VIENNALE SUMMER PRESS BRIEFING
The Summer Press-Briefing will take place on August 25 at 10 am at Volksgarten Pavillon Vienna. We will give a first preview and present some of the highlights of this year’s festival.
We’re looking forward to seeing you again at the 2017 festival.
FRANZ SCHWARTZ APPOINTED INTERIM ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF THE VIENNALE
Vienna, August 18, 2017
Following the death of our director of many years, Hans Hurch, the Viennale board of trustees has entrusted Franz Schwartz, the former director of Vienna’s Stadtkino, with the interim artistic direction of the Viennale.
Franz Schwartz has already started work and will remain in charge until the appointment of a new permanent director at the beginning of next year.
“Tragically, the Viennale 2017 is Hans Hurch’s last. Working together, the experienced team of the Viennale and I will make sure that it will be a festival that does justice to Hans Hurch’s concept and work of the past 20 years.” (Franz Schwartz)
“In Franz Schwartz we have secured the support of a wonderful figure as the interim artistic director of the Viennale. He and Hans Hurch were close friends, and Hurch thought highly of him with regard to his work and integrity. Together, we intend to stage a festival in the spirit of Hans Hurch.” (Eva Rotter, managing director of the Viennale)
Curriculum vitae, Franz Schwartz:
Born in 1950
After his school-leaving examination, Franz Schwartz started working at the Zentralsparkasse bank in 1969. Following his training as a banking professional, he became a member of the advertising department and was responsible for the in-house magazine. In 1975 he founded the Z-Club, an alternative music venue, in Vienna’s Kirchengasse, in 1981 the cinema Stadtkino, and in 1992 TITRA Film for the production of film subtitles. In late 2008, he resigned from his work at Stadtkino.
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