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 24 – 30, 2017).




May 25: Donaukanaltreiben

Through May 28


Stretching from Spittelau to Franzensbrücke along a sunny stretch of the serpentine Donaukanal, this four day festival of culture in the heart of the city promises fun, variety, and a holiday mood.

Featuring live concerts, DJ sets, fashion shows, beach yoga, an alleycat race and a football cage, this fantastic free event highlights one of the city’s favorite summer hotspots.

Musical highlights this year include prodigious blues talent Jesper Munk, and classic two-bit electronic duo Stereo Total. Plus, don’t miss the free taxi-boat rides along the canal on Friday, Saturday and Sunday!

Donaukanal, various times and locations.







May 26: Comedy Happy Hour

Drown your post-work end of week blues in pure, unadulterated 100% proof comedy at the season-opening edition of this comedy show. Featuring food and drink specials. Acts and specials tba. €12

twentyone im 21er Haus, 18:30



May 29: Beau Jest

Through Jul 8

James Sherman’s comedy of manners has teacher Sarah Goldman entangled in increasingly farcical knots as she tries to please her Jewish parents.

Vienna’s English Theatre, 19:30 (except Sundays)


View METROPOLE’s list of current theater performances here.





May 24: Austrian Beatbox Championship 2017


See the very best microphone MCs Austria has to offer, spitting in several categories, including solo, loop and team! €10

Arena, 18:00


May 25: Summer Night Concert


© Bwag/Wikimedia
The Vienna Philharmonic kicks off the summer music season, with their famous free concert in Schönbrunn gardens, performing variations on the theme of Fairytales and Myths From Rachmaninov to Stravinsky and Harry Potter. Arrive early!


May 27: Terry and Gyan Riley


terry and gyan riley
© Porgy Archiv

A pioneer of minimal music, with influences ranging from blues, to jazz, to Indian Classical music, living legend Terry Riley comes to town to play piano, accompanied by his guitar-playing son Gyan. His collaborators include La Monte Young, John Cale and Steve Reich; his projects are as varied as the Kronos Quartet, and the seminal electronic album “A Rainbow in Curved Air.” Come and see what this musical grandee serves up!

Read our preview from the May edition of METROPOLE.

Porgy & Bess, 20:30



May 29: Sóley


Icelandic performer Sóley showcases songs from her timely new release Endless Summer. Expect music that conveys the dreamy, ancient landscapes of the singer’s homeland, in songs filled with fantasy and aural chiaroscuro.


WUK, 19:00






May 26: Song to Song


Legendary director Terrence Malick returns for an experimental romantic drama starring Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara, Michael Fassbender and Natalie Portman as well as countless cameos by famous musicians.

Starts May 26, Artis, Burg.






Now Showing: 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).







May 25: How to Live Together

Through Oct 15

Nicolaus Schafhausen enlists the help of over thirty artists to dissect the topic of social integration in an increasingly fractious world. Talks and artworks discuss how moving towards a civil society and focusing on what connects us might be able to remove the distrust of the other.

Kunsthalle Wien, Daily 11:00–19:00, Thursdays 11:00–21:00



Last chance to see:


Mit offenem Mund – Photographs by Cristina Garcia Rodero

Through May 26

Magnum photographer Cristina Garcia Rodero’s work stands out for its natural, spontaneous aesthetic, captured with great patience and a gift for timing. The exhibition features over 50 remastered, mostly unreleased photographs spanning her entire career.

Read more in our April 2017 issue.



Instituto CervantesMon – Thu : 09:00 – 13:00 & 14:00 – 18:00; Fri: 09:00 – 13:00


Camille Henrot: If Wishes Were Horses

Through May 28

Drawing on a wide range of references, Henrot examines what it means to be human in her first solo show in Austria, consisting entirely of new works created especially for the exhibition.


Kunsthalle Wien, Daily 11:00–19:00, Thursdays 11:00–21:00


Mood Swings

Through May 28

©q21/MuseumsquartierIn the post–factual age realities are increasingly engendered by our moods. Whether in the realms of government, finance or mass media, this exhibition explores the sway emotion holds over decision–making processes in the modern world.

Free entry.


Q21, Tues–Sun 13:00–20:00


View METROPOLE’s list of current exhibitions here





May 24: “She’s Lost Control”: Auto Destructive Art and Sound


Philosopher, queer-theorist and activist Jack Halberstam argues for a rupture from old long-held normative ideas about identity in the spheres of music and performance, using art and sound prjects from artists such as Grace Jones and Bjork as waypoints.

MDW, 17:00–20:00



May 25: Esterhazy Gassenfest


This small 6th district street comes together with fun for the whole family, including kid’s workshops, a costume flea market, an open stage and tons of food and cocktails.

Esterhazygasse, 15:00–21:00



May 25: Büroschluss


The office water cooler has nothing on this after work party and networking extravaganza. Free entry, reservations required for dinner.

Le Meridien, 18:00




 May 27: Goulash Festival


Sixty teams tussle to be crowned Vienna’s goulash gurus; expect savory stew and lots of Hungarian folk music.
For bonus points, check out the Cevapcici Festival at the same venue on the following day.


Donaupark, 12:00





May 27: Culture Saturdays – Roman Vienna


Vindobona was the name of a Roman army camp that existed nearly 2000 years ago in what is now the historic city center of Vienna. Built on the ruins of the settlement, the Römermuseum offers a fascinating insight into the ancient history of Vienna. Explore the ruins of this once-thriving army outpost and discover what life was like in this Roman settlement. €7

Wien Museum Römermuseum, 15:45–17:30


May 28: Papercut Diorama


Build your very own diorama using nothing but scissors, paper, a wooden box and the fruits of your imagination.

At Atelier Lym Moreno. Register

WUK, 14:00–18:00






May 30: Magdas Social Dinner

Meet people way outside of your bubble at this social dining event, bringing Viennese, visitors and refugees together. €23

Reservations and further info at event website.

Magdas Hotel, 18:30