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Read My Body: The Language of Touch

Read My Body: The Language of Touch

In the far corner of a whitewashed studio, a young man kneels, offering a shoulder to his partner. She drapes herself over his shoulder and he effortlessly lifts her into the air, one hand at her waist. As they spin, she leans against him and he rotates her until she is cradled in his arms. […]

Film on Skis: the Freeride Festival

Film on Skis: the Freeride Festival

Careening down the mountains without rules, goals or even a set course: Extreme snowboarding, also known as freeriding, isn’t for the faint-hearted. The Freeride Film Festival, from 14-15 November, enables those with a passion for snow to indulge it in the safety of WUK, far away from plunging mountain ravines. The festival is on tour […]

Let’s Go There Instead

Let’s Go There Instead

Snippets of German, English, and French float in between bouts of hearty laughter where a small group of Malian refugees gather around wooden tables. Under a massive clock hanging from the courtyard wall, women chatter enthusiastically in Spanish. The Statt-Beisl in the WUK caters easily to the motley ebb and flow of locals: This is […]

Jazz Fest Wien 2012

Jazz Fest Wien 2012

Readers of this column will recognise that its very existence is a tribute to the vibrant Vienna jazz scene. While a national capital and historical metropole, Vienna is a comparatively small city of 1.8 million and far from what one could call trendy. All the same, a good case can be made that this is […]

Faith, Hope, and Rioting

If you take the 49 tram downhill through the 7th District, just before you reach the MuseumsQuartier you’ll turn onto the Breitegasse. It’s an old street with charming storefronts; a watchmaker’s workshop still in business after 150 years, its gorgeous pink and white façade from the early 19th century; and one complete eyesore, windows broken, entrance filthy, […]

A Workshop for Culture and Peace

If name recognition is a mark of success, WUK has made it. Hardly anyone knows its full name – Werkstätten- und Kulturhaus, or “workshop and cultural centre”. The parsimonious acronym is enough to call to mind sweltering rock gigs, the in-house bike workshop, and a welcoming atmosphere that stands as an example of social integration […]

Tinariwen: Sahara Gets Plugged In

On a recent September evening, as an unusually hot summer spell still lingered in the Viennese air, concert-goers packed into the hall of WUK to experience the passage of a very special troupe of musical nomads. Although the crowd arrived stripped down to shorts and T-shirts for the show in the standing-room-only Werkstätten- und Kulturhaus […]

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