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A Window to the World: Join the Wiener Festwochen

The Wiener Festwochen is an annual arts and culture festival in Vienna that is traditionally held for five weeks in May and June. The festival was first held in 1951 and has since developed into one of the most important international art festivals.

And did you know that the very first “Festwochen events” were held as early as 1927. The Wiener Festwochen was re-established after the Second World War in 1951 in Vienna, which was still occupied by the Allies. In 1952, the Festwochen was one of the founding organizations of the European Festivals Association. Since 1962, the Theater an der Wien has served as one of the main venues alongside Halls E and G in the Museums Quartier and numerous other varying venues.

Celebrating Art and Community

It offers a wide range of events from the fields of music, theater, opera, dance, performance and visual arts. The festival attracts artists and ensembles from all over the world and offers a platform for both established and up-and-coming artists. The program often includes world premieres and innovative productions developed especially for the festival. In addition to the artistic performances, the Wiener Festwochen is also known for its diverse events.

Every year, the festival opens with a large, free open-air concert on Vienna’s Rathausplatz, which is popular with locals and tourists alike. This festive kick-off reflects the spirit of the Wiener Festwochen: making art accessible and bringing people together through cultural experiences.

The festival plays an important role in Vienna’s cultural life and helps to consolidate the city as a central location for international artistic collaboration and creative exchange.

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2024 and the Free Republic of Vienna

For 2024, the festival has the motto Free Republic of Vienna and is curated by Milo Rau. It offers an exciting mix of traditional performances and experimental formats, with events taking place at various locations in Vienna. A highlight of the festival is the opening on May 17 on Rathausplatz, which is open to all visitors with free admission.

The Vienna Festival not only sets artistic accents, but also offers a platform for social discourse and the discussion of current issues. In this way, they make a significant contribution to the cultural diversity and artistic dynamism of the city of Vienna.

Here are some highlights of the festival:

  • The Wiener Festwochen will take place from May 17 to June 23
  • Visitors can look forward to 46 productions covering a broad spectrum from spoken theater, opera, music and dance to performance and visual arts
  • Over 100 events, many of them with free admission, invite visitors to actively participate
  • Big names such as Elfriede Jelinek and Peter Brook, but also innovative new works await the audience
  • Special events: A folk play will tour the districts and a diesel engine will be blown up in a spectacular action in Vienna’s city center

Rest assured that all venues are easily accessible by public transportation.

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Be there or be square

The revolutionary Russian punk band Pussy Riot and the renowned Austrian writer Elfriede Jelinek are among the outstanding names on this year’s program of the Wiener Festwochen 2024. These artists represent the diversity and commitment of the festival to address contemporary social and political issues through art.

The fact that the opening of the festival is free of charge underlines the accessibility and the invitation to a wide audience. This offers interested parties and visitors to the Vienna Festival Weeks a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the depths of the international art scene and become part of a comprehensive cultural dialog.

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