Summer 2019

High Stakes – Austria Goes All-In on its Gambling Industry

museum cover
At the Wien Museum, the US-educated Austrian scholar wants to use the incidents of history to question the way we live now. In Vienna, museums are everywhere: At last year’s Lange Nacht der Museen, over 700 took part, from the KHM, the Leopold or the Belvedere to the more off-beat dedicated to theater, toys or magic, […]
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exterior KS
This summer, Kleinod Stadtgarten could be the ideal place to see and be seen.
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figures outside of the convention
Forget the idea of Vienna as a big open-air museum. It’s really one big playground. “Jackpot!” a young woman yells excitedly, after her boyfriend managed to roll three cherries at the Mankomania casino. Her passionate outburst isn’t over her beloved’s proceeds though: In this board game, players are competing over who can lose their money the […]
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digital destroying paper
Social media allows journalists to reach their audiences directly, bypassing traditional structures. Does it also affect their credibility? Austrians have known it since childhood, and many tune in daily to Austrian television’s nightly news progr...
eu parliament
Amid foreign efforts to undermine Western democracy, decisive questions increasingly can only be addressed in Brussels. So here we are, at press time, with Austria’s governing coalition deservedly in tatters. After the release of a fatally compromising video – documenting efforts to broker government contracts for illegal campaign contributions from wealthy Russians – the far-right vice […]
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dancing lessons at studio
Ever since its inception, Impulstanz has grown in reach and output while welcoming all ages, all levels, all bodies.  The expansive world of contemporary dance has its share of preconceptions to deal with: Many people feel apprehensive about joining in, fearful of public embarrassment, or discouraged by confounding, abstract terms. But Impulstanz, the largest festival […]
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charms of the Ferris wheel and park
A whistle blares unmistakably through the bushes and shrubs. The little train is ready to depart. “Einsteigen bitte!” (All aboard!) says an automated voice. The green passenger car with yellow wheels and the No. 5 printed on the side shudders into action. The Böhmischer Prater (Bohemian ­Pra­ter) on Laaer Berg in Vienna’s 10th district is […]
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