The Austrian PEN Club, an agency of the most important international writers’ association based in London, was founded in 1923. It works today, among other human rights issues around the world on Freedom of Expression. The topics of tolerance, integration and conflict and violence are top on the agenda of the current PEN President Dr. Helmuth A. Niederle.

Club Carinthia

The Club Carinthia is a non-political organization of in Vienna living Carinthiens. It was founded in 1985. Among the objectives of the association include maintaining contacts living outside and in Carinthia. The promotion of young women in the Carinthian economy and culture as well as the improvement of relations with political institutions and the maintenance of Carinthia’s cultural heritage.

City of Villach

The Cultural Department of the City of Villach initiates and organizes events and projects to a variety of key issues, youth-related activities, theater performances, concerts, exhibitions and lectures and awards cultural awards, grants and scholarships for outstanding achievements, projects and educational programs. The department is also publishes the magazine “Culture in Villach” cultural heritage.

University of Klagenfurt

The Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt is the largest educational and research institution in Carinthia focusing on education, Cultural Studies, Economics, Engineering Sciences, Interdisciplinary Studies (IFF) and Teacher Education (SoE). It also is home to the Musil Institute and the University Cultural Centre (UNIKUM) and is co-organizer of the Bachmann Prize. The University promotes bilingualism and multilingualism especially in the context of the Slovenian minority in Carinthia.

The Danube University Krems

The Danube University Krems is a leading Austrian university for further education and sets standards for lifelong learning. The Department for Migration and Globalization aims to supply contributions to a better understanding of the processes at work to promote social cohesion and wellbeing. The Center for “Europe and Globalization” focusses on key issues of the EU and of globalization in research, education and training. Its aim is to become a dialogue-forum on Europe and the world in the heart of Europe.

Austrian Federal Chancellery 

The Federal Chancellery is the main center of the Austrian government and ultimately responsible for all government activities. The Chancellor’s Officeemphatically appreciates the initiative of the European tolerance talks and is supporting Denk.Raum.Fresach with a sponsorship.

Austrian Ministry for European and International Affairs

“Foreign Cultureis an essential and invaluable important instrument of Austrian foreign policy. The Foreign Ministry therefore supports the efforts of Denk.Raum.Fresach to promote the dialogue between cultures and religions. The concept is “very convincing”.

Evangelical Church Austria

The Evangelical Church of Austria, the Evangelical Church of Carinthia and East Tyrol and the Evangelical Cultural Fresach are active partners and supporters of the club Denk.Raum.Fresach. The Church has about 300,000 Austrians or about 4% of the population of the country and in seven dioceses divided into 204 active communities.

LEADER-Region Carinthia

The regional management Carinthia RMK supports and promotes the development of innovative projects in the regions. The European Tolerance talks Fresach fall within both the Lead Region Villach-Hermagor and in the main Nockregion-Upper Carinthia, and can expect support in the context of tourism and cultural development. The new funding period starts with 2015/2016.


The culture department of Carinthia support projects that improve confidence in and positive visibility of the country. It is responsible for the country’s cultural history and management for regional museums, national galleries and national theater, art, Archives, Academy of Music, Country Music School, the Conservatory and folk culture. The department awards grants, grants and scholarships for clubs, organizations and cultural workers.

ORF Studio Carinthia

The ORF Studio informs about everything what is interesting in Carinthia. It was a pioneer in audio and video output and makes it possible to Internet users to tune in. Radio Carinthia can be heard live all over the world. Culture in the country Studio priority, even in Klagenfurt is the hub of the German-language literature. The “German Literature Days” in the ORF Theatre including the Bachmann Prize has been awarded since 1977.

Carinthia‘s Industry

The Federation of Carinthia’s Industry is a voluntary lobbying organization and industry-related service provider. At European level it cooperates with the employers’ association UNICEIn order to promote the increasing diversity, it founded the Carinthian International Club”The International School Carinthia” was a further milestone for thecosmopolitanism and internationalism in Carinthia.

Chamber of Commerce

The Carinthian Chamber of Commerce is the main service center and lobby organization of the Carinthian economy. It acts in laws and collective bargaining, is committed to the education and training of its members, informs on changes in the national and international environment and organizes market research, business development and research contracts.

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