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The weekend starts now! Vienna Events 1 December thru 4 December 2016

December, here we go!

Christmas cookies, music and markets! This weekend, two of the very special Christmas markets happen. The UN Women’s Guild Bazaar that allows you to experience products and food from countries from around the world and the Middle Ages Market.

These are must-not-miss events. But there is a lot more – fashion, film, music, science, workshops and even a Krampus parade event in the summary below.

Have a great weekend Vienna!

this human world 2016

When: Thursday, 1 December  through 11 December 2016

Where: Gartenbaukino, Filmcasino, Top Kino, Schikaneder and other locations in Vienna. Check the program here for details.

Vienna has many film festivals throughout the year. You may consider this one particularly relevant. “Through the lens of film, we shall explore the vast complex of rights and freedoms, of being human and living as a community.” This is the first of international human rights film festivals in Vienna and will bring you closer to the life of communities and individuals around the world and hopefully get you thinking.

Local and international filmmakers bring you 114 feature, documentary and short films. And where there is a film festival, there are also parties and prizes.

Join the film-makers, enjoy their art and the partying. And don’t forget to consider the people and circumstances portrayed in the films.

• Christmas Work Shop – Weihnachts-Werkstatt

https-cdn-evbuc-com-images-23215643-148790976760-1-originalWhen: Saturday, 3 December 2016, 10:00– 16:00

Where: Atelier único, Breitenseerstraße 43/15, 1140 Vienna

If you appreciate creativity, and would like to make Christmas decorations or presents yourself, or if your child would like that, this workshop allows you to that.

Of course with Christmas music and cookies as part of it. This may be interesting to you if you want to drop off your child or children while you do some Christmas shopping.

The event itself is free of charge. There is however a 4.50 euro contribution towards materials for each creation.

To participate, send an email to

• [Accelerate Program] Impact Model Workshop

Nikolaus Hutter, Ruffboards

Nikolaus Hutter, Angello Capital

When: Friday, 2 December 2016 from 0:900 to 12:00 CET

Where: Impact Hub Vienna , Lindengasse 56, 1070 Vienna

Tickets are free for Impact Hub members, 30 euros for non-members.

You can get tickets here.

This Impact Hub workshop hosted by Nikolaus Hutter will help you answer the following questions on the impact model of your business:

“What issue do you want to address? How big is this issue? What exactly do you want to change and what difference do you want to make?”

Hutter is a director of impact investment firm Angello Capital Ltd., focused on youth unemployment in Central and Eastern Europe. He is also the initiator of the Investment Ready Program, an accelerator for social innovators from the CEE region, and the CEE Impact Day, an annual gathering for impact investors, entrepreneurs and practitioners from the region.

Further, he advises and serves in board positions for a number of organizations – corporations, private investors, non-profits and the public sector – on exploring the use of investment approaches to advance social and environmental impact objectives. He also works with start-ups from the CEE region, among others as the co-founder of Ruffboards, a sustainable skateboard company in Vienna,

* NOTE: The Workshop will be held in German.

• A Fine Fair – ein feiner Weihnachtsmarkt!

15032047_223544154741239_1773856749436913926_nWhen: Friday, 2 December from 17:00 to Sunday, 4 December at 20:00

Where: M77, Märzstrasse 77, 1150 Vienna, Austria

If you have been trying to find something locally produced, and not in China, head to this Christmas market. This Christmas market provides access to works by local artisan, artists and crafts people.

Eine feine Sache ist das! Der first minute Weihnachtsmarkt für lokales Kunsthandwerk mitten im 15. Bezirk in Wien!
Die Öffnungszeiten für den feinen Weihnachtsmarkt sind:

Friday 17:00 – 22:00 /// Saturday 15:00 – 22:00 /// Sunday 15:00 – 20:00

• Science Slam im Wiener Metropol

14956658_1202600043144032_4234865914410479737_nWhen: Friday, 2 December, 08:00 to  23:00
Where: Wiener Metropol, Hernalser Hauptstraße 55, 1170 Vienna, Austria

Tickets: 5 euros

You would not expect to see the concepts of “science” and “slam” together, but that is what this gem of an event brings you.

Scientists and researchers from various areas present their current projects in presentations of six minutes each.

If you decide to go, you get to participate in the audience voting on the Slam Champion of the evening.

• Fashion Networking Event Vienna

https-cdn-evbuc-com-images-26029785-102693160135-1-originalWhen: Friday, 2 December, 08:00 10:00 AM CET

Where: Cocoquadrat, Wieder Hauptstraße 65, Vienna

The purpose of this event is to create new networks with people who are new in the fashion industry. Come and just introduce yourself and join the conversation.

You might be a fashion blogger

You might be a PR professional

You might be an entrepreneur

You might be a photographer

You might be a fashion designer

Share your knowledge, meet new people while drinking your morning coffee. Who knows, you might find new partners for future business opportunities.

Who: People like you,

What: An opportunity to enjoy coffee and conversation of latest trends,

Why: Because drinking good coffee with fashion minded people is fun,

When: Every Friday morning

• UNWG Bazaar – The United Nations Women’s Guild Bazaar Vienna

14925282_1332471716771481_9204619458379430719_nWhen: Saturday, 3 December, 10:00 to 17:00

Where: Austria Center Vienna, Bruno-Kreisky-Platz 1, 1220 Vienna, Austria

Have you ever been to the Ukraine? Kenya?  Spain? Norway? Peru? It would be a significant and expensive effort to visit them all.

But you can sample flavors and experience their traditions by going to this amazing bazaar that brings you 70 of the United Nations countries around the world, their products and cuisines all within a large hall on two floors.

It doesn’t cost you anything to go check it out, and you just might find something that catches your eye that you want to bring home for yourself or for a loved one.

You can feel good about buying here, because the proceeds go to fund humanitarian projects that are voted on the next year.

You can also see which projects were funded by proceeds from the bazaar in 2015.

• Designer Early Shopping at Fashion Bazaar – DesignerInnen Frühs(c)hoppen von Mondscheinbazar

screen-shot-2016-12-01-at-8-37-05-amWhen: Saturday, 3 December and Sunday, 4 December, 10:00 – 17:00

Where: Ottakringer Brauerei, Ottakringer Platz 1, 1160 Vienna, Austria#

Entry: 3 euros; free for children up to 12 years old

This flea market starts during the day, but lasts into the night. On Saturday, it’s open from 17:00 until 23:00 and on Sunday from 10:00 until 16:00.

Some 120 exhibitors provide their offerings which range from vintage, design and art. Perhaps you will have fun browsing, or even find a present for that art and sustainability-conscious person in your life.

More info is here.

Advent in Vienna’s City Hall – Rathaus 2016

When: Every day of the week until December 26

Where: Vienna Rathaus, Festsaal, entry 1., Lichtenfelsgasse 2

Free entry

The full program is here. (Warning, pdf.)

International Advent Singing

Not only do you get to hear choirs from Austria, but also from other European countries, as well as Japan, South Africa, and the United States. You get to hear folk songs, Advent, and Christmas songs with the backdrop of the Christmas lit Rathaus, Vienna’s Gothic city hall.

Clown Theater – Kasperltheater

When: Now through 24 December 2016; on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays,13:30 – 14:00 and from 14:30-15:00

Where: Vienna Rathaus, Festsaal, entry 1., Lichtenfelsgasse 2

Free entry

It is the time when parents have time and you know the kids love clowns. On top of everything, it is free entry to see the clown theater and make Advent a bit more special for children.

Advent Brass Band Music – Turmblasen im Advent

When: Daily from Friday, now through 24 December, 20:00– 20:30

Where: Rathausplatz 1, next to the Christmas tree, Vienna

The lights of the Christmas decorations, the aroma of the desserts, the spiced wine – what a perfect time. And yes, the sound! To round out the magical time, catch the sounds of the brass band music. Brass orchestras from around Austria perform for you.

Free entry.

• Middle Ages Advent Market – Mittelalterlicher Adventmarkt

14883506_850641601739792_8398568362126372266_oWhen: Friday, 2 December – Sunday, 4 December, 14:00 to 19:30

Where: Heeresgeschichtliches Museum- Military History Museaum / Militärhistorisches Institut, 1030 Vienna, Austria

If you have ever wondered what life was like in the Middle Ages – what people ate, how they dressed, how they made their shoes, arrows, leather and pottery goods – you get a chance to experience that first-hand at the Christmas market dedicated to that era.

It IS worth your time and you see artisans create the items right there and then. And you also get to buy them. It may be a cool Christmas present for the friends and family on your list.

Tours through the Military History Museum allow you to see some of the weapons used in that era.

Unsere Vorführungen finden
Friday 2.12. at 17:00 Uhr,
Saturday 3.12. at 14:15 and 18:30,
Sunday 4.12. at 12:30

• Breitenfurter Krampuslauf 2016

14731271_1136778269739356_5651067988141724598_nWhen: Saturday, 3 December, 17:00 to 20:00

Where: Kardinal-Piffl-Platz, 2384 Breitenfurt bei Wien, just outside Vienna

Have you heard about Krampus and the tradition in the Alpine region of this half-devil, half-goat creature going through streets and visiting homes and scaring children? Or perhaps even spanking them if they have misbehaved?

Well, whether you have or have not, you have  an opportunity to experience this cultural pre-Christmas event in Breitenfurt, just outside of Vienna.

Oh, by the way, there are some goodies even at the Krampus parade. So it is a treat any way you look at it.

Click here for more information.

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