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Vienna 2014  The art of enjoyment

 

Nowhere is "The Art of Enjoyment" mastered so well as it is in Vienna. And especially in 2014: Dance and party like during the time of the Congress of Vienna at one of the traditional or modern Viennese balls. Viennese nightlife, with its hip clubs, young festivals and a reopened ballroom, invites you to dance and party in 2014.

 

Vienna is the city of the waltz, as it was 200 years ago. During the time of the Congress of Vienna (1814/15), Viennese ball culture and waltz melodies experienced the height of their ascendancy. In those days, the imperial city was full of music – the whole of Vienna danced in three-four time. As did the participants in the Congress of Vienna ("The Congress dances"). Dance palaces and ballrooms sprang up everywhere. These so-called "Etablissements" could hold up to 10,000 people. One of these former ballrooms will be used for new purposes in 2014: Following extensive renovation work, the Sofiensäle in the 3rd district open their doors again in November 2013. The former ballroom has been converted into a culture and event hall, where exhibitions will also be held twice a year. The Sofiensäle in the 3rd district have an eventful history behind them: in summer a pool, in winter a ballroom, almost 100 works by Johann Strauss (son) had their world premiere here. From 1950, the Sofiensäle were used as the most modern sound studio in Europe, whose unique acoustics were appreciated by stars such as Herbert von Karajan.

 

Ball culture remains inseparably associated with Vienna. Around 450 balls are held every year – from the noble traditional ball to the relaxed Faschingsgschnas. The ball season reaches its peak in January and February, at the time of Carnival. The majority of the traditional balls are held in Vienna's Imperial Palace. Particularly prominent is the Opera Ball held in the Vienna State Opera. The Viennese ball also has a modern face with the crazy Rosenball of the gay-lesbian community and the internationally famous Life Ball. A glittering summer ball is the Fête Impériale in the Spanish Riding School. The perfect clothing for a ball is offered by the costume rental outlets Art for Art and Lambert Hofer. Viennese designers such as Michel Mayer or Thomas Kirchgrabner also tailor exciting robes for a visit to the ball. Culture is always combined with pleasure in Vienna: an evening at the ball begins with a visit to a restaurant to dine on traditional Viennese cuisine. A rousing night at the ball is often rounded off at a sausage stand.

 

Vienna's nightlife, with its club culture that is as diverse and lively as never before, is proof that people like to dance not only at balls. Modern, young festivals are also booming in Vienna in all areas. Whether art, fashion, design, dance, music from pop to blues and electronic music, the festivals offer something to suit every taste. A number of other festivals are also celebrating an anniversary in 2014. The Vienna Art Week and the Vienna Blues Spring are celebrating their tenth birthday, while the pop festival on Karlsplatz is being held for the fifth time. The MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art is also celebrating in 2014 – namely its 150th anniversary.

 

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