SC-Events EFA 2018

Burst the Bubble!


Have you ever truly engaged in conversation with a liberal? With a believer? With an atheist? With a conservative? With a person with disabilities? A refugee? A person who does not identify as man or as woman? Have you ever met someone who grew up in an utterly different way than you did? Have you ever wondered whose voices aren’t heard in Alpbach? We have. This is how we came up with our motto, which is at the same time our goal as Standing Committee 2018: Burst the Bubble! We want to help establishing a culture of true openness, reaching out to the people we do not understand, that we could so easily avoid talking to. We dare to start a conversation with who is so irritatingly, fascinatingly different. How? Scroll down and see for yourself! 

To find out more about this year’s Standing Committee, use this link:

Also have a look at our calendar and the further events for a better overview!



International Evening


Date: 17.08.2018

Time: 20:00 – 22:00

Place: Congress Center Alpbach, Elisabeth-Herz-Kremenak-Saal

The International Evening is the key event for all scholarship holders and aims at showing the diversity among the scholarship holders at the Forum. It should create an atmosphere of exchange through self-elaborated projects that a few of you will present in front of all the other 700 scholarship holders. The creative potential of all scholarship holders will be the basis for this year’s International Evening, regardless of your (cultural or social) background.


FAN Reception


Date: 21.08.2018

Time: 18:00 – 21:00

Place: Hallenbad, Wiese

Since most receptions in Alpbach are by invitation only, we, the Forum Alpbach Network and the Standing Committee, welcome everyone to a relaxed get together at the outdoor playground next to the former pool (Hallendbad). Dresscode: Come as you are, bring a towel…

… and some of your proudly cherished delicacy (food and/or drinks) and enjoy this great lay-back atmosphere with good music, drinks, regional food from our Clubs and scholarship holders from all around the world.

This evening replaces the traditional Club fair!



Strangers on a Gondola – Begegnung am Berg


Date: 22.08.2018

Time: 12.00 – 14.00

Place/Meeting Point: Wiedersbergerhornbahn, Talstation (Google Maps)

Scholarship holders, researchers, sponsors, keynote speakers, staff – everyone is invited to go on a journey up the local Alpbach mountain called “Wiedersberger Horn” and spend some time with three unknown persons. Once arrived, either you and your new group get out for a little hike at the top or you ride back down to the valley enriched with new acquaintances! Let us mix up and spend a nice day embracing the beautiful environment of Alpbach as well as the diversity of the Forum’s participants! Burst the bubble, mountain edition.


How to get there?

You can eather take one of the shuttle busses to “Alpbach Wiedersbergerhornbahn” or have a little hike (about 30 minutes from Alpbach Center). The bus schedule can be found here: Bus Schedule


From Brixlegg to Alpbach Wiedersbergerhornbahn


Brixlegg Train Station: 11:06; 12:11; 12:55; 13:06

Reith i. A. Dorfmitte: 11:16; 12:21; 13:05; 13:16

Alpbach Wiedersbergerhornbahn: 11:24; 12:29; 13:13; 13:24


From Alpbach/Inneralpbach to Alpbach Wiedersbergerhornbahn


Alpbach Inneralpbach: 11:41; 12:20; 12:46

Alpbach Böglerhof: 11:51; 12:30; 12:56

Alpbach Wiedersbergerhornbahn: 12:00; 12:39; 13:05


You can start the gondola ride at any time between 12.00 and 13.30. No registration needed!


Vernissage “Give Alpbach a Face”


Date: 22.08.2018

Time: 16:00 – 18:00

Place: Volksschule Alpbach

Each year young people from all around the world get together in Alpbach to discuss questions of our future. But what about the actual habitants of the small alpine village? To build a bridge between the local population and us, the Forum’s participants, it was our ambition to strengthen the dialogue and even more: Give Alpbach a Face! In cooperation with the elementary school, the secondary school and the United Nations Information Service Vienna, we organized different workshops for the youngest „Alpbacher“. In a lesson about the Sustainable Development Goals, the kids got insight into topics that we are covering at the Forum. During a photography workshop the kids had the chance to show their view of home – Alpbach from their perspective. You are invited to see all the results at our Vernissage, get in touch with local people and experience another, even „realer“ Alpbach!


Voguing Workshop


Date: 24. & 25.08.2018

Time: 15:00 – 17:30 / 9:00 – 11:30

Place: Feuerwehrhaus

Voguing isn’t just a dance but a stand against exclusion and intolerance. Men imitate women and women imitate men that imitate women. The highly stylized, modern house dance originated in the late 1980s in Harlem, New York City. Katrin Blantar and Karin Cheng will bring the art of voguing to Alpbach and let us participate in it.

For this event further registration is needed. First come, first serve! Click here!


MyEurope – My Story


Date: 25.08.2018

Time: 13:30 – 16:30

Place: Hauptschule, Turnsaal

As a scholarship holder of the European Forum Alpbach, you have the unique opportunity to gain knowledge and broaden your horizon. But do you have the courage to leave your bubble and challenge others for a discussion outside of the safe space of Alpbach? Together with the European Parliament’s Information Office in Austria, the European Forum Alpbach is hosting a storytelling workshop to help you sharpen your tools to discuss a European issue that you are passionate about.  Animal protection, climate change, entrepreneurship – you name the topic, we help you start a discourse on how a united Europe plays a role in achieving it! On the occasion of the upcoming European Parliamentary elections: let’s share our our individual stories, let’s discuss about a united Europe!

For participation in this event registration is mandatory! Click here!


Drag King Workshop


Date: 27.08.2018

Time: 13:00 – 19:00

Place: Volksschule

Why is gender-crossing an interesting exercise for breaking some social rules? What can drag performance teach, and what aesthetic, political, and personal questions does it raise?  During the “Drag King workshop” you will have the opportunity to answer these questions by building a political laboratory for generating collectively the experience of the constructed and arbitrary dimension of our gender. A space to share and explore what we take as fundamental or stable in our identities (sex, gender, sexuality) as cultural and political constructions. You will go through the decomposition of the learned action or behaviours in basic units and review them as cultural signs of gender dimension. This workshop can a space for reflection, for empowering and for exploring your male/female side. The workshop is open for everyone female-identified!


If possible bring male clothing with you!

For this event further registration is needed. First come, first serve! Click here!


Diving into Diversity – the Alpbach Parties


Dates: 18., 22. & 30.08.2018

Time: 21:00 – late

Place: Inneralpbach, Festhütte

Have you ever heard of the legendary Alpbach parties but you couldn’t find them in the official programme? That’s what the Standing Committee is for! It is known that the easiest and quickest way to get to know new people after a long day is in a relaxed environment and most likely, with a beer in your hand. Take the shuttle bus and join us at the Festhütte in Inneralpbach where we are organising three parties for you in cooperation with FAN and the Austrian Alpbach Clubs. You can continue heated debates of a seminar or simply tell someone who you wanted to win this years World Cup but the most important thing is – have fun!



The Generation of Interpersonal Closeness


Dates: 28., 29., and 30.08.2018

Time: Each day, starting from 15:00 till 17:00

Place: Get your set of cards at the Volksschule, feel free to sit down wherevere you want – just be so kind and bring back the cards afterwards


Can you create a sense of closeness or intimacy with a complete stranger? Psychology research says yes and we want you to try it!

Take an hour, meet a foreign person and talk by asking each other questions that we have prepared for you. Leave your phone at home and take the opportunity to create a sense of closeness or intimacy with another person by simply asking and answering 36 questions together. It’s not just about learning more about a stranger, but about learning about yourself. And – of course – feel free to have a drink after this experiment and ask those questions that haven’t been asked before. 

You want to have a sneak peek how this might look like? Here it is!