The Honorary Consulate of Austria

in Seattle, WA

For Washington, Idaho, and Montana

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meetings by appointment only:

World Trade Center Seattle,

2200 Alaskan Way, Suite 410

Seattle, WA 98121

Tel: +1 425-395-4382

office@austrianconsulateseattle.org

www.austrianconsulateseattle.org

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AMTSTAG IN SEATTLE:  Thursday March 9 and Friday, March 10, 2017,

10am - 5pm, at the World Trade Center, Suite 410, 220 Alaskan Way, Seattle

Because of great interest, the Consulate General of Austria in Los Angeles has decided to hold an Amtstag here in Seattle, to give Austrians older than 12 years living in WA, MT or ID the opportunity to apply for a new passport with fingerprints in Seattle without having to travel to Los Angeles.

Many Thanks to the Consulate General for this service!


Visit of Consul General Ulrike Ritzinger in Seattle: March 9-12, 2017

In connection with the "Amtstag" Hon. GK Ulrike Ritzinger will be in Seattle form March 9 -12, 2017. She is looking forward to connecting with Austrians and Friends of Austrians the Northwest, plans business visits, and will honor us by her attendance at the 17th Viennese Ball on Saturday, March 11. Please contact the Honorary Consulate if you wish to meet with the Consul General. For more information on the Viennese Ball see information below, the invitation, and the website of the Austria Club of WA: www.austriaclubwa.com


17th Viennese Ball: March 11, 2017, from 5:30 pm until midnight

celebrating 150 years of the “Donauwalzer”

The Austria Club of Washington is once again hosting this elegant event at the Nile Country Club in Mountlake Terrace, WA. See invitation.

Our Guest of Honor: Hon. Consul General of Austria in Los Angeles, Ulrike Ritzinger

The evening includes a delicious sit down dinner with entertainment provided by opera singers of the GVAI, classical musicians, and local ballroom dancers. After dinner, Bert Carlson will strike up his band to provide a variety of dance music for your pleasure, beginning with a classical Viennese Waltz, and continuing into the night with Polka, Cha-Cha, Foxtrot, Tango, and Swing.

You don't want to miss this event, having a great time with old and new friends! Get your dresses out of the closet, get the tuxes checked out for fit! Do you need a refresher on some waltz steps? A complimentary dance lesson just before the event is offered, led by members of the US Dance Team! Just indicate your interest in participating!
So, do not hesitate, order your tickets now for this event of the year!

Either through brownpapertickets http://www.vienneseball2017.brownpapertickets.com or send in reservation form and check payable to Austria Club of Washington. For more information please got to the Austria Club’s website: www.austriaclubwa.com.

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If you have not done so yet but want to be prepared for other upcoming elections in Austria you can register at a "Wählerevidenz" ANYTIME, it will keep you as a registered voter for 10 years.  Click here for the application form  and guidelines. To be registered is the prerequisite that you can apply then for an absentee ballot for an upcoming election in Austria.

For how to participate in Austrian elections, please see the link:  http://www.bmi.gv.at/cms/BMI_wahlen/auslandsoesterr/start.aspx

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If you are not yet registered as Austrian living abroad, please use this occasion to do so. This is important so that you can be reached in case of an emergency and also to receive important information:  http://www.bmeia.gv.at/en/buergerservice/treffpunkt-auslandsoesterreicherinnen/registration/

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Austria Club of Washington:

For events and meeting friends of Austria, please contact the Austria Club of Washington: www.austriaclubwa.com

Since 40 years this very active organization is providing a wonderful platform cultivating and preserving Austrian culture, tradition and friendships among friends of Austria in the Northwest. In order to keep up with all the hosted events, reaching out to old and new friends of Austria, initiating new forms of get-togethers, being there for each other, and many other activities, members and volunteers are crucial for continued success. Please consider becoming a member, participate in events, or volunteer! Please contact Eva Donahoo ewdcpa@comcast.net how to get involved! Danke!

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Austrian-American Council, WA State Chapter:

President: Michael Brandstetter: austrianamericancouncilwa@gmail.com

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Open Austria:

Are you in the IT business? Interested in a start-up, launch a tech company? Open Austria is here to help you! Open Austria is a joint initiative by the Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs and the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber. Its mission is to connect Austrian entrepreneurs, startups, scientists, and creative minds to Silikon Valley and beyond and provide those who are already here with a home base. It is also our goal to shed light on the vast creative and innovative potential of Austria.

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For the 7th year in a row Viennagot ranked first of 230 cities worldwide for Quality of Living by the Mercer Study!  Have fun watching the Video "Taste of Vienna".

The latest promotion movie about Vienna:  www.wien.gv.at/video/1068/Vienna-table-trip . For more information and latest news about Vienna : www.wien.gv.at or www.worldwide.wien.at

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 Austria has a new President: Prof. Dr. Alexander Van der Bellen

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pledged to work for tolerance and moderation,  to put

"das Gemeinsame vor das Trennende", and that "unser Europa zusammenrückt und sich nicht auseinanderdividieren lässt"

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Für Reisepass und Visa Angelegenheiten oder in Notfällen bitte kontaktieren Sie das Österreichische Generalkonsulat in Los Angeles unter +1 310-444-9310 oder auf www.austria-la.org

For passport and visa matters, or in case of emergency, kindly contact the Austrian Consulate General in Los Angeles at 310-444-9310 or consult www.austria-la.org

Herzlichst    Eva Kammel

Honorary Consul

 

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Aktuelles – News for February 2017

Alpine Ski WM in St. Mortiz: Austria finished first in medal ranking!

3 Gold (Marcel Hirscher 2x: Slalom and Giant Slalom; Nicole Schmidhofer: Super G)

4 Silber (Marcel Hirscher: Alpine Combination - only 1/100 sec behind); Manuel Feller: Slalom; Roland Leitinger: Giant Slalom; Stephanie Vernier: Downhill)

2 Bronce (Michaela Kirchgasser: Alpine Combination; Max Franz: Downhill)

Feller   -    Hirscher   -    Neureuther

Feller   -    Hirscher   -    Neureuther

Nicole Schmidhofer

Nicole Schmidhofer

Winter in Austria

Winter in Austria


Movies!!

Special screening: STEFAN ZWEIG: FAREWELL TO EUROPE
Sunday, February 5, 2017, 7:00PM @ CINEMA21, Portland, OR. Discussion with writer-director Maria Schrader following the screening.

Organized by Portland German Film Festival: http://www.portlandgermanfilmfestival.com.

This highly acclaimed 2016 movie tells the story of the famous Austrian writer, the story of a refugee, a tale of losing one’s home, and of the search for a new one. It is Austria’s official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film - 89th Academy Awards. Northwest Filmfestival is trying bring this powerful movie also to Seattle, but no date is yet confirmed. I will keep you posted. If you do not shy away from a trip to Portland, please contact the Honorary Consulate, maybe we can arrange some carpooling for film enthusiasts!

Children’s Film Festival in Seattle: Jan 26 – Feb 11. http://www.childrensfilmfestivalseattle.org/

4 German movies for Children ages 5 - 14 years are on the program, including the presence of one director and one screen writer! “Heidi”, “Fortune Favors The Brave”, “Nelly’s Adventure”, “At Eye Level”.


4th EURO – START-UP Week-end: February 10-12: Amazon Building, Seattle,

http://www.up.co/communities/usa/seattle/startup-weekend/9296

Please contact Alexander Stoklas alex.stoklas@gmail.com for more information about this event for innovative people with ties to and/or interest in Europe, if you want to participate, serve as a judge or a coach.


Trachtenstammtisch: Enzian Schuhplattler is pleased to host a Trachten Stammtisch

on the third Wednesday of each month from 5:30-7pm at the German House. https://www.facebook.com/events/149741542187773/

For more information contact Sean Schmidt at: sean.schmidt@gmail.com


Looking ahead: International Children’s Friendship Festival: April 15-16, Seattle Center

http://childrensfest.tacawa.org/

The Austrian community will again be hosting an “Austria Table” at this festival where children can “travel” around the world and experience the uniqueness of each of the different countries and cultures displayed. Last year’s Austria Table was very well received and we hope to attract again a large number of kids (and parents!). We need volunteers for this event! If you and/or your children want to help with this effort, please contact the Honorary Consulate office@austiranconsulateseattle.org. Danke!

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Past Events in 2016:

DECEMBER 4: WEIHNACHTSFEST: 1-5 pm at the German House (913 9th Ave, Seattle), organized by the Austria Club  this traditional Holiday Event for the whole family.

November 12/ 13: Viennese Boys' Choir performed in the Seattle Area: 

 

November 12: Winefest 2016 : organized by the Austria Club of Tacoma: Saturday, November 12, 5-11 pm, at the Lakewood Elks in Lakewood. For more information call Roland Krebs 253-589-9816.

 

October 23: Austrian National Holiday Celebration: at the German House in downtown Seattle, 913 9th Street, 2-5 pm. The Austria Club of Washington together with the Honorary Consulate in Seattle organized this holiday event with music, Austrian dessert, and Gemuetlichkeit! Guest speaker Prof. Raimund Pichler, nephrologist at UW, gave a very much appreciated talk about his journey form the Allgemeine Krankenhaus to UW Medicine and contributions of famous Austrian physician.

October 7-9: Seattle KINOFEST at the Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle: a festival featuring German language films from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Please see flyer at http://us2.campaign-archive2.com/?u=0883ed6debc50205ed269f31f&id=4df49e97e9&e=dbf69095fe . The Austrian contribution was “Streif, One Hell of a Ride”, an amazing documentation about the world famous downhill race.

Sunday, September 25, AUSTRIAN AMERICAN DAY Celebration, 4pm, Grumpy D’s Café http://grumpydsballard.com/, organized by the Austrian American Council, WA Chapter. Coffee and cake was be served at this casual get-together to celebrate the friendship between the 2 countries, documented in the proclamation of the Austrian-American Day issued by President Clinton 19 years ago. .


Saturday, September 17, 6-11pm, Kenmore Community Hall: OKTOBERFEST, organized by the Austria Club of Washington.The guests had fun time with tasty food, dancing and music by Happy Hans and the Enzian Schuhplattler.


August 12 and 13,  Die Zauberflöte  by W. A. Mozart

August 9: A Midsummer Night's Music

as the final productions of a summer's long work led by Christine Menschner (we could hear her beautiful voice at the Viennese Ball 2016!) and GVAI students. For more information: www.gvai.org


Saturday, June 25: 2pm: at Century Link, Sounders vs New York City FC

              Andreas Ivanschitz and Austrian fans

              Andreas Ivanschitz and Austrian fans

The Austrian soccer star Andreas Ivanschitz organized discount tickets and a wonderful meet & greet after the Sounders game for 40 Friends of Austria! It was a fabulous event. We could “fachsimpeln” during the game, soaked in the great atmosphere at the stadium, and we especially enjoyed talking to Andreas about his life as a professional soccer player. He has such a sympathetic and kind personality and has now an Österreicher Fan Club! Let’s go again, when is the next game?! Wishing Andreas and the Sounders a great second half of the season!

 


June 2 ,3  at Communications 120: The UW Department of Germanics presents the Student Production:

"Deutsch für Fortgeschrittene: Grenzenlos und Unverschämt"


Saturday, May 14, 1 - 5 pm, at the Kenmore Community Club, 73rd Ave NE and NE Bothell Way, Kenmore: MAIFEST,

a fun filled Alpine celebration of Spring, organized by the Austria Club of WA, www.austriaclubwa.com. Musical entertainment by Happy Hans and members of the Enzian Schuhplattler.


May 6 and May 7: "Eine Reise um die Welt"

a family friendly musical journey performed in German, hosted by SAGA,  GLS and Zeitgeist Northwest. For more information info@sagaschool.org


Saturday, April 16, Seattle Center,

International Children's Friendship Festival http://childrensfest.tacawa.org/ 

The Austrian Community exhibited Austrian traditions and culture especially geared towards children at an “Austria Table”. We had many visitors of all ages who enjoyed learning about Austria and tasting Austrian chocolate!


Saturday, March 12, 2016: 16th Viennese Ball

This celebration of a true Viennese tradition included dance shows, elegant dinner, musical performances, dancing until midnight and much much more! Austrians and friends of Austria, and several members of the Consular Association enjoyed a "Rauschende Ballnacht". Looking alread forward to the 17th Viennese Ball in 2017!

For photos and recap see the website of the Austria Club


Friday, January 29 - Sunday, January 31, 2016                      

EURO START - UP WEEK-END

http://www.up.co/communities/usa/seattle/startup-weekend/6911

Members of the Austrian Community participated in this exchange of ideas and networking among creative people, many of them with European background or connections. Thank you Eva Schoenleitner and Alex Stoklas for serving as a judge resp. coach.


Friday, January 22, 2016: featuring young soprano Christine Menschner

A Viennese New Year Concert

Operetta Gala

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Past Events in 2015:

Sunday, December 6, 1-5pm, Benson Barn, North Bend

WEIHNACHTSFEST 

organized by the Austria Club of Washington

Felt just like being in an Alpine village during Advent, friends brought their families, and enjoyed Austrian traditions surrounding Christmas time, from Gluehwein, St. Nikolaus, potluck, to Alpine holiday music.  Many thanks to the Austria Club and all the tireless helpers for organizing this gemuetiche Fest!

Sunday, October 25, 2015: 2-5pm @ German House:

Austrian National Holiday Celebration

60 Years if Independence, Neutrality and Sovereignty!

On May 15, 1955, after 10 years of occupation and at in a rare moment in history, Soviet Union, Great Britain, England and United States signed the declaration of Independence, and Bundeskanzler Leopold Figl declared form the balcony of the Belvedere: Österreich ist Frei!!!

6 months later Austria declared permanent Neutrality. We celebrated this final step towards freedom by listening to reports of "Zeitzeugen", sharing stories, music, Austrian dessert and wine. Thank you all for contributing to a wonderful event and a better understanding of history.

We also used this event to express out Thank You to the families and individuals who offered tremendous help for the Derschmidt Family during the times of crisis.

Thank you Sissy Altom for providing the most delicious K&K Zwetschkenkuschen!

Saturday, October 10, 2015:                                                                             Oktoberfest

organized by the Austria Club of Washington.

September 27: 2-5 pm @ German House:

Austrian-American-Day Celebration

in recognition of the 18th Anniversary of the Proclamation of the Austrian-American Day by then President Bill Clinton. We honored retiring president of the WA Chapter of the Austrian-American-Council Claire Rood and introducing the new president, Michael Brandstetter. Among our destinguished guests were Lt. Gov. Brad Owen, several memebrs of the WA Consular Association , guest speaker Bruno Kracher, CEO Vienna Region, office of Marketing of the Vienna Region.

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September 24, 6pm @ Edgewater Hotel:

VIENNA REGION - Innovation & Technology in Central Europe

The Marketing Office of the Vienna Region www.viennaregion.at hosted an event to promote the Region around Vienna as attractive business location. Participants of the business community used this unique opportunity for networkingtogether with COE Bruno Kracher, Harald Leitenmueller (Microsoft Austria),  Moritz Plassnig (Global Technology Boston/Vienna), Dr. Rudolf Thaler (Austrian Trade Commissioner)

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September 12 @ the Queen Anne Christian Church, 1316 3rd Ave W, Seattle:   "Vienna to Broadway: A Musical Metamorphosis".

Soprano Christine Menschner and Tenor Derek Sellers accompanied by pianist Jason Suchan gave a startling performance.  Christine entertained us already with her beautiful voice at the last Viennese Ball. It is exciting to see the career of this young, very talented artist evolving.

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July 16: Special Movie Night"WOMAN IN GOLD" organized by the Austria Club with gemuetliches get-together afterwards

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May 28-29, 2015:

Honorarkonsulartagung in Wien , Reflections

End of May I had the privilege to participate inthe Honorarkonsultagung in Vienna, a get-together of Honorary Consuls from around the world arranged every 10 years by the Aussenministerium. Out of the 300 HCs world wide about 1/2 of them could join.  It was very well organized, we got a thorough update on what is happening in Austria and our duties as HC. We were treated with delicious authentic Austrian food, an elegant dinner at the Naturhistorischem Museum with a nightly view of the glistering city from the roof top of the Museum, a trip to the Wachau, and many more exciting moments. Highlights included a visit with the Austrian President Dr. Fischer and the Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz. It was an inspiring and fun time we could spend in Vienna deepening our commitment to Austria and to serving all Austrians in our region.

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May 14-15, 2015

Visit of Honorary Consul to Yakima, WA

It was a pleasure to follow an invitation by IWAY (http://www.iway-yakima.org/), arranged by longtime Austria Club member Freya Burgstaller, and to give a presentation about Austria, that was preceded by delicious traditional Austrian cuisine, Goulash and Kaiserschmarrn!  Austrian wines, provided graciously by Freya rounded up a very enjoyable evening. A visit of the German language class at West Valley High School provided another possibility to promote highlights about Austria. Freya and the small but vibrant Austrian community in Yakima is hoping for a follow-up visit organized by the Club.

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March 11-15, 2015:

Visit of a Delegation to Seattle from the Austrian Consulate General, Los Angeles:

Speaking for the Austrian Community of the greater Seattle area I want to express gratitude to the Austrian Consulate General, Los Angeles, for extending a complete consulate service during the Amtstage March 12-13, 2015. The huge demand showed how much appreciated this service was. Especially we want to thank Ms. Andrea Mais-Siffert for her patient, helpful and professional support to Austrians to get their “paper work” in order.

Busy days included a meeting with the Lt. Governor Brad Owen who arranged thoughtfully that the Austrian Flag was raised during our visit at the Capitol. Trade Commissioner Dr. Rudolf Thaler joined to emphasize the importance of in the economic exchange between Austria and Washington State.

The Österreicher Dinner at the Salmon House was a lovely evening where we could get to know our Honorable Consul General Ulrike Ritzinger.

A luncheon on Friday provided GC Ritzinger the opportunity to meet with other members of the Consular Association of Washington.

Definitely the highlight of this visit was the presence of GC Ritzinger at the 15th Viennese Ball. Her charming, yet natural personality was admired and no icebreaker was needed for many to talk to her, get a photo shoot, or even to dance with her. She brought a piece of “Heimat” to the Northwest.

Herzlichen Dank!