It was the anniversary year of the cultural association “Urhof20”. For 15 years, the former workers’ house, which has remained in the same place for a hundred years, has served as a platform for the independent arts and culture sector. The commitment to the Kunsthaus am Schneeberg, as the facility is currently called, goes back to Beatrix von Schrader.
Under her leadership, the Urhof has become a sought-after meeting place for international and contemporary performing arts. “Through conversation between different media, we want to open ourselves to unfamiliar images and explore new perspectives,” says von Schrader.
The “Tanz und Tagtool” festival, which has also been around for 15 years and is dedicated to pioneering female contemporary composers over seven evenings this year, came to an end last Saturday and showcased electronic music works by composers Suzanne Ciani and Caitlin Aurelia Smith. Von Schrader wowed the audience with a 25-minute dance performance of “Synergy.”
Pia von Schrader was also on stage at the lecture – at the Festspielhaus in St. Pölten, where she received the Honorary Award in the field of performing arts at the 64th Lower Austrian Culture Awards. “This award goes to Urhof20,” said an overjoyed von Schrader. The mayor of Grönbach, Peter Steinwinder (SPÖ), was among those who congratulated him.
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