Since it first began, almost 15 million visitors have been enthralled by the Film Festival at Vienna’s Rathausplatz, attracting around 900,000 visitors each year from Austria and abroad. This year the festival is in its 29th year; known as Europe’s largest cultural and culinary festival, it is once again offering a superb cultural experience for the ears and eyes with top-class music and art and admission is free.

It takes skill to produce art and the secret of the Film Festival’s success is bringing together great skills: a programme that brings you big names and impressive productions on a 300 m² screen in the fields of opera, operetta, dance, pop and jazz, a children’s opera festival, which became a sensational success when it was introduced last year and an international top gastronomy experience under the leadership of the internationally active company DO & CO, that is second to none.

150 years of the Vienna Opera House – this year, this jubilee will be at the heart of the programme of the Film Festival at Vienna’s Rathausplatz. The anniversary will be duly celebrated with many big productions from the Vienna State Opera. The opening weekend will get off to a brilliant start: the time-shifted live transmission of the opera "Aida" on June 29th and the (also time-shifted) live transmission of the State Opera’s production of "Othello" will kick off an incomparable festival season.

A first overview of the main and children’s programme of the 29th Film Festival at Vienna’s Rathausplatz is available now on the website. The complete program, with all its details, will be online at the beginning of June 2019.

From new arrival to fixed component – the Children’s Opera Festival in the Rathauspark

Called into existence just the previous year, the Children’s Opera Festival has already become an indispensable item on the Film Festival’s programme due to its huge success. This year again, young music lovers from 6 to 14 years old will be able to enjoy filmed operas and children’s music productions for free every Friday at 5pm on a daylight-adapted LED screen in the Rathauspark. This summer, the beloved and age-appropriate productions "Peter and the Wolf", "The Fairies", and the music film "Fantasia" will be part of the programme. Before the musical enjoyment begins, the "Bewegung findet Stadt" initiative, in cooperation with CLUB WIEN, will again offer a free sports and activity programme in the Rathauspark from 14:00 o'clock, giving the children plenty of opportunities to play and romp.

The “nuances” of the festival, which include the live programme of the artists’ days which feature “unplugged” performances by local artists and Jazz sessions at the weekends, make this a unique event not to be missed.

Film Festival at Vienna’s Rathausplatz
From June 29th to September 1st, 2019
Start of films: daily at nightfall
Catering 11 am to midnight
Admission is free!

Children’s Opera Festival at the Rathauspark
Every Friday during the Festival
Starting at 5pm

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