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Campusviertel: Student Life Meets the Bourgeoisie

Campusviertel: Student  Life Meets the Bourgeoisie

The 8th District is (after the inner city) the smallest, richest and oldest of all the Vienna Bezirke – and that’s referring to the people not the buildings.  But the northern Grätzl is academics’ country – bounded by Alser Straße, Landesgerichtsstraße (a.k.a. Zweierlinie, the former route of the Nr. 2 tram, torn up more than […]

Mojito Coast

Mojito Coast

Nestled in a side street just off Kärtnerstraße, the Cuban dance bar El Floridita is an underground haven of alegria y pasión tropical (joy and tropical passion, the motto of its Saturday night dance club), a cavernous, peach-coloured dance hall with long, well stocked bars and an excellent humidor welcoming Vienna’s pan-Latino community and indigenous […]

Märchenwelt at the Volksoper

Märchenwelt at the Volksoper

The Volksoper started the dance season with two premieres on their evening of Märchenwelt or Fairy Tale World. Staatsoper dancer and young choreographer Andrey Kaydanovsky opened the evening with an updated Ugly Duckling to an excellent performance of Ravel’s Pictures from an Exhibition. In an evening of anthropmorphism, Patrick Hullman’s performance as a tyrannical turkey […]

Gallery Run: Why Painting Now?

Gallery Run: Why Painting Now?

Presented with a Daguerreotype reproduction on copper in 1839, French painter Paul Delaroche thought he saw the writing on the wall. “From today,” Delaroche proclaimed, “painting is dead.” Since then, almost two centuries have passed – and still, we paint.  But the question didn’t go away. The 20th century was full of questions about whether […]

VIENNALE: Comedy and Catharsis

VIENNALE: Comedy and Catharsis

Vienna is a commodious city for a film festival. Skirting the Ring is the small ensemble of cinemas, coterminous with trams, bicycle- and footpaths, rustling through crisp seasonal mists biding one’s time between films. Just three days into the festival, there was already a lot to take in. The Viennale’s Opening Gala, on 24 October, […]

Norway’s Harsh Beauty

Norway’s Harsh Beauty

I teetered apprehensively at the edge of the pebbled beach, still wearing a woollen hat and thick hoodie sweater. Runa, however, a hardy Norwegian, had already stripped down to her swimming costume and was striding into the blue-black water of the Hardangerfjord, a vast lizard’s tongue of water licking its way inland from the North […]

”Wild Beasts” at the Albertina

”Wild Beasts” at the Albertina

Fauvism, we are told, was a movement simultaneously avant-garde and neo-classical. The eight rooms of the Albertina’s new show provide us with a fine opportunity to investigate and enjoy this paradox. Their 160 works are mostly paintings, but there are also sculptures, drawings, woodblocks, ceramics, and even a big carved bed. The Fauves (wild beasts) […]

Schottenfeldviertel: A Snapshot of a Little SoHo

Schottenfeldviertel: A Snapshot of a Little SoHo

The vibe makes it hard to resist dubbing the 7th District’s Schottenfeld Viertel a “Little SoHo”. Like the New York original, this edgy neighbourhood once housed factories and warehouses, and the repurposed buildings are striking. Above all, this tiny Grätzl orbiting Westbahnstraße is dedicated to all things photographic, spanning from Kaiserstraße to Bandgasse, with outliers […]

Into the Great Velvet Yonder

Into the Great Velvet Yonder

To the untrained eye, Tanzcafé Jenseits looks like just another gentlemen’s club, gone bust when the skin trade moved further out of town. Nestled in a side street, just off Mariahilfer Straße, the dusty drapes and black metal door keep prying eyes out and noise in. During business hours, the only indication that anything is […]

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