Vienna International Culture Guide

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Simon-Wiesenthal Prize Goes to Palestinian Activist

The Simon-Wiesenthal prize for the year 2022 was awarded for the second time. This prize is being awarded for the best activism against anti-semitism. This time the main prize was awarded to the organization Zikaron Basalon.

March 14, 2023

French-Austrian Gallery of Pioneer Women in Sport

On the occasion of International Women's Day and the 500 days leading up to the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Paris, the French Embassy in Austria has made a conscious decision to place March 2023 under the sign of female sports.

March 8, 2023

New Rotunde Will Be Built at Vienna Prater

A New Vienna Rotunde Will be Made at Prater. The Rotunde was a monumental building that was presented at the World Expo 1873, the first Expo in Vienna. In 1937, the building caught fire and was destroyed by the flames. Today it is experiencing its renewal.

March 7, 2023

Winning Ensembles of the 8th International Joseph Haydn Chamber Music Competition Chosen

For the 8th time, the International Joseph Haydn Chamber Music Competition, where young ensembles from all over the world compete, selected the best up-and-coming string quartets and piano trios. The two first prizes went to Trio Bohémo and Trio Pantoum, while the Chaos String Quartet and Trio Incendio were each runner-ups.

March 6, 2023

What is the Houskapreis? 13 Projects Nominated for the B&C Private Foundation Research Award

The nominated projects for the Houskapreis 2023, the research prize of the B&C Private Foundation, have been determined. But what is the renowned Austrian Houska Prize all about?

March 6, 2023

The Kunsthistorisches Museum Celebrates 10 Years of the Kunstkammer Reopening

The Kunstkammer at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna celebrates its 10th anniversary. There will be several exhibitions with the time focus being in March and April.

March 2, 2023

Great Success for Austria in the Marie Skłodowska Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship Call 2022

Austrian institutions participated in this call for proposals with 150 project applications in a coordinating role and were able to win at least 37 of these projects in an extremely competitive selection process. This makes the Austrian success rate the highest of all EU member states.

February 28, 2023

Austrian Foreign Ministry Invited to "50 Years of Austria Culture International"

On the occasion of "50 Years of Austria Culture International", Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg hosted a reception with artists and representatives of the media and cultural institutions.

February 23, 2023

Austria Celebrates 2023 Anniversary Year to the Preservation of Historical Monuments

In 1923, the Austrian Monument Protection Act was passed by the National Council. In the anniversary year 2023, the Federal Office for the Protection of Monuments invites you to a series of events throughout Austria that present the diversity and variety of Austrian monuments and the people behind them.

February 15, 2023

Japanese Embassy in Vienna Organized Reception On the Occasion of the Birthday of His Majesty the Emperor

A reception was held at the Ambassador's Residence on the occasion of His Majesty the Emperor's birthday. This was the first national holiday reception in three years after the Corona-related cancellation. About 250 guests attended, among them former Austrian President Dr. Heinz Fischer as the guest of honor. Additionally, it was exciting for diplomacy that Ambassador Ryuta used his speech at the reception to outline Japan's foreign policy goals.

February 14, 2023

Vienna Media Art Festival CIVA 2023 Goes Into its Last Round

The Viennese media art festival "Contemporary Immersive Virtual Art" (CIVA) will enter its third and last round from February 17 to 26. Under the title "Intangible Care", this year's ten-day event will be dedicated to our psyche, with free admission.

February 14, 2023

Embassy of Iran Organized a Reception for the National Day of the Islamic Republic of Iran

On the occasion of the National Day of the Islamic Republic of Iran, H.E. Abbas Bagherpour Ardekani, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Austria and Slovakia, together with H.E. Mohsen Naziri Asl, Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Vienna, hosted a reception at the Ambassador's Residence in Vienna.

February 9, 2023

Vienna Belvedere Hosts 34th World Tour Guide Day

The World Day of Tour Guides, which has been held annually since 1989, will take place in 2023 on February 17 and 19 in cooperation with the Belvedere. An extensive and free program will be offered on two days at all three locations of the Belvedere.

February 8, 2023

City of Vienna Seeks Community Communicators

Vienna is a city of many nations and the city is always trying to strengthen social cohesion and togetherness. More than 60 people are already active as community communicators in Vienna, volunteering their time to improve dialog and exchange between the City of Vienna and various immigrant groups. Now the project starts in the 2nd round.

February 7, 2023

New Film Incentive Model in Austria: HBO Shoots New Series Project "The Palace" in Vienna

The Vienna Film Commission is now increasingly promoting international film and series productions in Vienna and Austria. A new film funding model has been in place for some time and has now brought the first international project to the city. The new series from HBO with Hugh Grant and Kate Winslet called "The Palace" had its shooting start in Vienna.

February 5, 2023

Australian Embassy in Vienna Celebrated its National Holiday "Australia Day"

Every year, Australia Day celebrates contemporary Australia and acknowledges the country's history while reflecting on what it means to be Australian. This year, the Australian Embassy in Vienna was able to celebrate their nation's national day without corona restrictions and in person.

February 2, 2023

Race, Ethnicity, and Gender Are Important: Assistant Professor From Georgetown University Jamil Scott in Austria

Assistant Professor Jamil Scott from Georgetown University was present in Vienna at Amerika Haus and in Linz at Johannes Kepler University to talk about political behavior in different aspects.

February 1, 2023

First Steps Towards the Establishment of a Shoah Center in Vienna

According to Oskar Deutsch, president of the Jewish Community Vienna (IKG), a memorial similar to those in Israel and the U.S. should also exist in Austria. Minister of Constitution Karoline Edtstadler supports such steps towards the establishment of a Shoah Center in Vienna.

January 31, 2023

Wikimedia Austria Awards Prize for Free Knowledge 2023 at Viennese Ball of Science

The Austrian Prize for Free Knowledge honors people and organizations that communicate knowledge under a free license. The award ceremony took place at the Vienna Ball of Science in the presence of Federal Minister Leonore Gewessler, Mayor Michael Ludwig and City Councilor Veronica Kaup-Hasler.

January 30, 2023

French Ambassador to Austria Opens Exhibition for "Jean Egger - Revolutionary of Modern Painting" in Linz

The French Ambassador to Austria, Gilles Pécout, opened the exhibition "Jean Egger - Revolutionary of Modern Painting" in the Lentos Museum in Linz with a speech praising his influence on modern art.

January 29, 2023

Joint Commemoration of the Victims of the Shoah

On the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, representatives of the Israeli Religious Community, the Roma, the Government of Austria, the Embassy of Israel in Vienna and the humanist parliamentary parties commemorated the victims of the Shoah.

January 29, 2023

French Embassy in Vienna Awards Academic Palms

The French Ambassador to Austria, Gilles Pécout, presented the Academic Palm to four personalities during a ceremony at the Embassy in the presence of the Austrian Federal Minister for Europe and Constitution, Karoline Edtstadtler.

January 25, 2023

Mauthausen Memorial Research Award 2022 Awarded

The Mauthausen Memorial Research Award was presented for 2022 this year. The ceremonial presentation by the jury took place at the Vienna site of the concentration camp memorial. Two submissions convinced the jury of experts, consisting of representatives from contemporary history and memorial culture.

January 24, 2023

New Memorial Plaque on Stubenring Commemorates Victims of the Nazi Regime

A commemorative plaque for the victims of Nazi military tribunals was unveiled today by Minister of Social Affairs Johannes Rauch, Minister of Justice Alma Zadić, Minister of Agriculture Norbert Totschnig and Minister of Labor and Economic Affairs Martin Kocher at the government building on Stubenring in Vienna.

January 23, 2023

Physics Nobel Prize Winner Anton Zeilinger Holds Public Lecture at the University of Vienna

At a public lecture in the Audimax of the University of Vienna, physics Nobel laureate Anton Zeilinger takes the audience on a journey through the "wonderful world of quantum".

January 23, 2023

Cultural Policy Dialogue Between Austria and Liechtenstein

The regular exchange on cultural policy issues contributes to strengthening bilateral relations and cultural cooperation. The Cultural Section of the Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs received a delegation from the Principality of Liechtenstein for cultural policy dialogue in Vienna.

January 22, 2023

Confucius Institute at the University of Vienna Organized Spring Reception

The Confucius Institute of the University of Vienna organized a reception for the Chinese Spring Festival. The Chinese New Year "The Year of the Rabbit" is dedicated to the Water Rabbit. At the reception, the Chinese Embassy Counselor in Vienna also gave a speech.

January 15, 2023

Ceremonial Reopening of the Parliament in Vienna

On the occasion of the opening of the renovated parliament building, a grand ceremony was held in the Federal Assembly Hall, which was attended not only by top domestic politicians but also by numerous guests of honor from Austria and abroad. The historic house on the Ring, which took five years to renovate and modernize, now shines again in its new splendor.

January 12, 2023

Vienna Albertina Celebrates its 20th Anniversary

In 2023, the Albertina museum celebrates its reopening 20 years ago, the renovation of the state rooms and the expansion of the museum from 2,000 to over 28,000 square meters today. With between 700,000 and one million tickets sold a year, the Albertina has been repositioned into a new museum rich in tradition.

January 10, 2023

Orthodox Christians Celebrate Christmas in Austria

Every year on January 6 and 7, millions of Orthodox Christians around the world celebrate Christmas. In the capital, Vienna and many other cities, especially Serbian and Russian Orthodox Christians, as well as Oriental Orthodox Christians, are currently celebrating Christmas.

January 7, 2023

Exhibition of Jean-Michel Basquiat at the Albertina

ALBERTINA presents "Jean-Michel Basquiat. The Retrospective" the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat for the first time in Austria. An exhibition of Jean-Michel Basquiat at the Albertina lasts only until 08.01. 2023.

January 3, 2023

Robert Menasse Wins the Bruno Kreisky Award for the Political Book 2022

The Bruno Kreisky Award for the Political Book 2022 will reward several persons and organizations for their outstanding work in the fields of equality, democracy, solidarity and tolerance. Austrian author Robert Menasse is honored this year for the political book.

January 2, 2023

Overall View of New Year’s Eve Markets in Vienna

Vienna’s new year’s eve markets will be active this year by offering a variety of entertaining products. The Markets will be open from December 27 to December 31 in 211 different locations.

December 24, 2022

Austria's Nobel Anton Zeilinger Laureate Receives Honor from President

Austrian quantum physicist Anton Zeilinger was awarded the "Grand Decoration of Honor in Silver with Star for Services to the Republic of Austria" by Austria's Federal President Van der Bellen.

December 21, 2022

First Austrian State Prize for Women Awarded

Austria's Minister for Women Susanne Raab ceremoniously presented the first Austrian State Award for Women in Vienna. Among others, the Austrian women's soccer team received the Austrian State Prize for Women, which is endowed by the Ministry of Women's Affairs.

December 20, 2022

On Saint Nicholas Day, Ukranian Music Band Kalush Orchestra Visited the Largest Ukrainian School in Austria

Ukranian music band Kalush Orchestra, whom also won the Eurovision Song Contest this year, performed on a Ukranian saturday school in Vienna on a beneficiary basis to congratulate the kids in school for the St.Nicholas Day.

December 19, 2022

EU Delegation in Vienna Organized Charity Gala "#EU4UKRAINE

The EU Delegation to the International Organizations in Vienna organized for the third time the EU Multilateral Christmas Charity Gala. The Kalush Orchestra, the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) winner from Ukraine, also came to MuTh for the EU Multilateral Christmas Charity Gala in favor of Ukraine and performed together with the Janoska Ensemble, the Chorus Juventus of the Vienna Boys Choir.

December 18, 2022

Qatar Celebrates National Day Same Day as World Cup Final

Qatar celebrates its most important holiday of the year through a bunch of events annually. This time, it is more of a special occasion, since on the same day as the national day the Fifa World Cup Final is also held in Qatar, which boosts the celebratory atmosphere in the country.

December 18, 2022

Moldovan Christmas Charity Concert in Vienna

Moldovan musicians from Vienna will play a charity concert that will promote Moldovan Christmas traditions while supporting orphan children and children from vulnerable low-income families. The Christmas carols will be related to Areas in Moldova and accompanied by ancient Moldovan folklore.

December 16, 2022

Project "Christmas together with Ukraine" in Vienna

Children from different regions of Ukraine visited Vienna for a Christmas concert. The project "Christmas with Ukraine" is held on the route Uzhhorod-Budapest-Vienna-Bratislava-Prague-Warsaw-Uzhhorod. Despite air raids and the bombing of cities, the children prepared and currently present a bright Christmas performance.

December 15, 2022

Vienna New Year's Eve Trail Will Return this Year

The Vienna New Year's Eve Trail will take place again this year after a break of two years due to the Covid pandemic. The City of Vienna has now announced the first details of the program. It is also the 31st edition of the popular event, which was last held in 2019 and is one of the largest New Year's Eve celebrations in Europe. Read more about New Year's Eve in Vienna!

December 15, 2022

Symbolic Act of Handover in St. Stephen's Cathedral on the Occasion of the Swedish EU Presidency

Sweden's next year's Presidency of the Council of the European Union was acclaimed by the Swedish Embassy with a unique event at St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna. On the occasion of the traditional Swedish Festival of Lights, St. Stephen's Cathedral hosted a concert featuring a Lucia procession to symbolize the transfer of the EU presidency.

December 13, 2022

Innsbruck's Old Town Boasts One of the Most Enchanting Small Christmas Markets in Europe

Christmas Markets are a wonderful way to spend time with your family and friends during this wholesome period of the year. Sometimes it can be hard to choose the right one. However, there is one Christmas Market that stands out.

December 12, 2022

Annual Meeting for Intercultural and Religious Dialogue of the European People's Party in Vienna

The annual meeting of the Working Group on Intercultural and Religious Dialogue of the European People's Party (EPP) parliamentary group in the European Parliament took place this weekend in Vienna. Without religions and their contribution to the formation of values, a future for Europe is unimaginable, according to the EPP.

December 11, 2022

Vienna Ranks Poorly Among Expats

The Expat City Ranking has ranked 50 cities worldwide in the year 2022. There have been some surprises; however, Vienna did not do well in the ranking, with some complaints repeating themselves even from the years before. The expats rank the cities on an annual basis through some basic categories. Vienna has one category where it performed the worst.

December 7, 2022

German Literature Archive Receives Estate of Austrian Poet Rainer Maria Rilke

The transfer of writings and materials of the poet Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926) to the German Literature Archive Marbach is the largest transfer to the Literature Archive in Baden-Württemberg with the estate, which had been in private hands for almost 100 years.

December 1, 2022

Hybrid Butoh Vienna Art Festival with a World Star of Butoh

The first hybrid "Butoh Vienna Art Festival" from December 1 to 11 can boast a world star of Butoh. The festival, organized by Austrian-based Brazilian and top-class Butoh performer Will Lopes, from December 1 to 11, will bring Atsushi Takenouchi to Vienna. The 60-year-old Japanese is one of the most distinguished artists of this special form of dance theater, which does without a fixed form.

November 30, 2022

Pre-Christmas Period in Vienna: Christmas Market at the Vienna City Hall

The pre-Christmas season in Vienna has officially begun. The festive illumination of the Christmas tree on Rathausplatz already illuminates the entire square. The "Wiener Weihnachtstraum" invites this year with an adapted concept for more sustainability, less standel and more offers for families.

November 27, 2022

Anniversary of 160 Years of Romanian Diplomacy and 15 Years since Romania's Accession to the EU

On the occasion of the Romanian National Day, H.E. Emil Hurezeanu, Ambassador of Romania to the Republic of Austria, together with H.E. Stelian Stoian, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Romania to the International Organizations based in Vienna, hosted the reception. The reception on the occasion of the National Day of Romania took place in the premises of the Vienna Stock Exchange Halls.

November 27, 2022

Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Fundamental and Human Rights Celebrates 30 Years in Vienna

In the run-up to International Human Rights Day, Austria's leading human rights institute celebrates its 30th anniversary with a high-profile panel discussion. Michael Lysander Fremuth, Scientific Director of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute thanks the University of Vienna and the Ludwig Boltzmann Society for a "strong commitment and dedication to basic and applied human rights research."

November 24, 2022