Current Events



SATURDAY, JANUARY 13, 2018, 5 pm
The renowned Austrian organist Lukas Hasler is returning to Los Angeles to perform at the Glendale City Church, 610 East California Ave, Glendale, CA 91206. No charge, Donations to the church would be much appreciated.

FRIDAY, APRIL 6, 2018, 7:30pm
In a prelude to the upcoming “Passport to Trieste” program at SEEfest, festival of films from Southeast and Central Europe supported by the Council, we are pleased to share with you an upcoming event, a nostalgic musical show and reception with entertainer Irina Maleeva.

Tickets are $35 and can be purchased through Eventbrite. Please click here.

WACO Theater in NoHo Art District | 5144 Lankershim Blvd | Los Angeles, CA 91601

TUESDAY, APRIL 17, 2018, 7pm
TRIESTE LITERARY SALON at West Hollywood Council Chambers @ The Library
625 N. San Vicente Blvd (free validated parking)

This event is sponsored by the Austrian-American Council West and the Austrian Consulate General.
Featuring the super-quintet of Trieste aficionados sharing their stories, anecdotes and insights about the cosmopolitan region in northern Adriatic where the city of Trieste presides at the intersection of Austrian, Italian, Slavic and Jewish cultures.
RSVP required. Tickets are free. Eventbrite/TriesteLiterarySalon

SEEfest - South East European Film Festival L.A.
Co-sponsored by the Austrian-American Council West and the Austrian Consulate General
OPENING NIGHT Presentation of the Legacy Award to Robert Dornhelm, Academy Award-nominated Austrian film and TV director. Premiering Film Hawaii at the Writers Guild Theater

SATURDAY, April 28, 2018
Presentation of Robert Dornhelm-directed film
The Crown Prince
THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2018
Art Talk with two L.A. filmmakers about their upcoming films portraying Austrian trailblazing architects Rudolph Schindler and Richard Neutra. Tel: (213) 290-5453

SATURDAY, JUNE 30, 2018, 5 pm
At the private seaside residence of one of our Sponsors. Invitations to be mailed.

SUNDAY, JULY 15, 2018, 12 pm

Exclusively for our members and their spouses, will be at the private residence of one of our sponsors. A complimentary luncheon will be served after the meeting. Members to receive invitations.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2018, 6 pm
You are cordially invited.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2018, 2:30pm
Celebrate the New Year at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Enjoy the cherished “Salute to Vienna” classical concert. Reservation no later than August 1. Lilliana Popov-Alexander: (818)507-5904
Tickets will be available for Austrian-American Council West members only.

Austrian-American Day


In 1997, responding to an appeal initiated by the Austrian-American Council with support from then Austrian Ambassador to the United States of America Dr. Helmut Türk, the President of the United States Bill Clinton designated September 26 to be known nationwide as Austrian-American Day. In recognition of the friendships between the two countries and the contributions Austrians have made in so many fields to this great country, annual celebrations are organized and are attended by Ambassadors, members of the Diplomatic Corps, prominent local business leaders, and elected officials of Los Angeles City and County as well as members of the Austrian-American Council West and friends.

Proclamation 7027 - Austrian-American Day, 1997
September 25, 1997

By the President of the United States of America
A Proclamation

For more than 200 years, the life of our Nation has been enriched and renewed by the many people who have come here from around the world, seeking a new life for themselves and their families. Austrian Americans have made their own unique and lasting contributions to America's strength and character, and they continue to play a vital role in the peace and prosperity we enjoy today.

As with so many other immigrants, the earliest Austrians came to America in search of religious freedom. Arriving in 1734, they settled in the colony of Georgia, growing and prospering with the passing of the years. One of these early Austrian settlers, Johann Adam Treutlen, was to become the first elected governor of the new State of Georgia.

In the two centuries that followed, millions of other Austrians made the same journey to our shores. From the political refugees of the 1848 revolutions in Austria to Jews fleeing the anti-Semitism of Hitler's Third Reich, Austrians brought with them to America a love of freedom, a strong work ethic, and a deep reverence for education. In every field of endeavor, Austrian Americans have made notable contributions to our culture and society. We have all been enriched by the lives and achievements of such individuals as Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter; Joel Elias Spingarn, who helped to found the NAACP; psychiatrist and educator Alexandra Adler; lyricist Frederick Loewe, who helped to transform American musical theater; and architects John Smithmeyer and Richard Neutra.

Americans of Austrian descent have also helped to nurture the strong ties of friendship between the United States and Austria, a friendship that has survived the upheaval of two World Wars and the subsequent division of Europe between the forces of East and West. On September 26, 1945, a conference was convened in Vienna among the nine Austrian Federal States that helped to unify the nation and paved the way for recognition by the United States and the Allied Forces of the first postwar Provisional Austrian Government. Setting the date for the first free national elections, this important meeting laid the foundation for the strong, prosperous, and independent Austria we know today.

In recognition of the significance of this date to the relationship between our Nation and the Federal Republic of Austria, and in gratitude for the many gifts that Austrian Americans bring to the life of our country, it is appropriate that we pause to celebrate Austrian-American Day.

Now, Therefore, I, William J. Clinton, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim Friday, September 26, 1997, as Austrian-American Day. I encourage all Americans to recognize and celebrate the important contributions that millions of Americans of Austrian descent have made—and continue to make—to our Nation's strength and prosperity.

In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-fifth day of September, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and ninety-seven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and twenty-second.



ANNUAL MEETING: Members are hosted to a luncheon or buffet supper with fine wines--often with entertainment. These meetings present a wonderful opportunity to enjoy good fellowship and sharing of mutual interests.

AUSTRIAN-AMERICAN DAY:  Yearly on or near September 26, the Council celebrates the friendships between Austria and the United States at a more formal gathering with a special theme, such as a lovely dinner party with music for listening and dancing. The Council selects a special charity for its annual contribution.

VIENNESE HEURIGEN:  This popular event is held at an attractive setting such as the Residence of the Austrian Consul General or the garden of a member’s estate. The Heurigen is a Viennese tradition featuring Austrian foods and music partnered with specially selected Austrian wines.

SPECIAL EVENTS:  Members are invited to cultural and social events often not available to the public.

SPECIAL EVENTS FOR SPONSORS:  An elegant luncheon exclusively for Sponsor level members is given annually at a private location, such as an oceanfront home in Malibu.