What would life be without art and culture, without gathering around to enjoy life’s pleasures with the ones we love, without beautiful summer evenings under the open sky?
We’ve had to cope without these little joys of life for a long time now. This is why I am particularly pleased to welcome you to the 31st Film Festival at Vienna’s Rathausplatz. All summer long, you have the opportunity to experience this unique combination of top-class cultural productions and outstanding cuisine – and all in a safe setting in front of what is probably the most beautiful backdrop in the entire city.
This year’s lovingly curated music film programme leaves nothing to be desired, and is bound to impress with top productions from the national and international cultural sector: From opera highlights such as La Traviata, Così fan tutte and Il Trovatore to pop greats like David Bowie, Shakira and Mariah Carey, the film festival contains both new recordings as well as several gems from the last two decades. A colourful mix of dance, jazz, world music, classical and musicals rounds out the diverse 2021 programme.
For 30 years, Vienna has offered a unique and free experience in the form of the Film Festival. It is the epitome of pure joie de vivre – like no other festival! And this is more important than ever right now.
With this in mind, I wish you many unforgettable moments at the Film Festival and many wonderful hours at Vienna’s Rathausplatz!
Dr. Michael Ludwig
Mayor of the City of Vienna