The 29th Film Festival on Vienna's Rathausplatz draws to a close:
950.000 Guests visited Vienna's unique cultural and culinary highlight
- 65 days of an incomparable mix of culture, enjoyment and summer fun
- 81 performances from all areas of music and dance
- “150 Years of the Opera House on the Ring” as the main theme with time-delayed
transmissions from the Vienna State Opera
- An evening to honour Dagmar Koller on the occasion of her 80th birthday
- Children’s Opera Festival with activity programme every Friday
- Numerous side events and guest appearances
- 26 stops for a gourmet trip around the globe
(Vienna, 2nd September 2019) A brilliant opera kick-off, a picture-book summer, a programme, culinary delights and additional varied, high-quality offers, the incomparable ambience and then the special Viennese attitude to life – this is the unique atmosphere of the Film Festival on the Rathausplatz, which delighted 950.000 visitors from Austria and abroad.
On the 29th of June, Mayor Michael Ludwig and State Opera Director Dominique Meyer opened the 29th Film Festival on Vienna's Rathausplatz, and the delayed live broadcast of "Aida" from the Vienna State Opera gave a first impression of what was to come during the following 64 days.
For two months this year's festival summer offered music for all the senses and room for great emotions in the heart of the city: 9 operas, 2 of which were live broadcasts, 16 classical concerts, 4 classical ballet productions, 10 modern dance pieces, 2 operettas, 3 classical musicals, 6 jazz and world music concerts, 9 rock and pop events, 1 feature film, music short films and many surprises provided two months of musical highlights on the Rathausplatz.
“Anyone who wants to know how Vienna lives, breathes, enjoys and connects people from all over the world can experience this impressively at the Film Festival on Vienna's Rathausplatz. High cultural standards are combined with incomparable quality of life and unique enjoyment – around one million visitors a year are the best proof that this event enchants people both nationally and internationally and is an important flagship for Vienna. And all this with free admission”, says Mayor Ludwig. “The Film Festival exemplifies all the diverse and comprehensive offerings that Vienna has to offer. That’s no coincidence. Vienna's city management is strongly committed to ensuring that Vienna is the best city in the world to live in, especially for its residents.”
Celebrating events as they happen
Two important anniversaries, which are of great importance for Vienna as well as for music, were also celebrated at the 29th Film Festival this year. With “150 Years of Opera House on the Ring”, a focal point of the festival’s programme was set and the anniversary of the Vienna State Opera was heralded with numerous major productions, including two delayed live broadcasts – “Aida” for the opening on June 29th and “Otello” on the 30th of June.
In honour of another milestone birthday – musical star and cult icon Dagmar Koller turned 80. Mayor Michael Ludwig gave a reception in the presence of the artist on the 30th of August at the Rathausplatz, where the musical “Der Mann von La Mancha”, in which Koller shone as Aldonza in her parade role in 1983, was screened.
The children’s opera festival, with an active programme and around 400 young guests and accompanying persons per performance, was just as successful as the “KünsterlInnensamstage”, the “Jazz-Frühschoppen” and many other side events.
Once again this year, the magic of the city, the beauty of the music and the varied enjoyment at the Film Festival on the Rathausplatz merged to form a grandiose offer in which hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world came together in the heart of the “cosmopolitan city of music” to experience a musical-culinary summer adventure.
Film Festival at Vienna’s Rathausplatz
29th June until 1st September 2019
Films started daily at nightfall
Food from 11 a.m. to midnight
Children's Opera Festival at the Rathauspark
Every Friday from 5 p.m.
Activity programme 2 - 5 p.m.