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Wiener Festwochen, Raoul © Richard Haughton

Wiener Festwochen

Each year a huge celebration in front of City Hall kicks off this festival, which combines cultural experiences of the highest order with socially relevant themes and objectives.

Vienna is one of the leading cultural capitals of the world. The Wiener Festwochen has in the sixty years of its existence earned an important place in the festival scene as an innovative event with international collaborations. It features a wide variety of genres – opera, theatre, concerts, performance art, and installations – with a large number of places throughout the city serving as performance venues, such as the MuseumsQuartier, the Theater an der Wien, Musikverein, Schauspielhaus, and the city’s markets and squares.

Classical, modern, and contemporary operas and concerts, legendary theatre marathons, and the Vienna Boys’ Choir singing in council-housing projects are as much a part of the festival’s programme as the annual “Into the City” series, which aims at addressing various communities in Vienna and drawing them into the cultural activities of the city.

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The main purpose of the two main domains and is the promotion of Austria as a holiday destination.