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Vienna Media News 04/2017 Sounds of summer in Vienna

The Music Film Festival on Rathausplatz brings together top drawer culinary creations and cultural highlights. Fine food and free music films covering everything from opera to pop set the scene for a perfect summer’s night. When darkness falls, the giant open-air screen in front of City Hall comes to life with music from an eclectic mix of genres. And with a heady mix of excellent international dishes available from the many concession stands on Rathausplatz, there is something to suit every palate. In 2017 the Music Film Festival will take place for the 27th time, and in a fitting tribute the 27 Club will take center stage: the name of course referring to artists that died at the tender age of 27. Members include Amy Winehouse, Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin. The 2017 festival will also feature films of productions at major opera houses including La Scala in Milan and the Vienna State Opera, as well as recordings of works by top orchestras such as the Vienna Philharmonic and the Wiener Symphoniker.

Anyone with an interest in the capital’s up-and-coming music scene can’t afford to miss Popfest on Karlsplatz. For four days and nights young singers and bands will take to the stage in front of the Baroque Karlskirche church. Admission to the festival, which also takes in various locations around Karlsplatz, is free.

With plenty of music, dance shows and performances by international artists, the Africa Days on the Danube Island promises to be a lively affair. The festival site includes a bazaar with handcrafted goods including masks, figures, drums and jewellery. A wide range of exotic dishes will be available from numerous food stands. A series of talks and readings will also shed light on some of the problems facing the continent today. Although admission is free on the four designated Charity Days (Aug 21 + 28, Sep 4 + 5, 2017), visitors are encouraged to make donations directly to the charitable organizations on site.

And when summer slowly starts to draw to a close, it is time for the Gürtel Nightwalk. Held annually, this live music shindig takes place on Vienna’s Gürtel ring road, where a thriving bar and club scene flourishes beneath the arches of the former Stadtbahn railway. Stretching from B72 to Loop via Chelsea and Rhiz, the section of the Gürtel around Thaliastrasse and Josefstädterstrasse will host numerous open-air stages ready for free performances by Austrian and international music acts. Gürtel Nightwalk is also a great way to find out what’s going on in the local alternative music scene. If the weather refuses to play along, the concerts move indoors.

  • Music Film Festival, Jun 30-Sep 3, 2016, Rathausplatz, 1010 Vienna, www.filmfestivalrathausplatz.at
  • Popfest Vienna, Jul 27-30, 2017, Karlsplatz, 1040 Vienna, www.popfest.at
  • Africa festival on the Danube Island, Aug 18-Sep 5, 2017, Danube Island (between the Floridsdorferbrücke and Brigittenauerbrücke bridges), 1210 Vienna, wien.afrika-tage.de
  • Gürtel Nightwalk, Aug 26, 2017, section of the Gürtel between the Thaliastrasse and Alser Strasse U6 stations, www.guertelnightwalk.at

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