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The weekend starts now! Dispatches’ event guide for Vienna 11 May through 14 May 2017

It’s a wonderful weekend in Vienna! Your neighbors to the west have chosen unity over nationalism; the European Union is closing in on a trade deal with Mexico; and CERN has a new particle accelerator which could one day aid in cancer research.

But what’s going on in Vienna? How about an art fair at the Folk Museum Vienna, and an ongoing beach party guaranteed to put you in the mood for summer. Oh, and lest we forget, a night run at Donaupark where everyone wears fluorescent paint and a festival featuring the finest in Viennese cuisine.

Are you ready to make some news? Then let’s go!


When: Friday, 12 May through 18 June 2017

Where: All over Vienna

For 65 years, the Wiener Festwochen, through theater, dance, and opera has continued to connect Vienna to the world and “the international discourse of art and culture” in order to “promote life, openness, and the idea of a future.”

The cultural festival “doesn’t aim to be a glossy festival. Rather, it seeks to understand art as a process that enables new solidarities by creating temporary Ground Zeros, thus becoming a field for experimentation for a future society.”

This year’s programme is no exception to this mission, from the Anti-Fascist Ballet School and Azadeh Sharifi, to Romeo Castellucci’s Democracy in America and all of the performances at Hyperreality.

A handful of events are free. For the rest,

For the rest, you need only look here to purchase your ticket(s).


When: 13 May, 17:00 – 23:00

Where: Donaupark, Donauturmstraße, 1220 Wien

Though registration will have already closed by the time the festivities begin, you can still enjoy watching all of the runners tackle the 4.3-kilometre course around Vienna’s Donaupark during the 2017 edition of Lightrun Donaupark!

Every runner will be wearing neon pink, yellow and green shirts, and will be painted in bright neon colours.

Prior to the running, there will be live music and dance performances to help amp up the runners and supporters alike.


When: Friday through Sunday

Where: Stadtpark, Parkring, 1010 Wien

This Friday through Saturday, come to Stadtpark to sample the finest in Austrian foods at the 10th annual Genuss-Festival! Over 190 vendors will bring their best to the party, from Kübelspeck and Schneckenragout, to Kirschleberstreichwurst and Wildleberkäse!

Aside from the food, the little ones can grind their own flour and decorate egg cups while the grown-ups can learn how to put together a wonderful dinner at one of the many cooking demos during the festival.

And the best part? Admission is free!


When: Friday through Sunday

Where: Folklore Museum Vienna (Volkskundemuseum Wien), Laudongasse 15-19, 1080 Wien

For the third time at the Folklore Museum Vienna, Konstante Art Fair Vienna will bring together over 40 artists from around the world to present their work, including: Allegra Wagner; Greek Art Union; Maja Mihajlovic; and Sabine Burger.

Aside from the exhibition, guests can enjoy breakfast every morning of the fair for a €7 donation to charity; live street art by SIUZ; book readings and presentations; and a garden party with live music.

And the best part? Admission is free, which means you can use your euros to buy a few pieces from the exhibiting artists.


When: Now through Sunday

Where: Academy of Fine Arts (Akademie der bildenden Künste), Schillerplatz 3, 1010 Wien

One day, our world will resemble that of Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Deus Ex: Human Revolution and Ghost in the Shell, where flesh and circuitry are intertwined in ways great and terrifying.

Set to close this Sunday, the Academy of Fine Arts’ latest exhibit, Pro(s)thesis, “explores the technological penetration of the human body, which has been culturally accepted in the meantime on a large scale.”

Curated by Berenice Pahl and Felicitas Thun-Hohenstein, the exhibition — paired with Posthuman Complicities, an exhibition devoted to themes of the Atlantic Ocean, the deep sea, and fluidity — tackles the implications tied to the desire of upgrading one’s self, and the possibilities for self-empowerment and self-invention in the pursuit of bettering the self.

Artists include Renate Bertlmann (Austria), Lisa Bufano (U.S.) and Kumi Machida (Japan).

Admission to the exhibition is free, while access to the Paintings Gallery – where related pieces are on display – is €8 for regular admission.


When: Now through 2 September 2017

Where: Sand in the City, Lothringerstraße 22, 1030 Wien

Summer’s almost here, which means thoughts of sun, surf and sand… unless you live in Vienna, where all you have is the sun and the Danube.

Not exactly the scene for a holiday on the beach, yeah? That’s where Sand in the City comes in.

The club brings the beach to the heart of Vienna every summer from late April to early September. Live DJs and performers, beach volleyball, food, palm trees, beach bars, and — of course — plenty of sand pull it all together for a beach party no one will soon forget!

And the best part of Sand in the City? Admission is free!


When: Now through 29 November 2017

Where: Schloss Hof 1, 2294 Schloßhof; Schloss Niederweiden, Niederweiden 1, 2292 Engelhartstetten; Andreasgasse 7, 1070 Wien; Schloß Schönbrunn, 1130 Wien

This Saturday is the 300th birthday of Queen Maria Theresa Walburga Amalia Christina (Maria Theresia auf Deutsch), the only female ruler of one of the Habsburg dominions, and the last of her kind; her son, Joseph II, would be the first to rule under the merged House of Habsburg-Lorraine.

During her four-decade rule between 1740 and 1780, the House of Habsburg saw its final golden age, Maria Theresa becoming the mythical “great mother” of Austria through her reforms in education, finance, commerce, agriculture, civil rights (unless you were Jewish or Protestant during the first 20 years of her rule), medicine, and the military.

Thus, the City of Dreams and Music celebrates the complicated portrait of its beloved queen with the months-long exhibition, 300 Jahre Maria Theresia. Strategist – Mother – Reformer. Through 29 November 2017 (the day of her passing from this mortal coil at the age of 63 from long-term effects related to smallpox), the exhibition will be split between four locations and four themes (one per location).

The focal point of the exhibit is a portrait of the queen by Jean-Étienne Liotard, “the result of a spontaneous encounter between the monarch and the artist during his first sojourn” to Austria.

Tickets and information for the exhibition can be found here; a combined ticket for all four venues is 16€ for children between 6 and 18, 29€ for adults.

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