Hey, hey! We’ve selected the very best of what’s happening in Vienna this week so you can spend less time working out what to do, and spend more time making the most out of this city… and life.
Check out below the 29 awesome things happening this week in Vienna:
(Photo by the talented Instagrammer @kasiawhotravels)
The Steaming Satellites are ‘Back from Space!’
When: TUE, May 22, 8pm–11pm
Where: Arena Wien
Entry: SOLD OUT
It’s been two years since the Indie Alternative musicians from Salzburg, Steaming Satellites, released their last album. With their fourth album coming up, ‘Back from Space’, they’re continuing their musical journey. This Tuesday’s gig at Arena is, unfortunately, already sold out. But there’s always a way to get your hands on concert tickets in this city. Try your luck on the Facebook event page, or out the front of the venue. In the meantime, listen to one of their latest songs, here:
Recommended if you like: supporting local talents, lying on your back watching the clouds, being carried away by the music, beer and cigarettes, having nothing to lose, beer gardens in apartment courtyards, big speakers and big sound, bargaining, hitting the black market for tickets
Open air cinema in Prater’s Der Garten
When: MON, May 21, 6pm–12am
Where: Der Garten
A cool bunch of people will be spending a comfy night together in Prater’s green Der Garten venue, enjoying a movie together this Monday night. In the midst of a park, this open air cinema session will be kicking of the season, so bring your friends and get comfy. There will also be food and drinks on offer. The film program will be shared soon, check here for details.
Recommended if you like: open air cinemas, sitting in a garden watching a movie, throwing popcorn at other people, Der Garten, Prater, open air events, warm pre-summer nights spent outdoors
A poetry slam flavoured with Wienerlied and Jazz
When: MON, May 21, 8pm–10:30pm
Entry: 22.50–25.50€, buy your ticket here
Talented wordsmiths will be playing with words while talented musicians will join them up on stage at this one-of-a-kind event. Jazzslam, they’re calling it, which explains the concept beautifully – it’s a poetry slam fused with a jazz concert. Words will be arranged and delivered with rhythm, and the Jazz will fill in the gaps. Sounds like a damn inspiring night out, if you ask us… which you didn’t… so we’ll be quiet now. In this Monday’s edition, you’ll get to listen to poetry slam pro Yasmo and the Jazz trio Bauer.Schläger.Wurf.Berger.
Recommended if you like: reading rather heavy books, the smell of a secondhand bookstore, stories, doing your jazz hands every chance you get, the sound of the saxophone, the creative life, an evening full of laughter and crying, pretending to smoke an unlit pipe, a friendly competition, letting words wash over you like a warm embrace, people who are smart enough to make poetry
Ever wanted to be a fly on the wall of a hotel? now is your chance at this theatre piece
When: MON, May 21, 3pm–7:30pm
Entry: 3.50–59€ (get them here, quick!)
Most showings of Simon Stone’s, Hotel Strindberg, are quickly selling out and it is easy to see how this Monday’s show is one of the few with tickets left. The performance takes a look at the events that unfold in the individual rooms of a hotel, inspired by the life of a mad, but crazily innovative misogynistic Swede, August Strindberg. Check out the trailer:
Recommended if you like: being a fly on the wall of a hotel, following Australian-born directors, theatre evenings, getting dressed up, going to new and interesting venues, dark humour
Rock’n’Roll from England at the Chelsea
When: TUE, May 22, 8pm–12am
Entry: 17€, buy your ticket here
English Rock’n’Roll band, The Wave Pictures, have been making music since 1998. Besides making great music, they are also known for releasing more than one album a year. And this year, it will be two albums. Their next one, ‘Brushes with Happiness’, is the reason why they’re currently on tour. This Tuesday, they’ll be stopping in Vienna to play a gig at the Chelsea. Get a ticket here to see them perform live.
Recommended if you like: seriously talented musicians perform live, the way Brits talk, the sound of a Blues guitar, dedicating your life to music, living the good life, fish and chips
Austrian-born singer/ songwriter helps celebrate an Austrian legend
When: WED, May 23, 7pm–11pm
Where: Arena Wien (Big hall)
Entry: 23.50€, get your ticket here
Clara Luzia will be performing a live solo gig at the Arena Wien this Tuesday, presenting her new album “When I Take Your Hand”. This local talent has a voice and way with words. Check it out:
Recommended if you like: the sound of birds chirping, lying on your back watching the clouds, singer/songwriter music, relaxed, chilled afternoons, making out on a couch in public or in a Leiner store, reading the romantics
Psychedelic Pop music at B72
When: WED, May 23, 8pm–11:30pm
Entry: 12.80€, buy your ticket here
Pressyes is the new music project of the former singer and guitarist from the Austrian Rock band, Velojet, – Mr Rene Mühlberger. Packed with a big curiosity for music, he’s been trying out new sounds with analogue equipment from before 1978 for the past three years. The outcome is his Psychedelic Pop project, Pressyes. This Wednesday, you can catch a live gig of this music madness at B72. Here’s what Pressyes sounds like:
Recommended if you like: supporting local musicians, the sound of birds chirping, lying on your back watching the clouds, making out on a couch in public, reading the romantics, nodding your head to the music ever so cooly while leaning on the bar
A comfy evening of traditional Austrian music
When: WED, May 23, 7:30pm
Where: Theater am Spittelberg
Entry: 23€, get your ticket here
Markus Binder and Hans-Peter Falkner – the duo behind Attwenger – will become Die Goas this Wednesday night. Prepare for an evening filled with Austrian folk music, they’ll be dishing out some great Gstanzln, Landlern and Zwiefachen (feel free to google those words if you have no idea what they mean) in the intimate location of the Theater am Spittelberg.
Recommended if you like: live concerts, folk music, traditional Austrian music, tuba and contrabass players, a night full of surprises, people in Lederhosen, intimate concerts
Put your film trivia knowledge to the test at this fun quiz night
When: WED, May 23, 7pm–2am
The concert venue, DasBACH, is hosting its monthly quiz. And it’s a one-of-a-kind quiz event that aims to test the film fanatic in you. Known, aptly, as the Filmquiz, the quiz is packed with questions that only a true movie buff carrying around random facts from blockbusters, film classics and trash cinema in their heads will be able to answer. If this sounds like a fun night, then be at DasBACH on Wednesday. You’ll finally be able to get something out of all the hours you’ve spent in your life watching TV.
Recommended if you like: playing games, being a film fanatic, a friendly competition that might turn violent after you’ve had too many beers, loling, a good ol’ pub quiz, being brilliant at knowing irrelevant things, drinking while thinking
Europe’s pioneering annual tech conference
When: THU–FRI, May 24–25, 9am–6pm
Entry: 1.490€ (+298€ VAT), buy your ticket here
This is the festivals of all festivals for those startup-ers and innovative entrepreneurs. Hofburg will play host to 2.500 of the most promising tech startups and the world’s top investors, executives and media. The inspiring 2 days event will be full of keynote speakers, workshops and tech exhibitions. Plus, there will also be plenty of networking opportunities in between all the inspiring talks happening on 5 stages from 100+ speakers from influential companies. And of course, after each productive day, there are also parties and special side events. Don’t forget to check out the detailed programme.
Recommended if you like: science and technology, creative ideas, being inspired getting to know how the world changes, meeting like-minded people, being an entrepreneur, scoring funding for that internet/taco/ tap dancing business you so badly want to open, being one step closer to becoming a human cyborg
This is not your typical networking event
When: THU, May 24, 6pm–11:30pm
Where: Salopp Bar
Entry: Free! Register here
Business networking events are trending right now, but most of them will have you sitting down at a table, or not really networking at all. The ad agency, #chefin, are trying something different with their network event series, InterACTION. With targeted interactive activities happening throughout the event, they aim to make it easier for participants to engage in meaningful conversations and networking. The next event will take place at Salopp Bar this Thursday.
Recommended if you like: networking, handing out your freshly printed business cards, getting yet another free pen even though you already have 10 in your bag, small talk, creative get-togethers, pretending you have business cards but are actually just handing out the last one you were given (with an appropriate made up story to go with), networking like a boss, showing what you got (only in terms of work skills, of course)
More than just ‘chillout music’: Bonobo
When: THU, May 24, 7pm–11pm
Where: Arena Wien
Entry: SOLD OUT
Simon Green aka. Bonobo, is an English producer, composer, musician and DJ. He’s known for producing soothing Downtempo Electronica sounds that revolve around beats and samples. This week, you can catch him live at the Arena, with the London-based Electronic artist, Poté, in support. Unfortunately, the gig’s already sold out, but watch out for people selling their tickets on the Facebook event or in front of the venue. It’s definitely worth a try!
Recommended if you like: nodding your head to the music ever so cooly while leaning on the bar, gin and tonic, feeling the music in your body, monkeys, not getting out of bed for the entire Saturday, cream and/or whiskey in your coffee, dancing until the early morn’
Throw yourself into the moshpit at this Streetpunk concert
When: THU, May 24, 8pm–1am
The Streetpunk group out of L.A., Total Chaos, started out in 1989 and it seems they will continue making music for a long, long time. This Thursday, you can catch one of their crazy live shows at Pankahyttn. Their support will be Vienna-based Skatepunk band, Only 5 Dollars, and Czech Chaos Punk band, NoMoreHiroshima.
Recommended if you like: Punk Rock from the yesteryears, beer and cigarettes, sweaty sex in unusual places, Rockabilly haircuts, being totally against the system except on Tuesdays when you visit your Oma, living on the Punk side of life
WineDown is back with an important topic in focus
When: THU, May 24, 6:30pm–10pm
Where: Impact Hub Vienna
Entry: Free! Reserve a ticket here!
New business ideas and technologies to help find/create employment for refugees and migrants will be the main focus of this Thursday’s WineDown meeting at the coworking space, Impact Hub Vienna. Join a open-minded and creative community for an evening of connecting and meeting people, discussing new ideas and concepts.Oh, and there will be wine.
Recommended if you like: community meetings, listening to smart people, start up events, inspiring talks, evening talks and discussions, talking about important matters, the startup scene
A special tour with a special tour guide through the art history museum
When: THU, May 24, 6pm–8pm
Where: KHM Wien
Entry: 4€, register via email@example.com
Have you ever looked at a painting and wondered if the figures in them were men, women, both, or neither? Charismatic local Drag Queen, Tiefe Kümmernis, is inviting one and all on a tour through the Kunsthistorische Museum during which you’ll be taking a look at the androgyny, sexual ambiguity and the mythological Hermaphroditus that are to be found in many of the paintings. Take part in the tour this Thursday by registering via mail. It will really be an eye-opener.
Recommended if you like: art history books, practising your pensive face in front of the mirror, getting inspired by art, getting all philosophical over a cup of coffee, being happy, licking your nose with your tongue, getting As to your Qs,
Weekend-long crafts market and food stalls
When: FRI–SUN, May 25–27 | FRI: 2pm–7pm, SAT: 10am–7pm, SUN: 10am–6pm
Where: Salon Jardin
Entry: 8/6€ (free for under 15 years old)
This is not just a salon (whatever that is), but a market, as well. As the Summer creeps in, so are all the outdoor markets and this one in the beautiful gardens of the Hetzendorf Castle is no exception. With crafty stalls selling everything from flower arrangements to interior decorations, and there’ll be plenty of food to picnic your way into an afternoon siesta on a rug. This is always a really beautiful event to spend a day at.
Recommended if you like: arts and crafty stuff, crafty people, picnicking like a mo-fo, siestas at any time of day, napasuarus, organic food, using French words to make things sound fancier
A festival all about living organically and sustainably
When: FRI—SUN, May 25—27 | FRI: 2pm–9pm, SAT: 12pm–9pm, SUN: 12pm–2pm
This festival is a great opportunity to truly look at your current lifestyle and discover ways how to make it more environmentally friendly and healthier. At the Biorama Fair, it’s all about living organically! From organic food for the environmental foodies, to organic products that will having you reduce your waste, to eco-friendly fashion that can set future trends by using more environmentally (and socially) responsible production methods – all of this and more you can discover at this annual festival. Plus, this time around it will be hosted in the funky horse stables turned event venue, Creau!
Recommended if you like: saving the world one soy bean at a time, saving water by showering with your partner, products that are free of gluten, sugar, always learning, living with principles
Free bike check and repair
When: FRI–SAT, May 25–26, 3pm–6pm (FRI) 10am–1pm (SAT)
Where: FRI: Schwendermarkt, SAT: Yppenplatz, 1160
If you haven’t already dug out the Penny Farthing (that’s a bike, in case you were wondering) than this weekend would be the time to do it. On both Friday and Saturday, the Greens Party will be setting up makeshift repair workshops in different locations where you can bring your two wheeled stallion for some TLC. Plus, it’s all for free. If you aren’t quiet ready to get on your bike yet, check the other dates they’ll be popping up around town, here.
Recommended if you like: cycling, coming up with as many different ways to say bike as possible, the Greens party, green travel, free stuff, getting your bicycle serviced, getting yourself serviced, planning on doing loads of cycling trips, talking bike talk, feeling sexy in lycra
A spring clean by the Japanese fusion eatery crowd, Mochi
When: FRI, May 25, 3pm–6:30pm
Where: Mochi Ramen Bar
This is less of a flea market, yet more of a car boot sale as Mochi is looking to do a bit of spring cleaning. This Friday, there will be, naturally, cool music and refreshing beverages on offer, as well as many little bits and bobs, from cutlery to cooking utensils up for sale as Mochi clears out their storage room (side note: these guys and gals have always had pretty things in their restaurants – just saying’)
Recommended if you like: spring cleans, getting fancy crockery on the cheap, flea markets where you know you can eat well, specialist flea markets, car boot sales, selling happy meal toys for 50 cent, Japanese stuff
A massive monthly party, all about having fun
When: FRI, May 25, 10pm–5:30am
The beloved monthly party in the grungy halls of the Arena that is all about going nuts and having fun is back this Friday night. This unpretentious party is huge and offers up dancefloors pumping out all kinds of tunes, from Schlager to classic Rock hits to Hip Hop and Electronic and any other music that makes you want to get up and dance even if you don’t want to.
Recommended if you like: parties that are all about losing it and having fun, one of the few parties not just playing Techno in Vienna, nipple piercings, lovemaking in dirty public toilets, messy kissing, heading home on the U-Bahn when people are heading out to brunch
A look at the Mormon Church
When: FRI, May 25, 8pm–10pm
Entry: Reserve them here
Get dark and disturbing this Friday with some quality fringe theatre. In this drama, the actors get personal with the relationship, both bitter and personal, with the Church of the Latter Day Saints. The main Character, Jack, investigates the failed suicide attempt of a missionary – it is sure to get dark. And it will certainly be in English.
Recommended if you like: comic tragedy, dark theatre, fringe theatre, Mormons, not going out drinking on a Friday night, investigations into the church, tiny theatres, catching some English theater in the city when you can
The gravely tones of a Styrian singer
When: FRI, May 25, 8pm–11pm
Where: ORF Radiokulturhaus
Entry: 19€ available here
His gravely tones and slow melodies are clearly influenced by Leonard Cohen, making him, drum roll cos this is original sh*t we are writing here… the Austrian Leonard Cohen. Boom. Or the Styrian one, anyway, this Friday he will bring all his sultry gravely songs to the RadioKulturehaus and you can judge for yourself.
Recommended if you like: Leonard Cohen, the Austrian version of the aforementioned man, a well groomed moustache, OMG he looks like one of the characters from Four Weddings and a Funeral name him!, intimate concerts
A guided tour through Ydessa Hendeles fascinating work
Kuratorenführung Ydessa Hendeles
When: FRI, May 25, 6pm–8pm
Where: Kunsthalle Wien
Entry: Free (with standard museum ticket)
In this retrospective, ‘Ydessa Hendeles. Death to Pigs’, you’ll get a great overview of the work by the Canadian artist, Ydessa Hendeles. The concept and idea of “Heimat” in both the historical sense and in today’s globalised world is the focus. Also, how it is influenced by mobility and involuntary migration lies at the heart of her work. The exhibition will be at Kunsthalle until May 27 so this is your last chance. And this Friday, the curator will be giving a tour around the exhibition so those that are interested can get a deeper understanding of it all.
Recommended if you like: Lord of the Flies, Canadians, exhibition tours, meeting the curator, getting as much out of your museum ticket as possible, staring thoughtful at pictures while in your head you are being childish as F.
A night of slamming poetry into people’s ear holes
When: FRI, May 25, 8pm–11pm
The Slam B poetry slam at the Literaturhaus is back this Friday with 12 wordsmiths hitting the stage for 5 minutes, slamming their poetry out to a crowd of literary lovers. As always at this veteran of the slams, the applause is the vote, so be sure to cheer extra loud for your favourite poet.
Recommended if you like: poetry made for the modern day, the beauty to be found in words, audience participation, wordsmiths, people being bold, poetry, emotional events, getting inspired
A documentary to celebrate the 50th anniversary of a cult classic
The 50th Anniversary of the Film “2001 – A Space Odyssey”
When: FRI, May 25, 5pm–7pm
Where: NHM Naturhistorisches Museum
Friday will see the 50th anniversary of the release of a cult film that has been touted as the father of modern Sci-Fi blockbusters– 2001–A Space Odyssey. In this two hour documentary, you can catch how the classic film was made. If you’re a Sci-Fi nerd, this is your event.
Recommended if you like: being a film fanatic, cult classics, calling yourself The Dude, films that’s make you smirk from beginning until end, a man full of class, being in space
Viennese Expressionism combined with the stars of Jugendstil
When: January 18 – April 10, 10am–6pm
Where: Leopold Museum
To celebrate the anniversary year of Viennese Modernism, the Leopold Museum has gathered together works of all the main protagonists in the movement, including Klimt and Moser. And they’ve put them up on the wall alongside the world-renowned Expressionists, Gerstl and Kokoschka. To make the exhibition a well-rounded experience, they have also collected outstanding examples of design, from furniture to posters out of the era of the Wiener Werkstätte.
Recommended if you like: Expressionists, Jugendstil, Wiener Werkstätte, art history books, practicing your pensive face in front of the mirror, getting inspired by art, Sucessionists, any of the above listed artists
Exhibition with augmented reality: Unrest After The Storm, by Günter Brus
When: February 2 – August 12
Where: 21er Haus
Entry: 8€ (6€ students)
He’s one of the pioneers of performance art, and his name is Günter Brus. Because it’s his 80th birthday, the Belvedere 21 is currently hosting an exhibition to pay homage to him. In this rather comprehensive retrospective showcase, the museum will shine a light on the Austrian artist’s oeuvre (we’re so sophisticated, aren’t we?!) and the way he uses the body as a canvas, and a screen to critique society. You’ll have time until August to see this exhibition. Plus this exhibition is a super special one because the Belvedere has teamed up with the pioneering augmented reality app, Artivive and an extra dimension to the experience in which you can watch the art come to life.
Recommended if you like: fucking the society (well, not literally, but you know what we mean), being totally against the system except on Tuesdays when you visit your Oma, getting all philosophical over a cup of coffee, being a fiend for culture
Photo © eSeL.at / Belvedere Wien 2018
American painter and photographer
When: ongoing until June 24, 10am–7pm
Where: Kunstforum Wien
Entry: 11/8.50/6€ (available here)
He may not be a household name, but the American photographer and painter, Man Ray, spent much of his artistic career in Paris where he was informally able to influence and take part in the more well-known movements like the Dada and Surrealists. On display will be a variety of his painting and his photography, showing just how impressively varied the man was.
Recommended if you like: exploring photography, traveling, politics and art mingling, watching historical documentaries on the couch while only wearing a bath robe, peripheral artists, early trail blazers, American artists, Surrealism, Dada Movement
A celebration of Austria’s architectural great, Mr Wagner
When: March 15 – October 7, 10am–6pm
Where: Wien Museum
It’s been 100 years since the renowned architect, Otto Wagner died, and the Wien Museum is celebrating the man who left so many marks on Vienna. Built from the vision of his own planned, ‘City Museum,’ the museum has thrown together a comprehensive exhibition. In his day, Wagner divided opinion and was controversial as he did bold things which disregarded tradition and embraced new designs of the future. Today, his work that can be seen all over the city is very much loved. This exhibition will give you a fascinating insight into the work of this prolific architect and designer.
Recommended if you like: design and architecture, studying how a structure is built, drawing your straight lines free hand, buildings of Vienna, the U6 line, talking about architecture for hours at house parties, the idea of seeing the behind the scenes of your city