For three decades now, the Film Festival at Vienna’s Rathausplatz has been one of the capital’s major attractions. Each year, hundreds of thousands of people from Vienna and across the globe visit the popular event in order to enjoy the incomparable mix of culture, catering and the city’s special flair, all with free admission. But this year, everything is different, and the Film Festival reflects this “like never before”.
The 2020 festival is launching with an innovative concept adapted to the modified general conditions for events, which is guaranteed to provide a relaxed, entertaining cultural and culinary experience under the open sky, all the while complying with the full range of safety measures necessary to protect public health.
Two events – a safe experience
This year, Rathausplatz will be divided into a clearly defined open-air cinema area in front of City Hall and an entirely separate dining area, each of which can accommodate 500 guests at a time. Arranging the event area like this makes it possible to implement the prescribed safety distances and protective measures in the best possible way.
The separate entrance and exit areas are also designed to ensure visitors’ safety. It will therefore only be possible to access the open-air cinema via Lichtenfelsgasse and only with a valid ticket during the stipulated admission times (2 hours before the film starts). At the end of the screening, visitors will be directed to leave through two exits (Felderstrasse and Lichtenfelsgasse).
Floor markings, signs and information displayed on LED walls and the large screen will all help guests to find their way. There will, of course, be plenty of stations for hand disinfection throughout the site, and protective masks will also be provided free of charge.
All of these measures are designed to make it as easy as possible for visitors to comply with the rules and guarantee maximum protection of the guests while simultaneously ensuring a high-quality experience.