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Friday, October 20, 2017
expats voting austria sunday election
I won’t be voting in the Austrian election. In fact, I never have. A few months ago, a media colleague asked if I had thought of entering politics. “In Austria?” I asked. “Yeah, I think you’d be good in politics.” He was surprised when I told him I was not an Austrian citizen. “Oh, I just assumed.” Yeah, a lot of...
robert schenkkan
The Vienna Theatre Project brings Robert Shenkkan’s Building The Wall to life in an atmospheric premiere The air was hot and thick during the European premiere of Building the Wall at Theater Drachengasse, intensifying a sense of foreboding. Written by award-winning playwright Robert Shenkkan (who had flown in from L.A. for the occasion) and directed by Joanna Godwin-Seidl, the Vienna Theatre...
ma48 trash cans vienna
A bright orange fixture of the cityscape, the MA48 is Vienna’s loud and proud department of sanitation. Their numerous trashcans around the city are plastered with irreverent slogans and puns that sometimes need translation – cultural, linguistic or otherwise. After all, what does haglich mean, anyway?  Photos: Mark T. Hooker
leiwand
To be truly integrated in Vienna there are certain terms no dictionary or Deutschkurs will properly explain. But you’re no stranger, so here’s this month’s cheat sheet. LEIWAND adjective. Awesome, cool. excellent. Sometimes emphasized as urleiwand or voi leiwand (totally awesome). Ubiquitous in Viennese slang, its most prominent use is in one of Austria's unofficial national anthems, "Schifoan" ("Skiing"), in which singer...
interview renate brauner equality
Executive City Councillor Renate Brauner on living well, quotas for women, and why the American dream is nonsense People notice when she walks into a room. Something in the combination of her warm demeanor, calm en- thusiasm and infectious laugh catches people off guard. Born in Favoriten to a German father and a mother from the Bohemian Forest, Renate Brauner is...
Austrian News
A quick-and-dirty synopsis of last month’s Austrian News. The Viennese (Anti-)Terror Wall Austrian tabloid media – and journalist pundits on Twitter – were up in arms last month about construction in front of the Federal Chancellery and the Office of the President on Ballhausplatz. Dubbed “terror wall” by indignant observers, they railed against a project, conceived of in March 2015 and...
from our readers october
Many thanks for your thoughts, ideas and insights! If you have something to say about Vienna or a story you read here, tell us all about it. Send an email to office@metropole.at. To the editor, (In response to “Ditch the Textbooks”, MET October, 2016) “A space where the value of knowledge is contextual and self-determined rather than decided by a central authority.” This...
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