20 (+2) years tga
anniversary symposion of the typographic society austria

thursday, august 25 to sunday, august 28 2022
raabs an der thaya castle
international and local speakers will talk about type and type development and their technical, design and socio-political aspects. the »symposion« has always been a hedonistic meeting and an international exchange platform far away from business and wages.

we take four days for lectures, discussions, talks and workshops. due to its location, the seclusion of the place – and its reduced infrastructure – proves to be a blessing for focusing on content.

the tga sees itself as a representative of the interests of designers who value typography and have recognized its effectiveness. we offer a forum for typographic excellence and expertise in austria. thanks to our members, the 16 speakers from nine and the five exhibitors from four nations, the workshop leaders Andreas Ortag, Babsi Daum, Shoko Mugikura and Rainer Scheichelbauer, the culinary accompaniment of Boris Kochan, the ambience with the aspects waldviertel, castle raabs and the castle lady Helga and the castle lord Richard Pils, livemusic as well as eierschwammerl and mohnnudel we should succeed also this seventh (twice postponed) time.


Annie Bocel (FR), Jost Hochuli (CH), Lida Lopez Cardozo Kindersley (ES/UK), Min-Young Kim (KR), Elisabeth Kopf (A), Shoko Mugikura (JP/DE), Verena Panholzer (A), Lucienne Roberts (UK), Victoria Sarapina (RU/DE), Alice Savoie (FR), Irene Vlachou (GR), Anna Weinzettl (A), Charlotte Rohde (DE), Julia Sysmäläinen (FIN), Maira Kalman (USA) and Lisa Huang (FR) have confirmed their participation so far.


lectures in german or english – information here in the corresponding language (will be added continuously)

thursday, august 25

from 14:00 arrival auf raabs castle

16:00 — welcome drinks, snacks

16:45 — opening
/ Clemens Theobert Schedler

17:00 — Jost Hochuli und Shoko Mugikura
jost beantwortet einige fragen von shoko

18:00 — Victoria Sarapina
von tätern und opfern

19:00 — opening of the exhibitions [xx]

20:00 — dinner
live music afterwards

21:00 — workshop introduction bookbinding
with Babsi Daum and Andreas Ortag
/ workshop introduction japanese calligraphy
with Shoko Mugikura

friday, august 26

10:00 — Lisa Huang
what is nüshu?

10:50 — Alice Savoie
invisible women: the contribution of type drawing offices to twentieth century type-making

11:40 — short break

12:00 — Annie Bocel
drawing the movement, cutting the type punch: a story of transmission

13:00 — lunch
afterwards break
/ bookbinding workshop / calligraphy workshop

16:20 — kurzvortrag

Irene Persché

16:30 — Elisabeth Kopf
alphabet of life – nature-inspired design and innovation

17:20 — Lucienne Roberts
you’re a long time dead

18:10 — short break

18:30 — Charlotte Rohde
the feminine urge to know why™

19:30 — dinner
live music afterwards

saturday, august 27

10:00 — Verena Panholzer
design patterns – modular systems

10:50 — Anna Weinzettl
mit den händen lesen

11:20 — short break

11:40 — Lida Lopez Cardozo Kindersley
taptaptap … type

13:00 — lunch
afterwards break
/ bookbinding workshop / calligraphy workshop

16:20 — buchpräsentation
building ligatures. the power of type

Veronika Burian, typetogether

16:30 — Min-Young Kim
understanding multicultural typography: (c)jk-latin polyglot typesetting and what to expect

17:20 — Irene Vlachou
non legitur, graecum est

18:10 — short break

18:30 — Julia Sysmäläinen
hand schrift identity

19:30 — dinner
dj afterwards

sunday, august 28

11:00 — Shoko Mugikura
on designing with unfamiliar scripts

11:50 — Maira Kalman
how to live and how to die (more or less)

13:00 — exhibition of the workshop results at the felsenstüberl

13:30 — lunch
afterwards dismantling and departure

thursday to sunday

exhibitions of the works of
Ursula Hochuli-Gamma, Simon Peter Bence, Maria Vill, Thomas Laubenberger-Pletzer, Rolf Rehe, Barbara Nedved, Sonja Knecht

with Georg Seifert und Rainer Erich Scheichelbauer

travel & accommodation

there will be a tga shuttle service from irnfritz (train station) to raabs. in addition we will arrange carpooling. detailed information will be sent to all symposion participants in time via our raabs mailing list.

you can also use our shuttle service to reach the accommodation in drosendorf castle, where 2-, 3- and 4-bed rooms can be booked through the tga. for those who don't want to party until the early hours of the morning, this is a cheap and comfortable option. please indicate your wishes in this regard when registering, and we will contact you with all further information!

there is also the possibility to stay in your own camping bus below the castle at the thayaufer and to use the sanitary facilities of the castle. (camping in tents on the castle grounds is already fully booked!). we would like to point out that it can get quite cold at night in the waldviertel at the end of august.

at the jufa waldviertel, which is within walking distance from the castle, we were able to pre-book a contingent of double rooms. reservations can be made via email r.raabs@jufahotels.com (code TGA)

in addition, there are various other accommodation possibilities in raabs and the surrounding area – guesthouses, hotels, air-bnb offers. e.g:

our tga-shuttle will individually drive to accommodations in the surrounding area – please check the possibilities with us before booking.

raabs an der thaya gps-data: 48°50′50.73″ N, 15°29′33.07″ E


thanks to the great idea and funding from glyphs, this time we can offer childcare during the symposion.

the offer will depend on the number and age of the children – please indicate appropriate interest when registering.

scholarships for students

we try to make our symposion as affordable as possible and therefore have not increased our prices for many years. nevertheless, we are aware that even 250 euro is still a lot of money if you don't have it.

this is why this time we offer the possibility for students to apply for scholarships for half or the full symposion price.

if you want, you can buy as many half tickets for students as you like as a sponsor contribution for this scholarship here.

students can apply for scholarships here. as long as money is available, scholarships will be awarded!

all info on the scholarships


go directly to the registration form

tga-members *     340,–

/ tga-members, who live further than 120 km
from vienna **     280,–

students     250,–

/ we also offer scholarships for students!

others     480,–

day tickets

/ members
thursday or sunday     each   60,–
friday or saturday     each   120,–

/ others
thursday or sunday     each   80,–
friday or saturday     each   160,–

accompanying ticket
for persons arriving with symposion participants but attending only the social program and meals

/ all 4 days     90,–

/ individual days
thursday or sunday     each   15,–
friday or saturday     each   30,–

bookbinding workshop
limited number of participants

/ material fee     30,–

japanese calligraphy workshop
limited number of participantsthe workshop is currently fully booked. there is a waiting list.

/ material fee     15,–

in tent at the castle grounds / with camping bus at thayaufer

/ per night     15,–

to the registration form

* the member price is also valid for members of our partner organizations tgm and weissraum – please fill in »comments« when registering.

** please understand that we can only grant the 120 km discount to tga members!

the early-bird offers have already expired.

tickets are valid for the participation in the symposion in the corresponding period incl. supporting program.

it is possible to pass on booked tickets to another person. cancellations after june 30 are not foreseen. should it become necessary, please contact us individually by email letter@typographischegesellschaft.at


for further questions about the symposion please contact us at letter@typographischegesellschaft.at!



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