Opening Weekend

David Schalko, the creative mind behind this year’s inaugural evening Last Night on Earth, has injected a decent dose of club atmosphere into the team, with Kruder & Dorfmeister and the visual artists hand mit auge. After all, he firmly believes there should be dancing. Superstars such as Bilderbuch and Viennese rapper Yung Hurn, the exceptional Norwegian musician Sofia Jernberg, Burgtheater actor Caroline Peters, Chris Haring’s dance company Liquid Loft and the Wiener Singakademie choir under the direction of Heinz Ferlesch will be doing their bit to boost this invitation to dance. Last Night on Earth, the motto of evening, might sound dystopian, yet it’s anything but. Indeed, if it’s the ‘last night on earth’, then it needs to be a damn good one!

The Festwochen Bar on Karlsplatz is the place to meet for all those keen to enjoy a drink, a chat and a get-together in good company on a balmy summer’s evening. It’s a hotspot for Festwochen visitors, artists, and the spontaneous-minded, right in the heart of the city. The place where the festival’s hustle and bustle continues late into the evening. And where the Festwochen likes to unwind!

Vienna’s getting a new museum! The Austrian Museum for Black Entertainment and Black Music invites you to its festive opening with a wide-ranging programme: An evening with addresses from Mireille Ngosso and Vanessa Spanbauer, a programme of musical accompaniment by and with Jon Sass as well as the first opportunity to visit the exhibitions. The celebrations will be rounded off with an after-party with the rapper T-Ser, DJs Tonica Hunter and Tmnit Ghide and special guest Grace Marta Latigo aka OGG aka OriginalGangsterGrace. Admission to the opening is free.

In t u m u l u s, the large-format opening production by François Chaignaud and Geoffroy Jourdain / Les Cris de Paris thirteen dancing singers (or singing dancers) are showcasing what they have in common.

Japanese theatre-maker Satoko Ichihara has chosen to unmask the opera Madama Butterfly with humour and a feisty spirit: in a wild and disturbing fantasy world, a battle rages for sovereignty of interpretation in matters of identity politics, ideals of beauty, sexuality, and power.

With RAW, Laia Fabre and Thomas Kasebacher, aka notfoundyet, are extending invitations in multiple directions: to artists from this year’s Festwochen programme, to chefs established in Vienna, and to you. The hosts for the first RAW evening are Joana Tischkau from the ÖMSUBM and chef Stefanie Herkner.

And there’s another choral piece: internationally acclaimed artist Ulla von Brandenburg is staging her production Friede auf Erden together with actors, the Arnold Schoenberg Choir and musicians of the Klangforum Wien.

Sonntag, 15. Mai

Date 13 May
More info Admission free
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