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VIENNA

albertina

VIENNA

There is more to Vienna than being the metropolis of music, coffee houses, theatres and chocolate cake.

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VIENNA - EXHIBITIONS

Wien Museum Karlsplatz

WIEN MUSEUM KARLSPLATZ

The Wien Museum Karlsplatz: If you are interested in Vienna, this is the place to pick up its traces.

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Kunst Haus Wien

KUNST HAUS WIEN

The museum and monument for Friedensreich Hundertwasser drews a lot of attention.

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The Sound Museum

HAUS DER MUSIK - THE SOUND MUSEUM

Haus der Musik - Let your ears explore!

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Westlicht

WESTLICHT. SCHAUPLATZ FÜR FOTOGRAFIE

Westlicht. Schauplatz für Fotografie is one of the most important adresses for photographers in whole Vienna.

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The Museumsquarter Vienna

THE MUSEUMSQUARTIER VIENNA

Old masters and modern art, baroque and cyberspace, expeditions into the realm of the imagination, and recreation in the centre of the city never came that close.

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Albertina

ALBERTINA

One of the world’s finest art collections lives in a palace.

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Austrian Museum of Applied Arts

MAK – AUSTRIAN MUSEUM OF APPLIED ARTS

In the MAK you get your share of applied art, design, nightlife and even food and drink.

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VIENNA - FESTIVAL / EVENTS 

Impulstanz

IMPULSTANZ

12.07. – 12.08.2012: Vienna International Dance Festival at and around the Museumsquartier

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Wien Modern

WIEN MODERN

22.10. bis 16.11.2012:Wien modern never gets old. It is Austria’s largest festival for contemporary music.

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Vienna Designweek

VIENNA DESIGN WEEK

28.09. - 07.10.2012: A beautiful new world at the Vienna Design Week.

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Wiener Festwochen

WIENER FESTWOCHEN

11.05. - 17.06.2012: The entire city of music and theater turns into a festival zone for five weeks. With a colorful, iridescent, up-to-date program.

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Vienna Art Week

VIENNAARTWEEK

19. - 25.11.2012: The Who’s Who of the international art scene is invited to Vienna in autumn

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viennale

VIENNALE

25.10. - 07.11.2012: Viennale-Vienna International Film Festival.

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Life Ball

LIFE BALL

19.05.2012: The Life Ball is different. Than other balls. And it has a message: AIDS doesn’t have a chance if the sick are given a chance.

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Buch Wien

BUCH WIEN

November 2012: International Book Fair and Reading Festival.

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 VIENNA - SHOPS / DESIGN

Rave Up

RAVE UP

If you want an alternative to "unsavory" music? - Than this record shop should be your aim.

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Combinat

COMBINAT

Combinat is more than a design shop - it is a playground for action, events and exhibitions.

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Buntwäsche

BUNTWÄSCHE

Self-Service.

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Boutique Gegenalltag

BOUTIQUE GEGENALLTAG

All kinds of the same: The boutique gegenalltag just doesn’t sell the daily grind, it rather declares battle against the same old thing off the rack.

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ulliKO

ulliKO MODEDESIGN

Monotone, two-tone, three-tone

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VIENNA - ACCOMODATION 

Campground Aktiv Camping

AKTIV CAMPING NEUE DONAU

The campground Aktiv Camping Neue Donau offers comfort and in nature's bosom.

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Appartement Riemergasse

APPARTEMENTS RIEMERGASSE

Stylish: The apartements on Riemergasse in the center of Vienna are still  in proper (art nouveau) style.

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The Levantes

THE LEVANTES

The design hotels Levante couple Biedermayer with the newest architecture.

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hotelKUNSThof

hotelKUNSThof

The hotelKUNSThof gives artists the opportunity to introduce themselves and their work to visitors from all around the world.

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Hollman Beletage

HOLLMAN BELETAGE

The Design Hotel is located in the heart of the historic centre of Vienna.

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VIENNA - GASTRO / NIGHTLIFE

Porgy&Bess

PORGY & BESS

First-class jazz bands perform on the Rimergasse.

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Reigen

REIGEN

The café directly accross on the Hadikgasse serves as an example for Vienna’s often cited but too little celebrated coffee house tradition.

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Roxy

ROXY

In the small club changing DJs and guest DJs from the Viennese electronica scene mix funky grooves.

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Wärmespender

WÄRMESPENDER/ KIOSKO CALYPSO

Across from Karlskirche there’s a new „in“ club.

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Dance Cafe Jenseits

DANCE CAFE JENSEITS

The sounds of today meet the grandious eroticism of yesteryear in a former brothel.

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Enzis

ENZIS IN THE MUSEUMSQUARTIER

The "Enzis" turn the MuseumsQuartier (MQ) into the biggest living room in Vienna.

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Das Schwarze Kameel

DAS SCHWARZE KAMEEL

Or, the best backroom in the world

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 GRAZ 

(c) graz tourismus

GRAZ

The reputation of being a lively, modern cultural place has earned Graz the title of Cultural Capital of Europe 2003, for the first time in Austria!

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  GRAZ - EXHIBITIONS

kunsthaus graz

KUNSTHAUS GRAZ

The Kunsthaus Graz is unique. Inside and out.

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AUSTRIAN SCULPTURE PARK

AUSTRIAN SCULPTURE PARK

An Open-Air Collection of relevant sculptures by Austrian and international artists.

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forum stadtpark

FORUM STADTPARK GRAZ

Once upon a time there were some squatters, a cluster of genius and a literary centre. But today they lived happily in a 100%-contemporary space for young art of all shapes and colours.

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GRAZ - FESTIVAL / EVENTS

(c) yaehyaeh_litfass

DESIGN MONTH

27.04. - 27.05.2012: The creative scene presents ... itself.

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steirischer herbst

STEIRISCHER HERBST

21.09. – 14.10.2012: Austria’s most important festival of contemporary art.

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Springfestival

SPRINGFESTIVAL

16. – 20.05.2012: Austria’s biggest festival for electronic art and music electrifies each year the cultural city.

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La Strada

LA STRADA

27.07. – 06.08.2012: The festival for street and puppet theatre functions as a meeting point for international off-theatre groups and fascinates each year more and more Graz visitors.

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Elevate

ELEVATE

24. - 26.10.2012: Graz possesses a castle hill. With stages inside and on top. It is there where Elevate is celebrated. A young festival for advanced pop culture and political discussion.

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GRAZ - ARCHITECTURE

ARCHITECTURE

Graz – City of Architecture: An alien as an exhibition house, an artificial island in the Mur river. Graz has the courage for modern architecture.

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GRAZ - SHOPS / DESIGN

BILD: sujet mo:ya

[mo:ya]

A collective of young designer inbetween design, art and tecnology.

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Lena Hoschek, Foto: Marco Rossi

LENA HOSCHEK SHOP

Fifties Fever: Especially for lovers of the fifties: you have to shop! 

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S'Finks

S'FINKS

S’Finks stands for opulent, creative designer rags that are guaranteed to be strikingly different.

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Taiga Fashion Store

TAIGA FASHION STORE

Experiment: Young lifestyle fashion

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Kwirl

KWIRL

Design for all categories of prices and tastes.

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Bazaar

BAZAAR

Not like the Orient

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Graz. Koelz

KÖLZ

Kitsch never dies 

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Graz.Trash

TRASH

nomen est omen

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GRAZ - ACCOMODATION

Graz. Augartenhotel

AUGARTENHOTEL

Art & Design: Those who like to feast their eyes on art and design have come to the right place.

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Youth Hostel Graz

YOUTH HOSTEL GRAZ

The Highlights: a new climbing and adventure hall, a garden area with children’s corner, an internet café, a sun deck, ...

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Monastery

BARMHERZIGE SCHWESTERN PROVINZHAUS

In the monastery.

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Graz. Hotel Daniel

HOTEL DANIEL

Smart and chick: The Hotel Daniel calls itself "Austria's firts Budget-Design-Hotel".

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Mercure Graz City

MERCURE GRAZ CITY

In the colorful district Lend: The Mercure Graz City is located in the centre of Graz.

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GRAZ - GASTRO / NIGHTLIFE 

Theatrecafe Graz

THEATRECAFÉ GRAZ

Unique variety atmosphere, scrambled eggs and piano music.

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Cafe Auschlössl

INTERKULTURELLES MEGAPHON CAFE AUSCHLÖSSL

Fair coffee and tea, Bionade and special interest magazines, newspapers and  books.

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Mohrenwirt

MOHRENWIRT

There are many taverns in Graz. But there’s only one Mohrenwirt.

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Aiola

AIOLA CITY & AIOLA UPSTAIRS

Design, frothy milk, Italian coffee, big breakfasts, fine fingerfood.

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Postgarage Graz

POSTGARAGE

In two event halls they play electro, indie, pop, rock... and above all many live concerts.

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Cafe Fotter

CAFÉ-BÄCKEREI FOTTER

The cafe Fotter is located close to the Grazer university and enjoys great popularity. Not only with students.

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Pretzel

PRETZELS

The pretzel man is already an inconspicuous but characteristic institution of street life in Graz.

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Parkhouse Graz

PARK HOUSE

Open air chill out

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Tribeka Graz

TRIBEKA

A cool atmosphere, relaxed music: Drink better coffee” is the motto of the Tribeka locations is Graz.

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SALZBURG

BILD: (c) museum der moderne

SALZBURG

Everyone thinks they know it: the home of Mozart, the festivals und the nougat-marzipan-chocolates. But there is a Salzburg beyond the powdered wigs and spectacular high culture..
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SALZBURG - EXHIBITIONS

Museum of contemporary art

MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART MÖNCHSBERG

Contemporary art above the rooftop, fresh exhibitions and a collection with many highlights of Austrian modernity.

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Museum of contemporary art Rupertinum

MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART RUPERTINUM

The Rupertinum in the heart of the Salzburg Old Town was already on record in 1350.

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Galleries in Summer

GALLERIES IN SUMMER

What do matombo, 5020 and Fotohof have in common?

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SALZBURG - FESTIVAL / EVENTS

Mozartweek Salzburg

MOZARTWEEK SALZBURG

27.01. - 05.02.2012: Happy Birthday Amadeus

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THE SALZBURG FESTIVALS

THE SALZBURG FESTIVALS 

20.07. – 2.09.2012: From July until August. For five to six summer weeks. Every year. Since 1920. 

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Jazzfestival Saalfelden

JAZZFESTIVAL SAALFELDEN

23. – 26.08.2012: Between hall, field and alp one of the most important jazz festivals of Europe is set.

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Salzburg Jazz-Autumn

SALZBURG JAZZ-AUTUMN

23.10. - 04.11.2012: This year it will bring the new jazz big-wigs to Salzburg.

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Dialogues

DIALOGUES

28.11. – 22.12.2012: Continued festival of the International Mozarteum Foundation Salzburg.

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SALZBURG - SHOPS / DESIGN

Schirmhandel Kirchtag

SCHIRMHANDEL KIRCHTAG

In Search of Lost Time (2)

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Knopferlmayer

KNOPFERLMAYER

In Search of Lost Time (1)

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Ploom

PLOOM

Exclusive swimwear and undergarments by young designer Tanja Pflaum.

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Katharina Kaesbach

KATHARINA KAESBACH

From flamenco to Haute Couture: Designer Katharina Kaesbach presents her fashion label in Salzburg's city centre.

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SALZBURG - ACCOMODATION 

Goldener Hirsch

GOLDENER HIRSCH

The Goldener Hirsch is located in the well-known "Getreidegasse" and offers luxury and comfort.

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art.guest.house

art.guest.house BLAUE GANS 

The traditional house in the city center offers rooms and suites with young flair and   contemporary art.

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Hotel Stein

HOTEL STEIN

You’ll have the most beautiful view of the Salzburg Old Town from the roof terrace of Hotel Stein.

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SALZBURG - GASTRO / NIGHTLIFE 

Cafe Fuerst

CAFÉ FÜRST 

There’s only one original Mozart ball: It’s in the Salzburg confectionery Fürst.

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Afro Café!

AFRO COFFEE!

Young. Authentical. African. In Salzburg the first European Afro Coffee has opened.

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m32

M32

The M32 (Mönchsberg 32) in the Salzburg Museum of Contemporary Art is above all one thing: different.

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Bazar

BAZAR

You’ll think you’re in a historic parlor.

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Magazin

MAGAZIN

Restaurant, wine bar and wine store: Magazin is not only chic, it’s very chic.

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VORARLBERG

Kunsthaus Bregenz

VORARLBERG

Vorarlberg might be separated from the rest of Austria by the Arlberg Mountain Range - this is how Austria's most western province got its name - "Vor" meaning "in front of" the Arlberg.

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 VORARLBERG - EXHIBITIONS

Kunsthaus Bregenz

 

KUNSTHAUS BREGENZ

Der Stern des Westens unter Österreichs Ausstellungshäusern.

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Vorarlberg Provincial Museum

VORARLBERG PROVINCIAL MUSEUM

The oldest museum at the shores of Lake Constance focuses on both its own history and that of Vorarlberg.

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Werkraum Bregenzerwald

WERKRAUM BREGENZERWALD

Modern Vorarlberg architecture has gained an excellent reputation.

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Art Space Dornbirn

ART SPACE DORNBIRN

Exploration of nature by means of multiple types of art.

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VORARLBERG - FESTIVAL / EVENTS

Schubertiade Schwarzenberg

SCHUBERTIADE SCHWARZENBERG

16. – 25.06.2012/ 27.08. – 29.09.2012: Since its foundation 30 years ago the festival has developed into the world’s most renowned Schubert-Festival.

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Feldkirch Festival

FELDKIRCH FESTIVAL 

06. – 17.06.2012: The Feldkirch Festival under Philippe Arlaud counts on enthusiasm for new music and new form.

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Bregenz Festival

BREGENZ FESTIVAL

18.08.  –  18.08.2012: Why there is hardly a more atmospheric festival setting than the Bregenz Festival at Lake Constance.

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Philosophicum Lech

PHILOSOPHICUM LECH

19. – 23.09.2012: Philosophizing for four days at Arlberg.

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 Bludenz Days of  Contemporary Music

BLUDENZ DAYS OF CONTEMPORARY MUSIC

21. – 24.11.2012: Cinema, concerts, seminars, exhibitions, meetings.

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VORARLBERG - ARCHITECTURE

Kunsthaus Hitti Saul

BLUDENZ DAYS OF CONTEMPORARY MUSIC

Traditional wood construction transformed into contemporary architecture with energy awareness. The smallest Austrian province, or “laendle“, is a pioneer; sustainable planning and craftsmanship go hand in hand. How come?

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VORARLBERG - SHOPS / DESIGN

KUB shop

KUB SHOP

Exclusive and limited: Legendary pieces from the in-house Edition Kunsthaus Bregenz.

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Dornbirn Livid

LIVID JEANS&FASHION

Dornbirn: Fancy brands in a cool shop that is second to none.

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Boutique Karin

BOUTIQUE KARIN

Unusual avant garde fashions – mostly from Paris.

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Fashion Boutique Sagmeister

FASHION BOUTIQUE SAGMEISTER

Prada & more: Designer fashions from Prada to Schumacher.

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VORARLBERG - ACCOMODATION

Martinspark

MARTINSPARK

Architekture and Design: The Martinspark Hotel in Dornbirn calls itself “Austria’s first design hotel”.

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Hotel Deuring

HOTEL DEURING SCHLÖSSLE

Aristo-Flair. Stucco ceilings and antiques next to designer furniture.

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Gasthof Hirschen in Schwarzenberg

GASTHOF HIRSCHEN IN SCHWARZBERG

Hospitality, comfort and 250 years of tradition.

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VORARLBERG - GASTRO / NIGHTLIFE

Deuringstraße Elf

DEURINGSTRASSE ELF

The Deuringstrasse Elf calls itself a "CafePubRestaurant".

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The Hohentwiel

THE HOHENTWIEL

Original Lake Constance paddlesteamer offers a classy dinner. 

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Castle Restaurant Gebhardsberg

CASTLE RESTAURANT GEBHARDSBERG

Medieval ambience, picturesque castle court, breathtaking panorama and of course great food.

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Kesselhaus

KESSELHAUS

A real Bregenz suburban cafeteria, located in the same building as the "Theater Kosmos".

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Stage Three

STAGE THREE

The provider of the Bregenz Festival house calls itself Stage Three ("Bühne Drei").

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KUB-Cafe

KUB-CAFÉ

By night a classic cocktail bar, by day a small, but even more fine Cafe-Restaurant.

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CREATIVE AUSTRIA looks back on some special EVENTS 2012 

BILD: Musik I 1895. © München, Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen Neue Pinakothek

Vienna: 2012 Klimt`s 150th anniversary

the whole year 2012.

 

 150 Years “Old” - Art Nouveau

For the 150th anniversary of the birth of the great Art Nouveau painter Gustav Klimt, Staud’s, the famous Viennese producer of jams, jellies and other delicacies, made a point of bringing out their own Art Nouveau Collection. In an elegant manner, these culinary creations combine the worlds depicted by the artist with selected jewels of Viennese Art Nouveau architecture from the turn of the last century. Klimt’s gold-rich paintings transform their objects in ornamental surfaces. On the search for a new beauty, the interplay between playful abstraction and aestheticization leads directly to the heart of modernity. How inherently Viennese this language of form has been and remains is shown clearly in the architecture of the Danube metropolis with its innumerable impressive historical buildings. This can be found most of all in the Secession by Joseph Maria Olbrich, for the construction of which Klimt had offered several draft plans as well. Numerous other architectural monuments from planners including Otto Wagner or Josef Hoffmann make Vienna a unique setting for a Klimt Year, supported by special exhibitions in 10 museums including the Belvedere, KHM, Albertina, MAK, Wien Museum and Leopold Museum. Those who would like to rediscover Klimt and Vienna at the turn of the last century have a multitude of excellent opportunities right now to do so. Real connections are being built between the fans of the greatest master of the Art Nouveau movement and his works. A special treat awaits at the KHM which, in honour of the master, has constructed a bridge to bring the amazed visitor closer to a yet undiscovered work: Klimt’s mural painting in the staircase of the KHM. A feast for the eyes.

Klimt in Vienna - a Selection

Gustav Klimt at the Kunsthistorisches Museum
Until May 6 2012

The Kunsthistorisches Museum presents an exhibition dedicated to Klimt’s intermediate period – 1886 to 1897
during this 2012 anniversary year.
www.khm.at

Gustav Klimt. The Drawings
March 14 – June 10 2012
Gustav Klimt’s enduring popularity as a sketch artist is based largely on the breathtaking sensuality of his female nudes.
www.albertina.at

Klimt Up Close and Personal. Images - Letters - Insights
February 24 – August 27 2012
With the help of world-famous paintings and Gustav Klimt’s travel correspondence, the Leopold Museum sheds light on Klimt as a private individual.
www.leopoldmuseum.org

Klimt. The Wien Museum Collection
May 16 – September 16 2012
The Wien Museum boasts an exceptionally rich Klimt collection (including around 400 drawings) which will go on public display in its entirety for the first time in an exhibition entitled "Klimt. The Wien Museum Collection".
www.wienmuseum.at 

Gustav Klimt: Erwartung und Erfüllung - Entwürfe zum Mosaikfries im Palais Stoclet (Expectation and Fulfillment – Drafts of the Mosaic Frieze at the Stoclet Palace)
March 21 – July 15 2012
The Austrian Museum of Applied Art/Contemporary Art (MAK) is dedicating a special exhibition to Gustav Klimt's design drawings for the mosaic in the dining hall of the Stoclet Palace.
www.mak.at

For all special exhibitions dedicated to the Klimt Year:
www.klimt2012.info

 


 

BILD: truth is concrete (c) josef schützenhöfer

GRAZ: steirischer herbst FESTIVAL


21.09. – 14.10.2012: Art takes the gloves off.

 

 


  
In light of the ongoing crises, steirischer herbst – Austria’s leading festival of advanced art – goes on the offensive. The programme for 2012 is combative, critical and “concrete”.

“Truth is concrete” was the sentence Berthold Brecht had written across his desk – now steirischer herbst has made this its leitmotif, and it is a challenging one: although the “herbst”, founded as an avant-garde festival, never avoided making political statements, the focus has usually been on the form. The search for new means of expression and artistic language has led the festival deep into the self-referential cosmos of contemporary art. The intellectual experiment can be found next to trash, subculture next to sophisticated culture, sensual frenzy beside radical formal reduction. Plenty of art is also on offer in 2012. At the heart of it there is the question as to what art can do, especially in the face of Arab revolutions and counterrevolutions, collapsing economies and the existential and identity crises on the European continent. For seven days and nights, the power of contemporary art will be put to the test at the “herbst’s” marathon camp, which brings 150 artists, activists and scientists together. Among them are the philosopher and democracy theorist Chantal Mouffe and Antanas Mockus, philosopher and legendary former mayor of Bogotá, who succeeded in changing the self-confidence of a highly criminalised metropolis by applying artistic strategies. Also Srđa Popović, the central character of the students’ movement Otpor! which brought about the downfall of Milošević, the Serbian dictator. And not to forget the Austrian artist and activist Oliver Ressler, New York cult preacher and activist Reverend Billy as well as other activists from New York to Moscow and from Cairo to Korea. “Truth is concrete” is the centrepiece of the festival and also replaces the traditional opening and the exhibition tour. The architects of raumlaborberlin add a flexible shape to the venue and connect the Thalia and Opernring 7 buildings into a combined working and living landscape. The camp is a temporary place to live: along with the “herbst” exhibition there are sleeping areas, a library and an adjacent kitchen, a video shop next to a hairdresser and the “living room”, which creates a club atmosphere during concerts. There is also a camp radio, speech karaoke, a plenum. It’s open for everyone around-the-clock, and it’s ever so concrete. The presentation of several project concerns from the vast field of scenic art is likewise concrete: “Rebranding European Muslims”, an international PR project by the Israeli performance group Public Movement, artistically plays with the instruments of political branding campaigns and the strategies of mass communication. Between eating, talking, entertainment, politics and music the reality becomes a theatrical performance in which everyone plays themselves. Lebanon Rabih Mroué and Lina Saneh in their semi-documentary work “33 rounds and few seconds” reconstruct the last moments of a Lebanese suicide; the Moscow documentary theatre Teatr.doc – a joint project of numerous authors, theatre-makers and volunteers – puts on stage what Russian politics and society conceal: “1 hour 18 minutes” portrays a trial that never took place. This is exactly the time it took Sergey Magnitskiy, tortured and abused for more than one year in investigative custody, to die. Even though the traditional exhibition tour that accompanies the festival opening has been dropped, the “herbst” still featuresa full programme of visual arts. Along with the camp‘s exhibition rooms curated by Prague Zbyněk Baladrán and Vit Havránek, the Kulturzentrum bei den Minoriten, Kunstverein Medienturm, < rotor >, Kunsthaus Graz, Camera Austria, Grazer Kunstverein, ESC im LABOR, Akademie Graz, Forum Stadtpark and Pavelhaus / Pavlova hiša contribute with exciting exhibitions, demanding “Realness Respect” (Medienturm) or “Absolute Democracy” (< rotor >), wanting to “Divide and change” (“Teilen und verändern”)(Kunsthaus) or enter areas of tension, such as “Intolerance / Normality” (“Intoleranz/Normalität”)(Kunstverein), or “Art is concrete. And so is truth?” (Camera Austria)… to be sure: exciting.

steirischer herbst

21.09. – 14.10.2012
verschiedene Veranstaltungsorte
www.steirischerherbst.at

 


BILD: Cover: Schnaedelbach Was man von ihnen lernen kann

VORARLBERG: PHILOSOPHICUM LECH

19. – 23.09.2012: Man is a wolf to the animal.

 

 


Are we animals? Are we like animals? What is the difference between man and animal? Can we derive rights from the differences? Or rather duties? These and other questions are addressed by this year’s Philosophicum Lech.

 Not too long ago, in phylogenetic terms, human beings were primarily scavengers and vegetarians. The first tools the hominids created were not used for hunting purposes but for scraping the remaining meat off the carcasses that other predators or nature had left for us. Man as a hunter with sophisticated hunting techniques and complex forms of communication within a proper “hunting society” is a relatively recent evolutionary achievement.

 So whereby, when and how have we acquired the right as the pride of creation to disregard other species? To not only hunt and feed upon them, but also to extinguish an endless list of species by exploiting nature and destroying their livelihood.

 Do animals not have `human rights´?

 This question and related issues regularly dominate the headlines. The spectacularly failed trial, in which a group around the animal rights activist Martin Balluch was accused of having founded a “terrorist organisation” for animal welfare is only one example.

 Sufficient grounds for Konrad Paul Liessmann, director of the Philosophicum Lech, to subject the issue of the relationship between man and animal to a fundamental consideration at this year’s Philosophicum. The clear air of Vorarlberg’s mountains can achieve the clear minds needed. However, once we see more clearly the question will be, whether we can bear what we see.

 In this context, the theologian and psychotherapist Eugen Drewermann raises the, apparently necessary, question of whether we need a new code of ethics to determine the relationship between man and animal. The Old Testament’s command to subdue the earth made us, the veritable pride of creation, come a long way – to the edge of abyss. Perhaps one more step is still possible.

 „Are animals able to think?“ is the rhetorical question Reinhard Brand raises during his lecture. We have to ask ourselves why crows use their intelligence exclusively for the convenient purpose of cracking nuts, by placing them on roads which are frequented by cars. They are able to predict the consequences of their action – cracked nuts – and are perfectly okay with this. Unlike mankind, whose ability to predict the consequences of their actions does not prevent them from behaving in a way which does not only destroy others’ but also their own livelihood. It seems as though we are blind, despite our sight – or perhaps the other way round. In any case, if we are not able to recognise the true and good, we can still lose ourselves in the beauty of things. The director of the Albertina, Klaus Albrecht Schröder, helps us in doing so. “The animal in art” is the title of the lecture he will be giving at the Philosophicum Lech.

 The fact that in art, literature, biology and philosophy we (must) deal with the relationship between man and animal illustrates how unsettled this relation has always been and that it is even more so in our “modern world”. It’s time for a synopsis.

 

TIERE. DER MENSCH UND SEINE NATUR (Animals. Man and its nature)
16th Philosophicum Lech
19 – 23 September 2012, Lech am Arlberg
www.philosophicum.com

 



BILD: sinfonisches blasorchester (c) sbv

VORARLBERG: FELDKIRCH FESTIVAL 

06. – 17.06.2012: with Jean Sibelius, Edvard Grieg -Mythical Worlds of Sound from the North.

 

 


Mythical Worlds of Sound from the North – No more fairy tales – the musically mythical

The Norwegian sweater is common in Norway, the Finns are crazy and nothing ever happens in Feldkirch: all old wives tales. The Feldkirch Festival does away with these, bridges distances and shows the potential in the small Vorarlberg city located at the heart of Europe, in the four corners border area. This year’s program is dedicated to music of the 20th and 21st century, with a focus on fascinating myths from Finland and Norway. The Festival delves deeply into the history of the Scandinavian worlds, the endless spaces of woods, lakes, mountains and icy landscapes, and goes beyond the current status of Scandinavia – with Helsinki the Capital of Design 2012 – on a musical journey of discovery and experience. The source of the sheer power inherent in the music of the far north is found in folk tales, myths and the cold which is mastered through the intensity of the sounds. The similarly mythical landscape of Vorarlberg, with the Walser Valley as a UNESCO biosphere reserve nearby and the Bodensee as a source of recreation provides the optimal backdrop to give this festival of concert enjoyment international importance. Thus, every year, the Montfort city is transformed into a center of the creation and enjoyment of music.

Stringed tension, tension, tension and release

Passion and cold, flow and edges: The tension resulting from these is a characteristic of the most famous composers of the Nordic world, including Edvard Grieg, Jean Sibelius, Johan Halvorsen and Einojuhani Rautavaara. Taut with suspense, we look forward to the introductory framework program which caters to every taste. Opera, orchestral concerts and chamber music follow jazz brunch and indie concerts. The climax, however, is sure to be the stage production specially created for the festival.

The great story...

of music is told or rather played by internationally renowned musicians such as those who will be joining forces with up-and-coming local musicians. Again this year, the narrator who will lead us through the history of music is Philippe Arlaud, who will set free many associations and feelings with his musical journey with a connection to Austria through the countries of Scandinavia. His stage direction, using his own set and light design, tells stories in a very special way. In keeping with the theme, there will be a presentation by Arlaud and Prof. Dr. Hans-Dieter Huber on Licht in der skandinavischen Malerei im Allgemeinen und bei Edvard Munch im Besonderen (Light in Scandinavian paintings in general and with Edvard Munch in particular). The experts shed some light on the ground-breaking expressionism of the modernist Norwegian artist in painting and graphics. This will leave you wanting more.

Other Events and Activities

Some of the other events providing accompaniment to the music include: the exhibition on Scandinavian Art in cooperation with the Palais Lichtenstein – the center for contemporary art – and the Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein. Still under the umbrella of the festival, the Fotoklub Feldkirch offers photo exhibitions and the German author Jan Costin Wagner, whose internationally known crime novels including Das Licht in einem dunklen Haus (Light in a Dark House) are set in the melancholy atmosphere of Finland, will read selections from his work. Cinema lovers will be carried away into the world of myths in the course of this somewhat unconventional music festival through Scandinavian movies shown in cooperation with the Takino in Schaan. Even when the program leads us into the cold Northern lands, Feldkirch will be a hotbed of activity: there will be quite some drama around the festival. For instance in the form of a music theater workshop or, for all those with a passion for dancing, the Siesta Scandinavia.

 

And as Vorarlberg is known for its architecture and has always had one eye on the great wide world, there will be a presentation on the most influential architect and designer of the 20th century in Finland: Alvar Aalto, known for the construction of Helsinki University or the creation of the Aalto Vase design.

Feldkirch Festival

06. – 17.06.2012
Feldkirch

www.feldkirchfestival.at

 


BILD: _ Showdown c_kirchner

SALZBURG: SOMMERSZENE FESTIVAL

05.- 15.07.2012: Stolhofer, more! more!.

 

 


Michael Stolhofer assumes the role of artistic director of the Salzburg dance and performance festival sommerszene once again. Distinguished artists from the local and international scene will gather on this occasion. World-famous stars, such as Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker and Meg Stuart, work together with famous local protagonists like Philipp Gehmacher and Chris Haring & Liquid Loft.

Encounters not restricted to the programme booklet: After „Maybe Forever“ in 2008, dancer and choreographer Meg Stuart and choreographer Philipp Gehmacher collaborate again this year. In the highly complex act “the fault lines“ the boundaries between physical closeness and distance appear as blurred as those of the perception.  

Austria meets France: The performance by Chris Haring & Liquid Loft is a metaphor for fleetingness. It complements the installation “The Perfect Garden“ by French artist Michel Blazy, who in his work re-interprets the pleasure garden of prince archbishop Wolf Dietrich in today’s Dietrichsruh, a perfect Renaissance work of art.

Dinnerparty with a twist: sommerszene invites visitors to an artistic-culinary trip to the ÖBB Lokhalle. 20 years after the first performance during sommerszene Hubert Lepka stages his celebrated chamber music „108 EB“ for four engines and service staff again in this location. Salzburg rock/popsinger Stootsie is in charge of the music during dinner.  

sommerszene 
Bis 15.07.2012
various locations Salzburg
www.szene-salzburg.net





BILD: whomadewho-(c)-BREITER

VORARLBERG: poolbar FESTIVAL

06.07.-19.08.2012 Altes Hallenbad, Feldkirch: Do it yourself Movement.

 

 


The people of Vorarlberg like to do it themselves  
Visitors to this year’s poolbar festival featuring “music and culture from pop to niches“ are encouraged to not just be there, but instead to participate actively.    

Be part

Conceptualized to be an all-rounder, the festival draws visitors not only with its line-up of participating artists. Up-and-coming artists meet international stars, indie-rock meets hip-hop and jazz, DJ meets poetry slam, film meets theatre, art meets culture and science. Central elements are: variety, moderate pricing, platform for the regional scene and confrontation with the unusual. When and where else can one experience Marilyn Manson, Regina Spektor or Zombie Nation LIVE? In the vicinity of the old indoor swimming pool in Feldkirch 20,000 festival fans get to listen to numerous live acts in the living room or chill area. For the first time one live performance had to be moved to a different location. Due to overwhelming demand the Marilyn Manson concert will take place at the large exhibition hall in Dornbirn. Being a part of it is everything. Actually not quite so, poolbar invites visitors to actively participate. Not just architects and designers, but anyone who has something to contribute and wishes to put it into action. In a poolbar art competition organized prior to the festival in collaboration with the IG Bildende Kunst (special interest group of graphic artists) creative ideas were identified and integrated into the area surrounding the old swimming pool and in the nearby city centre as part of the festival programme. For example, a label boss brings along this office chair, which ceases to be a mere piece of furniture and becomes a symbol of the music business. Have a seat, get the label boss feeling and realize that the music industry is in reality not ruled by businessmen, but music lovers. Alternatively, plough through the art garden where numerous miniature artworks can be rearranged by means of a rake, a relaxing activity which allows the user to create a new artwork. And since fashion is yet another art form and dressing in the right style is crucial to feeling good, poolbar invited international designers to design a T-shirt collection, among others. Add a matching bag or other accessories and the poolbar style is complete – a total concept involving each and every visitor.  

Do-it-yourself

The design of the festival area and building, which often takes a lower priority in other festivals, is an integral component of the poolbar festival. It may not strike regular visitors of the poolbar festival in Feldkirch as something extraordinary because they’re used to it, but first-time visitors will notice the specially designed architectural system surrounding the festival centre of the old swimming pool immediately. More than any other festival the poolbar festival sees itself as a total concept which aims to involve visitors to the extent that boundaries between outside and inside simply disappear. The approximately 20,000 visitors can’t help but notice that.  

Architecture in the foreground accompanied by music, installations, discussions and plenty of participatory activities in the natural setting of Feldkirch. And since we live in a do-it-yourself culture where genres merge into total concepts the poolbar festival organizes an architecture competition. The old swimming pool serving as festival centre was built in the 1960s by the architect Walter Bosshart. The concrete structure, which can be used throughout the year for events, but usually has a rather cold an plain appearance, takes on a fresh look every summer over a period of 7 weeks during the poolbar festival. The objective of the organizers and the architecture competition is to make visitors feel so comfortable that they flock to the festival area early in the morning and stay until after sunset. The bar, also referred to as the living room, the hall serving as chill area and the patio as communicative free space are designed with special lighting features, allow flexible use and provide plenty of open spaces. The 68 submitted drafts for the architectural design of the poolbar area are highly creative and multifaceted. From the pool of submissions 3 Austrian projects were awarded prices for their innovative quality: folded space from Graz, Hinterm Holz and Treibgut from Vienna. Christian Hammerl, Thomas Niederberger and Elias Walch from Innsbruck who submitted ‘leaf the city‘ came close to winning. The first prize went to reset, a group of architects from Berlin. Their project ‘Gimme Shelter!‘ creates an interesting scene using primitive huts, yellow formwork panels with cave paintings and campfires made of light bulbs. „The project is humorous {...} and invites the public to contribute to its further development.“ (jury assessment) Speaking of self-made: Until June 5th, i.e. just before the opening of the festival, the public is invited to vote online for one of 26 architectural drafts, which will not be implemented in the festival area, but will be awarded a prize and may serve as an inspiration for future designs.  

poolbar: be part, do-it-yourself and relax – a total concept

>> Das komplette Line-Up und Rahmenprogramm... 

 

poolbar Festival
Bis 19.08.2012
Altes Hallenbad/Feldkirch
www.poolbar.at