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 51 awesome things happening this week in Vienna:
Ice skating wonderland with a picturesque background, anyone?
When: November 17 – January 7, 10am–10pm
Entry: tba, for more information click here
Finally, you won’t have to wait for January to do one of the most romantic things in a Viennese winter (or to get all of those bruises that you tell people you got in a bar fight). The winter wonderland that pops up in front of the Rathaus every year once the Christmas markets have closed, is opening a little earlier this year. The Wiener Eistraum ice skating rink will already open this week, at least part of it. Check out the website for details, such as how much you’ll be forking out for entry and skate rental.
Recommended if you like: embarrassing yourself on a first date because you have two left feet on skates, doing pirouettes on the ice, sharpening your skates with a steely look in your eye, planning something romantic with your loved ones, trying out the moves from Starlight Express on ice
Design pop-up shop in a funky coffeehouse
When: THU, November 9 – WED, January 31 | WED–FRI: 11am–7pm, SAT: 10am–6pm
There’s an oddly named design pop-up shop, popping up in the reborn hipster coffeehouse in the first district, Rien. Showcasing and selling awesome products from local creatives, it’s surely worth checking out during the lead up to Christmas (hint, hint, nudge, nudge). If this place gets any cooler (a whale on the roof, weekly music sessions and now a design shop!) , we’re going to have to stop going!
Recommended if you like: forearm Tattoos, beards, ham and cheese toast, filling your wardrobe with unique fashion, being that member of the Family that everybody knows for thoughtful and cool gifts
A very cool Christmas event + market in the old horse stables of CREAU
When: December 1–24 | MON–FRI: 6:30pm, SAT–SUN: 4pm
The old horse stable turned creative space CREAU in Prater is organising the most special of all Viennese Christmas markets – a real life Advent calendar. Each horse stall will act as a window of the Advent calendar and will be opened daily (MON–FRI from 6:30pm, and SAT–SUN from 4pm), revealing an installation, live music event, projections, etc by one of 24 artists. This is one very cool concept.
Also, there will be a designer market, where you can buy lots of great stuff, alongwith, of course, Punsch and food!
Recommended if you like: alternative Christmas markets, unique events at unique locations, outdoor markets, warming up from the inside-out, buying great presents, getting to know local artists and their work, CREAU events, something different, wearing big wooly underwear through winter
A winter market in Stadtpark
When: December 1–23, every TUE–SAT | TUE–FRI: 4pm–2am, SAT: 12pm–2am
Where: Café Français Stadtpark
The garden of Café Français in Stadtpark will be transformed into a winter wonderland throughout December.At this market, you can sip at Punsch, Glühwein, or hot chocolate, nibble on some tasty snacks (eg. Kässpätzle, Kaiserschmarrn and chestnuts) all in a lovely (said in our best British accent) wintery atmosphere. Indoors, there will be a bar and dance floor, with DJ music (THU–SAT) to dance to.
Recommended if you like: winter gardens, French people, French kissing, the wonder of winter, spending a lot of time at Christmas events, one month of drinking Punsch daily, bad and kitschy Christmas pullovers
Art Advent at Karlsplatz
When: November 17 – December 23, daily: 12pm–8pm
The Art Advent Market at Karlsplatz stands out from the crowd of Christmas markets that encircle the ring of the old city. While it’s still got the crafts stands selling beeswax candles and carved wooden angels, it possesses its own oddball flavour, like the carousel cobbled together with recycled scrap material and powered by bicycle power, the llama rides, the old guy in the bowler hat playing on his musical box. All craft found here is handmade locally. There is also a large focus on organic products here, including an organic Glühwein and Punsch stand. The market frames the man-made pond which has been emptied of water, and filled with children playing in piles of hay and flying around in four-wheeled bikes. It is a family affair early in the evening. This is all the while under the holy glow of the towering Karlskirche and a spiderweb of fairy lights. This one is a favourite for many.
Pop-up Christmas market selling alternative products
When: November 30 – December 23, THU–SAT: 3pm–8am
Where: Die fette Nelke
An un-Christmas-sy Christmas market will go down at “Die fette Nelke: Pop-up Markt” in Nelkengasse this month. Die Fette Nelke will be the site where fashion, design and other crafty stuff will be on display and up for sale. This is a unique shopping opp. for those still in need for personal presents.
Recommended if you like: weekend Christmas markets, stress-free shopping zones, alternative Christmas markets, buying local products, being known as the friend or family member buying awesome Christmas presents
T’is the season of Glühwein and and kissing when your nose is dripping
Christmas markets are open!
When: Daily until December 26, 2017
Where: Various locations
Tis’ the season again and as winter in Vienna has it, it is the favourite season of many locals simply thanks to those charming Christmas markets! A wonderful vibe spreads around town as markets open all over Vienna, and the smell of cinnamon, mulled wine, and sweet desserts fills the air. Be sure to get your first Heisse Liebe Punsch in soon and get in the spirit. And it just so happens that we’ve put together a list of our favourite markets, here.
Recommended if you like: the smell of gingerbread cookies, waking up with gifts waiting for you, being jolly, celebrating christmukkah, overcoming the cold by drinking hard spirits hidden in tea, Glühwein, meeting friends at Christmas markets
A curated indoor winter fashion pop-up market
When: December 4–23 (daily, except Sundays) | MON–WED: 9am–8pm, THU–FRI: 9am–9pm, SAT: 9am–6pm
Where: The Mall Wien Mitte
An unusual kind of winter market will be filling up The Mall Wien Mitte for three weeks in December. The curated pop-up Christmas design and lifestyle market will offer products by local independent labels and producers (not a bad market to fill up a chain store-filled mall, we’d say). Find more info’ on what and who to expect, here.
Recommended if you like: winter and Christmas markets that don’t sell kitsch and shit, indoor Christmas markets, buying great gifts to give away, staying warm while shopping, buying unique gifts
Mighty Oaks live at the Ottakringer Brauerei
When: MON, December 11, 7pm–10:30pm
Where: Ottakringer Brauerei
Entry: 28.99€, get your ticket here
The mighty Mighty Oaks will be taking to the stage at the Ottakringer Brauerei this Monday night, for a concert. The folk band from Berlin/USA will be performing tunes from their new album, Dreamers, which is filled with acoustic guitar sounds, Mandoline tunes and three-part vocals. Sound intriguing? Have a taste:
Recommended if you like: lyrics and tunes that go deep, Folk music, bands from Berlin, singer-songwriters, sad songs to cry to, concert and live gigs, Ottakringer Brauerei events, a chance to visit Vienna’s 16th district
Monday drum and bass at Camera Club
When: MON, September 4 / 11 / 18 / 25, 5pm–1am
Where: Camera Club
A great thing for all the Drum’n’bass fans of the city: Camera Club will be hosting a weekly Monday night D’n’B party in their club all throughout September. Even better: the entry is free! So all you need to do is turn up, have a drink as well as celebrate and dance!
Sept. 4: Mi-Low / Pandora / Mac Delay / Phlage / Fourtex
Sept. 11: Kaffee Schwarz / Demased / Skore / Mental Decay / Shifty
Sept. 18: Riddhim b2b Doree / Redex / Splinta / Dorian / Janex
Sept. 25: Adam Neo / Unics / Replic / M-Jane / Dismatic
Recommended if you like: Monday night partying, free parties, clubbing after the weekend, drinking and dancing, people who still love drum and bass music as much as you do
Love is in the air, and on the big screen of the Haydn cinema
When: MON, December 11, 8:30pm–11pm
Where: English Cinema Haydn
Entry: 12€, buy your ticket here
Christmas season isn’t really Christmas season if you haven’t seen Love Actually at least once, right? The English Cinema Haydn is screening several special Christmas movies this year, and Love Actually is one of them (yay!). So take this great opportunity, and go watch this awesome movie on a big screen this Monday. Here’s a trailer to remind you of how good (and not cheesy at all) this movie actually is:
Recommended if you like: cheesy Christmas movie classics, watching a movie for the hundredth time, Home Alone, Hugh Grant, the way British people talk, being a romantic
A good story, paired with good music
When: THU, December 14, 8pm
Entry: 21.50€ (10€ students), buy your ticket here
Everyone’s familiar with the story of Moby Dick (or has at least heard about it) – the big adventures of the rough world of whale catchers and the magic and mystery of the high seas. Klaus Maria Brandauer will be putting this work on stage when he does a reading while being supported by the pianist, Arno Waschk, on stage. Be quick to get one of the last tickets for this evening at the Burgtheater, here.
Recommended if you like: stories, listening to someone telling a story, fish, piano music, a relaxed evening out, rugged sailors, reading rather large books
Make your own RAW Christmas treats
When: TUE & WED, December 12 & 13, 7pm–10pm
Where: Dancing Shiva
Entry: 49€, register here, (Tuesday is already sold out)
Riki Hinteregger, the creator and brain behind Dancing Shiva Superfoods on Neubaugasse, is offering a one-evening RAW Christmas baking workshop (to be held two times this week, Tuesday and Wednesday, but Tuesday’s already sold out). Learn about the materials and raw ingredients you should be using, and make your own healthy nut squish (whatever the hell that is), raw chocolate and raspberry-date-jam. Register and check out what you need to bring, here.
Recommended if you like: baking and cooking workshops, raw food and raw cooking, learning how to do it yourself, evening classes, wearing a sexy apron (and only an apron), meeting new people, eating, living a alternative lifestyle
A dystopian movie screening with live Acapella music
When: TUE, December 12, 7pm
Entry: 20€ presale (15€ students) / 25€ (20€ students) buy your ticket here
What would our world look like without us humans? The dystopian movie, Homo Sapiens, draws a potential picture of such a situation, and was well-received at the Berlinale 2016. Instead of just screening this vision of the future at Gartenbaukino, the movie will be actually set to music being performed live on stage by a renowned Company of Music. Don’t miss out on this special experience and be there on Tuesday! Here’s the trailer where you’ll already get a taste of the movie, plus the Acapella sounds.
Recommended if you like: live music, dystopian movies, imagining the world without humans, watching The Last Man on Earth, being a film fanatic, Acapella music
If you like sushi and Latin America, you’ll like this movie
When: TUE, December 12, 8:30pm–12am
Entry: 9€ (1€ reduced for students), make a reservation here or via email@example.com
Once a month, the Latin Film Lounge is taking place at the Filmcasino at which Latin (surprise surprise) movies are screened. This month, they’ll be showing East Side Sushi, a movie about a Mexican single mom on her way to becoming the town’s Itamae of sushi (a person who’s really, really good at preparing sushi).
Recommended if you like: eating raw fish, watching indie movies, getting hungry while watching a movie, sneaking sushi into the cinema so you don’t get hungry while watching the movie, speaking Spanish, Latino culture
A cosy & intimate gig with local talents
When: TUE, December 12, 8pm–8:30pm
Ángela Tröndle, a dedicated singer-songwriter from Austria, and Pippo Corvino, a finger-picking guitarist, will be playing a Wohnzimmerkonzert at the 7stern café this Tuesday. Their passion for music and love for detail is remarkable. See & listen for yourself this Tuesday! This is how the two of them sound together and what you can expect from the evening:
Recommended if you like: a cosy evening in a cosy café, checking out local talent in the music scene, singer/songwriter music, swaying gently in your chair, closing your eyes while listening to music
A photography series by Margherita Spiluttini
When: October 19 – December 23
Where: Christine König Galerie
The exhibition SERIES by Margherita Spiluttini showcases works from her early creative periods. Her photographs depict, amongst other things, very informal scenes, architecture treated in unusual ways, or the empty former AKH of Vienna. Be at the Christine König Galerie in Schleifmühlgasse and check out this special exhibition. You’ve got some time til’ the day before Christmas to do so. Just sayin’.
Recommended if you like: mingling amongst artsy people, exploring photography, Sunday strolls through museums, following photographers on Instagram
Photo by MARGHERITA SPILUTTINI
Did you say cheese noodle party? YUM!
When: WED, December 13, 8pm–12am
Where: Ganz Wien
Entry: 12.90€, reserve via firstname.lastname@example.org
Cheese is all you can think of day and night? Then this is THE event for you. Be at the little, cute bar, Ganz Wien, this Wednesday night, and stuff yourself silly (in some kind of civilised way, you animal!) with some cheese noodles aka cheese spaetzle – oops, sorry, cheese knöpfle as they say at the other end of Austria aka. Vorarlberg. For 12.90€, you’ll get a big plate of them with salad. Nomnomnom.
Recommended if you like: thinking of food all day long, everything food-related, putting parmesan on every single dish that you eat (yes, even ice cream)
The German band, Rakede, is on tour
When: WED, December 13, 8pm–11pm
Where: Grelle Forelle
Entry: SOLD OUT
Their music is everything at once: melancholic, brutal, familiar, multifaceted, and you can dance to it! We’re talking about the hip hop / electro / rock band, Rakede, from Germany. They’re in town for a show this Wednesday. Unfortunately, it’s already sold out, but so far we’ve always been lucky with finding someone wanting to sell their tickets to us. So maybe you’ll be lucky too?! Here’s one of their well-known songs:
Recommended if you like: German musicians, hip hop, bouncing up and down to a Hip Hop tune with one hand in the air, beatboxing in the shower, viral hits
When: WED, December 13, 9:30pm–12am
Entry: 12€/14€, buy your tickets here
Recommended if you like: supporting local talents, electro pop music, dancing until your feet hurt, music that sounds like it’s coming from a different period in time, synthesizers in your beats, electro music with old school stuff weaved in and out
Cuban dance Wednesday nights at Dual
When: WED, September 6, 9pm–12am (weekly event)
Entry: free entry in September, from Oct. 5€
Club Dual, in the basement of WIRR on Burggasse, is having their Cuban night dance night again this Wednesday. There will be 100% Cuban music, so polish your Salsa, Timba, Son, Rumba and Salsaton dance moves, put on your fanciest dance clothes and prepare for some sweaty dancing!
Recommended if you like: Cuban and Latin music, middle of the week entertainment, long nights of dancing and sweating, showing off your mad dance skills
Local indie talents at the Konzerthaus
When: WED, December 13, 8pm–10pm
Where: Wiener Konzerthaus
Entry: 22€, buy your ticket here
They are known for their authentic and honest Singer-Songwriter sounds – that’s DAWA. The Austrian indie talents will be playing a concert at the Konzerthaus this week. Get yourself a ticket here and show up to their gig on Wednesday. Here’s a song that will get you in the mood, for sure:
Recommended if you like: checking out local indie talent, singer/songwriter music, the sound of a double bass, ever so cooly closing your eyes and listening to the music, dreamy music, FM4 radio station
Vienna’s funny people are having an open mic night
When: SUN, December 10, 7:30pm–10pm
You like laughing and you like funny people? Be at the Tunnel this Sunday then where there will be stand-up comedy at its best! Well, we can only hope. You can join them on stage and perform as well as it’s a open mic night (don’t be a wuss, the audience will be drunk, anyways ;-).
Recommended if you like: loling, a fun but relaxed night out, stand-up comedy, a place serving cheap drinks and empanadas, living on the bright side of life
A classical evening with a talented violinist
When: WED, December 13, 7:30pm–9:30pm
Where: Wiener Musikverein
Entry: 23€, buy your ticket here
Emmanuel Tjeknavorian, an Austrian violinist, will be playing a concert at the Wiener Musikverein this Wednesday. In his solo show, he’ll be playing music from Bach, Ysaÿe, Prokofjew, and other classical composers. Get your ticket for 23€ here and enjoy a very classical evening at the Musikverein.
Recommended if you like: classical music, a relaxed evening out, seriously talented musicians performing live, poetry in music, big orchestras, being cultured as f***
Closing exhibition of Kollektiv Zyklus
When: WED–THU, December 13–21, 7pm
It’s been 365 days, 12 words (one for every month) and countless ideas, but the time has come for this special exhibition to end, and the Kollektiv Zyklus is inviting one and all to their closing. The Spektakel will host the exhibition from Wednesay to Thursday, and you’ll get to see the works of many artists who contributed over the last year.
Recommended if you like: illustrations, mingling among artsy people, taking a stroll through a gallery on a cold lousy winter day, buying art, wearing turtlenecks, bright red lipstick
Austrian Championships in Figure Skating on ice – indeed, something different
When: THU–SAT, December 14–16
If you’re a fan of figure skating, ice dancing and pair skating, or even if you’re not, make sure not to miss the Austrian Championships this weekend, which will be happening from Thursday until Saturday at the Albert-Schulz-Halle. All age categories will be presenting their skills on ice and skates. Something very different for to do for many of you, we assume.
Recommended if you like: ice skating, sport events, cheering and clapping, watching figure skating live instead of on TV, ice, winter Olympics, admiring people from afar, trying something different
Peace & love are going dancing at Venster99
When: THU, December 14, 9pm–6am
You’re looking for good people, a good atmosphere, good music and good vibes? This Thursday, you’ll find exactly these things at Venster99. There’ll be Hip Hop til midnight, and Drum and Bass afterwards. For just 5 bucks. Here’s a sneak peek at what you might be getting yourself into:
Recommended if you like: clubs that look like some crazy shit has gone down there, Drum and Bass, dancing until sweat is dripping down your back, unpretentious locations
A Ska / Punk / Rock Christmas party
When: THU, December 14, 8pm
It’s the PBH’s Christmas party this Thursday! The PBH Club is ska punk rock band from Vienna. They’ll play new songs, and apparentely it’ll be fun. Apparently. Swing by at the Aera and join the dancing and bouncing crowd.That’s all we have to say about this.
Recommended if you like: dancing until sweat is dripping down your back, dancing all your worries away, Ska, Punk Rock, horns in your music, jumping around at a concert, Ska pits
When: THU, December 14, 9:30pm
Recommended if you like: the Viennese dialect, supporting local talents, dancing to some funny music, accordion music, listening to Alpine folk music with a twist
A night of world music and disco partisans
When: THU, December 14
Shantel has been around for 30 years it seems, yet he still fills up the discos in Germany, Austria and beyond! Why you ask? He has a very eclectic style of world music, strong balkan beats and always puts on a happy vibe filled show. His passion for music, inspired by everything from Reggae to Arab-Pop seems to result in timeless hits that the fans jump and sing to year after year. Good rhythm, good vibes and fun guaranteed at this show!
Recommended if you like: World music, saxophones, disco partisans, Arab-Pop, Balkan music, jumping around with a bunch of sweaty strangers, the industrial setting at WUK, dancing
Funk and Soul Thursdays at Camera Club
When: THU, September 7, 5pm–1am (and every Thursday after that)
Where: Camera Club
Thursdays are funk and soul nights at Camera Club, as of September 7. It’s official. Admission is free, so nothing will keep you from starting your weekends off early from now on, dancing to some fine Funk and Soul music, having a few drinks and mingling with beautiful people.
Recommended if you like: funk and soul music, Thursday night clubbing, after-work clubbing, early weekends, people who have crazy dance skills, meeting new people, mingling and hanging out at a club
Jewish songs to laugh and cry
When: THU, December 14, 8pm–10pm
Where: Mikes’ Werkstatt
If you’ve never experienced authentic Jewish music, this is a good chance. On the day of the Jewish festival of lights: Hanukkah, a night of drinking (lots of it), eating and making of new friends will be taking place while philosophic, humorous and thought-provoking music comes from the stage in the intimate space of Mike’s Werkstatt.
Plus: warm up your vocal chords, cause you’ll be singing with the band ‘Pallawatsch’
Recommended if you like: the holiday season, singing sad songs, singing happy songs, reminiscing, learning about different cultures, Hanukkah, celebrating light, because best friends for a night to your stranger drinking buddies
Na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na Batman!
When: THU–FRI, December 14–15
Entry: 9€ single ticket, 16€ double feature, 24€ triple feature
Batman fans, listen up! Here’s your chance to catch the pre-Christian Bale Batmen on the big screen. This week, the Filmcasino will be screening the three classics of Batman, Batman Returns, and Batman – The Movie. Go check ‘em out (or just choose the one you wanna see).Or just wait for that bat signal to appear and disappear into the night, you mysterious vigilante, you.
Recommended if you like: wearing a Batman cape, pretending you’re a superhero when nobody is watching, big, beautiful smiles, being a film fanatic, cult classics, red velvet seats, Marvel comic classic made into films, whispering into the person’s ear sitting in front of you, ‘I’m Batman.’
Photography in all its seriousness. Not.
When: THU, December 14, 7pm–11pm
Where: Hotel am Brilliantengrund
This event will put a smile on your face! Why so serious? is the title of the fifth photography exhibition of Fotografie am Brilliantengrund, happening in the funky hotel (and the place that is soooooo much more), Hotel am Brilliantengrund. Photography will meet giggle-worthy material & a tad bit of melancholy. Oh, and maybe stick around for a drink in the cool setting of this retro hotel.
Recommended if you like: loling, exploring photography, going to a hotel for another reason than a dirty sex weekend, scrolling Instagram
A musical journey through 19th-century Vienna
When: THU, December 14, 8pm–10pm
In Thursday’s edition of the Wohnzimmerkonzert at the 7stern Café, there will be a mix of music and storytelling on stage. The duo Rittmannsberger and Soyka will take you back to the events and developments of Vienna during the 19th century, and will shed light on the living conditions during these former times. This is what they sound like:
Recommended if you like: Schrammelmusik, nostalgia for a time you never lived, live performances, a cosy evening in a cosy café, checking out local talent in the music scene, swaying gently in your chair, closing your eyes while listening to the story, velvet arm chairs
A glimpse into the life and upbringing of an great American director
When: FRI–FRI, November 24 – December 15, various times
In this documentary, that’s running on the big screen for almost a month, the film makers follow the journey of David Lynch, from his humble beginnings to his rise to world fame, with his direction of films, like Eraserhead, Elephantman, and more recently, the TV series, Twin Peaks. He is, however, more than a filmmaker and inspiration, as you will learn from this fascinating documentary.
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, escapism, learning the stories behind great creatives, David Lynch’s films
Opening of new exhibition: architectural drawing masterpieces
When: THU, December 14, 6:30pm–9pm
Since year one, it has been architectural drawings that artists have used both to document the urban and rural past, and to envision the future. The Albertina is paying tribute to exactly this with their new exhibition, Masterpieces of architectural drawings, in which they will showcase a selection of around 120 works from the Late Gothic period, all the way to the architecture of the present day. This Thursday will mark the opening of the exhibition.Oh, and the opening will be free!
Recommended if you like: exhibition openings, mingling among artsy people, listening to talks about the art, taking a stroll through a gallery on a cold lousy winter day, everything architecture related, promiscuous affairs with artists, masturbating in the shower with Celine Dion on the stereo
An exhibition on form and following rules in architecture
When: November 23, 2017 – April 4, 2018
Where: Az W – Architekturzentrum Wien
Entry: 9€ (7€ students, or for free on WED 5pm–7pm)
The exhibit ‘Form follows Paragraph’ will focus on how architects battle with their need to adhere to building regulations and standards in their designs. With a historical dimension in mind, the question arises whether famous sites of Vienna would have been possible under current regulations, and will also ask the question: what rules does society actually need, and which are actually overkill? You’ll have time to visit this exhibition until April 4. But come on, winter’s the perfect time for going to exhibitions, right?
Recommended if you like: opening events, reading history books that smell like your grandma, Sunday strolls through museums, thinking outside the box, being an architect
Getting your dose of contemporary culture with Thomas Bayrle’s exhibit
When: WED, October 25, 2017 – MON, April 2, 2018
Entry: 9.90€, students 7.50€, free entry every Tuesday 6pm–10pm
Berlin-born artist, Thomas Bayrle, will be featured at MAK this autumn with his solo exhibition, ‘If it’s too long, make it longer,’ that showcases a combination of his multi-medial works, along with his computer-generated art. Art, handicraft and industrial production are explored through dyeing, weaving and programming processes, creating a kaleidoscopic of forms and ornaments.
Recommended if you like: strolling through museums on a cold autumn day, mingling among artsy people, showing others that you are interested in art
An exhibition about the 100-year-anniversary of the Volkskundemuseum
When: ongoing, October 17 – December 30
Entry: 8€ (students 4€)
In light of the 100-year-anniversary of the Volkskundemuseum, the exhibition ‘Heimat : Machen’ will look at the development of the museum and will reflect upon Austria’s national traditions, folk life, and the influence of politics on home life and traditions. The museum is inviting for an open dialogue on its history. The exhibition will open this Tuesday, and will continue until December 30.
Recommended if you like: Vienna, traditions, folk life, historical events, spending a gloomy autumn day in a museum
Natural history at the Mumok
When: ongoing until January 14, 2018
Entry: 11€ (students 7.50€)
In this exhibition at the MUMOK, the interrelation between nature and history will be looked at, showing how nature takes back everything, regardless of the situation. Starting from the 1960s to the present, traditions of colonialism and society have shaped our contemporary environments of today. This fascinating exhibition looks at how this has happened and the influencing factors on how our environments came to be, and it doesn’t shy away from including issues like genocide and military conflict.
Recommended if you like: Mother Nature, contemporary art, strolling through a museum on a cold and rainy autumn day, being enlightened, reading rather large books, snorting knowledge up until you’re high on it, pancakes on Saturdays, wearing striped socks during sex
Traces of time: An exhibition that explores the behind the scenes of art
When: ongoing until February 26, 2018
Where: Leopold Museum
Entry: 8€–13€ (available here or at the door)
Focusing on the ‘how’ and not the ‘what’ is a large behind the creation of contemporary art, and not just art, but everyday objects in the world of art – photography and architecture, for example. Investigating the research aspect of art, and how it’s documented, this exhibition offers a unique look behind the scenes of contemporary art.
Recommended if you like: thinking outside the box, being outside your comfort zone, getting to know your city, being socially active, being culturally active, peeking behind the scenes, contemporary art, translating art talk and descriptions into something vaguely understandable
An indoor Christmas flea market in the bunker in Augarten
When: FRI–SUN, December 15–17, 2pm–10pm
Where: Bunkerei Augarten
For the second weekend in a row, the Bunkerei throw open its doors for all you keen flea market shoppers. With antiques and handmade trinkets all up for grabs, as well as a wide variety of punsch (including a warm mojito we are desperate to taste) being served up, a cosy afternoon is on offer here. This is a perfect place to end a bracing stroll around the Augarten, especially as it is indoors, so you can warm your cockles up.
Recommended if you like: sustainable living, wearing an antique watch, bold-rimmed glasses, fleamarkets, sustainable living, turning up to a party in the most unique, sexy outfit
Coffee, cake and records
When: FRI, December 15, 7pm–9pm
Where: Fett und Zucker
The wonderful cafe of cake, ‘Fett und Zucker,’ is filling it’s space with records, coffee & cake this Friday. Invited are nice people (yes, nice ones only!), interested in vinyl, CD’s, tapes and co. looking to shop for their own collection, or for a special Christmas gift.
Recommended if you like: music, being a snob about vinyls, shopping vintage, drinking so much coffee you get high and want to dance, feeling the soul of the music, big headphones, cake, cake and more cake
Swiss-Chilean Electronic DJ maestro comes to the party
When: FRI, December 15, 10pm–6am
On the 15th day of Christmas, Horst gave to us… Luciano, an electronic DJ of the highest quality, right in our back yard, well almost our backyard… not our actual backyard, cos’ we don’t actually have one. This Friday, you can expect some mischief on the decks and some dancing on the floor. ‘Ave a listen:
Recommended if you like: spontaneously breaking out into a breakdance or beatbox, Electronic music, being a die-hard Electronic music fan, wearing your bikini to bed, waking up in somebody else’s bed wearing somebody else’s underwear, partying until your parents put out a missing persons Ad
Lo-Fi DJ from the UK in a nice intimate setting
When: FRI, December 15, 11pm–6am
Where: SASS Music Club
Coming this Friday is a dude from Colchester who made a name for himself with the track below before quickly earning a reputation for being a quality producer and a DJ held in the highest order amongst the lo–fi scene. This Friday, he will be performing with the House-obsessed crowd from the DJ collective, Manifest, in the intimate setting of SASS.
Recommended if you like: Rachel, intimate venues in the heart of the city, not mentioning cellars I promise, riding in convertables with the roof down, going deeper underground, gin and tonics, getting a table at the back of the club like a boss
The crowd from the pop cult mag’ Vice throw a Titanic Christmas party
When: FRI, December 15, 11pm–5am
Vice, as always, want to party and they love an any excuse. This time around it’s the birth of JC that has got them planning parties. And while they probably haven’t asked themselves WWJD in preparation for this Friday, they did ask Absolute Vodka to get involved and help them party, and it is with their help they can offer free welcome shots and super cheap Vodka Makava (7€) long drinks all night long.
Recommended if you like: gin and tonic, vodka Makava, drinking shots of vodka without hands from between someones thighs, baseball caps, have the peak of your baseball cap point to the gods, checkered shirt, 70s sports wear
Winter warmers by a Viennese Deep House outfit
When: FRI, December 15, 11pm–6am
Born on a cold winter’s night a few years ago, ‘Möwe’ created music together accidentally out of yearning for warmer days and out of their shared hate for winter. Winter has come again, and as the mercury sinks Möwe prepare to warm us up again this Friday by making us dance to some of their happy-go-lucky Deep House.
Recommended if you like: beats instead of birthday cake, House, Soul, Disco, carefully curated clubbing events, trying to make out with a DJ named Roman, sex in public toilets, dancing and grinding, wearing socks during sex
The warm up party that looks like it will overshadow the actual party
When: FRI, December 15, 10pm–4am
Where: Arena Wien
Part One of a seriously ear drum busting weekend planned by the crowd from Turbojugend (a group full of cult fans of the Norwegian rock band Turbonegro) actually sounds like a stand alone event in itself. With both a local and Italian band on show this Friday at the Arena, it should be a cracking night out (check their sounds out below). The Viennese outfit will be releasing their first ever tape (yes, you read that correctly), and thus, will be celebrating like mad.
Recommended if you like: head banging so hard you slip a disc, head butting your mates on the d floor, mosh pits, album release, wearing a lot of black and tartan, chains, Turbonegro
Loosen up to some Soul, grab a lover and gyrate the night away
When: FRI, December 15, 10pm–4am
Where: Super Unusual Beings (SUB)
Promising original rare and honest records this Friday, the team may be saying ‘Tighten Up’ but what they really want from you is too loosen up, lose your mind and find your soul… or just find some soul (and grab them with both hands), which is exactly what you will find at the club SUB – Soul, Funk, RNB, Jazz and all the genres that make you want to grab someone and gyrate their private parts.
Recommended if you like: RnB, Beyonce, doing the U-Turn more badass than Usher, gin and tonic, trying really bad pick up lines for the laugh, shirts with big collars, big sweeping dancfloors, getting some serious dancing done on a Friday night, Al Green, Taj Mahal, funking it up on a Friday (whatever the hell that means)
An introduction to the dance of the Tango by some pros in a grand old setting
When: FRI, December 15, 6pm–9pm
Entry: 19€ (inc. Museum entry)
This Friday, you can let your hair down and Tango into the night at this unique event. Tango pros, Pablo Avila and Maria Casan, will take you through the hour-long workshop which will give an insight into the world of Tango. Luckily, there are two workshops (6pm–7pm or 7:30pm–8:30pm), both in the grand old setting of the Weltmuseum, and with the option of adding on a thematic tour. This is one fantastic way to see the newly reopened museum.
Recommended if you like: Latin American culture, serious salsa, tango, events in grand settings, being a struggling dancer that lives for the movement, being attracted to men/women with dark coloured eyes and dark hair