A colourful programme for Viennese of every age
This year’s Kultursommer is the second edition – and it will be even bigger. 1,000 acts covering every musical genre from electro-pop to traditional Viennese songs, from theatre to dance, cabaret, literature, performance and contemporary circus can be enjoyed in 40 locations on 40 days (3rd
July to 15th August). And this year, for the first time, there’s also a programme for children and families.
“Vienna’s Kultursommer is simply as colourful as the city,” says Veronica Kaup-Hasler, Executive City Councillor for Cultural Affairs, who initiated the project: “I’d like lots of Viennese – young and old – to encounter culture anew. To enjoy free open-air events and get a lot of pleasure from their Kultursommer. A new element is the Bank Austria Kultursommerclub on the stage in Donaustadt – where you can get really fired up and dance!”
Reviving club culture: A party next to the motorway
Club culture has been particularly hard hit by the pandemic, which makes it especially pleasing that the Kultursommer is focussing on parties – with support from Bank Austria. And an ideal location has been found at the Donaustadtbrücke. The storage facility of MA 28, the city’s Road Building Department, is a location with industrial flair. It’s close to the motorway, where neighbours won’t be disturbed. So there’s nothing standing in the way of a relaxed party night. On Friday and Saturday evenings, DJ collectives such as the queer Malefiz and the house & minimal experts Club Pompadour
, will be at the turntables. You require a ticket for the club evenings. These cost 10 euros and are available online. And on the night they can be converted into refreshment vouchers.
Alongside the Bank Austria Kultursommerclub, a new addition this year is the Bank Austria Kultursommer Pass, which you can get stamped in a range of locations. And with six stamps and a little luck you could win vouchers for cultural events in the autumn. In this way, the Kultursommer will also meet an intended long-term objective: to continue supporting the Viennese art and culture sector, which has been so hard hit by the pandemic, beyond the end of the summer. And to offer a new audience the opportunity to discover art for itself. It’s a cool thing, be part of it!