Metropole caters to the interests and needs of English-speaking expat communities. Here are our curated recommendations for upcoming events this week (May 10 – 16, 2017).




Through May 23: Festival of Jewish Culture


Held at various locations and on various dates throughout the city over two weeks in May, the Festival of Jewish Culture is an ambitious and variegated attempt to trace the huge impact that Jewish culture has had on the city of Vienna.

Beginning with a concert of forgotten Wienerlieder and Yiddish song, this festival spans the worlds of art (with a free exhibition at Brick5), a klezmer concert, a showing of the film Vienna’s Lost Daughters at the Votiv Kino, and a huge street festival at the Rathaus.

Various times and locations, see website for information.






May 16: Promised Ends: The Slow Arrow of Sorrow and Madness

Through May 20, except May 18.

As part of the Wiener Festwochen (read our preview here) Promised Ends is a visually stunning exploration of human nature, as the Saint Genet Dance Group portray the tragedy of the Donner Party pioneers.



MQ, Halle G, 20:00



May 16: Refugees Welcome Comedy Night


With headlining comedians coming from Syria, Tunisia and Iran, this night welcomes refugees and regulars alike. The language of laughter is universal!

General entry €7, entry for refugees, €2.

Kabarett Vindobona, 19:30–22:00.



Last chance to see:



Through May 11

Loosely based on Puccini’s La bohèmebut set in an edgy 1980s East Village New York living under the shadow of HIV/AIDs, Jonathan Larson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning musical graces the Vienna stage.



Vienna’s English Theatre, daily except Sundays, 19:30

View METROPOLE’s list of current theater performances here.





May 12: 19 Jahre Rhiz pt. 1


At 22:00 Villalog opens the musical festivities with their ‘psychedelic voodoo kraut dub,’ before Quehenberger Kern take the stage with their ‘wobbly explorations of time and space.’ After their sets, the bands unite to play two tracks in memory of the recently departed Jaki Liebezeit – drummer with legendary krautrock band CAN.

Pay as you wish.

Rhiz, 20:00–4:00.


 May 14: Toots and the Maytals


One of the worldwide stars of the genre, formed in the 60s, Toots and the Maytals are considered by many to be the founding fathers of reggae music, being the first recording artists to use the word ‘reggae’ in a song. One of the early stalwarts of Island Records, they have had a successful and award-winning career spanning almost half a decade. An unmissable opportunity to see living legends! Tickets are sold out at the WUK and online, but there are rumors of a few tickets floating around at various stocking outlets, including Bushdoctor in the Kirchengasse…. With support from SISYPHOS.

WUK, Doors 19:00.


May 15: Tsu Shi Ma Mi Re


The Japanese all-girl punk three-piece with a food fixation blast out their quirky, high-energy hits.


Arena, 20:00







May 12: Return to Montauk


Author Max Zorn, played by Stellan Skarsgård, meets his old flame on a New York book tour, in this romantic drama from Volker Schlöndorff.
Starts May 12, Votiv




Also this week: King Arthur: Legend of the Sword – Charlie Hunnam’s Arthur doesn’t have it easy, in Guy Ritchie’s take on the Arthur legend.

May 11, Haydn






May 11: Rudy Cotroneo: 32°c on Lampedusa

Through Jun 4

The artist uses imagery from his homeland in Calabria and his wanderings in the Alps, stark nature which he portrays using painting and collage. His work shows an interest in the elemental and dramatic – rock faces, trees, and sea – so powerful and yet palpably fragile in the Anthropocene age.

Free Entry.


Jan Arnold Gallery (MQ)
, Opening 19:00 – From May 12 daily 10:00–22:00



Last chance to see:


Alfons Schilling: Beyond Photography

Through May 14

During his sojourns in the sixties in Paris and New York, the Swiss painter, who studied at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, experimented with photography. His attempts to go beyond the idea of the still image echo those of Eadweard Muybridge almost a century before him. Using various techniques, Schiller lends a sense of fluidity and dynamism to the captured moment.

Westlicht, Tue, Wed, Fri, 14:00-19:00; Thu 14:00-21:00; Sat & holidays 11:00-19:00.



Through May 14

The sea makes up over 70% of the Earth’s surface, transporting over 80% of the world’s commodities. This exhibition of film and photographic work by the late Allan Sekula looks at the industrial and ecological significance of the ocean, examining the lives of those who rely on it for their livelihood.
TBA21, Wed and Thu 12:00–17:00, Fri – Sun 12:00–19:00



Protestant Vienna – Religious Conflict After Luther

Through May 14

Celebrating the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses, the Vienna Museum looks back to the brief period when the city was majority Protestant.
Wien Museum, Tues–Sun (including holidays) 10:00–18:00





View METROPOLE’s list of current exhibitions here





May 10: Full Moon Swim


It’s not a competition, the organizers say – but temperatures below 12°C make this nighttime Danube dip a challenge. Bring warm clothes for afterwards!.

U1 Station Donauinsel, 21:30


May 11: Vienna Energy Forum

Also May 12

Bringing together 1600 pundits, leaders and dignitaries for high level sessions, this conference seeks to help implement the Paris climate agreement. This is your chance to see real history made!
Read our preview here:

Register here.

Hofburg, 9:00


May 12: Wiener Genuss Festival

Through May 14

©Foto Jobst

Now in its tenth year, this foodie festival celebrates the culinary draws of every corner of the country. Sample the finest local produce that Austria has to offer!

Stadtpark, various times (see website).



May 12: Mother’s Day Presents


What could be more fun than making mom her very own present for Mother’s Day? kids use materials from the garden to make a very special gift!

Children over 3yrs.


City Farm Schönbrunn, 15:00–17:30.


May 13: Moses Records Vinyl and CD Exchange


Still looking for that mint condition Engelbert Humperdinck LP? Browse pristine rarities and dog-eared vinyls at this record exchange.



Berufschule Festsaal



May 13: Creative Café Spring Sessions


Writer Paul Malone returns for another fun and inspirational series of creative writing events. The aim is to energise your writing through contact with other writers, and to revive sequestered projects with new enthusiasm.

Hurry, there are only a few places left!

praxiswien5, 9:30–12:00

Further dates, location and registration here.


May 13: 2-for-1 Flea Markets


Two incredible, fun flea markets on the same day! Check out the Volkstheater Costume Flea from 10:00–13:00, and find yourself a gem from the costume department’s back catalogue. Then scoot over to the Camera Flea Market, taking place in the courtyard of the Leica Shop between 10:00–16:00, to pick up all sorts of photographic paraphernalia from as little as €1!






May 13: Cirque Rouge – Planet Exotica


Expect even more weirdness and debauchery than usual as this Viennese cabaret fixture takes on an extraterrestrial theme.

20s to 60s dress code is a must!

Rote Bar, 22:00.




May 13: Männer im Garten


In co-operation with OMG Society and our lovely office neighbors VANGARDIST Magazine, just in time for a change in the weather, this glitzy summer electro party goes on into the wee hours at the Volksgarten Pavilion. A cut physique and rocking abs is encouraged but not a requirement of entry – that goes for ladies too!




Volksgarten Pavillon, 23:00–4:00


May 14: Story Party


Professional storytellers share their dating nightmares – because truth is always stranger than fiction, especially on Tinder.


Tunnel, 15:00–17:30.