Festivals seem to be an integral part of Viennese life. Every summer -- mid-June through mid-September -- the plaza in front of the Rathaus (Vienna City Hall) is home to a nightly film festival featuring a re-broadcast of either a concert symphony, play, or opera with the viewing area flanked by food stands from over a dozen local restaurants (of varying cuisines), as well as a local brewer. No matter what night it is, the festival draws a crowd, although one night in mid-August drew a particularly large and young crowd: the re-broadcast of a DJ Tiesto concert. And as if that weren't cool enough, an Electronica Music Festival occurred earlier in the day with the city allowing a major boulevard in front of the Rathaus to be closed off so that over a dozen tractor trailers doubling as mobile DJ booths and dance floors could turn the city center into a veritable dance club. Good times!
|The Rathaus adorned with an AIDS ribbon (the bi-annual international AIDS conference was held in Vienna this year).|
|"I am Vienna". Well, not really, but if the Austro-Hungarian empire had annexed Scandinavia a hundred years ago I might be.|
|I think she is more Belgian than not.|
|He should be Viennese with moves like that!|
|No open-container laws!|
|The enormously large film festival screen. The Rathaus is behind it.|