MITTEN

In 2021, the festival signals a change of pace. The Wiener Festwochen are interrupting their flow to open up an additional space for encounters with their audience. Away from the stages and the finished works, the city will be filled with processes, conversations, and experiences, all radiating out from the Nordwestbahn site. For a whole week, the succession of evening premieres is to be replaced by daytime lab sessions, featuring a discursive programme, performances, concerts, and an (outdoor) space for relaxed get-togethers in the evening. As they shift perspectives and open up free spaces, these labs are set to be exciting and stimulating, inspiring and fun, as they highlight real possibilities for our desire for change.

Location brut nordwest
Date
8 - 12 September

Mitten am Tag
Mitten am Tag Labor
Mitten am Abend

MITTEN am Tag

For MITTEN am Tag, artists and the festival will focus their energies on process-orientated exchanges and diverse learning experiences as part of practical lab sessions. Together with Festwochen artists, participants will get to explore the concept of heterophony in music, reflect on what makes the city likeable or detestable, relate various anecdotes about their given names, engage in all sorts of dialogues in Vienna’s parks and gardens, dip into the waters of the Danube and listen out for its testimony, cook soup for 18 hours, ask: ‘What can we learn from the party?’, form a reading circle, practise interaction, or sing The Great Learning. Each activity is in keeping with the artists’ individual wishes to explore a particular theme inspired by the city of Vienna or their own artistic research. They will blaze a new trail and invite an equally inquisitive group of people to ally themselves to this venture lasting several days.

MITTEN am Tag

PREDICTABLY UNPREDICTABLE
Ein Labor zum Festival der Zukunft

On the occasion of its 70th anniversary, the Wiener Festwochen are inviting participants to sketch out scenarios for possible futures under the rubric of Predictably Unpredictable. As part of a four-day lab session, researchers and students from five universities, artists, and members of the public will come together to consider the positioning of festivals yesterday, today and tomorrow, in lectures and discussions as well as
performance, installation and acoustic interventions. With the help of the Festwochen archive, they will retrace the festival’s chequered history, discuss its current challenges and, together, draw up visions of the Festival of the Future – as a place for the predictably unpredictable.

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MITTEN am Abend

MUSIC, PERFORMANCE, DISCOURSE

MITTEN am Abend expands on the thoughts of the day. Inspired by visions of the future, artists and theorists will take a look at the unpredictability of space, time, encounters, and artistic practice. Drawing on artistic, curatorial and academic practices, four keynote presentations will unleash the imagination.

Local artists will present four sketches for the stage influenced by a piece of Festwochen history drawn from the festival archives, opened up specifically for this purpose in the run-up to the event. Artistic explorations of history will evolve using various resources such as music, language, stage design, and performance. And the archive itself will become a resonance space.

The Wednesday to Saturday MITTEN evenings will be rounded off by a newly formed group anchored by Austrian trumpet player Franz Hautzinger. For the 16th instalment of his Regenorchester (‘rain orchestra’) he has brought together three exceptional musicians plus a different surprise guest for each evening session, which will be filled with new improvisations and jam sessions.

Location brut nordwest
Date
8 - 12 September

Wednesday
evening
Music, Performance, Discourse
Date 8. September
More info Admission free
Thursday
evening
Music, Performance, Discourse
Date 9. September
More info Admission free
Friday
evening
Music, Performance, Discourse
Date 10. September
More info Admission free
Saturday
evening
Music, Performance, Discourse
Date 11. September
More info Admission free
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