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November 2015

"We work EVERY DAY - for your COMFORT...!"

Since mid-September, we have had a new expert on our team   -   Mr. Naser DAUTI!
Perhaps you have already seen him around? He is our "man in WHITE!"

Mr. DAUTI is an expert in painting, wallpapering, carpeting, and, and, and…
He came from Kosovo to Vienna in 1991 and is the proud father of two grown-up children.

If a piece of furniture in your room has a special SHINE, or if you "almost feel like you're at home", then perhaps our "man in WHITE" has been at work - for YOU!




For several weeks now, our ladies from the floor, service and cuisine areas have been taking an in-house LANGUAGE course in GERMAN!
Two organisations, WAFF & BFI, provide training DIRECTLY at our place!

Following this 6-week course, an ENGLISH language course is planned, and after that an IT / computer course!

"Life-long learning" -has become the thing to do for OUR team!



„Current and upcoming EVENTS in Vienna in October 2015“

Interested in music, theater, the opera, museums, and exhibitions?

We’ll be happy to keep you informed about all the dates / schedules and perhaps even let you in on a few secrets too…

Christmas markets

From mid-November to Christmas, Vienna’s prettiest squares transform into magical Christmas markets. The aroma of Christmas bakery items and hot punch creates a pre-Christmas atmosphere.

At the traditional Vienna Magic of Advent, the Rathausplatz becomes a shining fairytale land. The 150 or so sales booths at the Christmas market offer Christmas gifts, Christmas tree decorations, sweets and warming drinks. The trees of the surrounding City Hall park are festively decorated and radiate in a sea of lights. There are lots of offers here for children in particular, such as a carousel and craft fun in the Christmas Workshop.

Not far away is the Christmas village on Maria-Theresien-Platz, situated between the Museum of Fine Arts and the Natural History Museum. Over 70 booths offering traditional handicrafts and original gift ideas are set up here during Advent; the Christmas Village is replaced by the New Year’s Village on 27 December. The romantic Christmas village in the Old AKH is also a popular meeting point during the run-up to Christmas, especially for the younger crowd. There are two curling lanes right in the Christmas village.

The Old Viennese Christmas Market on Freyung in the city center is committed to tradition. A Christmas market was held here as early as 1772; today, it is a place to buy handicrafts, glass decorations, traditional cribs and ceramics. Festive Advent music can be heard on the square from 16:00. Top-quality handicrafts can also be purchased a couple of steps further along at the Am Hof Advent Market.

The cultural and Christmas market in front of Schönbrunn Palace offers romance in front of an imperial backdrop, and is converted into a New Year's market after Christmas. The atmospheric market offers traditional handicrafts, hand-made Christmas decorations, Christmas concerts and an extensive children's program, including Christmas workshop. The Christmas Village at Belvedere Palace enjoys an impressive baroque background. The unique palace gardens provide an ideal site for a tranquil Christmas market.

Art Advent on Karlsplatz offers a diverse children's program and above all handicrafts to buy. Further variety is provided by art installations, live bands and street theater. There are also numerous stalls full of artisans' wares in the idyllic tiny alleyways at the Christmas Market on Spittelberg and numerous other vendors with unique culinary gift ideas. This year for the first time, there will be a Christmas post office here with its own Spittelberg Christmas stamp.

Entertainment is the word at the winter market on Riesenradplatz. There are children's adventure rides, musical live acts and a humorous show program here until 6 January. The Christmas market at Stephansplatz focusses on contemplation and tradition, with 26 booths offering high-quality products from Austria.

Vienna Magic of Advent and Christmas Market
13 November - 26 December 2015, daily from 10.00 am - 10.00 pm, 24 December 10 am - 4 pm, Rathausplatz, 1010 Vienna

Christmas Village on Maria-Theresien-Platz
18 November - 26 December 2015, Su-Th 11.00 am - 9.30 pm, Fr & Sa 11.00 am - 10.00 pm, 24 December 11.00 am - 4.00 pm, 25+26 December 11.00 am - 7.30 pm

New Year's Village 27 December 2015 - 1 January 2016
11.00 am - 7.30 pm, 31 December 11.00 am - 2.00 am, Maria Theresien-Platz, 1010 Vienna,

Christmas Village at Belvedere Palace
20 November -23 December 2015, 
Mo-Fr 11.00 am - 9.00 pm, Sa, Su & hols. 10.00 am - 9.00 pm, Prinz-Eugen-Strasse 27, 1030 Vienna,

Christmas Village in the Altes AKH
14 November - 23 December 2015
, Mo-Fr 2.00 pm - 10.00 pm,Sa, Su, hols. 11.00 am - 10.00 pm, Alserstrasse/Spitalgasse, Hof 1, 1090 Vienna,

Old Viennese Christmas Market
20 November -23 December 2015, daily from 10.00 am - 9.00 pm,  Freyung, 1010 Vienna,

Am Hof Advent Market 
13 November - 23 December 2015, 
Mo-Th 11.00 am - 9.00 pm, Fr-Su 10.00 am - 9.00 pm, food until 10.00 pm, Am Hof, 1010 Vienna,

Cultural and Christmas Market & New Year’s Market, Schönbrunn Palace
21 November - 26 December 2015, 
daily from 10.00 am - 9.00 pm,24 December 10.00 am - 4.00 pm, 25+26 December 10.00 am - 6.00 pm
New Year's Market 27 December - 31 December 2015, daily from 10.00 am - 6.00 pm, Schönbrunn Palace, 1130 Vienna,

Art Advent - Art & Crafts on Karlsplatz
20 November -23 December 2015
,daily from 12.00 noon - 8.00 pm, food until 9.00 pm, Karlsplatz, 1010 Vienna,

Christmas market on Spittelberg
13 November - 23 December 2015
, Mo-Th 2.00 pm - 9.00 pm, Fr 2.00 pm - 9.30 pm, Sa 10.00 am - 9.30 pm, Su & hols. 10.00 am - 9.00 pm, Spittelberggasse, Schrankgasse, Gutenberggasse, 1070 Vienna,

Winter Market on Riesenradplatz
21 November 2015 - 6 January 2016
, Mo-Fr 12.00 noon - 10.00 pm, Sa, Su & hols. 11.00 am - 10.00 pm, 24 December 12.00 noon - 4.00 pm, 31 December 12.00 noon - 2.00 am, Riesenradplatz, 1020 Vienna,

Christmas market on Stephansplatz
13 November - 26 December 2015, 
daily from 11.00 am - 9.00 pm, 24 December 11.00 am - 4.00 pm, 25+26 December 11.00 am - 7.00 pm, Stephansplatz/towards Churhausgasse, 1010 Vienna,


Winter in the MQ

Starting on 5 November, things get hot in the MuseumsQuartier - even on the coldest of winter days. This is ensured by special punch creations in the ice pavilions, the curling lane and a varied program with DJ sounds and all sorts of action.

The MuseumsQuartier in Vienna is not only a popular place to meet in summer. During "Winter in the MQ", the inner courtyard is transformed into an atmospheric winter location. Sophisticated punch specialties are served in the six ice pavilions to warm visitors up. In addition, video projections on the façades bathe the MQ in a very special light.

DJs provide a diverse mix of music for warming sounds during “Winter in the MQ”. There’s a great throng every year at the popular curling lane. The "Winter Race" is held in the pond of the MuseumsQuartier - with remote-controlled cars.

"Winter in the MQ" opens on 5 November at 5.00 pm with a concert by Olympique and Yasmo + die Klangkantine. There's a live act by dunkelbunt on 2 December at 7.00 pm. If you're looking for Christmas gifts, why not have a rummage through the WeihnachtsQuartier from 27 to 29 November, where designers offer interiors, ceramics, glass, fashion and jewelry for sale.

Winter in the MQ, 6 November - 23 December 2015
Mo-Fr 4.00 pm - 11.00 pm, Sa & Su 2.00 pm - 11.00 pm, Free admission

WeihnachtsQuartier, 27-29 November 2015, Ovalhalle, Arena21, Quartier21 in the MQ, Fr 2.00 pm - 8.00 pm, Sa 10.00 am - 8.00 pm, Su 10.00 am - 7.00 pm Free admission

Romanticism at the Albertina

Romanticism was an attitude and an art genre that has lost of none of its fascination to this day. The Albertina is therefore showing important works from this time.

Romanticism characterized the production of art throughout the 19th century - including in Austria. The exhibition "Worlds of Romanticism" focuses on two main themes: on the one hand the comparison between Nordic-Protestant and Catholic Romanticism and on the other the focus on the contribution made by Vienna and Austria. Indeed, a movement formed at the Wiener Akademie that positioned itself in opposition to academic teachings and called itself the "Lukasbrüder" and later in Rome "Nazarene".

Around 170 works from the Albertina's own collection as well as from the Graphic Collection of the Academy of Fine Arts and international loan pieces can be seen. The paintings of famous artists such as Caspar David Friedrich, Francisco de Goya, Moritz von Schwind, Joseph von Führich and Julius Schnorr give an excellent overview of this outstanding art epoch. Nature, the glorification of the past with a particular focus on the Catholic-Romantic invention of the Habsburg myth, landscape as a metaphor for existence as well as the romantic image of friendship were important topics.

Worlds of Romanticism,13 November 2015 - 21 February 2016


Women in the psychoanalysis

The exhibition shows the significant influence that women had on Sigmund Freud’s work and on the field of psychoanalysis.

Women's rights campaigner and publicist Emma Eckstein supposedly once said to Freud, "That is the strong gender". As Freud’s patients, she and other women including Marie Bonaparte, Helene Deutsch, Anna Freud, Lou Andreas-Salomé and Sabine Spielrein laid the basis for his discovery of the unconscious. He also developed the "talking cure" together with them. In the exhibition at the Sigmund Freud Museum, the impressive careers and works of these various personalities are explored, as is Freud's theoretical creativity, all from a feminist perspective.

The protagonists of the show not only made pivotal contributions to the development of psychoanalytical theory, but also inspired or even anticipated Freud's work. Their involvement in the international spread and worldwide institutionalization of psychoanalysis is also undisputed: Spielrein in Switzerland and Russia, Andreas-Salomé in Germany, Bonaparte in France, Deutsch in the USA and Freud in England.

"That is the strong gender." Women in psychoanalysis, 16 October 2015 - 12 June 2016



Wien Modern

One of the most important festivals of contemporary music has been held in Vienna for the past 28 years: Wien Modern, founded by Claudio Abbado.

The festival's opening on 5 November at the Wiener Konzerthaus is dedicated to Pierre Boulez, a grand master of New Music. To mark his 90th birthday, the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra under the musical direction of Cornelius Meister plays Boulez' Pli selon pli, a milestone composition of the 20th century. Other orchestral concerts are given by the Wiener Symphoniker and the Klangforum Wien with works by composers including HK Gruber and Johannes Maria Staud.

This year, Wien Modern looks at the interfaces of contemporary music and pop culture. For example, compositions by Electric Indigo (photo), Pia Palme and Jorge Sánchez-Chiong - all based on pop hits - will be performed for the very first time at the Wiener Konzerthaus.

The Black Page Orchestra exploits the boundaries between composed music, multimedia composition, video and electronics at Porgy & Bess. The ensemble Platypus puts on an evening at Fluc – dancing is allowed!

Eva Reiter casts light on the richness of the human voice with her premiere of "The Lichtenberg Figures" at the MuTh. The singers Georg Nigl, Angelika Luz, David Moss and Christian Zehnder deal with the genre of song in the 20th and 21st centuries. Olga Neuwirth's "Hommage à Klaus Nomi" at the Musikverein focuses on voice and pop and is presented by British countertenor Andrew Watts and the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra.

The grand finale of Wien Modern is a rousing party: the Rave Night Vienna, a wild mix of techno, film, music, light and fog.

28th Wien Modern Festival, 5-28 November 2015
16 venues across Vienna Program, information, tickets:



Voice Mania

Vocal art at its best - that’s what Voice Mania, the international concert festival of vocal acrobatics, shows from 6 November to 6 December 2015. Forty soloists and groups from 19 countries give 21 performances. It’s all about grooving, humming, whistling, yodeling, rocking, clapping, flicking, clicking and fooling around - and singing, of course!

The opening event of Voice Mania is "Balcanto" on 6 November. High-ranking artistes sing, belt out and swing in a potpourri of music ranging from pop to classic from balconies and church galleries and the Ringstrassen Galerien in Vienna city center. There's also a capella to go: vocalists accompany fans of music part of the way along Kärntner Strasse, singing on request and with lots of fun.

Cult bands such as Maybebop (D, with a new program!), basta (D), Rock4 (NL, picture above) and iNtrmzzo (NL) gather their fans at the MuTh. New Voice Mania participants such as Cap Pela (E), Tuuletar (FIN) and The Soul of Gospel (A) as well as wonder-voice Theo Bleckmann (USA) move and seduce audiences with hits in an exotic, spirited and humorous way at Theater am Spittelberg, the Metropol and the Reformed Church. A focus on Austria also proves that the domestic scene is booming.

Specials such as "The Long Night of the A Cappella", a children's program and the "A Cappella Open Mic Casting Show" are joined this year by the premiere of "Voice Mania Short Cuts" – an evening of vocal artistry, beatboxing, freestyle session and body acrobatics.

Voice Mania 2015, 6 November - 6 December 2015
Various venues,Tickets and information:



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