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Concert at Donauinsel Photo: Shake Stew

29.06.2021

Vienna Opens Up!

1,000 acts in 40 locations: Thanks to the Kultursommer Wien, ‘all the city’s a stage’ again this year, from the centre to the outer suburbs.

You can simply go with the flow, to free concerts, readings, and performances. And, if you like to dance, then visit the Bank Austria Kultursommer Club, where popular DJ collectives will be providing the music.

Photo: Kultursommer 2020 Stadt Wien Marketing GmbH Nikolaus-Ostermann

The Vegetable Orchestra Photo: Katsey Photography

Everyone has missed something different during the past few months: the throbbing bass in the clubs, cool live concerts, readings followed by intense discussions or dance events, where one even works up a sweat by just watching. Corona abruptly interrupted our cultural life. Many artists were left without a source of income.

Summerfestival for Vienna

That’s why Vienna City Council came up with the idea last year of the first city-wide summer festival. A variety of stages welcome live events, for which you don’t have to pay anything. The Kultursommer Wien delivers art directly to the public. The events take place on improvised open-air stages. Deckchairs are available for those wanting to chill out. The Kultursommer offers artists the opportunity to perform again. And it introduces an inquisitive audience to the diversity of Vienna’s cultural scene.

Bank Austria is a main sponsor of the Kultursommer. Robert Zadrazil, CEO of UniCredit Bank Austria, explains why it’s so important to support art right now: “As a modern bank we take issues that affect society as a whole very seriously. This is why we recently strongly expanded our involvement in the art and culture scene, which has been so hard hit by the pandemic: Hence, we’re involved in the Donauinselfest again, just like the Kultursommer Wien and the popular film festival on Rathausplatz.”

Impulstanz Workshop at the Viennese Rathaut Foto: Nikolaus Ostermann

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!