At the start of each year, Vienna hosts several balls as part of its famous ball season. This is a formal event wherein attendees take part in dance performances that highlight the waltz and other musical entertainment. Dinner is included and sometimes, famous people are invited as guests.
Music is a huge part of Vienna hence it should be no surprise that the city also has active dance groups and events that showcase the dance skills of the Viennese. Unknown to some of you, Vienna is also the world’s dance capital.
Each year, the Vienna capital holds a dance festival. Known as “tanz ist;” this event is held twice a year. A contemporary dance programme is showcased every June but free dance performances are offered every November.
This week, those interested to have fun and go on a little adventure can join the Vienna treasure hunt organized by street artist Tabby. This man is considered as Vienna’s version of well known British graffiti artist Bansky.
This treasure hunt will go on for a week and will include daily challenges. Those who succeed will be rewarded with one of Tabby’s art works. The map and starting point of the hunt will be posted on the website.
It may not be October yet but Vienna has already started its famous beer-drinking festival known as Wiener Wiesn-Fest or its own version of Germany’s Oktoberfest. Just this weekend alone, the city’s first weekend event gathered more than a million people who were out to party regardless of the dreary autumn weather.
Impressive buildings for cultural and entertainment purposes are plenty in Vienna. One of them is the Burgtheater or the Austrian National Theater. Also known as Burg or Haus Am Ring and originally as the K.K. Theater an der Burg, the building is located in the first district just across the city hall at the famous Ring boulevard.
Since 1888, the building has been used as a theater house by Sellier, a theater company. The Sellier company earlier used a dance parlrour handed over by Empress Maria Theresia way back in 1741.
Vienna City visitors looking for a very unique experience in the entertainment scene should not miss going to the Rote Bar of Volkstheater. This place is the home of burlesque carnival called Cirque Rouge which highlights the vaudeville and cabaret culture.
Taking place every few months, the Cirque Rouge requires a dress code. Specifically, you need to be dressed in the ’20s to ’50s attire when attending this event.
Around Vienna, there are many places that offer various forms of entertainment. But for the young ones who would like a unique kind of adventure, there’s this place that offers an extraordinary kind of game.
Visitors to Vienna who would like to experience a different kind of entertainment, particularly gaming, should definitely try Room Escape. This exciting game is recommended for groups.
Apart from classical music and its world renowned musicians, Vienna is also well known for its cafe culture. Coffeehouses are everywhere in the Austrian capital and there’s even one unique type called the concert cafe.
Concert cafes are coffeehouses that play live music mostly via the piano. They feature classical Viennese music sometimes with a hint of jazz. Other times, soloists also perform in these establishments.
The capital city of Austria does not run out of festivals every year. They cover musical concerts, operas and balls.
Another festival that not many may have heard of is the Accordeon Festival. This is a monthlong celebration of accordion music in all its forms with more than 50 concerts to be held.
Organized by Freidl Preisl, this event has been going on for almost two decades now. Thanks to this festival, the accordion has become more widely known and much appreciated unlike before when it was simply considered a noisy and low-level musical instrument.
Did you know that every year, Vienna hosts more than 450 balls? That’s right and the Bonbon Ball is just one of them.
What makes this particular ball so popular? It is because of its casual approach unlike the others that are very formal.
The Bonbon Ball is considered the sweetest of its kind being held in the love month of February, specifically on the 28th. This event usually takes place at the Vienna Konzerthaus. It is the only ball being held at the home of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra.