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Let’s use the great creative potential of Ukraine and Austria together

Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Austria to Ukraine

Austria and Ukraine have great creative and artistic potential. The common history and cultural heritage in Central/Eastern Europe needs to be rediscovered, studied and interpreted anew and without prejudice, so that further steps could be made on this basis.

During the bilateral Cultural Year we want to give many young creative people the opportunity to present themselves in the other country, to build new European networks, to work together more closely and to make new friends in Europe.

I am very pleased to see more young Austrian artists in Ukraine – they all go back to Austria with a fresh look at Ukraine, with new inspiration and many new contacts and friends. With their artistic work they are not only multipliers and mediators of the Austrian way of life in Ukraine – but also transmitters and multipliers for the creative side of the young Ukraine!

I am also very pleased to see many more Ukrainian artists in Austria presenting a whole new image of the creative, modern Ukraine. This provides a valuable basis for more understanding and dialogue not only between Austria and Ukraine, but in the whole of Europe. The bilateral Cultural year Austria-Ukraine 2019 will hopefully bring many new networks, new perspectives and insights, new collaborations – and enjoyment and pleasure of culture and creativity!