What We Do

Interreligious & Intercultural Outreach in Austria

As the International Dialogue Centre (KAICIID) is based in Vienna, outreach to the Austrian local public has become an integral part of the Centre’s activities. KAICIID has been engaging Austrian NGOs and civic society actors in its programming and will continue to open its doors to the public. 

KAICIID believes that in times when tensions between cultures are on the rise it is particularly important to foster dialogue between people of different cultures and religions. By engaging local stakeholders of diverse backgrounds in a spectrum of dialogical activities, KAICIID aims to help promote interreligious and intercultural dialogue and its transformative effects on individuals and communities.

The Austrian outreach activities range from expert lectures on subjects related to interreligious and intercultural dialogue, to a wide range of cultural events and exhibitions as well as efforts to cooperate with local NGOs in their support for refugees and asylum seekers. 

KAICIID’s local initiatives are open to the general public and we cordially invite you to participate. 

Expert lectures
KAICIID has established the 'Religionen im Dialog' (Religions in Dialogue) series of expert lectures. Set in the Centre’s picturesque 'Klimt room', the lecture series aims to provide a platform for local expert and practitioners of interreligious and intercultural dialogue to present their ideas and work to the interested Austrian general public. The lectures are open to the public, in case you would like to attend, please register via dialog(at)kaiciid.org The lectures are held in German language.
Intercultural Activities
Building on the tradition of Vienna as the city of music, and underlining the role of art as interlocutor between cultures and religion, KAICIID has been organizing a number of intercultural events and musical performances with the aim of introducing the culturally interested local audience to a dialogue between different musical traditions from different cultures. Our intercultural events are open to the public, in case you would like to attend, please register via dialog(at)kaiciid.org
Refugees cultural orientation visits
Since summer 2015, the International Dialogue Centre (KAICIID) has offered - in cooperation with local NGOs - cultural orientation visits for refugees and asylum seekers located in remote countryside areas. These tours have been arranged as an incentive for those refugees and asylum seekers who have demonstrated particular efforts in learning German. KAICIID accompanied refugees and asylum seekers, mainly from Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria, as they gained insight into European and Austrian history and culture. The tours are provided by licensed Austrian Tour guides.
HQ visits
KAICIID is an intergovernmental organization whose mandate is to promote the use of dialogue globally to prevent and resolve conflict to enhance understanding and cooperation. Intercultural and interreligious dialogue helps build communities’ resistance against prejudice, strengthens social cohesion, supports conflict prevention and transformation and can serve to preserve peace. As an international organization, KAICIID supports the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, in particular the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. The Centre also combats all forms of discrimination based on culture, religion or belief. We implement programmes to overcome stereotypes in a long-term process that leads to a culture of dialogue that enables greater understanding of people of other cultures and followers of other religions. KAICIID is located in Vienna and has the privilege of using the “Palais Sturany”, a classical Viennese city palace as its headquarters. For interested groups of 15+ participants, we offer visits and guided tours through the KAICIID headquarters. Should you be interested in such a tour, please email us at hqvisits(at)kaiciid.org