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The amount of cultural awesome that Vienna crams into one year is staggering. We dug through the 2019 program and found some highlights for you to bookmark.
The Viennese often complain that they are so overwhelmed by all the cultural goings-on in their city, they’d rather stay at home since you can’t see everything anyway. While this might not be the best solution, they are right when it comes to the vast program this city has to offer: Whether it is theatre plays, operas, festivals, ballet premieres or pop concerts – Vienna has something for everyone, and there is hardly a night where you can’t choose from a seemingly endless array of cultural happenings. While a year is long and tastes vary, the following selection should have something for everyone.
For the 27th time, this festival dedicates its program to “the holy art of music,” Hugo von Hofmannsthal called it. This year’s catchphrase is “Music trumps all”, and the guest list features some international aces like Paul O’Dette, Linde Brunmayr-Tutz and Lars Ulrik Mortensen, as well as groups like Ensembles Beauty Farm and La fonte musica. They haven’t put all their cards on the table yet, but they’ll definitely have some musical aces up their sleeves when they open Vienna’s musical year in January, giving audiences a perfect place to hide away from the winter cold.
The fairy tale of the boy that doesn’t want to grow up has been performed around the world since centuries. At Vienna’s Volksoper, Peter Pan dons ballet shoes and prances to the musical score of Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Max Steiner and Guido Mancusi. While many of us had to grow up eventually, at least for one night we can let our imagination take us back to the innocent days of childhood.
On the 23rd of January 1719, Emperor Charles VI combined the imperial lordship of Schellenberg and the imperial county of Vaduz to create the imperial principality of Liechtenstein. The Albertina has taken this occasion to celebrate its 300-year history with artwork from the principality’s collection, including the painting Venus by Peter Paul Rubens, the life-sized bronze sculpture of Christ in Distress by Adriaen de Vries, and the Bronze Bust of Emperor Marcus Aurelius. In addition, they’ll be showing some Biedermeier treasures from the family’s collection, making it the perfect highlight to entice you to visit Vienna.
While Falco will remain Vienna’s most famous pop star, several new bands have emerged from Austria’s capital to conquer the world – or at least the neighbouring German-speaking countries. While Bilderbuch hasn’t made it to the top of the US charts yet, their mix of pop, electro and rock has turned them into Austria’s hottest pop band at the moment. They have played some legendary concerts in their young career, but witnessing them live on stage next to Schönbrunn Castle should not be missed.