Friday 29 September

10:00 – 13:00


Visit 1: Vienna Design Week

Visit 2: “Stopover – Ways of Temporary Exchange” exhibition

Visit 3: House of Philanthropy

Visit 4: ERSTE Campus

VIENNA DESIGN WEEK is Austria´s largest design festival, with a variety of locations and events in Vienna. The festival, curated by Lilli Hollein, will enter its 11th round. Opening up creative processes and giving scope for experimentation on site are core elements of the festival concept. During VIENNA DESIGN WEEK, the city becomes a platform and showcase of design.

Mesteshukar ButiQ (MBQ) is one of the organisations we will visit at the VIENNA DESIGN WEEK. It is a Bucharest based social enterprise working on revaluing traditional Roma craftsmanship. We provide premium lifestyle products with a story and design that stands out in any context, using a blend of centuries old techniques combined with contemporary design. Our product line is comprised of jewellery, clothes and home- decor objects developed from a selection of natural materials such as wood, copper, leather, wicker and fabrics.

The themes of friendship and exchange, social movements and activism, the historical dimension of imperialism and its impact on the present, and the strengthening of new nationalisms underlie the artistic productions at this international group exhibition.


Almost 30 years after the fall of the “Iron Curtain”, Vienna is still problematically described as a gateway between “East” and “West”. This controversy has to do with Austria’s history as a former empire. Vienna was indeed a melting pot of different peoples at the turn of the century in 1899 and 1900. Austria’s role as a neutral country in the “West” and a receiver of “Gastarbeiter” in the 1960s and 1970s adds to this. Especially after 1989, Vienna was a host to artists and scholars from neighbouring countries, and thereby continuing its long history of cultural exchange. For many years ERSTE Foundation and tranzit have been collaborating within the jointly operated Artist-in-Residence programme. Artists, curators and theorists from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and the Slovak Republic have been invited to Vienna to live and work in the city’s MuseumsQuartier. The curators will give participants a special tour.


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The House of Philanthropy is a co-working space of Austrian foundations and other organizations enabling and supporting social start-ups, impact investing and social businesses. It has only be founded in November 2016 on one floor in the well-known building of the Old Stock Exchange in Vienna on Ringstrasse. The House of Philanthropy was co-iniated by Peopleshare Foundation, Essl Foundation and Ashoka Austria.

Currently some 10 organizations have moved their premises, including Bluehendes Oesterreich, Internet Privatstiftung Austria and the Association of Charitable Austrian Foundations, working on very different social and environmental issues. A delegation of these organization will be hosting you and is looking forward to connect and share experiences with the delegates of the Grantmakers East Forum.

A tour of the ERSTE Campus, including the tour of the ERSTE Foundation + Library and one of the art exhibitions in the ERSE Campus – Art in Architecture (

It is a project with artists all over the CEE region who were commissioned works that are now in the building on different levels. The curators will give participants a special tour.