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Sofiensäle reloaded

Sofiensäle reloaded

In 2001, the notorious Sofiensäle (Sophie’s Halls) on Marxergasse were destroyed by fire. Designed and built in the beginning 19th century, by Eduard van der Nüll and Sicard von Sicardsburg, the run-down building was used both as an indoor swimming pool and event hall; in the late 1990s it was often used for club-style events, […]

Looking at Mozart

Looking at Mozart

After years of dispute over authenticity regarding which portraits actually depict the musical prodigy, researchers are confident of the authenticy of the 12 displayed at…

Bulgarian PM resigns

Bulgarian PM resigns

Citing a lack of support from the Bulgarian people, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov stepped down on 20 February, following protests over high electricity prices,…

Let’s Play the Killing Game: English Lovers Stage Sleuth

Let’s Play the Killing Game: English Lovers Stage Sleuth

The tagline of Sleuth, “Are you ready for murder?” sets your mind racing before the games even begin. The intimacy of Bar & Co in…

Laurel & Hardy Premieres at Prückel

Laurel & Hardy Premieres at Prückel

The play Laurel & Hardy, about the lives and careers of the funny and famous pair (played by Eric Lomas and Robert G. Neumayr), opens…

Seeking Sanctuary: Refugees Protest Asylum Law

Seeking Sanctuary: Refugees Protest Asylum Law

It was freezing outside the Votivkirche in mid-January as a small group of journalists waited for the Caritas…

A Christmas Carol: The Making of a Legend

A Christmas Carol: The Making of a Legend

The whitewashed walls are peeling in places. A table laden with half-full mugs and empty pots of coffee…

Bahnorama Hauptbahnhof: A First Glimpse

Bahnorama Hauptbahnhof: A First Glimpse

It is dark and damp like a cave. Piles of rubble line the corridor, and our Wellington boots…

Book Review: Nathan ­Englander’s What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank

Book Review: Nathan ­Englander’s What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank

To Talk or Not to Talk “Ideas belong to the world,” writes Nathan Englander in his controversial new…

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