Poetry is Alive in Vienna

Being a city rich in culture, Vienna has produced so many great names particularly in the field of arts whether it pertains to visual, performing and literary art. When it comes to the literary art form, poetry is very much alive in the Austrian capital. 

Each year, Vienna joins the World Poetry Day celebration of UNESCO and this year, aspiring poets and coffee drinkers were allowed to write a poem in exchange for free coffee. This 2015, some 1,100 cafes, bars and restaurants in 23 countries mostly in Europe joined the celebration. Viennese coffee houses that took part in the March 21 event were Cafe Weimar, Cafe Hummel, Cafe Korb adn Cafe Museum. 

The move to mark World Poetry Day in Vienna is inspired by the desire to revive the traditional cultural benefits of Viennese coffee houses. In the past, Vienna’s coffee houses attracted artists, writers and other very important people. The group supporting this event said it is still important to show the world the essence of feelings more than money. 

The Viennese coffee house culture was included in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list in 2011. The famous coffee houses of Vienna are described in the Austrian inventory of the National Agency for the Intangible Cultural Heritage as a place where time and space are consumed, but only the coffee is found on the bill. 


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