Are you having difficulty choosing your 2017 summer holiday? While sun-kissed beaches and exotic far-off lands are the usual choice, why not change things up with a European city break instead? There are hundreds of places to choose from, but Vienna should be top of your list – especially with the dozens of events they have planned over the summer months. Read on to find out what that top four are…
A Summer Of Sounds
From June to September, the cultural hub of the Museumsquartier will be home to a brand new exhibition. Exploring the complex relationship of space and sound, artists and musicians will use a variety of art forms to communicate with their audience, from exhibitions and concerts, through to visual performances, installations and even hands-on workshops. Spread over three months, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to enjoy what’s on offer, and there will be plenty of outdoor events for children too, such as the electric mini boat races in the pool of the museum courtyard.
The Nureyev Gala and other shows
Given that Vienna has such a rich history when it comes to music, the Vienna State Opera house is a hugely important building to the population. Each year, the director and former ballet dancer, Manuel Legris, stages a lavish ballet gala at his home. You’ll be able to see traditional interpretations of classic Nureyev choreographies first-hand if you manage to get yourself tickets for the event on 29th June. However, if not, you could always treat yourself to an opulent evening at the Vienna State Opera itself. This summer, you can see performances such as Rigoletto, Don Pasquale and Prince Igor – just make sure youyou’re your Vienna opera tickets well in advance to avoid missing out.
The annual Donauinselfest, or “Danube Island Festival”, is a classic Viennese summer celebration. Held this year from 23rd to 25th June, it’s Europe’s largest free open air festival, so it’s no surprise that tens of thousands of people make their way here every year. If you like to be at the heart of the action, this is the place for you, as dozens of international pop stars drop by for performances across the three days the festival runs. The best part? It’s all free to the public! With traditional Viennese cuisine on offer too, there’s really no excuse for missing out on this fun-loving event.
The Vienna International Dance Festival
The Viennese don’t just love music – they’re huge supporters of all performing arts, which is why they’ve come to hold their own globally renowned annual dance festival. For a whole month from July to August, you’ll be able to immerse yourself in the art of modern and contemporary dance. Over 50 productions by around 500 dance and performance artists from all over the world, will take to the stage for your entertainment, and whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned dancer, you’ll be able to book on to your own week-long workshops too, to further hone your skills.
Are you heading to Vienna this summer?