Austria in INDIA

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Bilateral Relations – India

The Presentation of the Credentials

On the day after the Presentation of her Credentials to H.E, the President of India, Ambassador Oppinger-Walchshofer visited the memorial of the founder father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi in Raj Ghat.

On the day after the Presentation of her Credentials to H.E, the President of India, Ambassador Oppinger-Walchshofer visited the memorial of the founder father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi in Raj Ghat.

Mahatma Gandi once had said that he was born in India but made in South Africa, as he had lived in South Africa from 1893 to 1915 and developed there his strategy of nonviolent resistance. South Africa was the previous posting of the Ambassador who could witness how highly respected Mahatma Gandhi in South Africa still is. Nelson Mandela considered him an inspiration and his spiritual leader.


News From Advantage Austria India

As this is the first newsletter of the Austrian Embassy, let us shortly explain about the structure of Business Support for Austrian companies within the Embassy:

The Commercial Section of the Austrian Embassy in New Delhi, together with its 2 offices in Mumbai and Bangalore, is promoting actively business cooperation between Austria and India and the other countries we are responsible for  – Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal and Bangladesh. We try to broaden the basis of Austrian companies established in our region of competence, as well as introduce new companies to these promising markets. To reach these objectives, we regularly organize trade events in Austria as well as visits of Austrian trade delegations and fact-finding missions.

In addition, the Commercial Section of the Austrian Embassy in New Delhi is integrated in the network ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, constituting the organisational framework of all Commercial Sections of Austrian Embassies worldwide. The services provided by ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA offices range from introductions to Austrian companies

looking for importers, distributors or agents to providing in-depth information on Austria as a business location and assistance in entering the Austrian market.Please consult our website for more information about this. To cut a long story short: The Austrian Federal Economic Chamber organizes the Commercial Sections of the Austrian Embassies, thus companies have a direct access to support within the country Austria’s economy is primarily promoted as


Austrian Cultural Forum New Delhi

TINY CRYSTAL – HUGE MODEL… at the 24th Congress and General Assembly of the International Union of Crystallography in Hyderabad. On the day of the opening AUSTRIA with Dr. Robert Krickl, an Austrian mineralogist and crystallographer was the center of attraction. Dr. Krickl’s crystal structure model is the largest such structure of the world. In times of computer based animations a touchable monument of science. With the common efforts of the organizing committee, the University of Vienna, Dr. Robert Krickl and the Austrian Cultural Forum it was possible to present the model for the first time to an Asian public.
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The Austrian artists Radha Anjali and the „NatyaMandir Dance Company“ performed “A View on Mahabharata” 21st at the Lalit Arpan Festival (Habitat Centre / Delhi) and on 22nd of September at the residence of the Austrian Embassy.

Radha Anjali is Austria’s most distinguished dancer in the classical Indian dance style Bharatanatyam. She obtained her dance education by the well known Indian Dancer late Kama Dev in Vienna followed by Guru Adyar K. Lakshman in Chennai and Smt. Kalanidhi Narayanan in Chennai/India.

Upcoming Program for October to December 2017

Street Art

The well-known Austrian street art artist Oliver Holzl will participate at the Street Art Festival in Mumbai (1.10. -31.10)


The Austrian Jazz – Duo “Good Vogel” participates at the “Big Gig Festival” in Mussoorie and will play a concert on 2nd November at the Austrian Cultural Forum.

Contemporary Art

The Austrian Cultural Forum will present an Exhibition of the Austrian painter “Soshana” at the Gallery Segal & Segal from 13th to 19th November .

Jazz with “Brian Brain

The Austrian Jazz band „Brian Brain“ is on Tour through India from 10th to 19th November. “Brian Brain will perform at the Cultural Forum on 17th.

The Austrian Jazz band “Mario Rom’s Interzone“ will perform from 22nd to 26th November several concerts in India. You can see them in concert at the ACF on 22nd of November. The Austrian graphic artist Bettina Egger will participate at the „DECAF Festival” in Delhi (comic strips) from 3rd to 7th December.


The Quiet Beauty of Winter

What could possibly motivate a reasonable human being to tramp up a mountain on two snow shoes resembling tennis rackets? The answer is easy: anticipating an unforgettable experience in the wild that is only possible by moving beyond the flurry on the ski slopes. As with snow shoe nature’s beauty can be truly appreciated while on an exciting ski tour, or on a contemplative winter hike, or a ride on a dog sled or in a horse-drawn sleigh.

As we all know, Inuit are very familiar with snow. That is why they have always appreciated the many advantages of snow shoes and have known how to optimally use them. The large soles keep you on the surface of even the deepest snow, making snow shoes just as ideal for getting around as are touring skies. What is particularly valuable is that snow shoes are quite easy to put on and to use, especially thanks to technological advances that have made them much smaller and lighter. And the spikes on the underside insure safe footing while climbing on icy surfaces. Those on ski tours fasten fur pelts to their skies to achieve the same result. The amateur quickly learns that gaining the necessary skills is easy and will add even more satisfaction to the activity.

There is a special appeal to snow shoe hiking or ski tours. Far away from the prepared tracks and runs you can reach regions that others will never have the privilege of experiencing – and you can enjoy spectacular views such as fresh virgin snow clinging to a mountain cliff, glistening in the sun. You might see a timid wild animal before it dashes back into the woods and appreciate the undisturbed splendour of a glacier field. And as time passes on the trail one regains an appreciation for the inspiring benefits of slow and deliberate motion.

Ski tours especially, of course, call for caution. If you are not a seasoned and experienced skier it is of utmost importance to take a professional guide who is acquainted with the region, with the consistency of the snow and with the vagaries of the weather. Indispensable equipment includes an avalanche transciever, a shovel, a sensor, as well as a first-aid kit. Still another security device, which is not yet in very common use because it is so new, is the avalanche air-bag. In any event, one of the several introductory courses that are offered in many high Alpine winter sport regions is recommended. These will provide training in the essential skills needed for tours in open and unrestricted areas. The Austrian Alp Society is also promoting education and prevention with its “Stop or Go” course under the auspices of its “SicherAmBerg” (safety on the mountain) guidance initiative. It is important to see that guests return safe and sound – filled with wonderful memories of their encounter with nature.