Literary Events: Jul/Aug. 2012

Upcoming Literary Events: Expat Guide; Reading in the Park; Poetry Open-mic; I Dream of You Almost Every Night; Mozart, Schnitzler, Teuschl & Falco; The Blue Hour


Have you ever considered importing your pet boa constrictor to Austria? Is the Austrian tax law all Greek to you? Are you looking for an international school or kindergarten for your kids? The Expat Center of the Vienna Business Agency offers free advice and counselling, and responds to all questions and concerns of expatriates. This expertise is now also available as a concise guidebook, navigating you through important questions when relocating to Vienna and providing you with useful addresses and contacts.

Free copies of Welcome in Vienna: A Guidebook for Expats can be collected at the Center. Available in English and German.

Expat Center Vienna
1., Schmerlingplatz 3, (01) 4000 86 949



All summer long children can read books in parks and even borrow them. The Institute for Youth Literature (Institut für Jugendliteratur) provides youngsters with a wide choice of reading material, and also offers games.

In German.

2 July-31 Aug., Mon.-Fri., 14:00-18:00 (except on rainy days)
2., Augarten-Waldspielplatz,
10., Alois-Drasche-Park, Kurpark Oberlaa
20., Allerheiligenplatz
(01) 505 03 59



A low-stress place to read or recite your own poems in front of an audience. The association for English-language poets, Labyrinth, hosts an open-mic evening each month, where newcomers are encouraged to share their stanzas. Presentations are welcome in any language.

6 July, 20:30
place TBA, (01) 21 25 335



In the imperial setting of the Hermes Villa, the actor Rudolf Melichar will read letters from the Austrian emperor Franz Joseph II to Katharina Schratt. In his letters, Franz Joseph addressed Schratt as “my gracious lady” and “my dear good friend”. A famous actress, Schratt was the emperor’s confidante and played a crucial role in his life.

In German.

8 July, 15:00
Hermes Villa
13., Lainzer Tiergarten, (01) 505 87 47



The dialects of Viennese German are explored through readings from four icons of Austria’s cultural history: Wolfang Amadeus Mozart, Arthur Schnitzler, Falco and the comedian Wolfgang Teuschl were all born or lived in Vienna. Excerpts read by the actors Maresa Hörbiger, Manfred Glauninger and Thomas Plötzeneder.

In Viennese German.

9 Aug., 19:30
Theater zum Himmel
19., Himmelstraße 24, 0681 106 03 357



Gondolas, carnival and amore. In the event-series First Viennese Reading Theatre (Erstes Wiener Lesetheater) the audience are invited to bring excerpts to read or have them read by someone else. This night’s theme is Venice.

Galerie Heinrich
16., Thaliastraße 12, 0644 864 99 77

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