SGI-Austria Culture Center Celebrates Tenth Anniversary with an Open House
On September 24, SGI-Austria held an open house for nearby residents at the SGI-Austria Culture Center in Vienna, Austria, celebrating the center's tenth anniversary. Local residents were treated to professional actors reading poetry by Goethe and SGI President Daisaku Ikeda and a chamber music concert of Schubert's compositions. The SGI-Austria Culture Center was originally a mansion built by the Hapsburg dynasty in the mid-19th century, known as the House of Elisabeth. Since its opening in June 1995, the SGI-Austria Culture Center has hosted many cultural events, such as concerts and exhibits of historical photographs. This is the ninth open house SGI-Austria has sponsored for nearby residents.
Dr. Jutta Unkart-Seifert, renowned Austrian soprano, European Cultural Initiative for the Young Generation President and former Cultural Activities director of Austria's Ministry of Education, remarked that the SGI-Austria center truly fulfills its purpose as a "culture center" through the many cultural events that it organizes for the community. Local official Andrea Kalchbrenner expressed appreciation for the center and its well-manicured gardens and well-kept mansion that the public enjoys.