Artistic director - Applications welcome

The Wiener Festwochen is Vienna’s foremost international theatre, music and art festival. Since its founding in 1951, the Wiener Festwochen has seen itself as an interdisciplinary festival that showcases artistic works from around the world and plays a significant role in their creation.

From 1 September 2024 (i.e. for the 2025 Festival) Wiener Festwochen GesmbH is looking for an experienced personality to take up the post of

Artistic Director

with a proven track record of successful leadership in international festival. Candidates will have demonstrated expertise in the fields of theatre, music theatre, performance and interdisciplinary art forms and have the relevant specialist knowledge and prior experience in the conceptual formulation of innovative artistic programming and mediation strategies. Language skills in German and English are a prerequisite.

Vienna’s diverse social and cultural fabric is to be taken into account in drawing up the festival programme. The active involvement of Vienna’s cultural scene and locating new venues are welcomed. In-house productions and world premieres with an international signal effect are as desirable as networking with artists, cultural institutions and initiatives and initiating national and international joint ventures.

The position will include taking over management duties alongside the Managing Director responsible for the commercial sector.

The envisaged annual remuneration package is EUR 160,000, with the possibility of overpayment.

The position of Artistic Director and the artistic management of Wiener Festwochen GesmbH is being advertised for a five-year period of office on the basis of the federal act on transparency with regard to appointments to positions in state-affiliated businesses.

Written applications enclosing a CV and a conclusive concept are to be emailed to the Head of the Cultural Department of the City of Vienna, Ms Anita Zemlyak, at by 21 October 2022.

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