festivals / Festwochen, Vienna
Every July and August the square in front of Vienna's Town Hall turns into a bustling hub for music-lovers.
Every evening crowds flock to watch concerts and opera and operetta performances broadcast on a huge video screen.
Just as popular are the food stalls that take you on a culinary journey across the globe - Mexican, Japanese, Greek and Austrian specialities can all be found.
01, Rathausplatz, Vienna
From the 14th March until the 26 th March 2003, the 5th French speaking film festival will take place at the Votiv Cinema in Vienna!
Films presented during this festival are from France, Egypt, Canada, Belgium, Burkina Faso, Romania...
It's an other way to travel...
Outdoor Movie Festivals! The Viennese love 'em. In the summer there are several outdoor film venues scattered all over the city and its suburbs. The most famous is the prestigious musical film series at the Rathaus in the Ringstrasse, but there are others that are certainly worth a view. An excellent series is put on at the Augarten - Kino Unter Sternen. Much to my regret, I only made it there once - but if and when I return to Vienna in summertime I'll be back. The films are generally shown in their original language, with German subtitles - which meant that I got to see the brilliantly catty 1939 comedy "The Women" (Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell, and Norma Shearer battling over a man) in English. The film festivals give the Viennese an opportunity to gather in public with friends, which seems to be something that they genuinely love to do. At the Augarten, there was a festive atmosphere as at a beer garden, with inexpensive brew and excellent food available for dining al fresco.
From 30 June to 2 September, you can enjoy the open air celebration of operas, concerts, classical and modern dance, jazz, pop and world music on a 20 m x 11.5 m screen, HD, and surround sound... for free! Oh yeah, there's also food stalls of cuisines from around the world.
Every year there is a weekend long festival in Schleifmühlgasse in Vienna's 4th district. The street is closed off to traffic and there are open air bars with great music.
Around the end of June/beginning of July
The Vienna MOZART Orchestra and internationally renowned singers and soloists - all in magnificent historical costumes and wigs - create a special atmosphere in Vienna's largest and most famous Concert halls. Principally, the choice of works gives an impression of an authentic concert of the baroque era.
VIENNA INTERNATIONAL DANCE FESTIVAL
(Photo © Guy Delahaye)
Every summer a festival around contemporary dance with workshops, performances! If you want to learn Butoh dance, if you want to discover new talents or if you want to have a good evening, join the festival : www.ImPulsTanz.com
Music Film Festival in front of the City Hall
One of the hot spotsd of the city during summer : the square in front of the City Hall (Rathaus). Operas and classical music films on a giant screen, free of charge. International culinary specialities. Shows begin every evening at twilight.
When planning your trip to Vienna, make sure, everybody is at " home " when YOU get there !!
Almost all attractions take a vacation, including the White Horses ( Lippizaner Hofreitschule ), Vienna Boy's Chorus, the famous Opera and theatres etc.
Better check their web-pages before you book a vacation.
Instead of these attractions there might be other attractions in summer, mostly at the so called " Wiener Festwochen "
It's a universal truth that Vienna is the capital of music. You can see musicians playing on every corner. Visit the State Opera: it is an unforgettable event! The tickets can be ordered via internet in advance, or in your hotel. However, if you want to get them at a reasonable price, you should book in advance: I got two tickets for Katya and me on the last moment, and they were over 100 bucks. But it was worth every cent! we saw Les Contes d'Hoffmann, by Offenbach. Just spectacular!
As a cultural centre of Europe, Vienna became home to many of the most famous classical composers of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Some of them were born there and lived there most of their lives, others stayed there over a period. Many of those great artists died in Vienna and are buried there. The list is longer, but here is a sample: Joseph Haydn (1732-1809), W.A. Mozart (1756-1791), Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), Franz Schubert (1797-1828), Franz Liszt (1811-1886), Johannes Brahms (1833-1897), Franz Lehár (1870-1848), Anton Bruckner, Johann Strauss the Elder (1804-1849), Johann Strauss the Younger (1825-1899), Gustav Mahler (1860-1911), Hugo Wolf (1860-1903), Alban Berg (1885-1935), Arnold Schönberg (1874-1951). (They all died in Vienna except Liszt, Lehár and Schönberg).
If you're interested to know what important cultural events you SHOULD NOT MISS.... read on!
Firstly, Vienna isn't known as the 'City of Music' for nothing. The summer open-air festival 'Mozart in Schönbrunn' and the annual performance at Schönbrunn Schlosstheater are shows not to be missed. The Vienna International Film Festival is another must-see event and it takes place every October.
Photo Below: My dear little sister standing tall... here at the Schönbrunn Palace grounds...
Culture is something you'll have at every corner in Vienna.
Lose the culture stress in one of the few English Cinemas
in Vienna: for example the Haydn Cinema, 1060 Wien,
Mariahilferstrasse 57, Tel: +43 1 587 22 62 or the
Artis International, 1010 Wien, Schultergasse 5,
Tel: +43 1 535 65 70
Sadly the Vienna rave is no longer with us. it has in recent years been rivalled by the Regenbogen Parade (Rainbow Parade) which has now also lost its popularity.
The Vienna rave was not as large as Berlin's love parade but was just as much fun, Vienna's rave (usually called Free Party) used to take place around the end of June/beginning of July. It originally used to take place around the Ring in the first district but in recent years moved so that it began in Prater and went over the bridge towards the Donauinsel and the United Nations. If you ever wanted to see men in silver skirts with blue hair and pink lipstick then this was the place to be. It was a great chance to people watch. The culmination was an evening rave at one of the big venues around the city.
The Danube Island and the River Alte Donau is possibly one of the largest leisure Viennese take to during the weekend.
When we were there, there was plenty of merry making, millions of people becos it was their annual music festivals which is around the 3rd Firday of each June.
This year was the 20th festival and there were Shakin' Stevens, Shaggy to name a few.
If the numerous open-air concerts and performances do not manage to keep you going, take a break and try some of the excellent range of food offered by local chefs for the visitors.
To get there you tkae the line U1, and get off at the station “Donauinsel”