The 28th Film Festival at the Rathausplatz in Vienna

Art, gastronomy & children conduct the 28th Film Festival on Vienna’s Rathausplatz
- From Bernstein to Falco - jubilees of famous persons top off the musical programme
- From Loukoumades to Surf'n'Turf - delicacies from all over the world enrich the enjoyment
- New highlight: Children now have their very own opera festival, including a programme of activities, in the park.
(Vienna, 7th May 2018) Art, gastronomy and, for the first time, children are the focus of the 28th Film Festival on Vienna’s Rathausplatz from the 30th of June to the 2nd of September 2018. While the combination of great music productions and first class gastronomy are already a traditional part of the popular summer event in the heart of the city, this year the organisers have included a special programme for young visitors, an attractive and qualitative addition. Within the scope of the Film Festival a small Childrens’ Opera Festival takes place.

Every Friday at 5:00 p.m., famous opera films and popular music productions for children are offered on a special LED-screen in the Rathauspark for future classic generations (children from 6 to 14 years). The programme reaches from Wagners „Nibelungenring“ for children, over Undine to Cinderella. Entry to the Childrens’ Opera Festival is, as usual, free of charge.

As if this were not enough, to get the children in the mood for the musical enjoyment, starting at 2:00 p.m.. there is also in the Rathauspark an active programme from the initiative “Bewegung findet Stadt”.  Supervised “Join-in stations”, amusing games and other sporting activities provide sufficient space for the young music lovers’ urge for movement. Anyone who wants to, can really let off steam before the performance and, in doing so, have a lot of fun. After this, sitting still and attentively listening to the tones in the shadowy park is a lot easier.

Top productions from all music genres

This year Leonard Bernstein would be celebrating his 100th birthday, the Bossanova is 60 years of age. and it is the 20th anniversary of Falco’s death. The Film Festival not only takes the anniversaries of great musicians and artists into account, but also has many more highlights to offer. In 2018 the programme once more includes the popular mixture of opera, classical concerts and dance as well as pop and jazz concerts.

In the classical sector you can find true delicacies such as Bernstein’s "Young People's Concerts: Forever Beethoven” as well as Beethoven’s “9th Symphony” with the famous Ode to Joy. (on July 1st to coincide with the beginning of Austria’s EU-Presidency and on August 24th as well). The new star in pianists’ sky Daniil Trifonov plays Chopin (7.7 and 1.8), Glenn Gould can be heard playing the legendary “Goldberg Variations (13.7 and 8.8), Elina Garanca in “Carmen” (4.8 and 22.8) and “THE” Netrebko in a recording of “Aida” from the Salzburg Festival 2017 (10. and 26.8). The 28th Film Festival starts on June 30th with Giacomo Puccini’s wonderful opera “La Bohème”, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel.

Norah Jones (2.7. and 23.7.), Alica Keys (5.7. and 2.8.), Die Fantastischen Vier (26.7. and 30.8.) and naturally Falco (25.8) will make the hearts of lovers of pop music beat faster, whereas the fans of the Bossa Nova also fulfil their desires and come up to expectations with “Bossa 60” (10.7 and 11.8.)

For friends of musicals “Miss Saigon: 25th Anniversary Performance" (27.7. and 28.8.) is a must-attend event, and with “Discofootball” (12.7 and 6.8) dance lovers can experience a modern production which, at the same time, pays homage to the football world championship.

During this year’s Vienna Jazz Festival there are, once again, impressive live performances by Maja Jaku (8.7), Roxy Stern (9.7) and HER (10.7) which all begin on the main stage at 6:00 p.m.

Gourmet gastronomy from all over the world 

In the gastronomy area 26 top chefs take care of the visitors’ physical well-being. Under the management of the internationally active company DO & CO special attention is paid to quality and variety. From 11 to midnight the chefs de cuisine at the Film Festival invite to linger on the Rathausplatz to enjoy delicacies from all over the world, as well as much loved dishes from the local cuisine. Top wines from the nation’s capital, that have been honoured with the Vienna Wine Prize, can be tasted at the Film Festival at an own stand.

More than just a supporting programme

Once again, in 2018, the Film Festival offers many additional attractions and programme items on the Rathausplatz:

•    On Thursday the side events begin with the After Work Evening, including happy-hour. “Get two&Pay one” is the motto during Aperoltime from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The cool sound to go with it is provided by Djane Collette on the “Riva Aperol” until 8:00 p.m..

•    The Friday is devoted to the younger visitors, who are sensibly occupied and entertained with sport and the childrens’ opera programme in the Rathauspark.

•    The Saturday is, and already has been for many years, under the sign of the local music scene. The artists’ Saturday, with the musical live programme and the “unplugged” performances in the Rathauspark have, in the meantime, become a popular platform for established musicians as well as for local talents.

•    The Sunday completes the supporting programme with a symbiosis of art and gastronomy which is characteristic for the Film Festival: The “Early morning jazz concert” takes place from 12:00 to 2:30 p.m. in cooperation with the Vienna Jazz Festival. Popular jazz bands play at various locations on the Rathausplatz and thus enrich the culinary enjoyment with first class-music. 

Great emphasis on service

Continuous improvements to the infrastructure and the service increase the comfort and the safety, but also the experience factor at the event: As a result a total of 5200 seats are available to the festival’s visitors, and the 300 screen and a sound system with natural space simulation ensures the highest acoustic quality and untroubled musical joy on the whole square. For persons with special requirements the seat-rows in front of the screen can be reached without obstacles and there is also sufficient space for wheelchair users. Ca. 300 seats are equipped with an induction loop for persons with hearing problems. Cashless payment via cash-points or with credit cards is possible at the gastronomy stands. For perfect culinary enjoyment the “Magic sky” umbrella in the middle of the square and the awnings over the gastronomy units offer plenty of protection. 

A Viennese success story

For 28 years, in summer the Rathausplatz belongs to the popular classical Film Festival, which has also made an international name for itself as Europe’s largest culture and gastronomy festival. For 65 days fans and friends of music can enjoy art and culture of the highest quality, free of charge, in the open air in a dreamlike setting. With this low-threshold and, at the same time, high-quality offering, the city of Vienna enables everybody to take part in the cultural life - the Viennese as well as visitors from home and abroad.

An offer that is accepted with great delight: The Film Festival has more than 900,000 visitors year for year and the trend is increasing. Over the time of its existence more than 14 million guests from all over the world have visited the unique open air event to enjoy first class music and international gastronomy of the highest quality. With about 42% of the visitors coming from abroad or the federal states this event has become one of Vienna’s flagships.

Film Festival on Vienna’s Rathausplatz

From June 30th to September 2nd 2018
Films start daily at nightfall
Gastronomy 11:00 a.m. to midnight
Free entry!

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