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Frankie Goes to Ottakring

Frankie Goes to Ottakring

At Brunnenmarkt in Ottakring you can get a kilo of ripe tomatoes or juicy peaches for €1 – a decent price, that makes Brunnenmarkt and nearby Yppenplatz popular with immigrants and young hipsters who enjoy their late-afternoon breakfast at one of the market restaurants.  Its melting pot character has also made the area a battleground […]

Christmas Market(ing) Off the Beaten Path

Christmas Market(ing) Off the Beaten Path

With the holiday season upon us once again, many dread navigating the bustling mid-town shopping streets like Kärntner Straße or Mariahilfer Straße, looking for the right gift, or even wondering where to get a hot Glühwein (mulled wine) or Punsch without having to deal with the tourist-crowded Rathausplatz, Karlsplatz or Schloss Schönbrunn. While Vienna’s many […]

Gallery Run, Nov. 2012: I Love Ottakring

Gallery Run, Nov. 2012: I Love Ottakring

The 16th District is on the rise in the art scene, hosting “Soho in Ottakring” in the spring and Vienna Design Week – with pop-up galleries in the Grundsteingasse – in October. Now, little artistic treasures are appearing all over Ottakring’s narrow streets. Here, cheaper rents for large spaces and a multi-cultural population make way […]

The Yugosphere: Not Just Balkan Nostalgia

The Yugosphere: Not Just Balkan Nostalgia

It is Saturday night. Boys in tight T-shirts and close-cut military hairstyles throw around boisterous jokes, encouraged by shots of schnapps they have just taken. Tipsy girls in miniskirts teeter under an onslaught of laughter. This is a common scene anywhere in the city on any given Saturday night. Tonight, however, we are on Ottakringer […]

Gallery Run: Actionism, the Life Ball, and Guest Workers

Gallery Run: Actionism, the Life Ball, and Guest Workers

Next to gilded Klimt, the wild performances of Viennese Actionists of the 1960s are one of the international trademarks of Austrian culture. In post-war, post-occupation Austria, Actionism was catharsis, protest, and a libidinal liberation that broke with art traditions, paving the way for contemporary performance art. Figuratively, Actionism still visualizes cultural symptoms, today in the […]

The Yppenviertel – A Tradition of Hospitality

Venturing into Vienna’s “outer districts” can hold a special sense of adventure, or even bring the feeling of going back in time. The Grätzl around the Yppenplatz in Ottakring is just such a place. Crossing the Gürtel into the 16th District, you are in Ottakring; more specifically, you are in Neulerchenfeld, a village founded in […]

Greens Join Red Vienna

Spirits were high among Green party members when long-time mayor Michael Häupl announced on Oct. 22 that the Social Democrats would enter into coalition negotiations with the Green Party following the Oct. 10 elections to the Vienna City Council and District Councils in which the SPÖ had lost its absolute majority only for the second […]

In Memory of Our Marshal

We meant just to have a drink at a certain Serbian pub in Vienna’s 16th District, but it turned into bottle after bottle of red wine, old rock melodies and irresistible atmosphere. The bar was called Marshal’s (Maršal Nas Pub, in Serbo-Croatian), named after Marshal Josip Broz Tito, the prime minister-president of communist Yugoslavia for […]

Of Shelter, Bonds & Meaning

People walked slowly around the exhibition, looking at the images and sculptures and it was clear that some of the work was sparking conversation. The audience was eagerly awaiting the art opening of the Shelter Project at Soho Projektwerkstatt in Ottakring, Vienna. The world is moving faster and faster daily. Globalization has made travelling easier; […]

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