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23.11.2011

Bank Austria receives renowned Maecenas arts sponsoring award

  • Bank Austria receives the Maecenas arts sponsoring award for the Bank Austria 2010 Arts Award in four categories
  • 333 submissions from all over Austria for the 2011 Arts Award
  • Top-class specialist jury selects award winners
  • Award ceremony at a gala event on February 24, 2012

The cultural commitment of Bank Austria has a long and renowned tradition, which received great appreciation again recently. On November 22, 2011, the Bank Austria 2010 Arts Award was awarded the Austrian Maecenas arts sponsoring award in the category "concept/large enterprises". In total, 168 domestic companies had applied with 185 projects. The jury acknowledged the Bank Austria Arts Award as "strong support for the innovative potential of the Austrian arts and culture scene.”

"Cultural sponsoring has a long tradition at Bank Austria and is very important to us. Therefore, we are particularly happy that the newly founded Bank Austria Arts Award has already received the renowned Maecenas arts sponsoring award in the first year it was organized,” Willi Cernko, chairman of the management board of Bank Austria, points out. "The award is another confirmation of the path we have chosen. Therefore, we will also be available as a partner of the Austrian arts and culture scene to support it and make projects possible in the future.”

The Bank Austria Arts Award
The Bank Austria Arts Award was awarded for the first time in 2010 and with a total of EUR218,000 is one of the cultural sponsoring awards with the highest endowment in the country. It is awarded in the categories regional, international, conveying art to the public and arts journalism.

Honouring of extraordinary arts award project
Following the successful premiere in the previous year, the Bank Austria Arts Award will be awarded again this year. Between May and September 2011, 333 cultural projects and initiatives from all over Austria submitted their applications. "The applications for the Bank Austria Arts Award are of high quality. This fact was also confirmed by one of last year's winners, Ganymed Boarding, which received the renowned Nestroy Award some days ago,” Willi Cernko says.

The top-class jury includes Thomas Angyan (director of the Vienna Musikverein), Sabine Breitwieser (chief curator of the Museum of Modern Art, New York), Ingried Brugger (director of the Bank Austria Kunstforum), Willi Cernko (chairman of the management board of Bank Austria), Andrea Ecker (head of division of the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture), Herbert Föttinger (director of the Theater in der Josefstadt), Anton Kolarik (Bank Austria, head of communication), Walter Leiss (secretary general of the Austrian Association of Cities and Towns), Klaus Albrecht Schröder (director of the Albertina museum) and Thomas Weninger (secretary general of the Austrian Association of Cities and Towns). They will now select the winners of the Bank Austria 2011 Arts Award in the categories regional, international, conveying art to the public and arts journalism. The winners will be announced at a gala event at the Theater in der Josefstadt on February 24, 2012.

Enquiries:
Bank Austria Event Management
Katja Erlach, Tel.: +43 (0) 50505 - 56839
E-Mail: katja.erlach@unicreditgroup.at

leisure communications
Wolfgang Lamprecht, Tel.: +43 (0)664 8563002
E-Mail: lamprecht@leisuregroup.at

Attachments to release at  http://presse.leisuregroup.at/bankaustria/kunstpreis2011

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