Lifestyle & Culture

The weekend starts now! Vienna events 13 October through 16 October 2016


Okay, you may feel that you have partied too much this summer and need to tone it down. That is why we have put together a list of things to do this weekend in Vienna including a thought-provoking film viewing, yoga meditation, jazz performance at an art gallery as well as some of the fun events for those still interesting in living large in this amazing city.

And there are a few events for families and children such as Creativity Fair to round out the events offering this weekend.

I bet you have heard your friends comment they wish they could live in Vienna too. Because even if you tried, you could not be bored in Vienna.

So go, have fun and share with us your recommendations at:


• SALAM ORIENT 2016 – Music, Dance and Poetry from Oriental Cultures

14-21-28-10_bahara-kazerouni_2_by-astrid-raubek-lujic-300x240When: 13 October through 31 October at various locations and times; program details

Where: various locations

Light/culture comes from the East. Though we currently hear about refugees and conflict coming from the East, some of the greatest inventions came from the same region – agriculture, city cultures and the first writing. Nowadays, amazing artists from Syria, Iraq and Iran, Palestine, Turkey and also from India have been pushed to the margins.

This festival brought to you by Vienna Acts helps bring closer the beauty and the art from the East and brings it to the West in the form of presentations, dances, dervishes and readings.

Take part in this festival and learn about the oriental world that is not so present in the news.

Click here for more information.


• CINE CLUB ‘Haunted,’ a Syrian film by director Liwaa Yazigi

14462906_649682878541493_754408316365821609_nWhen: Thursday, 13 October, 18:00-20:00

Where: AAI – Wien (, Türkenstraße 3, 1090 Vienna, Austria

Even when we feel that conflicts and world events are far away, they come to our doorstep, as with the refugee crisis in 2015. To gain a better understanding from the perspective of people who have been affected by the conflict in Syria, you must check out this film.

“In her feature documentary Syrian director Liwaa Yazji explores what it means to set off in a war. She meets friends and people previously unknown to her at their homes. Domiciles where they live now or where they yet live. Spaces that turned into a sought-after commodity.

When does one leave? What does one take? What aspects of life irretrievably end with the departure? How long can one sit tight? How do people call their departure? Are they refugees? Do they move? Do they leave? Do they see themselves as displaced people? Do they just move on? What does home mean? Which rights do they lose? From which loss can they protect themselves? What can they control?

By means of her collected stories Yazji draws quasi en passant the trace of the endless refugee movements in the region of the last 70 years.”


sprechen-sie-deutschWhen: Thursday, 13 October, 10:30-12:00

Where: Lazarettgasse 12, 1090 Vienna

German-Conversation-Classes, open to all levels. You need support in learning german? You just like to improve your German conversation skills? Come and join us. Please register via a comment/post in the event. The course is limited to 15 persons.“



14567510_1226014267420596_2373537350812482977_oWhen: Friday, 14 October, 19:30-22:00

Where: Galerie am Roten Hof, Piaristengasse 1, 1080 Vienna, Austria

How about an easy evening with jazz at an art gallery? Performing for you Daria Klimenkova, vocals; Milan Conic, piano; Farid Feyzullaev, violin; and Anton Balynskiy, saxophone play jazz standards and their own compositions.

Entry: free donation (Note – don’t be stingy! Reward and support the musicians for their art!)



1798004_677468108982506_6723128940833909383_nWhen: Saturday, 15 October, 19:00-22:00

Where: Savoyen Hotel, Rennweg 16, 1030 Vienna, Austria

Starting with a simple mediation exercise based on the ancient Indian texts, you will learn how to let go of thoughts and activate internal power.

This is a free event.

In case you would like to continue, follow-up dates are:

22 October, 29 October and 5 November at 19:00, same place and also free of charge.


• MAK DESIGN KIDS – (Moving Letters) Buchstaben in Bewegung

14517510_10154108827169895_6913558792132982762_nWhen: Saturday, 15 October, 14:00-16:00

Where: MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art, Stubenring 5, 1010 Vienna, Austria

Kids can learn the rules of putting together a poster and relationship between text and letters as part of this workshop. Of course, they get to create something on their own – a birthday party invitation.
Important – children should bring an object that is important to them.
Workshops for 8-12-year-olds
Meeting point: MAK-Säulenhalle, Stubenring 5, 1010 Vienna
Participation fee: € 7,50

The number of participants is limited. Registration is required +43 1 711 36-297,


• CREATIVITY FAIR– Autumn 2016 – Kreativmesse Ost – Herbst 2016

14556493_1767492970188461_5745228028515220495_oWhen: Saturday, 15 October, 10:00 to Sunday, 16 October 16 at 17:00

Where: MGC Wien, Modecenterstraße 22, 1030 Vienna, Austria

See more information here.

Creativity fair may just be the best way to prepare for the holidays. You get to learn how to make Christmas decorations and gifts, so it actually may help solve some issues while you are having fun being creative. Young and old can learn how to make Halloween lanterns, light castles, snowman decoration, glittering headbands, Christmas decorations out of cork, paper and lots more.

There are also ceramics and painting workshops for kids.

Sunday is senior day and free entry for those over 60.

Check out programs details here.

Tickets: adults 4.50 euros; children 1 euro; families 8 euros (2 adults and minimum 1 child, and a maximum of 3 children)


• HOW TO LAUGH IN ENGLISH – Stand Up Comedy with Daniel Vezza

14572208_1839184709647754_6021818436568579435_nWhen: Saturday, 15 October, 19:30-22:30

Where: Tunnel Vienna Live

Florianigasse 39, 1080 Vienna, Austria

Tunnel Vienna Live brings you the first comedian from NYC, Daniel Vezza. Daniel is currently living in Berlin and brings stories about how easy it is fitting into a German speaking culture.

“Daniel Louis Vezza is an American stand up comic who has performed throughout Germany, The Netherlands, New York, and the UK. He has recently been featured on Fritz Nacht der Talente and Melt Festival. The Edinburgh Fringe Review has described his comedy as well crafted, well written, and laid back. Daniel is the host of Monday Night Mics, a weekly comedy show in Berlin, as well as Sweet Comedy a Monthly stand up showcase.”

Tickets available the day of the show, but you can make reservations by posting how many guests in the event. Reservations are guaranteed until 19:15.
Tickets: 12 euros


• SALSA GALA – Oktoberfest Edition

13723978_1798120070421863_4021544187495178893_oWhen: Saturday, October 15, Doors open: 20:30 – Dancing begins: 21:30 – Ends: 04:00

Where: Hotel Le Méridien Vienna, Robert-Stolz-Platz 1, 1010 Vienna, Austria,

Tickets: 15 Euro if bought before the event.

You can get your tickets here.

Salsa at Le Meridien, one of the finest hotels in the heart of Vienna – you know you will love this. It is for all salsa styles and dancers.

“ Several Midnight-Shows and Rueda de Casinos will be carried out by Dance Instructors and their Dance Groups. In the Sensual-Room you can enjoy dancing to the smooth beats of Kizomba and Bachata all night long!! “

Program – Salsa Room (Flaming Red)
* 20:45 Free trial lesson – Bolero with Jorge Alois Heigl
* 21:10 Free trial lesson – Salsa Classica with Javier Marin “Salsa Mania”
* 21:30 Best of Salsa – DJ-Line: DJorge – DJ Gringo – DJ Lorenzo – DJ Laurin
* 23:00 Salsa & Cubaton Animation
* 23:50 Midnight Rueda with Norbert Gerst
* 00:00 Midnight Shows – Vamuos Salsa – Mi Manera – Samba Show KArin & Friends – Bachata & more!!

Program – “Sensual Room” (Velvet Blue)
* 20:45 Free trial lesson – Salsa Cross Body with Mi Manera
* 21:10 Free trial lesson – Son Cubano with Norbert Gerstl “Salsa N.G.”
* 21:30 Best of Kizomba & Bachata brought to you by Ernst Lustig – Kizomba-Bachata Lounge

Entrance Fees & Dresscode:
Tickets available starting from 18.07.2016:
12 euros- Pre sales – Promotion-Codes available at My Dance Vienna, Mi Manera Studio, Vamos Salsa, Salsa N.G., cubaila viena, Tumbao Dancers, Salseria
15 euros- entrance fee
Dresscode: Wiesn – Jeans and Checkered Shirt or smart casual


14567608_1105912279486205_5024212776103301069_oWhen: Sunday, 16 October, 10:00-19:00

WhereMUMOK – Museum moderner Kunst Wien (Museum of Modern Arts), Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna, Austria

Who says that experiencing arts and culture has to be expensive? This Sunday, courtesy of Dorotheum jeweler, you can check out the exhibits at the Museum of Modern Art (MUMOK) at MQ free of charge.

Check out the Sunday program and guided tours details here.

Museum info here.

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