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 26 – August 1, 2017).

EVENT OF THE WEEK

 

July 28: Swatch Beach Volleyball World Championships

Vienna plays host to the annual world championships where the world’s best 96 teams will compete for the sport’s greatest prize. Entry to the Beach Village is free where you’ll find food and drink stalls and a screen broadcasting all of the action. Tickets for seats in the arena itself can be bought from 16€
Donauinsel, through Aug 6


 

ON STAGE

 

July 27: Popfest

© Simon Brugner

The annual music festival showcasing the best new Austrian acts around Karlsplatz begins Thursday, and at the Wien Museum you’ll find the Beat Poetry Club and a vinyl market among other things.
Wien Museum, through July 30.

 

 

 

July 29: Ascending Waves goes Afro Waves


A night devoted to African rhythms curated by Ascending Waves. Preceded by a vinyl flea market during the afternoon with pop-up bar and food from Miznon restaurant founder and cook, Eyal Shani.
Grelle Forelle, 23:00-late

July 28: Beijing Tayang Youth Orchestra

The youth orchestra will perform pieces from Handel, Mozart and Dvořák among others. Jian Xiongda will be conducting with Luz Leskowitz the lead violin.
Musikverein, 19:30


 

ON SCREEN

 

July 28: The Happy Film at Kino Wie Noch Nie


Austrian Graphic designer and New York resident Stefan Sagmeister came to MAK last year to exhibit the findings of his ten year investigation into happiness. This film shows the process of him trying to become a better and happier person with mixed results.
Augarten, 21:30

August 1: Kill Bill Volume 1 at Kino am Dach

Up the steps that sandwich the Hauptbucherei (Main Library) at Burggasse metro station, and behind Oben Café you’ll find the Kino am Dach (Cinema on the Roof). On Tuesday they show the first of Tarantino’s classic revenge trilogy, Kill Bill.
Kino am Dach, 19:30

July 28: I, Daniel Blake at Volxkino

© volxkino.at

Volxkino has a well chosen program of films from the past year showing in unusual locations around the city. Ken Loach’s latest work is a picture of the failings of austerity in modern day Britain and a must-see. It’s a good excuse to explore some of Vienna’s lesser-known nooks, plus entry is free!
Dornerplatz
, 21:00


 

ON DISPLAY

 

Now On: LeveL – The Fragile Balance of Utopia


The interactive installation project from designers Katharina Mischer and Thomas Traxler aka Mischer’Traxler Studio aims to show the difficulties of creating utopia and how one’s presence and proximity can alter it.
MAK, through Oct 1

Now On: Bruce Davidson Photography Exhibition

© Bruce Davidson – Magnum

WestLicht hosts the first retrospective of the celebrated American photographer’s work here in Austria. With a career spanning over 50 years, the exhibition portrays an artist intent on illuminating subcultures and the margins of society
WestLicht, through Aug 13

Now On: Work it, Feel it!

The exhibition takes a look at our changing relationships to work with rapidly improving technology and increased automation, the shape-shifting of labour and its effect on our behaviour – it’s one worth calling in sick to go and see.
Kunsthalle Wien, through Sep 10

 


 

SPECIAL

 

July 28: Food Festival at MQ

Celebrating international tastes from Portuguese to Indian, the great courtyard at Museumsquartier welcomes some of the finest and most diverse culinary delights. Admission is free
Museumsquartier, Through July 30 (Fri, Sat 12:00-21:00; Sun -19:00)

July 29: Vintage Design Outlet

Design Lightblick is holding their next vintage design market on Saturday. The place to discover and buy intriguing furniture from the 50s to 2000, but also a very good place to sit and relax for an afternoon!
Vintage Design Outlet, 10:00-16:00

July 27: Blabla Language Exchange

Whether it be German, English, Japanese or Russian, come and polish your language skills together in conversation with natives and other learners.
MuseumsQuartier 19:00-22:30