Happy New Year from the ACF London! We’ve got lots of exciting, engaging and innovative projects in the works this year. Our 2015 programme begins today with a very special launch of Vienna Tales. A book of collected stories set in and about the city of Vienna. Literature, especially poetry, continues to be a focus with our Kakania project moving to the Freud Museum London later this month and to the Horse Hospital in February. This will bring together dozens of poets from the UK and Austria to present brand new works inspired by fin de siècle Vienna.
We’re excited to be bringing a number of fantastic Austrian writers to the UK in 2015. Theodora, our project manager, is working on a brand new project with SJ Fowler which will bring together young writers from the UK and Austria for a week of performances and workshops. We have also asked Jen Calleja to curate a mini-series of literary events for us, starting with a special Crime Fiction Night in April which we are very excited about. And of course our writer-in-residence programme is back in May, this time with none other than Michael Köhlmeier.
Fritz Urschitz, our film curator, has a few surprises in store for the Cineclub film series including documentaries, feature films and maybe a few special historical focuses. We are excited to be working with several film festivals in the UK including Open City Documentary Festival, the inaugural Birkbeck Essay Film Festival who will feature Austrian filmmaker Constanze Ruhm, and of course the BFI Film Festival.
The visual arts will begin the year with a focus on Fashion as London Fashion Week takes centre-stage in February. Exhibitions both in-house and as part of the British Council’s International Fashion Showcase will present emerging Austrian talents. Even fashion gets the literary treatment this year with a special collaboration between writers and designers incorporated into this year’s presentation. In April we are excited to announce our second exhibition in collaboration with the Royal College of Art’s Curatorial MA programme. Victor Wang is curating the exhibition which will showcase the young Austrian artist Oliver Laric.
Our music programme, always dear to us here at the ACF, continues with concerts both at the ACF and elsewhere. We’re looking forward to welcoming fantastic bands and ensembles to London, ranging from 80s-inspired indie rock to classical music to specially commissioned new music. As always we’re eager to show off what’s best in Austrian music today. Soundings, our annual platform for New Music, will once again be an important part of our autumn programme. Soundpark Austria, curated by music critic and musician Robert Rotifer, is our ongoing platform focusing on pop, rock, and electronic music. Robert is planning to invite some of the most interesting performers in Austrian pop music this year and we can’t wait to see them in action here in London. And on top of all that you’ll also have the chance to hear fantastic ensembles perform classical and new music at the ACF every month.