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 (July 4 – July 11, 2017).
EVENT OF THE WEEK
© David Bogner • dotdotdot
the dotdotdot Film Festival kicks off its third annual season with the exclusive Austrian premiere of Shatterbox Anthology, a collection of stories of women and female directors of independent short films. Pay as you wish at entry.
Celebrating the Brexit of 1776, Vienna’s Funniest Stand Up Comedy will be hosting a free evening of comedy featuring Winner of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival Best Newcomer award in 2012 Daniel Simonsen, Okello Dunkley, and other local comedians. Free entry.
Continuing the rich tradition of the spoken word, this performance series brings artists, poets, musicians and philosophers together.
TBA21, Fridays through Sep 15, 19:00
Vienna Chuckles puts on its first show, on narrow scrapes and death-defying adventures. Tell your own story for half-priced entry and a free beer! €10.
© Art Carnuntum
Gerard Logan’s stunning one-man portrayal of Shakespeare’s narrative poem is performed in an ancient Roman amphitheater. €20, shuttle bus available from opera.
Amphitheater Petronell Carnuntum, 21:00
© C. Storn
Any summer spent in Vienna pretty much requires a visit to the MuseumsQuartier: whether it’s for an exhibition, a late-night drink with friends or a bite to eat, the large open courtyard beckons with an expansive range of activities. For a decade now, however, the quiet area behind Mumok has been transformed into yet another attraction: for 16 nights throughout July and August the large inflatable screen of the Frameout Film Festival takes over for a mixture of documentaries, shorts, features and experimental cinema, alongside public discussions with the filmmakers.
This year, the 10th season is kicking off with a live performance by singer-songwriter Clara Blume on July 7 on the MQ’s main square, with a screening of the Austro-Argentinian film A Decent Woman (2016) afterwards. In association with MQ’s seasonal motto, “Summer of Movement” and the This Human World Film Festival, six of the evenings will focus on social movements, political activism and uprisings, showcasing movies like Whose Streets?, an American documentary about social and racial inequality, or Knives Out, a political commentary on modern-day Poland. Other highlights are the Austrian American Short Film Festival and an evening with graffiti artists from the Calle Libre Street Art Festival; there’s even an evening dedicated exclusively to the public’s favorite cat videos for the grand finale.
Admission is free, and rather than drowning out the noise of the surrounding crowds, cinephiles are offered a pair of wireless headphones against a deposit (bring a personal ID). While most of the program is understandable for English speakers, some films only offer German subtitles, so be sure to check the schedule online beforehand.
MuseumsQuartier, Fridays & Saturdays, through Aug 26.
© Filmarchiv Austria / Matthias Partmann
See film classics and Viennale previews in Vienna’s prettiest open-air cinema, with all movies in their original language.
Filmarchiv, through Sep 3, 21:00.
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The Minions return in this third installment of the ever popular children’s franchise.
In celebration of the Magnum Photo Agency’s 70th birthday, one of its most talented scions gets a solo exhibition of intimate, brooding portraits.
Westlicht, through Aug 13; guided tour in English on Aug 10, 6pm.
© Leopold Museum
The Leopold dusts off gems from its collection to present women as depicted and depicter during the period 1830–1930.
Leopold Museum, Through Sep 18
© Zamek Królewski na Wawelu, Photo: Łukasz Schuster
One of Poland’s most notable monarchs is recognized by the city he delivered from the Turks over 300 years ago.
Belvedere Winterpalais, through Nov 5
Hans Schabus, Good Luck is a Birdie, 2016
Photo: Christos Tzortzis
Several artists search for the holy grail of happiness in a digital age where a cigar just won’t do anymore.
21er Haus, through Nov 5
With more meat than an NFL locker room, Austria’s largest BBQ has workshops, cook-offs and a beach area with a bouncy castle for kids. Pass the marinade!
Marx Halle, through Jul 9
© Markus Leupold-Löwenthal
For one day only, the hallowed Staatsoper becomes a giant catwalk with boutiques, live acts, DJs and more couture than you can shake a stick at!
The time has come for you to… join for Vienna’s First Big Gay Picnic at the Donauinsel!
Whether you identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans, Queer, Intersex or an Ally… Come relax, meet people, make friends, have fun, enjoy the sunshine and take a swim with us!
Bring blankets, food, drinks, music, games, friends, family and pets… Everyone is welcome.
We are going to be in the big meadow NEXT to Wasserspielplatz… A short 7 minute walk from U1 stop @ Donauinsel. Just look for the big rainbow flag!
Donauinsel, Wasserspielplatz, 14:00–17:00
A six day workshop for aspiring performers, this acting class tackles the inspiring musical Fame. €450, register online.
Showtime, through Jul 15
Sowing, growing, harvesting and tending – kids have fun at this green-fingered camp with delicious lunch and snacks provided straight from the garden!
City Farm Schönbrunn, July 10–14 and Aug 21–25