  • Niños Consentidos Vienna Experimental and Interdisciplinary Art Festival
  • PannOpticum - International Puppet Theatre Festival
  • Parallel Vienna Art Fair
  • Pelzverkehr Festival of Dance and Performance
  • Schamrock, Festival of Female Poets
  • Spectrum Theatre Festival
  • Spleen Festival Graz
  • Steiricher Herbst
  • Steirischer Herbst
  • Tanzhafen Festival
  • Transborders
  • Vienna Contemporary Art Fair
  • Viennacontemporary International Art Fair
  • Vienna Design Week
  • Vienna Festival
  • Viennale
  • ViennaPhotoBookFestival
  • VIS Vienna Shorts Festival
  • Waves Vienna Club and Showcase Festival
  • Waves Vienna Music Festival & Conference
  • Wels International Puppetry Festival
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