First notes from the 29th Film Festival at Vienna’s Rathausplatz: the musical programme is online now

- Film Festival at Vienna’s Rathausplatz from 29/06 to 01/09/2019
- This year’s focus: 150 years of the Vienna Opera House
- Children’s Opera Festival with activity programme is a fixed component
- The program overview online now at

(Vienna, 6 May 2019) Warm weather and lots of sun were the first harbingers of summer, which will once again see the beloved Film Festival at Vienna’s Rathausplatz take place in less than two months. This year again, the unique event will be a hotspot of culture and leisure offering visitors an impressive music programme, the Children’s Opera Festival with activity programme in the Rathauspark, a gastronomic journey around the world and many great side-events.

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.

Vienna’s mayor, Michael Ludwig, says: "This year’s focus is an outstanding opportunity to bring the cultural offerings of Vienna to a broader audience. The Film Festival has no access barriers. Rather, with this offering, the city of Vienna opens the world of music up to all people and invites both the Viennese and visitors to enjoy free, local cultural productions under the stars at the Rathausplatz."

Executive City Councillor of Finance Peter Hanke is also looking forward to the approaching summer: "With the Film Festival at the Rathausplatz, Vienna has created an important multiplier in the areas of quality of life and the economy. The event is excellent for the city’s image, and every year it is the main reason for thousands of people from Austria and abroad to visit Vienna."

Over 65 days, productions from opera, operetta, classical concerts, dancing, pop and jazz concerts are all on the programme, with one big name following the next. Beside titbits from the classical world, such as "Madame Butterfly", "Carmen", "The Knight of the Rose" or "The Land of Smiles", visitors will also be able to watch recordings of concerts from pop stars and music legends like Ed Sheeran, Amy Winehouse, Nena and Sting.

The 300 m² screen and a sound system with space simulation will ensure the highest acoustic quality and undistorted musical enjoyment on the entire square. The seated rows in front of the screen are accessible to people with special needs, and there is enough place for wheelchair users. Around 300 seats are equipped with an induction loop for those with a hearing impairment.

From new arrival to permanent fixture – 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.

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

Gastronomy and more – that little extra

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.

And 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
June 29th to September 1st 2019
Start of films: daily at nightfall
Catering 11 am to midnight

Children’s Opera Festival at the Rathauspark
Every Friday from 5pm
Active sports programme from 2pm to 5pm

Admission is free!

More information at:

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