For 65 days, City Hall Square is once again a pulsating open-air meeting point: The Music Film Festival presents musical highlights of opera, classical, pop, and rock as well as culinary delights from July 2. That's summer in Vienna. Free admission!
It is one of the most popular summer events in the heart of the city: The Music Film Festival, founded in 1991, between Vienna City Hall and the Ringstrasse. This year again, it draws fans of good music and food to City Hall Square once more – with free admission on all evenings.
Outstanding music productions, convivial togetherness, and a high standard of enjoyment – the Music Film Festival offers everything that has been lacking in recent months. We're looking forward to a program of superlatives in 2022. There is something for everyone when productions from all sorts of genres flicker across the 300 square-meter screen every evening. The food area invites you to go on a culinary journey around the world: 22 gourmet booths serve freshly cooked dishes from around the world from 11.00 am to 12.00 midnight.
As a sign of solidarity, this year's Music Film Festival begins with the charity concert "We Stand With Ukraine", which brought together domestic artists like Bilderbuch and Wanda at Vienna's Ernst Happel Stadium in March.
The legendary "Havana Moon" concert (2016) of the Rolling Stones can be seen, as can the cult band Queen giving its memorable performance of "Hungarian Rhapsody" in Budapest in 1986, and David Bowie, who would have celebrated his 75th birthday this year. Further international musical greats on the film program: Tina Turner, Katy Perry, U2, Coldplay, and Amy Winehouse.
Among the Austrian musicians are Falco, who would have turned 65 years old this year, the Amadeus winners Seiler und Speer, and the multi-percussionist Martin Grubinger. As an homage to the late Willi Resetarits, the Music Film Festival is showing the concert "Be a Mensch" from 2008.
It all begins with Rossini's comic opera "Il Turco in Italia" starring the vocally powerful soprano Cecilia Bartoli, which is broadcast live (with a time delay) from the Vienna State Opera on the second day of the festival (July 3, 2022).
Among the other nine State Opera productions on the Music Film Festival program: Mozart's "Don Giovanni", the Johann Strauss operetta classic "Die Fledermaus", and the contemporary dance piece "Peer Gynt" set to the music of Edvard Grieg. Richard Strauss' "Ariadne auf Naxos" honors the opera singer Edita Gruberová, who died in 2021.
The New Year's Concert by the Vienna Philharmonic 2022 is also on the program, as is a concert by the world-famous pianist Lang Lang, who turns 40 years old this year. Also celebrating a landmark birthday in 2022 is the film music icon John Williams, whose work is on the program of the Music Film Festival alongside that of Hans Zimmer.
If you like jazz or blues, you'll love the concerts of the genre legends Dee Dee Bridgewater and B. B. King. Productions like "Les Misérables in Concert" should put a smile on the face of all musical fans.
Numerous side-events enrich the Music Film Festival: The Children's Opera Festival and sport sessions in City Hall Park for the youngest visitors (Fridays), a live DJ in the food area (Thursday-Saturday evenings), and the Jazzbrunch on the Sundays. Two (live!) concert evenings are planned in cooperation with Kultursommer Wien (July 16: brass music, July 17: choral evening).
32nd Music Film Festival at Vienna City Hall Square 2022
July 2 – September 4, 2022 (daily)
Film starts at nightfall
Food and drink: 11.00 am – 12.00 midnight