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 (May 17 – 23, 2017).




May 20: Maker Faire

Also May 21


Billed as “The Greatest Show (&Tell) on Earth,” having started off in California in 2006, Maker Faire is a worldwide event that allows inventors and innovators of all stripes to present their creations to the public, giving basement tinkerers the chance for a wider audience.

Audience participation is the name of the day, with viewers encouraged to interact with and try out all the things they see. From 3D printing,  to IoT, model building, robots, wearables,– a broad church of contraptions and ideas all under one roof! €5–€13.50

Check out a video from last year’s event here.

METAStadt, 11:00







May 19: L’Opera Burlesque


The Hot Box Girls return from New York with a world-class cast, including special guest Ms Marcy Richardson, for this all-singing, all-dancing operatic burlesque extravaganza. €28




Kabarett Vindobona, 18:30



May 20: How To Laugh in English: Gabby Killick


One-woman-whirlwind Gabby Killick brings her perfect timing to this regular comedy night. Featuring support from stalwart Okello Dunkley. €15

Tunnel Vienna Live, 19:30–22:00


View METROPOLE’s list of current theater performances here.





May 19: Tall William


If music be the food of love, play on! An evening of music at the book-store, featuring the melodic guitar work and disarming vocals of Will Campbell (aka Tall William). Also featuring Sam Chalcraft. Refreshments provided!

Shakespeare & Co, 18:30





May 19: Pop-Up Concert #2


Pop-Up Concert #2, the second in the series, features works by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Ysaÿe, Enescu, Prokofiev, Ernst and Salgado. Phew!

This time around it’s situated in the evocative surroundings of the Supersense shop – an erstwhile 18th Century Venetian Doge’s Palace.
Showing the decidedly cool side of classical music.

SUPERSENSE, 19:30–22:00



May 20: Howe Gelb ‘Future Standards’


Howe Gelb’s offbeat take on the American musical tradition, taking in jazz, blues, gospel and much more, and layered with laid-back stand-up bass and drawling vocals, makes for an irrepressibly cool musical experience.



Porgy & Bess, 20:30



May 21: British Sea Power


The British music legends, who split their time between Brighton and the Isle of Skye, bear comparison with The Cure, Pixies and Arcade Fire with their atmospheric brand of rock. More importantly perhaps, they’re renowned for their electric live performances! €25

Szene, 20:00







May 18: Alien Covenant



The crew of the colony ship ‘Covenant’ encounters what appears to be an uncharted paradise: but of course all is not what it seems in this latest addition to the Alien franchise.

Starts May 18, Burg



May 19: David Lynch Season

Through Jun 7

To celebrate the upcoming remake of Twin Peaks, the Gartenbaukino pulls out all the stops, with a special season of David Lynch cinema. As well as the Twin Peaks spin-off Fire Walk With Me, there will be screenings of such timeless classics as Blue Velvet, Eraserhead and Mulholland Drive. Not to be missed!

Gartenbau, various times (see website for details).



Also this week: 20th Century Women – The story of a teenage boy and the women who raise him in 1970s California, starring the ubiquitous Elle Fanning.

May 18, Votiv






May 18: Sticky Note

Through Jun 24

That persistent itch, that lingering aftertaste… Berlin-based artist Anna Virnich uses sound, scent and light in artworks that have a strong emphasis on the sensory and sensual.

Free Entry.


Galerie Halgand, Wed – Fr 12.00 – 18.00, Sat 11.00 – 15.00




May 18: Michele Francillon: Itinerary


“I am the fruit of my journey, more than of my roots.” Michele Francillon’s colourful paintings are an evocative exploration of identity.




commonroom, 17:00–22:00


May 19: Joannis Avramidis

Through Sep 4

A year after the death of the seminal Austrian sculptor, this retrospective showcases his lifelong obsession with the human form.


Leopold, Open daily 10:00–18:00, Thursdays to 21:00




Last chance to see:


Eurocature Conference Exhibition

Through May 22

Now in its fifth iteration, the Eurocature festival brings illustrious international talent to Vienna, producing new artworks on location over the course of a three-day festival, followed by this exhibition. Opening event: Apr 11 at 18:00

Read our write-up in the April issue of Metropole

Wien Energie Welt SpittelauMon–Fri 8:00–15:00 exc Thurs 8:00–17:30



View METROPOLE’s list of current exhibitions here





May 17: Mir ist alles WURST!

Through May 21

Get excited by the prospect of a sausage fest? The Brickmakers celebrates all things sausage over a five day period. Featuring sausage and beer pairings, a special à la carte menu, culminating in a sausage-making workshop on the 20th at 15h. By the end you’ll never want to see a banger again…

Reservation recommended.


Brickmaker’s, see website for times.

May 18: Europe and Austria: The Shape of the Future


©Michaela Bruckberger

Former Deputy Chancellor of Austria Erhard Busek discusses the tensions at play between the competing forces of globalism and nationalism in Austria and Europe.

Register here.

IWM, 18:00–19:30


May 19: Free Code Camp


Vienna is increasingly becoming a hub for tech and tech start-ups. Come and see what it’s all about at this tech meet-up where everybody is welcome. Log in, learn and laugh together!

Sektor 5, 19:00



May 20: 52 Degrees – Meat Market Morning Matinee


Finally, one for the party animals out there – Kwartz provides the beats to keep the techno-lovers dancing all day. €10


Grelle Forelle, 8:00–20:00