Austrian Cultural Forum Sarajevo officially opened

Austrian Cultural Forum Sarajevo, which will be a platform for exchange between Austria and BiH in areas of art, culture, science and education as part of the Austrian Embassy to BiH, officially opened with a solemn ceremony at Youth Theater in Sarajevo last night.

Ambassador of the Republic of Austria to BiH Martin Pammer stated he is convinced that cooperation between the two countries will additionally enhance within initiatives and projects of the cultural forum and that it will launch joint topics and promote universal civilization values.

He told FENA that the fundamental goal is synthesis and penetration of cultures of the Republic of Austria and BiH, countries that have a common history and promoting traditionally strong relations.

He added this is a new platform for promoting contemporary Austrian culture in BiH, but it is also an opportunity for exchange of cultural and scientific goods and further developing of relations, including the potential of more than 200.000 people from BiH, who live and work in Austria.

Director of the Austrian Cultural Forum Sarajevo Sabine Kernthaller also emphasized importance of further enhancement of cultural cooperation between Austria and BiH, stressing that aims of this forum include promotion of modern, innovative and creative image of Austria, including partnership, cooperation, exchange and support to certain projects on cultural and scientific level.

She explained that implies intensifying cooperation in areas such as design, architecture, cultural management, etc., as well as promotion of German language.


Within the rich opening ceremony an exhibition “Flags of Peace” opened at Susan Sontag Square in front of the Sarajevo National Theater yesterday.

It is a project of the Austrian Cultural Forum Sarajevo and Austrian Embassy, implemented in cooperation with the Office for Promotion of Culture of the Austrian Federal Province of Styria – Kulturvermittlung Steiermark and Austrian Cultural Association in BiH, Federal News agency reports.

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