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VIENNALE kicks off

The Viennale is Austria’s most prominent international film festival, with 96,000 viewers last year. Highlights of this year’s 300 carefully selected films are the boldly aesthetic Asiatic 3D genre; the Austrian premiere of the politically relevant Le dernier des injustes (The Last of the Unjust) a and the retrospective best flicks of Jerry Lewis. The […]

Festival Summer ends

The end of the heat brings with it the end of the summer festivals all over the country. Organisers are now assessing their success. The Bregenz Festival sold 259,425 tickets for 80 performances. Most of the visitors saw Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte on the famous Seebühne by the Bodensee, making it the most popular opera in […]

Volkstheater director leaves

Michael Schottenberg, the director of the Volkstheater, announced that he will not renew his contract after its expiration in August 2015. By then, he will have been the director for ten years,  “an adequate and good timespan to realise fundamental artistic goals”, the 61-year-old actor, film director and screenwriter said. He stressed that he has […]

The Magic Flute & Faust

Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte and Goethe’s Faust are the two front-runners on German-language stages. Die Zauberflöte was staged in 47 different productions and performed 494 times with a total of 308,000 people watching in the 2011/2012 season, according to the Deutscher Bühnenverein (German stage association) that just published a report including 507 major German-language theatres. Among […]

Young Directors Award

A panel of five judges awarded the Belgian-Iraqi director Mokhallad Rasem €10,000 and a “Mont Blanc Mozart Pen” for his theatre production of Romeo and Juliet at this year’s Young Directors Project at the Salzburg Festival. The music and arts festival attracts over 250.000 guests, giving young artists a chance for full exposure into limelight. […]

Spittelberg summer stage

As the first heatwave descends on Vienna, the city’s main theatres wrap up their programmes and are ready to close down for the summer months. Re-opened in 2003 and renovated in 2010, the Theater am Spittelberg in the 7th District keeps it’s doors wide open to enable a meet and greet of cultures, powering through […]

Pereira: Salzburg to Milan

Alexander Pereira, Intendant (artistic director) of the Salzburg Festival, has announced that he will be leaving effective September 2014 to direct at La Scala in Milan, after a mere three seasons at the venerable institution. Both Pereira and festival officials stressed that the decision to release him from his contract was mutual and the parting […]

Vienna Fashion Night

Vienna Fashion Night

On a balmy Thursday evening, 13 June, Vienna Fashion Night took over the most central streets of the 1st District. This year’s upbeat motto, “It’s the entire experience that counts,” framed the popularity of the third annual “Late Night Shopping” event, combining fashion and charity with indulgence. More than 10,000 fashion enthusiasts showed, including industry […]

Alliance of Austrian Theatres

Five independent Austrian theatres have formed a platform to pool resources, promote young actors and exchange productions by contemporary playwrights. This Theaterallianz (Alliance of Theatres), consists of the Schauspielhaus Wien, the Theater Phönix Linz, the Schauspielhaus Salzburg, the Klagenfurter Ensemble and the Theater Kosmos Bregenz. It is funded by the Ministry of Culture, and will […]

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