The birth place of Liszt, a great European figure, will be in future a place, where an annual forum for discourse on European politics will take place to commemorate the composer's birthday.
The first "European Forum Liszt Raiding" took place on the 21st of October 2017 with representatives from politics and economic, as well as vistors of the Liszt Festival and the interested locals. According to the motto "Stories about Europe" the Franz Liszt Society Burgenland, the municipality of Raiding and the Franz Liszt Association Raiding welcomed the public to listen to personal stories of Europhiles.
Around 70 people participated and took this opportunity to familiarize themselves with topics such as identity, values, homeland, history and politics of Europe by personal life stories of others. Additionally ORF Burgenland (Austrian Broadcasting Network) live-streamed the event allowing a wider public to participate. The following stories were shared to prompt discussions:
Nini Tsiklauri: "Who, if not me? Why I protest on Sundays with a European flag."
Gabriel Toggenburg: "Europe can move mountains – Impressions of a commuter across the South and North side of the Brenner Pass."
Wolfgang Müller-Funk: "Europe exists, we just have not noticed it."
Wolfgang Petritsch: "A South Carinthian village in the 20th century and three Petritsch generations in the Balkans."
Nina Radović: "Europe between utopia and reality – the search for a new home."
Otmar Lahodynsky: "Austria's winding path into the EU. What I experienced as a EU correspondent in Brussels at the beginning of the 90s."
The event brochure can be accessed here.