Accordion Festival 2016
The Accordion Festival in Vienna is already 17 years old now. Fans of theQuetschn (squeeze box), as it is known in Vienna, can look forward to music which keeps traditions alive and also to experimental sounds. In addition to a top-class, international lineup at a round of concerts, one of the emphases this year is on the colorful homegrown scene. Virtuosic artists from Styria, including Chilli da Mur and Folksmilch (March 10), will be performing four evening concerts under the banner “Green Styria” (Grüne Mark).
The Accordion Festival will kick off on February 20 with a performance by Belofour and Soulmotion with Marko Zivandinovic in Porgy & Bess. Vincent Peirani & Emile Parisien can be heard the following day in Vindobona. Some other concert highlights include: Motion Trio from Poland (Feb 23, Theater Akzent), an appearance by the American accordionist Rachelle Garniez with her mother Nancy Garniez (Feb 28, Orpheum) and a traditional concert performed by Dobrek Bistro (March 9, Orpheum).
Attwenger will play with their brothers in spirit, the Bavarian Kofelgschroa, on March 19 in the Arena Wien, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2016. Otto Lechner, the artistic figurehead of the Accordion Festival, will close the festival with the Ziehharmonischen Orchester Wien on March 20 in the Orpheum.
What’s more, the Accordion Festival Lounge takes place in Café Mocca on Saturdays, hosted by musician Franziska Hatz, and there are silent film matinees with live musical accompaniment and Swing Nights for dance enthusiasts on Sundays.
17th International Accordion Festival 2016
Feb 20 - March 20, 2016