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Diagonale: How to Snatch Defeat From the Jaws of Victory

Diagonale: How to Snatch Defeat From the Jaws of Victory

I pulled into Graz just in time for the gala opening, threw on a fancy suit, refreshed my hair and make-up, and jumped into a cab prepared to sidestep the paparazzi and compete with the stars of stage and screen, entering Austria’s premier film festival at the Helmut-List-Halle. No red carpet. OK. But the hordes were there all right, thronging the entrance […]

Sensing the Südsteiermark: A Tale of Two Hanneses

Sensing the Südsteiermark: A Tale of Two Hanneses

If perspective and sensory exploration is everything in wine, then the culmination of Steiermark’s landscape, aura, people, gastronomy and passion, manifests into a region that is quickly becoming the go-to place. My focus is on one of the three classified wine-growing regions in the greater Steiermark (Styria) area, Südsteiermark. Triangular in shape with its northern […]

Dido & Aeneas: Dancing to Opera

For all the Italian and Russian opera that followed, one of the first masterpieces of opera is in English, Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. In the dance world, Dido and Aeneas has received lavish attention in the last two decades with major dance versions from Mark Morris (1989), Sasha Waltz (2005) and Wayne McGregor (2009, […]

WWII Bomb In Graz

A 250 kg aircraft bomb dating from World War II was detected during construction at the Central Railway Station (Hauptbahnhof) in Graz, Mar. 25, causing panic and evacuations. Authorities evacuated the surrounding area at about 14:00 when initial attempts to deactivate the bomb proved unsuccessful. Train service from Graz to Bruck an der Mur and […]

Mass Graves in Graz

The 2008 research project on the two mass graves, dating back to the years of WWII, has been recently brought to a halt. The burial sites were found in bomb craters underneath a sports field in Graz that was once the location of the Nazi SS Wetzelsdorf barracks. Austrian Defense Minister Norbert Darabos presented the […]

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