The 29th Film Festival at Vienna’s Rathausplatz

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 program 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.

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.

If there’s one thing that can’t be missing from the Film Festival, it’s the amazing culinary offering. This season, 26 gastronomers will once again live up to their names and offer a wonderful tasting experience ranging from a quick lunchtime snack to extended evening feasts.

The numerous side-events will also ensure that the entertainment on the Rathausplatz is varied.The main attractions will again include the Artist Saturdays with unplugged performances by local musicians, the Jazz Frühschoppen on Sunday mornings, guest appearances from the "Jazz Fest Vienna" and the Vienna Classic Days.

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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