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 48 awesome things happening this week in Vienna:
(Photo by the talented Instagrammer @kasiawhotravels)
Check out this new spring festival showcasing the best of the Ottakring & Hernal districts
When: April 19–May 4
Where: Various locations around the districts, Ottakring & Hernals (find the program, here)
For 6 days, several cultural locations (around 10) in the districts of Hernals and Ottakring will come alive with a festival with the focus to highlight the great hidden secrets of these 2 magnificent districts. A colourful spring program full of live music acts and artists will play out over the week long festival in these multicultural districts. If you’re scratching your head wondering which districts these actually are, think Yppenplatz and its surroundings. The festival looks to get the message about what great stuff the local entrepreneurs, artists and residents of the area are up to.
Recommended if you like: giving new things a go, Brunnenmarkt, multicultural pockets of the city, community events, grassroots arts and cultural projects
A contemporary music festival at Café Anno
When: MON–TUE, April 23–24, 7pm–10pm
Where: Cafe Anno
Entry: free! Donations welcome
The international group that showcases contemporary music, art and culture, La Musa, is having a festival this week. It’s called CIMT, Contemporary International Multicultural Transdisciplinary, and it will be taking place at the cosy Café Anno this Monday and Tuesday evening. Check out who will be performing, here.
Recommended if you like: hangovers with coffee and a Kipferl, burying valuable things in the courtyard garden, musicians that know their shit, making out on a couch in public, reading the romantics, lying on your back watching the clouds, people who live for the music, charming old coffeehouses
Jazz, all evening long
When: MON, April 23, 8pm–10pm
This Monday, there’ll be a Jazz night at Café 7stern. With Andi Tausch on the guitar and Vinicius Ciccone Cajado on the bass, they’ll make sure that your Monday won’t turn out to be boring. And we wouldn’t want that, right?
Recommended if you like: when different music genres clash in one organised, beautiful mess, local talent, original compositions, small and intimate venues, seriously talented musicians performing live, nodding your head to the music ever so cooly while leaning on the bar, curing your weekend hangover with a beer and live music
The popular diary slam at the theatre
When: MON, April 23, 8pm–10:30pm
Where: TAG – Theater an der Gumpendorfer Straße
Entry: 11€ (9€ students)
The TAGebuch slams have become kinda’ legendary and well-loved over the last few years. If you don’t know what a diary slam is, it’s when a bunch of random people get up on stage and read from their childhood, or adulthood, diary – so come with a sense of humour and the lust for dirty, revealing and intimate stories.
Recommended if you like: reading other people’s diaries, using other people’s traumas to console yourself, laughing at yourself and others, book releases, something a little different
The club full of inspiring female creators
When: TUE, April 24, 7pm–10pm
Where: Die Requisite
Entry: Free, girls only!
Sorority, the independent association for the cross-industry networking of entrepreneurial women in Austria, is having their general member meeting this Tuesday night at Requisite. Come by, no matter if you’re a member or not, to enjoy an evening of great brain stimulation, new ideas, inspiration and to meet new people (females, of course) in a similar situation as you.
Recommended if you like: sororities, the feeling of being a part of something, owning a vagina, chatting and discussing, making plans for a better future, comfy Tuesday evening meets, being a hungry entrepreneur
Are you in love with your bike? Than this is the event for you
When: WED, April 28, 10am, ongoing until June 3
Entry: 5€ (4€ students)
The Weltbüro Verein will be inviting one and all to their exhibition, ‘Bicycles! A Love Story’, at Nordbahnhalle, this week. The whole exhibition revolves around the bicycle: its history, its current use, and its future. This Wednesday there will be the opening event, but you’ve got time until June 3 to catch the exhibition at this abandoned factory turned inspiring creativity factory. And like any worthwhile exhibition opening, there will be drink.
Recommended if you like: being on your bike, wearing a Batman cap while biking, being a member of the Radlobby, weird love stories, doing something good, saving the planet, creative spaces, sleeping next to your bike…while wearing lycra
Dutch Hip Hop live performance at the Flex
When: WED, April 25, 7pm–10pm
Entry: 18.90€, buy your ticket here
The Dutch Hip Hop band, The Cool Quest, met at a jam session in 2010 and soon afterwards formed their band. Since then, they’ve played over 500 (festival) shows and are not planning on stopping the shits and giggles anytime soon. This Wednesday, you can catch one of their gigs at Flex. Get a ticket here and enjoy the show. Here’s one of their latest songs, Storm:
Recommended if you like: riding in convertibles with the roof down, flat-brimmed baseball caps, bouncing up and down with one hand in the air, beatboxing in the shower, being a DJ and checking out what other DJs are doing, smoking ze’ wacky tabacky
Indie Pop outfit at B72
When: WED, April 25, 8pm–12am
Entry: 14€, buy your ticket here
Yukno are two brothers making Indie Pop music together. Their sound is honest, direct, and unobtrusive, with subtle hints of Electronic and German lyrics. With their new album, Ich kenne kein Weekend, they’re currently on tour. This week, they’ll perform a concert at B72. Get a ticket here and listen to one of their latest songs, Prinzip, here:
Recommended if you like: partying in intimate locations that are so intimate you’re wearing other people’s sweat, lying on your back watching the clouds, making out on a couch in public, ever so cooly closing your eyes and listening to the music, music you can dance to
Vintage swing, rock and roll party
When: WED, April 25, 8pm–1am
Entry: Dachboden @ 25Hours Hotel
Shake your booty, vintage-style, on a modern hipster rooftop. On Wednesday, the 25 Hours Hotel will be receiving DJ King D, who will be spinning on the decks a mix of music on 7-inch vinyl records, including Swing, Rock, and R&B – all of them having been released 25 years ago.
Recommended if you like: shaking your booty, going vintage, thick glasses with thick beards, using a typewriter instead of a mac, parties with a view, shirts with big collars, polkadot dresses
A real-life soap opera, read out loud, with a special guest
When: WED, April 25, 7:30pm–10:30pm
Entry: 10€ (7€ students)
Seven young poets are living together in one happy flat, riddled with jealousy, love-sickness, and the other typical rollercoaster of emotions. This is not the typical flat, it’s full of wordsmiths and poets who are desperate to tell you their stories. It’s scripted poetry of course, but it will still be good fun – we promise! Well, the organisers do. It will take place in the lovely intimate back room of Cafe7stern on Wednesday.
Recommended if you like: poetry, the creative life, honest writing, an evening full of laughter and crying, drama, feeling at home in a place that’s actually not your home, Bobostan, intimate settings, pretending to smoke an unlit pipe
Put your film trivia knowledge to the test at this fun quiz night
When: WED, Arpil 25, 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
Greek singer and ensemble live at Konzerthaus
When: WED, April 25, 7:30pm–9:30pm
Where: Wiener Konzerthaus
Entry: 20–49€, buy your ticket here
Greek singer, Savina Yannatou, and her ensemble, Primavera en Salonico, will perform a concert this Wednesday. Their repertoire mainly consists of Greek folk music, but they’re also exploring Free Jazz and avant-garde music. Get a ticket here and enjoy a relaxed evening at the glorious Wiener Konzerthaus. Listen to this if you want to find out what your Wednesday evening might sound like:
Recommended if you like: tzatziki, stories from afar, traveling, musicians that know their shit, listening to unusual instruments, ever so cooly closing your eyes and listening to the music
Guided tour through the Keith Haring exhibition
When: WED, April 25, 6pm
Entry: 4€ + 12.90€ (8.50€ students) for museum entrance
Keith Haring is known for his pop art and graffiti-like style in his paintings. The Albertina is currently dedicating an exhibition to the US-based artist who died in the 90s at the age of only 32. The theme of the artist’s work is usually social justice and constant transformation, and Haring’s unique symbolic language will at the centre of this exhibition. This Wednesday, there’ll be a guided tour through the exhibition so you can get the insider’s spill on what this guy’s work was all about.
Recommended if you like: getting all your As to all your Qs, Sunday strolling through museums, thinking outside the box, reading philosophy books instead of magazines, practising your pensive face in front of the mirror, getting inspired by art, getting all philosophical over a cup of coffee
Photo © The Keith Haring Foundation
The annual cherry blossom spring festival
When: THU, April 26, 1pm–5pm
Where: Donauinsel –Jedleseer Brücke
Thursday will see the annual Kirschenhain event at the Jedleseer Brücke. This annual event is meant to celebrate and commemorate the friendship between Austria and Japan. During the event, thousands of cherry trees will be planted.The trees have been donated by Japanese communities around Vienna. We suppose you should bring your cameras, because this stuff doesn’t happen every day. and cherry blossom trees are beautiful!
Recommended if you like: Japanese culture, planting and gardening, celebrating friendships with nature, dirty fingernails and toenails, bare feet in the grass
A farmer’s market and neighbourhood party, all in one
When: THU, April 26, 4pm–9pm
Markta is a digital platform that connects food producers and conscious consumers, a digital farmer’s market so to say. This Thursday at Norbahnhalle, the digital platform will go offline and turn into a real market. It’ll be a mix of farmer’s market and ‘Grätzlfest’, where you can do your grocery shopping, taste your way through the stands, or just have a seat and take in the atmosphere of the creative space that is home at this abandoned factory.
Recommended if you like: farmer’s markets, the sound of birds chirping, lying on your back watching the clouds, relaxed, chilled afternoons, making out on a couch in public, reading the romantics, being barefoot most of summer, chilled meets with friends
Feed your innovative spirit with insights from some forward-thinking creative minds
When: THU–FRI, April 26–27
Entry: from 150€/day to 200€/2 days
This is one of those conferences that are meant to inspire you to change your life and career entirely, and get up very early in the morning for the days to follow, to, you know, simply achieve more. At the Forward Festival, you’ll have the chance to feed your innovative spirit with insights and ideas from some forward-thinking creative minds and successful entrepreneurs, exchange ideas and network with other out-of-the-box thinkers in between key notes. The focus is on creativity, design and communication. Find the complete program, and other details about the festival on their website.
Recommended if you like: making a business out of an empty box, becoming the next big shot, pasting your pictures into the “Forbes most influential people!” list for motivation
Music from the Wild, Wild West
When: THU, April 26, 8pm–11pm
Entry: 26.50€, buy your ticket here
The husband-and-wife team, Son of the Velvet Rat, produce songs that are a mix of Chanson, Neo-Folk, and Alternative. They left Austria for good to settle in the Mojave Desert in California, USA, where they produce their music. Every song is constantly changing in sound and mood, so their live concerts are very special. This Thursday, they’ll play a concert at Sargfarbrik. Alternative Rock musician, David Howald, will be in support. You can buy a ticket for their show here and listen to them, here:
Recommended if you like: the Wild, Wild West, romantic stories, stories from afar, collecting old records, intimate locations, bearded men, ever so cooly closing your eyes and listening to the music, Folk music, Singer/ Songwriter music
A night dedicated to the 90ies indie outfit, Oasis
When: THU, April 26, 8pm–4am
This week, you can get your (big time) daily dose of Oasis. Thursday will be Oasis Night at B72, and they’re promising a night full of Oasis songs and maybe one or two songs from Liam’s and Noel’s new bands. There will be other indie hits thrown into the mix.
Recommended if you like: picking fights with random people for random reasons, somebody flicking your nipple with their tongue, the sound of a double bass, dancing until your feet hurt, giving every guy and girl on the dancefloor the ‘I’m free and easy’ look on the dancefloor,
Electronic music with the FM4 crowd
When: THU, April 26, 7pm–12am
Where: Hotel Schani Wien
Electronic dance music parties that have been delivering beats with style and humour since 1992 – that’s FM4 Swound Sound. Their record spinners, DJ Makossa, Megablast & Mc Sugar B will be on the decks. Head to Hotel Schani Wien this Wednesday where they’ll be doing their monthly recording session and listen to their set. It’ll be free!
Recommended if you like: listening to FM4 while eating breakfast, electronic beats, dancing until your feet hurt, nodding your head to the music ever so cooly while leaning on the bar, gin and tonic, being a diehard electronic music fan
Soviet-era movie jazz and Brazilian Carnival Jazz takes to the stage
When: THU, April 26, 7:30pm–10pm
Where: Fania Live
Entry: Pay as you wish
While this sounds like some weird sequel to that Cowboys vs Aliens film, it is actually a very friendly battle between two nations on DJ decks. Drawing on the best of Soviet Cinema Jazz, and pitting it against the best of Brazilian Jazz is a weird combo, but we like the sound of it. Sounds like it will be a laugh if anything! With Russians and vodka, there is always a party, and when you add Brazilians to the mix… well, it could be madness!
Recommended if you like: Jazz, experiencing something different to the typical techno parties, when different music genres clash in one organised, beautiful mess, mother Russia, putting on your Russian accent for a night, putting on your Indian accent for the night and telling everybody how you thought they should have included Indian jazz in the mix, carnival vibes, weird combos, philadelphia with mustard or marmite, Brazilians (both the wax job and the people)
When: THU, April 26, 8pm–4am
The Latino singer from Cuba, Vicente Alberto Izquierdo Curbelo, is always bringing lots of rhythm, fun and joy to his concerts. He and a bunch of other top musicians and artists will make sure this night will be special at DANZÓN this Thursday night.
Recommended if you like: dancing until your feet hurt, Latin American music, Latino culture, umm…salsa dancing, doing the chicken dance when nobody’s looking, picking up a corner of your skirt and swaying your hips in the kitchen while cooking, making ze’ hot passionate love like a Latino, being a struggling dancer that lives for the movement,
The Viennese edition of Leonard Cohen live
When: THU, April 26, 8pm
Where: Haus der Musik
Entry: 22€/25€, reserve a ticket here
Austrian writer and journalist, Peter Henisch, is also using his writing skill superpowers to come up with lyrics for the music he’s making. This year, Henisch will be turning 75 and that’s reason enough for him to release a Blues album. On Thursday, he and his band will play a gig at Haus der Musik. For 22€, you can enjoy the show – reserve a ticket for the evening, here. Listen to this live performance:
Recommended if you like: the sound of a Blues guitar, nodding your head to the music ever so cooly while leaning on the bar, Leonard Cohen, trying to improve your Viennese, melancholic harmonies, being Viennese
Another Avengers movie
When: THU, April 26, 00:01am–3:01am
Where: English Cinema Haydn
Entry: 13.50€, buy a ticket here
In the latest Avengers super hero movie, Avengers: Infinity War, a bunch of super heroes of the Marvel Universe get together to beat the crap out of their current arch enemy, some other mighty creature. If you’re into this kinda’ thing and you’re a fan of the Avengers comic, you should get yourself a ticket for the midnight premiere this Thursday. The English Cinema Haydn will be the place to go! Get a ticket here, and watch the trailer, here:
Recommended if you like: wearing a superhero cape, saving the planet, the universe and humankind, imagining that you’ve got superpowers, all the drama you can get united in a single movie, too much testosterone in one movie, trees, staying up all night long, nibbling on popcorn, shooting popcorn out of your nose, Marvel comics, wearing a costume and looking like an idiot because no one else is wearing one
A friendly poetry slam competition
When: THU, April 26, 7:30pm–10:30pm
Entry: 10€ (7€ students) / 11€ (8€ students)
Every month, Spektakel turns into a stage on which wordsmiths to go to war in their poetry slams. In this fiery, but very friendly, competition, the most charming, most entertaining, and smartest artists of the city (their words, not ours!) will meet – we assume it will be a hoot! Show up on Thursday as there will be laughter and plenty of emotion, guaranteed.
Recommended if you like: poetry, 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
Avantgarde-Jazz musicians out of Russia
When: THU, April 26, 9pm–11pm
The Russian-based Avantgarde-Jazz trio, Volkov Trio, will be in town and be playing a concert this Thursday night. Even though they’ve been performing concerts for 23 years now, they treat every single one of them as if it’ll be their last. This sounds rather promising if you ask us. For 18€ you can enjoy a night full of Jazz at Schwarzberg. Here’s what they sound like live:
Recommended if you like: Jazz, experiencing something different to the typical techno parties, when different music genres clash in one organised, beautiful mess, mother Russia, putting on your Russian accent for a night, putting on your Indian accent for the night and telling everybody how you thought they should have included Indian Jazz in the mix
Roof top bar opens for the season
When: FRI, April 27, 6pm–4am
Where: KLYO Bar
Entry: Free! Only on if the weather’s fine
KLYO is opening their summer deck ,with its beautiful view over the Donaukanal, this Friday, and they’ll be making sure the occassion is celebrated accordingly. Resident DJane, Bianca Polner, will be dishing up the right kind of music on the decks, while barkeepers, Georg and Dominik will keep you hydrated with creative summer drinks. And all the while, the nice view of the city will make sure all your senses are stimulated during this neat night outon the rooftop of the city
Recommended if you like: summer openings, drinks in hand, DJ music, sun decks and balconies, great views, seeing and being seen, having a bunch of (too many) drinks, gin and tonics, fresh air with your drinks, being a sucker for a view, standing on the edge of a balcony with your arms outstretched yelling, ‘I’m the king of the world!’
Der Garten opening weekend party
When: FRI, April 27, 2pm–1am
Where: Der Garten
Der Garten in Prater is starting into a new year with a big opening weekend party. The celebrations will be going all of Friday, with special drinks at special prices on offer – this should do the trick to make sure you enjoy the lovely spring (early-summer) days outside. To give you a taste – there will be Gin & Tonics for 4.50€. Oh yeah!
Recommended if you like: summer opening parties, early summer feelings, toes in green grass, cold drinks to cool down from too much sunshine, music and nice people, mingling, starting Friday night early
Electro Swing to swing you properly towards summer
When: FRI, April 27, 11pm–6am
Where: Heart Club
Entry: 10€ (7€ if you dress all vintage)
After a successful first outing, the party people from Flaschenkind are back this Friday and will be whisking away those who turn up to a place where High-Fi meets gramophone. There will be people in fancy vintage clothing and the DJs will be bringing you the best and most up-to-date songs from Electroswing realm.
Recommended if you like: swing dancing, Lindy Hop, Big Band music, the sound of the banjo, being slid under somebody’s legs, dancing until your feet hurt and the music won’t let you stop
Cramming in all your 90s favs’ at Kramladen
When: FRI, April 27, 11:50pm–12am
Entry: Free (duh!)
There is nothing more heart-warming than going back to your roots, and this Friday, that is exactly what Kramladen will be doing. Hosted by the Home Sweet Home team, they will be going back to a time when we were all carefree and young (well, some of us). Yes, we’re talking the crazy 90’s with all your favourite Trash Pop, Indie Pop, etc. blaring out in this cosy location.
Recommended if you like: fluorescent singlets, Mariah Carey, doing the U-turn, doing like they do it on the discovery channel, Nirvana, being masochistic with your music taste, waking up in a random person’s bed while wearing a party hat
Big old British Drum and Bass line-up in Massive Hall
When: FRI, April 27, 10pm–6am
Where: Marx Halle
Entry: 24.20€ (available here, many other options available check FB)
This Friday, Austria will be invaded by Brits’. Joy. Ok, so maybe not actually invaded, but the DJ decks at the Marx Halle will be taken over for most of the night by a hefty list of Drum and Bass obsessed British people who all want nothing more than to fill your ear holes with some dirty, dirty DnB. Here is a tune we selected at random to give you a taste:
Recommended if you like: clubs that look like some crazy shit has gone down there, drum and bass, letting loose on a Friday, humping like rabbits on some random apartment building’s steps, people watching in clubs…you creep
A legend of the scene on the decks
When: FRI, April 27, 11pm–6am
Where: Grelle Forelle
Entry: 22€ pre-sale here (on the night price TBA)
We would recommend reading the Resident Advisor blurb on Dixon (here), because we could not articulate what they have so kindly written about him in a few itty bitty words. Suffice to say, the Berlin-based DJ has the experience and the know-how to keep you fixed to the danceflooor for the whole night. The Deep Baked team will be in support. Check him out below:
Recommended if you like: House Music, Dance Music, Techno Music, legends of the underground scene, electro music that will make you dance, gin and tonic, grungy locations, third wave coffee, getting sweaty in a club
Lively, up-beat Electronica in grungy local
When: FRI, April 27, 11pm–6am
Where: Das Werk
The Birds and the Bees are coming out for spring and so should you be. This Friday, the Magical Salon will be throwing open its doors for you and Mimi Love, whose up-beat and happy Electronic beats are renowned, not just for getting people dancing, but also for just generally filling you with the best of moods.
Recommended if you like: dancing until your feet hurt, nodding your head to the music ever so cooly while leaning on the bar, gin and tonic, giving every guy and girl on the dancefloor the ‘I’m free and easy’ look on the dancefloor, Electronic, House music, doing the Mess Around
Latin American Electronica bringing some Tropical Vibes
When: FRI, April 27, 11pm–6am
Where: Fluc + Fluc Wanne
Entry: 7€ < 12am > 10€
A night with a little bit of everything will be happening this Friday at Fluc, and all of it is going on with a specific aim in mind: to bring you some sunshine and summer vibes. A live set from Barrio Lindo is the highlight, as they bring their unique blend of traditional South American music and Electronica to the grungy halls of the fluc. With a couple of other Tropical-esque DJs on the cards, the dance floor will be heating up to the sweaty humidity of a rainforest, we have no doubt. Check Barrio out below.
Recommended if you like: pan flutes, Electronica, Latin American culture, serious Salsa, Tango, cocktails, being a struggling dancer that lives for the movement, being attracted men/women with dark coloured eyes and dark hair, tropical heat
Hip Hop night headed up by some home grown Rap-Stars
When: FRI, April 27, 10pm–5am
Where: The Loft
Entry: 7€ < 11pm > 9€
As part of a 10-day music and culture festival, Urban Bloom and the Loft are hosting a party this Friday. Heading up this mini-fest within a fest are Kreiml&Samurai, whose recent sold out ‘Wuff Oink’ release shows prove that their Wiener Dialect Rap is quickly spreading as something loved by the masses. Check them out below.
Recommended if you like: flat-brimmed baseball caps, slowly bouncing up down to the beat with one hand in the air, food trucks, Austrian rap, beatboxing in front of a mirror, dialect, Wiener Lied, Hip Hop, home grown talent
Travel with Jazz in a cosy Cafe
When: FRI, April 27, 8pm–10pm
Where: La Vitrina
As students, Edith Letter and Beate Reiermann traveled far and wide, experiencing alot and coming into contact with many different kinds of people, especially musicians. These meetings left an impression on them and their music, leading to this Friday’s acoustic session, which will blend the melodic Jazz with the full-bodied music inspired by their travels.
Recommended if you like: improvised Jazz, when different music genres clash in one organised, beautiful mess, travellers, acoustic sets, wunderlust, traveling with a rucksack, not having a key in your pocket, the idea of feeling free for an evening
A night of Bolero dancing (including a crash course)
When: FRI, April 27, 8pm–12am
Where: Mi Barrio
Entry: 10€ pre-sale (email: firstname.lastname@example.org), 14€ on the door
There will be a night one hundred percent dedicated to Bolero this Friday, as Mi Barrio once again throws opens its doors for us to dance the night away to. Directing your moves will be the live band, Son Boleros. If you are a beginner, fear not, between 8pm–9pm there will be a crash course in Bolero Cubano, meaning this evening is open to on and all.
Recommended if you like: Cuban music, traveling, being happy, rum, plenty of drums and more rum, dancing to Latino music, grinding your hips in a rather sexy manner, traveling, Latino culture
Chilled drinks with a view
When: FRI, August 18, 8pm
Where: Dachboden im 25 hours hotel
The rooftop at the 25 hours hotel is like our own little slice of big city life here in Vienna: serving a beautiful view, drinks on the roof top, and well dressed bar men and women; its the place to go when you want to feel like you’re in a city with a skyline. This Friday, there’ll be drinks, a DJ and good vibes waiting for you up there.
Recommended if you like: hip hotels, drinks on rooftops, chilled music, flirting with and drinking something sexy, paying a bit more for your drink for the view
Japan and Europe – a tour in the world museum
When: FRI, January 26, 6pm–7:30pm
Entry: Only for Weltmuseum Wien Friends (so become a friend, here)
For those who have read ‘Hare with the Amber eyes,’ this Friday’s tour would be a great follow up. In 1873, an exhibition in Vienna displayed Japan to the world, as Japan was trying to prove itself as a modern country.In this tour, you’ll discover how this move affected Japan, and us as Europeans.
Recommended if you like: briefcase friends, everything Oriental, learning about the place where you live, reading history books that smell like your grandma, wearing striped pyjamas to bed, a Sunday strolling through museums
Theater: A school gang make a gruesome discovery
When: FRI, April 27, 7pm–8:30pm
Entry: 24€ (check here if there any still available!)
This hit play has spread quickly and it’s now your opportunity to catch it this Friday, as the Volx invites you to see the play, Concord Floral, a greenhouse that has more recently become host to gangs of school kids and teenage parties. Until a corpse shows up, which when discovered by one of the school gangs, threatens to tear the gang a part from beyond the grave. Sounds like a riot! Catch it this Friday night at the Volx theater.
Recommended if you like: theatre evenings, getting dressed up, sitting up with the gods, greenhouses, gruesome discoveries, kids on a mission, adventures, adventuring
An ‘explosive’ theater play about one of the biggest issues of our time
When: THU–SAT, April 26–28, 7:30pm–9:30pm
Where: Werk X
There is no avoiding the hot and controversial issues surrounding the Arab world and the 65 million displaced refugees around the world in this supposedly powerful piece from the Syrian/Kurdish author, Ibrahim Amir. We haven’t seen this play yet, so can’t vouch for how good this play is, but the content it’s playing with makes it worth checking out. If you’re interested in the xenophobia being experienced in relation to the millions of refugees on the move, and how homosexuals struggle in the Arab world, then this play is worth checking out.
Recommended if you like: plays dealing with issues of our time, thinking outside the box, having controversial conversations of the dinner table, reading rather large books, going to the theater
Presenting…the Vienna Film Music Awards at Porgy
Film Composers’ Lounge #10
When: FRI, April 27, 8pm–11pm
Where: Porgy and Bess
Entry: 16€ (fill out this form)
This Friday, there will be a gathering of the Austrian film and music big wigs at Porgy. They will be celebrating Austrian composers and the music they have made for numerous different films over the last year, and the night will include the presenting of the Vienna Film Music Prize 2018, which is basically exactly like being at the Oscars…
Recommeded if you like: film soundtracks, live music paired with the silver screen, Orchestras, Porgy and Bess, orchestra music, buying soundtracks to your favourite films, zombies
Ever wanted to be a fly on the wall of a hotel? now is your chance at this theatre piece
When: SAT, March 4, 6pm–10:30pm
Entry: 45€ (get them here, quick!)
Most showings of Simon Stone’s, Hotel Strindberg, are quickly selling out and it is easy to see how this Saturday’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
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
Exhibition Opening: The Art of the Viennese Watercolor
When: THU, February 16 (ongoing until May 13)
this exhibition at the Albertina, will put Viennese Watercolor in the spotlight. The Golden Age of this kind of art was during the Biedermeier era (that’s 1815 til 1848, in case you didn’t know, and yes, we had to google it as well). This Thursday will mark the opening day of the exhibition, but you’ll have time til May 13, if you’re interested in this kinda’ art.
Recommended if you like: learning about the place where you live, reading history books that smell like your grandma, wearing striped pyjamas to bed, Sunday strolling through museums, practising your pensive face in the mirror
Photo via Albertina
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
Celebrating 100 years of Egon Schiele
When: FRI, February 23 – THU, November 4
Where: Leopold Museum
Entry: 13€ (9€ students)
Egon Schiele is a rock star in terms of modernist painters. And his groupies are aplenty. And to honor one of the leading forces in the modernist movement, the Leopold Museum is currently presenting over 40 paintings and 180 works on paper by the very talented Austrian painter. This exhibition will tell the story of how the artist’s work developed, and how he was influenced by other great artists of this period. The museum’s founder, Rudolf Leopold, was a great admirer of Schiele’s radically expressive phase, so it’s more than apt that the gallery holds an exhibition in good old Egon’s name, especially as this year also marks the 100-year-anniversary of Schiele’s death.
Recommended if you like: politics and art mingling, watching historical documentaries on the couch while only wearing a bathrobe, getting all philosophical over a cup of coffee, art history books, practicing your pensive face in front of the mirror, getting inspired by art
Photo via Leopold Museum, Wien