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The Kreisky Forum

The Kreisky Forum

At the podium of the Kreisky Forum, British economist Lord Robert Skidelsky leans in as he addresses the audience; his explanations are patient, his words clear. More than eighty years ago, he tells us, the economist John Maynard Keynes predicted that we’d now be earning more, playing more, and working only three hours a day. […]

The Actor’s Deli

The Actor’s Deli

Vulnerable glory An actor in a long coat hauls a table onto the stage. She puts a champagne bucket on the table, pours a drink, and then turns and walks out of the room. When she returns, coatless, she’s no longer an actor; this is Martha, from Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, in all […]

Vienna Lit

Vienna Lit

Virginia Woolf thought heaven was probably “one continuous unexhausted reading.” But even if your idea of heaven features life beyond the library, if you fancy an opportunity to chat about what you’ve been reading, Vienna Lit’s book group is a promising place to start. The English language reading group is open to everyone, taking on […]

The Alpine Club

The Alpine Club

Summer has finally stumbled its way in, and it’s time to swap the cobbled streets for the hills, to skip the Albertina for the alpine breeze. Vienna’s Alpine Club gathers together English speakers from in and outside Austria to tackle the trails, the rocks and of course, the mountains. The club is a branch of […]

Boys (& Girls) of Summer

Boys (& Girls) of Summer

The smell of freshly cut grass, the crack of the bat when it makes perfect contact with a ball thrown from 60 feet 6 inches (18.39m) away, these are the scents and sounds that welcome spectators to Spenadlwiese, Vienna’s home of baseball. A tradition in Austria since the early 1980s, from the end of April […]

Book Briefs: Mar., 2013

IN THE HUG OF ARMS A tribute to all the innocent victims of armed conflicts, this anthology, edited by EU Parlamentarian and writer Mariela Baeva, takes readers to war-torn Europe, the Arab Spring and other regions of turbulence and radical change with short stories, excerpts of short novels, and essays.   In the Hug of Arms by Mariela Baeva, ed. CULTURE’99 […]

The Revolutionary Sisters

The Revolutionary Sisters

Where’s the war? And what should I wear? Younger women like me, who missed the feminist and sexual revolutions – and just as happily accepted the peace – have often wondered how to meld spirit with womanhood. But, many fellow sisters have and still do; recent cases of violence against women in Austria and India […]

United Children of the World Choir

United Children of the World Choir

Dr. Sandra Reindl-Schweighofer has had a diverse career in music. A graduate of New York’s Juilliard School, she has worked as a music director, a singer, a concert pianist, an orchestra conductor and a choir director. She is also the founder of Vienna’s United Children of the World Choir, which has been performing in Vienna […]

Vienna Babies Club

Becoming a parent is a big undertaking no matter where you live, but close to home, most people enjoy the support and advice of families and friends in raising and looking after their children. The Vienna Babies Club (VBC) is an Ersatz community for pregnant women or expat parents with small children (mostly mothers, but […]

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