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Seven Days in Vienna

Seven Days in Vienna

The night before my flight to Vienna, I sat down to watch Before Sunrise (1995). Despite brutally highlighting the current lacklustre state of my love life, I did enjoy it. Scenes captured Vienna’s beautiful landscape – romance at the Riesenrad, the Danube in the moonlight, seedy bars. In some ways, the film can even be […]

Rhythm and Colour at the Vienna Jazz Fest

Rhythm and Colour at the Vienna Jazz Fest

Jazz is having a mid-life crisis; you can see it in the jazz festival programmes. To survive, some festivals have been throwing up a strange mix, programming heavily on the smooth-pop side of jazz. But beneath all of the reverb and showbiz of the American media machine, there is interesting music to be heard. Below, […]

Rathaus Film Festival

Rathaus Film Festival

While most Vienna concert halls are closed in summer, you can still have a daily dose of world-class performances at the Rathaus Film Festival 2013 in front of City Hall. Every evening at nightfall for a full 65 days (from 29 Jun. to 1 Sept.) you can enjoy some of the greatest stars of classical music, dance and jazz on a […]

Excitement… and a Little Fear

An amiable blonde five year old was impatiently waiting for her mother to put on her skates while persistently trying to skate around on the wooden planking that surrounds the ice-rink at Rathausplatz. Friday afternoon seemed like a perfect time for family skating, and most of the people on the square had at least one […]

Sommerkino 2010

Young Viennese, in shorts and T-shirts, laugh at the fashions of their parents as portrayed on screen – the shaggy haircuts, the thick glasses and shapeless, post-hippy clothes of Vienna of the late-70s. To the right; so luminous on the hot summer night as to seem just a few meters away, is the Parish Church […]

EuroMedia Awards

A 35-segment Dutch television serial drama, “In Europa,” received the 2009 Erasmus EuroMedia Grand Award Oct. 16, before a large gathering at the Vienna City Hall of media colleagues and sponsors from across Europe and the Balkans. Based on an acclaimed book by historian Geert Mak, the series covers the societies, regions and eras of […]

Punsch & Pirouettes: Skating at the Rathaus

We were wandering around aimlessly through the first district. A good friend returned to Vienna for a couple of months and wanted to spend some time with us, his old school friends, before venturing out to aid a struggling Central Asian republic. He wanted to remind himself of the contrast between European and American lifestyles. […]

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