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Vienna Festival 2018, Die Orestie, Ersan Mondtag
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Vienna Festival 2018

Artistic director Tomas Zierhofer-Kin brings lots of different genres and artists to Vienna again for his second run of the Vienna Festival. The opening is a feast for everyone: the Vienna Festival gets under way at Vienna's City Hall Square on May 11. The free open-air concert has delighted thousands of people year after year and is broadcast around the world.

Avant-garde program

No fewer than 40,000 tickets will be issued for the festival. Among the 30 items on the program, 21 are dedicated to musical theater, dramatic theater and performances. Lots of productions are set to grab people's attention. Here's a selection:

  • the Dutch artist Dries Verhoeven shows the provocative performance Phobiarama, a ghost train of the spooky, on the opening day in the MuseumsQuartier (May 11).
  • The Egyptian Wael Shawky has 20 singers perform the bloodthirsty verses of the medieval Song of Roland: The Song of Roland: The Arabic Version (May 14).
  • The celebrated German director Ersan Mondtag gives his Austria debut with Die Orestie (May 21).
  • As does Susanne Kennedy - she brings Die Selbstmordschwestern / The Virigin Suicides, a psychedelic trip based on Jeffrey Eugenide's novel and Sophia Coppola's screen adaptation (June 1).
  • Christoph Marthaler, already a regular guest of the Vienna Festival, whisks audiences away to an underwater cloister in a pressure chamber in Lake Constance: Tiefer Schweb (June 4).
  • Kornél Mundruczó presents the film project Winterreise about refugees holding out in Hungary, with Schubert-inspired music by Hans Zender (June 8).
  • Ong Keng Sen and the Korean National Theater look far into the past in Trojan Women (June 16).


F23, a former coffin factory, is the stage for "Hyperreality", a sub-festival for club culture. Experimental electronic music at the interface of performance, pop and visual art will be performed here for three whole nights. The club is intended to serve as a space of possibilities, beyond the bounds of reality. Music is a means of expression and liberation.

Guests at Hyperreality include the Venezuelan musician, singer and producer Arca (May 24), the eloquent pop diva Kelela from the USA as well as the Detroit electro-legend DJ Assault (May 26) and the Berlin rapper Taktloss aka Real Geizt (May 26).

Vienna Festival 2018

May 11 to June 17, 2018, various venues
Program, information, tickets:

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