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Welcome to the Jungle

Welcome to the Jungle

It is 5:00 in the morning. They lie in damp grass that gets increasingly uncomfortable as time passes. They have waited for hours, listening for the slightest noise. Suddenly, one shot, and the waiting is forgotten. This is not Africa or the wilds of the Yukon. This is Vienna, where a group of intrepid local […]

Bringing Salieri home

Legnago, in northern Italy, has requested the return of composer Antonio Salieri’s remains to his hometown, from his grave at Vienna’s Zentralfriedhof. The group “Legnago for Salieri”, comprised of the town’s citizens, has requested to recover the remains from the city of Vienna. The last known attempt to bring Salieri back to northern Italy was […]

A City for the Dead: Wien Deals with the Deceased

A City for the Dead: Wien Deals with the Deceased

November 1st is Allerheiligen (All Saints’ Day) when Western Christians honour deceased relatives who (they assume) have made it to heaven. Since the early Middle Ages they’ve adorned family graves with candles and flowers, bringing light and colour to cemeteries darkened by the onset of winter. On this day, Vienna’s Zentralfriedhof is a remarkable sight. […]

Seance with the Composers

“In this section you find the composers and over here the famous actors.” The man at the gate points at the map of the cemetery. “And over here you find Falco,” he adds. It is the end of October and the weekend of the Allerheiligen, and the three of us – a visiting friend, my […]

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