The following events are planned for the year 2017:

Anna Picnic 2017

This event took place on July 16, 2017. You’ll find a report under EVENTS.

Martini Dance 2017

SATURDAY: November 11, 2017, J.C. Banquet Hall (former Danube Swabian Club) 1686 Ellesmere Road, Scarborough, ON.

Details to be found in the upcoming newsletter (Fall 2017).

We are looking forward to seeing you at all these upcoming events.


40th Anniversary of the Burgenlaender Club Toronto:

As already reported under EVENTS, we were fortunate to have had the opportunity to celebrate our 40th anniversary with honoured guests from Austria/Burgenland. They participated in a beautiful celebration on May 27th 2017, A night unlike any other. Please read up on it.


a) Special Birthday

On July 6, 2017, HR Prof. Dr. Walter Dujmovits celebrated his 85th birthday.  Since 1985, Walter Dujmovits is the President of the BURGENLÄNDISCHE GEMEINSCHAFT, the worldwide organization of Burgenländers with its headquarter in Güssing, Burgenland. Walter visited North America after having completed his studies at the University of Vienna in 1956.  He spent a few months with relatives in Coplay Pennsylvania where he became familiar with numerous immigrant stories. He was deeply moved by the plight of his countrymen who, more or less, had to leave Austria  at the time, as there were very few employment opportunities available to them. He describes his experiences and impressions very eloquently in his book: THE BURGENLÄNDER EMIGRATION TO AMERICA”. Walter dedicated his life to the Burgenländische Gemeinschaft (he was Vice President already in 1958) while still pursuing an impressive career first as a high school teacher, and then as a principal of various high schools. Congratulations Walter!  May you be blessed with many more happy, healthy and joyful years with your family and friends!  We are forever grateful for all that you have done for and with Burgenlaenders across the globe.

Festival Summer in Burgenland 2017:

Seespiele Mörbisch: THE BIRD SELLER by Carl Zeller

Opera in the Quarry of St. Margarethen RIGOLETTO by Giuseppe Verdi

Schlossspiele Kobersdorf THE BROKEN JUG by Heinrich Kleist

Burgspiele Güssing THE GOLDEN GOOSE adapted from a fairy tale by The Brothers Grimm

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM by William Shakespeare

c) At this stage (August 2017) we received the following reports on two cultural events:

i) Mörbischer Seefestspiele 2017: 112,000 visitors attended DER VOGELHÄNDLER and the organizers were thrilled to note that this was indeed a most successful performance. For the producer and steward Ms. Dagmar Schellenberger, this was the last production under her leadership. Her contract expired with this season and her departure is being mourned by many people. Hopefully, her successor will be just as competent as she was.

ii) Opernfestspiele St. Margarethen 2017: This too was a very successful production of RIGOLETTO. 70,000 people attended and organizers were pleased to have had so many visitors. For next year though, this company decided to take a break from performing in the quarry. Hopefully, this will apply solely to next year.

d) Federal elections in Austria: October 15, 2017
Please register in your hometown if you are eligible to vote. More information can be found at the Austrian Consulate in Toronto. Tel. 416-967-4867.

e) The FEDERAL UNION OF EUROPEAN NATIONALITIES (FUEN) is an organization with its goal to protect minorities. There are 60 million people who live in European countries as part of a minority. Within our community, we are familiar with minority groups; such as the Donauschwaben in Serbia, the Gottscheers in Slovenia, the Croatians, Hungarians and Roma in Burgenland. FUEN has drafted a “Minority Safety Pack Initiative” and is asking for signatures to have this draft accepted by countries where minorities reside. If you would like to know more about this initiative, this is the link:

f) The municipalities of Illmitz and Baumgarten are celebrating impressive milestones: Illmitz is 800 years old and Baumgarten 750. In both locations guests and inhabitants celebrated with music, dance, helicopter rides and much more. Congratulations! We too are celebrating: Canada is 150 years young...

g) Stinatz (Stinjaki), the bilingual village in the South of Burgenland organized a half marathon. Participants from 11 nations (!) attended, 2 of them were from Kenya. The marathon was won by one of the Kenyan participants: congratulation!
Please access our newsletter that will be published in the fall and forwarded to all members of the Burgenlaender Club Toronto, electronically or with snail mail. You will find more news there.

HR Prof. Dr. Walter Dujmovits
President of the Burgenländische Gemeinschaft

Walter Dujmovits with his wife Helene at one of the visits to Toronto.

The governor of Burgenland, Mr. Hans Niessl is happy to pose with Tom our friend from Berlin

The Castle in Eisenstadt with the Haydnsaal






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