11 August 2016, Vienna
In the past weeks we have been mainly working offline, visiting different refugee houses and organisations supporting refugees and asylum-seekers in Austria, to inform as many people as possible about the call, to invite them to participate and discuss about the right to a good life, the right to enjoy (Austria), but also, most importantly, to talk about their situation and experiences here.
We are thankful for the many conversations and exchange that we had the opportunity of being part of and also to all the houses and organisations who welcomed us.
They are Kurierhaus Lindengasse, Flüchtlingsunterkunft Primavesigasse, Schottenfeldgasse 34 - Wiener Hilfswerk, Quartier Siemensstrasse - Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund Österreichs, Haus Erdberg, Verein Flüchtlingsprojekt Ute Bock, Caritas Asylzentrum - Caritas Vienna, Einander, Asyl in Not - Unterstützungskomitee für politisch verfolgte Ausländer/innen, Integrationshaus Wien, Helping Hands, Interface Wien, Macondo Beratungsstelle & Frauencafé, Diakonie Flüchtlingsdienst, Haus Neu Albern, Plattform Rechtsberatung in Innsbruck and Verein für Willkommenskultur und Solidarität in Deutschlandsberg!
Many thanks also to the two translators, who supported our work, Damon and Thaeer, and our friend Azad, who spread the word to friends in Salzburg and Linz!
Photos © Enjoy Austria 2016
6 September 2016, Vienna
On 6 September we held the jury meeting of Enjoy Austria at VInziRast Mittendrin, with Gudrun Kugler, politician from ÖVP Vienna, Sissy Mayerhoffer, head of ORF Humanitarian Broadcasting, Monika Mokre, political scientist and activist of the Refugee Protest Movement Vienna and Elmar Samsinger, asylum judge.
Parallel to highly charged political debates in Austria about "asylum emergency" measures and planned changes in integration politics – both of which signal turning points (for the worse) in Austrian asylum and integration politics – we asked the jury members coming from different political and ideological positions to make a consensual decision about the winning ode and thus address the question who has the right to enjoy Austria.
Photos © Rania Moslam
21 October 2016
On 21 October we held our closing event Who has the right to enjoy Austria? discussion & exhibition in VinziRast, many thanks to everyone who joined us!
An especially big thanks to the contributors of the final discussion, Katerina Anastasiou, Fanny Müller-Uri and MohammadEbrahim Rahimi, as well as all the participants of the Enjoy Austria open call and everyone who contributed to the discussion with their questions, comments and critique. It was a really exciting exchange!
You can listen to an audio recording of the talk here.
Our very special thanks goes to all the collaborators of ENJOY AUSTRIA who worked with us in the past months:
Susanne Fernandes Silva (press & PR), Levi Orta (visual & graphic design), Gudrun Kugler, Sissy Mayerhoffer, Monika Mokre, Elmar Samsinger (jury members), Milan Loviska (artistic assistance & technical coordination for closing event), Katarzyna Winiecka (mediation & outreach of open call), Basil Hararah, Neda Hosseinyar, Marie Therese Kiriaky, Mohammed Mustafa, Saif Ullah Nasar, Egor Novikov, Christopher Roth, Damon Taleghani, Thaeer (translation), Gorji Marzban (proofreading Persian), Anselm Tröster (video documentation), Rafael Ruiz (video editing), Rania Moslam, Edward Chapon (photo documentation), Shahjahan Khan, Rudolf Hübl, Josef Itze (distribution flyers & posters), Elena Osenstetter & Abbes (VinziRast) and Ernst Reitermaier (technical support).
THANK YOU for your work and dedication!
Photos © Edward Chapon
4-8 October 2016
Between the 4th and 8th October MohammadIbrahim Rahimi, the winner of the ENJOY AUSTRIA award visited Linz, Upper Styria and Graz on his travels around Austria with a friend. In Linz and Graz they took part in group excursions in the city, as well as a short trip to Kalsdorf near Graz, in Upper Styria they joined a group of fellow Austrians from Wels on a two-day bus tour, from Burg Strechau through Bad Mittendorf to Pürgg and Altaussee.
Photos © MohammadIbrahim Rahimi, Qasim Noori