Metropole caters to the interests and needs of English-speaking expat communities. Here are our curated recommendations for what you won’t want to miss in Vienna this Week (August 2 – August 8, 2017).
EVENT OF THE WEEK
August 5th: Mondscheinbazar – Vienna’s Evening Market Summer Special
The Mondschein (Moonshine) Bazar opens for one evening only in Expedithalle. A market primarily for women’s fashion, but with live music, BBQ and cocktails, you might manage to drag along a male companion.
Children under 12 go free!
August 5: Orpheus Academy in Vienna
On Saturday the MuseumsQuartier will once again turn into an open-air concert hall. Featuring cellist Lilyana Kehayova, the ensemble will be led by the Austrian conductor and cellist Rudolf Leopold through Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings and Vivaldi’s Concerto for 2 Cellos.
Museumsquartier (In case of bad weather inside MQ at Arena 21) 20:30
August 2: FELA! A Night Dedicated to Fela Kuti
On the 20th anniversary of his passing, the legendary Nigerian musician and pioneer of Afro beat gets a memorable evening of remembrance. Between the DJs choosing from his superb back catalogue there will be a screening of the documentary ‘Fela – Music is the Weapon’ and typical Nigerian finger food served. Admission is free!
August 6: Sonntagsmusik in Wurstelprater
A chance to experience some Austrian tradition in the form of a marching band! On Sunday the city band of Amstetten will play throughout The Prater, starting at Calafatiplatz, before ending with a concert outside the Schweizerhaus.
Prater, Calafatiplatz 14:00-16:00
Far better than their male counterparts, and surpassing the Germans too, the Austrian women’s football team has reached the semi-finals of the Euro 2017 championships having beaten Spain. There will be a live screening of their semi-final battle with Denmark in Rathausplatz on Thursday. If they make it through they’ll face England or Netherlands in the final on Sunday.
August 6: Django Unchained
Tarantino’s modernised Western-style tale of one man’s quest to be free is at times both dark and funny. Slave turns bounty hunter as Django (Jamie Foxx) joins a German ‘doctor’ (Austria’s own Christoph Waltz) in rounding up the rogues of the South.
The show will begin as soon as the sun sets
Der Garten, 20:30
August 4: Chef
Chef (Jon Favreau) decides to quit his job at a top Los Angeles restaurant, leaving him having to understand and seek out the life he really wants to lead. Also starring the ever-excellent Dustin Hoffman as a grumpy boss.
Kino Wie Noch Nie, 21:00
August 4: T2 Trainspotting
The long-awaited sequel to Danny Boyle’s 1996 cult classic sees the celebrated characters reunited in disillusionment, as 20 years on Mark Renton (Ewen McGregor) returns to his hometown of Edinburgh. In case of bad weather the showing may be cancelled up to an hour in advance.
Kino am Dach, 20:30
The Ancient Greeks had two terms for time – Chronos as linear, sequential time, and Kairos literally defined as the right, or opportune, moment. In this new exhibition, curator Oscar Sanchez has brought forth a series of works from Takeida that help us to observe the intersection between these two states.
12-14 Contemporary, 19:00 – through August 26.
On Sunday there will be a free guided tour through the dark and intriguing history of the Viennese ruling and upper classes.
Wien Museum, 13:00
This photographic collection of Austrian photographer Florian Reyner comes from his time spent in south-west Macedonia, near the Via Egnatia. Capturing age in ruins and on human faces, Reyner uses old printing techniques to build a vivid bridge between past and present.
Bildrecht, 19:00 – through September 8.
August 3: WestBar Pop-Up at WestLicht
The pop-up drinks bar will open on Thursday with a record market, music from DJ Functionist and food from A Speedy Potato. Entry is free!
WestLicht, through August 10 – 16:00-22:00
August 5: Rhythm is a Dancer – Dance Contest
A chance for all ages and skill levels to show off their moves in front of a cheering crowd and a panel of judges. Prizes include a 1 week residency at next year’s Impulstanz festival. Register at firstname.lastname@example.org.
August 3: Open House at Vienna Babies Club
A chance for international parents and those expecting to meet over coffee, sharing stories and advice about living with children here in Vienna and to join the community!
Mini & Me, 10-12
Now here’s a combination you might not have tried – wine tasting and beach volleyball. At the beach volleyball arena on the Donauinsel, ‘Wine Affairs’ will bring together some of Austria’s finest wines with food pairing from Xerxes Panzenböck and Juan Amador.
August 6: Wiener Derby – SK Rapid vs FK Austria
This will be the 322nd incarnation of the now infamous rivalry. Held this time at the home ground of Rapid Vienna, it’s sure to be a spectacle!
Allianz Arena, 16:30