Music Film Festival at City Hall Square
The Music Film Festival at City Hall Square is one of the most enticing offers in Vienna during the summer. It thrills 900,000 visitors annually, making it the biggest culture and food festival in Europe. 5,200 seats are available.
Something to suit every taste is also offered by the 25 or so international leading gastronomers on site as well as by the music film program, which covers every genre and is shown on the 300 m² open-air screen.
Opera, Classical, Musical, Dance, Pop, Jazz
The 28th Film Festival will start on June 30 with Giacomo Puccini's opera "La Bohème", conducted by Gustavo Dudamel. This is followed in the area of classical music by highlights such as Bernstein's "Young People's Concerts: Forever Beethoven" and Beethoven's "Symphony No. 9" with its famous Ode to Joy. Daniil Trifonov, the new star in the pianist firmament, plays Chopin (July 7 and August 1), Glenn Gould can be heard with the legendary "Goldberg Variations" (July 13 and August 8). Naturally, present-day opera divas also have their evenings: Elīna Garanča (in "Carmen" on August 4 and 22) and Anna Netrebko (in "Aida" on August 10 and 26).
Norah Jones (July 2 and 23), Alicia Keys (July 5 and August 2), Die Fantastischen Vier (July 26 and August 30) and Falco (August 25) get the hearts of pop fans racing. The Bossa Nova is honored with "Bossa 60" (July 10 and August 11).
For fans of musicals, "Miss Saigon: 25th Anniversary Performance" (July 27 and August 28) is a must-attend event. Dance fans can experience a modern production with "Discofootball" (July 12 and August 6), which is intended as a small homage to the football World Cup.
Live acts and themed days
During the Vienna Jazz Festival, there are live performances by Maja Jaku (July 8), Roxy Stern (July 9) and HER (July 10), each of which starts on the main stage at 6.00 pm.
- On the Sunday, the Jazz 'Frühschoppen' combines art and food: Jazz bands play at different locations on City Hall Square (12.00 noon to 2.30 pm).
- On the Artists' Saturdays, a live musical program and unplugged offerings can be heard in City Hall Park.
- Every Friday, there are offers for children: From 2.00 pm, active program with games and sport, followed by the Children's Opera Festival from 5.00 pm on a special LED wall in City Hall Park (Wagner's The Ring of the Nibelung for children, Undine, Cinderella …).
- The Thursday is after-work evening including happy hour (Aperoltime 5.00 pm to 7.00 pm, plus cool DJ sound at the "Riva Aperol" until 8.00 pm).
28th Music Film Festival 2018
June 30 to September 2, 2018
Admission is free!
Information and program (from May 28, 2018): www.filmfestivalrathausplatz.at
Film starts: daily at nightfall
International cuisine: 11.00 am – 12.00 midnight
City Hall SquareRathausplatz, 1010 Wien