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 26 awesome things happening this week in Vienna:
Get to the theater for this political piece
When: MON, January 14 & FRI, January 16, 7:30pm
Entry: 7-50€, buy a ticket
The Volkstheater will be putting on this piece by Christine Eder which tackles questions about the nature of democracy. This creative political show includes live music and brings up light and easy topics like freedom of expression, minority protection, and market trends just to name a few (jk about the easy and light thing…).
Recommended if you like: political questions, theater, Volkstheater, Christine Eder, democracy, constitutions, reading long books in your free time, being smarter than other people, contemporary political commentary
Go hear the plans in place for Vienna’s economy in the future
When: TUE, January 15, 6pm–8pm
Where: Impact Hub Vienna
Entry: free! reserve your spot here
Get to know the plans that are being made in regard to Vienna’s circular economy in the future. When we say, “circular economy,” think recycling and low emissions rather than circular coins which are money and have to do with the economy. Get more information here.
Recommended if you like: Vienna’s future, circular economies, saying words that make people think you’re smart, learning about city planning, learning about waste management, recycling, doing things that are good for the environment
Go hear some Iranian music
When: TUE, January 15, 7pm–9pm
This gorgeous exhibition on Iran is becoming even more sensory. This well-known musician from Khorasan, Khalil Sheikh, will be playing a 2-stringed lute called a Dutar. Go hear some beautiful music and learn more about Iranian culture.
Recommended if you like: Iranian culture, Iranian music, Dutar, learning about other cultures, traveling with your mind, taking in beautiful exhibitions, Hinterland,
Cuban night on the Gürtel
When: TUE, January 15, 8:30pm–3:30am
If you’re craving some Latin beats to start the week on a good note, know that Fania is hosting a Cuban evening this Tuesday. There will be a group playing Cuban beats, and after that, they’ll jam. That’s right – it’s a Latin jam session! Expect to feel a fire burning within you that will make it impossible not to dance and smile.
Recommended if you like: Cuban and other Latin beats, live jam sessions, getting inspired by music, feeling energised by good music, dancing it out on a Tuesday
Catch this singer/songwriter in Vienna
When: TUE, January 15, 8pm–11pm
Entry: 15.60€, buy a ticket
Laura Carbone is back in Vienna to promote her upcoming second album, Empty Sea. Get out of the house and, you know, join the living for some live Indie Rock at Chelsea. Check out the music here:
Recommended if you like: live music, Laura Carbone, indie artists, wearing long underwear under your pants, drinking spritzers in winter, discovering new music
Catch a Koloman Moser exhibition at MAK
When: TUE, January 15, 6:30pm–7:30pm
Where: MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts
Entry: 3.50€, reserve your ticket here
MAK will be hosting this Koloman Moser exhibition on the 100th anniversary of the artist’s death. Makes us wonder what kind of exhibition will be honoring us 100 years after we die. Maybe that’s just us.
Recommended if you like: Koloman Moser, Austrian artists, MAK, wearing very loose clothing and humming under your breath, being a cultured individual
Hear the greatest Austro Pop hits at Theater am Spittelberg
When: TUE, January 15, 7:30pm–10pm
Where: Wiener Konzerthaus
Entry: 24–39€, buy a ticket
A long-lost but recently re-discovered silent movie, “Die kleine Veronika”, shows scenes from Vienna in the 1930s. It tells the story of little Veronika who is taking the step from being a girl to woman. This Tuesday, you’ll be able to see the movie with live music by the Viennese musicians, Ernst Molden and Walther Soyka, at Wiener Konzerthaus. Check out the trailer:
Recommended if you like: watching silent movies, checking out local talents, Wienerlied, ever so cooly closing your eyes and listening to the music, improving your Viennese, black & white movies
Listen to experts discussing how to improve the internet and tackle its problems
When: WED, January 16, 6pm–8pm
Where: Presseclub Concordia
This open discussion is asking some serious questions about online issues such as cyber bullying and sexism. Put your thinking hats on and come prepared to be curious and learn some stuff from an impressive and experienced panel working in media law. Although we like to laugh and not take life too seriously, we recommend a regular, healthy dose of thinking about some of the defining issues of our time.
Recommended if you like: impressing your friends by taking them to smart people places, listening to eloquent and intelligent minds discussing important topics, checking your dictionary every 5 minutes because you don’t understand the words people are using, learning how to make the world a better place
Catch Scheibsta & die Buben live or regret it (trust us)
When: WED, January 16, 9pm–11pm
Where: Wiener Konzerthaus
Entry: 22€, get your ticket here
Schiebsta & die Buben are playing live Vienna! If you’re into funky, cool, crazy talented musicians, don’t miss this show. If you don’t like those things…well…we’ve got nothing for you. Check out the music here:
lRecommended if you like: Schiebsta & die Buben, really good music in the German language that makes you feel instantly cooler, dressing like a hipster even if you aren’t one, going out on a school night, live music that makes you smile in your insides
Express yourself (or watch others do it) at this poetry slam
When: WED, January 16, 7:30pm–11pm
Where: The Loft
It’s your chance to rhyme, all the time, in the lime…light. OK, so WE won’t be getting onstage until we refine our poetry skills but that doesn’t mean YOU aren’t ready to step into the spotlight. This will be the last Stille Post poetry slam of the year so check out how you can participate here. Or just go to enjoy from the audience like we’ll be doing!
Recommended if you like: poetry slams, writing poetry and then performing it for an audience, wearing dark-rimmed reading glasses, dressing like an old person when you’re only 24, people who are good with words, being a poet when you didn’t even know it
Check out works by this Vienna-based artist
When: January 16 – February 1, 3pm
Where: Improper Walls
Mariella Lehner is showing her unique work using ancient etching techniques to create new sculptures in a show called Under Construction. We’ll definitely be going to learn how to up our art game since we can basically only make paper airplanes. Her show will be on at Improper Walls until February 1st.
Recommended if you like: contemporary art, supporting art and artists in Vienna, making sculptures, watching that art-making turned love-making scene in Ghost over and over, Improper Walls, Mariella Lehner
Hear this guest speaker discuss the film Die Migrantigen
When: WED, January 16, 7pm–10pm
Die Migrantigen is a film that follows the story of 2 completely integrated children of immigrants who pretend to be hardened, criminal migrants for a TV show. Robert Buchschwenter will be discussing the film at this screening. Get out there and learn something about life and film.
Recommended if you like: live film screenings, topics on immigration and assimilation, Die Migrantigen, contemporary films and discussions on them, Hauptbücherei
Try something new with Elektroyoga at Volksoper
When: WED, January 17, 7pm–9pm
Entry: 19.34€, buy a ticket
Do you practise Yoga and can’t get enough of Electro music? This event series will have you peeing in your yoga pants with excitement. What we mean to say is Elektroyoga connects yoga with Electronic music for your pleasure. Experience intense dynamic Vinyasa Flow Yoga and music from a live DJ set at Volksoper this Wednesday. Get down on your yoga mat and let the beats guide you through the Asanas.
Recommended if you like: feeling the beat in your body, Vinyasa flows, playing Twister, experiencing yoga in a new and fun way, connecting to your body & breath, powerful asanas, being a yogi, trying kinky sex positions, being as flexible as a 14-year-old
Sweethearts and sweet teeth listen up – there’s a ball happening just for you!
When: THU, January 17, 8pm–5am
Entry: 105€ (50€ for <25y), buy a ticket
It’s time for THE annual event of the year for all the bakers and confectioners out there (and everyone else who’s interested in this kinda’ thing) – the Zuckerbäckerball. A very sweet ball night will take place for the 118th time at Hofburg this Thursday. Get yourself a ticket and join the fun! There will be dancing and, no doubt, plenty of eating.
Recommended if you like: sweet moments in life, sweets, mouth-watering anticipation, dancing all night long, wearing fancy gowns, raffles, dressing up like Don Draper
Go hear 5 great start-up company ideas
When: THU, January 17, 6pm–9pm
Entry: free! Registration required.
For a celebration of start-up culture (for better or worse) and inspirational start-up pitches hit up this weXelerate event. There will be a keynote speach by Martin Essl and presentation on the 5 best start-up ideas from the 3rd round of weXelerate. Go hear the ideas and stay for the free party! (If that’s not a start-up mentality, we don’t know what is.)
Recommended if you like: weXelerate, start-up ideas, free parties, working in offices that encourage video game breaks, working in offices that encourage getting out of the office, “progressive” work hours, alternative meanings of the word “work”, start-up culture
See Witwer and Siamese Elephants in one show!
When: THU, January 17, 7pm–12am
Following the successful release of their album, Fluss, this Indie/Folk band will be performing live at Chelsea for our pleasure. Go check out what the Fluss is all about. Get it? Fuss – Fluss…yea, ok, not our best work. Check out the music here:
Recommended if you like: Witwer, Fluss, new albums, Indie/Folk bands, wearing your socks pulled all the way up, black and white pictures of old people, crinkling newspaper, live music, Chelsea
Catch some live music at Fania Live
When: THU, January 17, 8pm–12am
Where: Fania live
We don’t know about you but we love any live music with an upright bass involved. Get out to Fania Live for some Gypsy Jazz on Thursday. It’ll be fast and wild which is just how we like it.
Recommended if you like: Gypsy Jazz, live music, Fania Live, drinking vodka through a straw, squeezing lemon directly into your mouth, yelling “whhhhhooooop!”, fast-paced music, the upright bass
Celebrate British icon, Vivienne Westwood, at this documentary screening
When: THU, January 17, 8:15pm
Entry: Free (or 9€ for the front row), get tickets here
Global fashion phenomenon, Vivienne Westwood, is celebrated in this highly-praised documentary. Come along to hear the story of this punk, icon and activist. We love films, and we particularly love films about special people, especially when they’re free!
Recommended if you like: dressing like a individual, celebrating iconic women, fashion blogging, watching films about celebrities or interesting people, reading fashion blogs, man buns and coffee, leopard print, shopping for clothes
Catch this play about a popular German magazine
When: THU, January 17, 8pm
Entry: 12€ (under 30/student – 10€), buy or reserve your ticket, here
Felix Krakau’s newest production is a tribute to the largest youth magazine in the German speaking world, Bravo. Since the 1950s, the magazine has appealed to the youth and fed their pop culture hunger. The show this Thursday is dedicated to the 80s, which pleases us greatly because we love any excuse to get out our ruffles, sequins and statement earrings (yes, you’ll be able to spot us in the audience). Check it out, here:
Recommended if you like: Bravo, German magazines, German culture, feeling cultural and artsy, theater productions, supporting and checking out small theater companies, the 80s
Experience this unique and moving dance piece
When: THU, January 17, 7:30pm
Where: Tanzquartier Wien
Entry: 20/15/10€, get your tickets here
Doris Uhlich has worked with people with physical disabilities to create this unique and moving dance ensemble piece. Get out to Tanzquartier for this tender art piece. You’ll be inspired by those with wheelchairs, prosthetics, and cruches and the energy they bring to dance.
Recommended if you like: dance, live art, new works, new perspective, Tanzquartier, ensemble dance, people with physical disabilities using their bodies to create art and dance, Doris Uhlich
Ice skating wonderland with a picturesque background, anyone?
When: January 18 – March 3, 10am–10pm
Entry: varies, for more information check the website
The Wiener Eistraum is back for what is probably 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 is up and running again and we’ll be bringing a group of friends, helmets and our phones up and ready to capture every moment. 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
Connect with other women and hear refugees’ stories
When: FRI, January 18, 6:30pm–8:30pm
Where: private home (click here for the exact address)
Entry: 20€ donation to cover the cost of the food
Have you ever wondered how a refugee from Syria feels living in Vienna? Find out by hearing personal stories while also tasting delicious home cooked food from Syrian refugees. Hosted in a personal home, this intimate event is for women who want to connect in an open-minded environment while sharing stories and eating good food.
Recommended if you like: connecting with other women in Vienna, learning about new cultures, meeting new people, practicing your German over dinner, eating delicious home-made food, Syrian cuisine, hearing refugees’ stories
Get sweaty dancing to some Techno from this duo from Vienna
When: FRI, January 18, 11pm–6am
Where: Grelle Forelle
These two Techno-heads are producing their own music, playing it in clubs and have even started their own record label. They know how to turn respectable Viennese residents into a sweaty mob of moving bodies with their dark and dirty Techno. Sometimes we go to club nights like this just to feel young again – *sigh*, oh to be young.
Recommended if you like: dark beats, Techno, getting home when the birds are chirping, döner time at 4am, feeling the floor shake under the bass
Listen to feel-good Tech-House from this French DJ
JOACHIM PASTOR – Pratersauna by Minima
When: FRI, January 18, 11pm–6am
Entry: Presale – 13€, buy tickets, here, 15€ on the door
Coming to us from France, Joachim Pastor brings melody and a happy vibe to his dance floors, playing pop influenced feel-good Tech-House music. Dig out your dancing shoes, dust them off and get ready for a Friday night workout on Pratasauna’s dirty floors. Dirty. Check out the music, here:
Recommended if you like: Tech-House music, dancing like you’ve got ants in your pants, live DJs, dirty floors, working out in public places, Pratersauna, closing your eyes and letting the rhythm move you, club nights
Soothe your heart and head after a hard week with this intimate solo show
Micah P. Hinson (US, Solo-Show)
When: FRI, January 18, 8pm–11pm
Entry: 15€, get your tickets, here
Micah P. Hinson has come all the way from Texas to play his style of American music – a range of genres including Folk, Country, Rockabilly, orchestral music and ballads. Sometimes when we go to these kinds of intimate gigs we end up singing and then sobbing really loudly and embarrassing our friends. They don’t invite us anymore. Check out the music, here:
Recommended if you like: listening to music in intimate locations that are so intimate you’re wearing other people’s sweat, dreamy and emotional music, singer/songwriters, American music, unique vocals, closing your eyes while dancing like a drugged up hippy
Slam poetry into people’s ear holes
When: FRI, January 18, 8pm–11pm
The Slam B poetry slam at the Literaturhaus is back this Friday with 12 wordsmiths hitting the stage for 5 minutes and 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
Be sure to get your daily dose of culture!
When: right now!
Where: various locations in Vienna, check out our guide!
With so many culture events taking place – be it exhibitions in museums, powerful plays on theatre stages, art shows that scratch that inspiration itch – getting your daily dose of culture in Vienna is easy-peasy. That is, if you have our awesome art and culture guide, which tells you all about the best events happening in Vienna right NOW. If you think we’re missing any important ongoing culture events, drop us a message on Facebook, Instagram, or the good old, oldschool way, via mail.
Recommended if you like: tilting your head slightly in front of a painting and putting your pensive face on, wearing odd socks, strolling through galleries and museums on rainy days, getting inspired by the great and the up-coming greats, being a creative, seeing how people interpret our crazy world through art.
Choose that outfit that makes you go – ‘damn, I look good!’ – and party away
When: right now!
Where: various locations in Vienna, check out our guide!
This beautiful town of our’s got so much to offer, especially when it comes to parties. We’ve put together a list of the parties happening every week in Vienna. So if you’re up for some fun, be sure to check out our weekly party event guide. If you think we’re missing any important parties happening every week, drop us a message on Facebook, Instagram, or the good old, oldschool way, via mail.