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Churchbells will ring for Benedict XVI
The bells of Austria’s churches will ring when Pope Benedict XVI resigns from office on 28 February. Even the "Pummerin" bell of St. Stephan’s Cathedral in Vienna will ring, which is a rare occasion.
High media presence expected at Kampusch premiere
Representatives of international media will be present when one of the biggest criminal cases of Austria will premiere in Vienna’s cinemas. "3,096 days" is a film about Natascha Kampusch who was held captive for eight years.
Christoph Waltz receives his second Oscar
The Austrian actor Christoph Waltz was awarded an Oscar for best supporting actor for his performance in "Django Unchained". Mr Waltz, who appeared to be very touched, thanked his fellow actors and the director Quentin Tarantino.
Air defense tower becomes computer centre
Long discussions have now led to a revival of the air defense towers (Flakturm) in Arenbergpark in Vienna-Landstrasse. Next year, the smaller tower will be used as a computer centre and the bigger one will be used for exhibitions by the MAK museum.
Naked men will move to Paris
The "Naked Men" show in the Leopold Museum in Vienna remains successful: the museum has counted 188,000 visitors. This autumn, Parisians will be able to experience the exhibition in their city.
3,096 days: a depressing premiere
"It is a hero story", said Sherry Hormann, the director of "3,096 days", before the start of the premiere yesterday (Mon). Those, who watched the film, became aware of what Natascha Kampusch had to go through in the eight years of her captivity.
21st Life Ball: debutants wanted
The 21st Life Ball with the motto "Arabian Nights" will take place in Vienna on 25 May 2013. 100 pairs of debutants will open the ball in front of Vienna Townhall. Those who are interested can apply until 28 February.
Kunstkammer Vienna will open again on Friday
The Kunstkammer (chamber of art) in the art-history museum of Vienna will open again on 1 March 2013, 10.00 a.m. Visitors can admire rare and extraordinary art objects from eleven centuries.
Schallaburg exhibition about World War I
An exhibition with the title "Jubilation and misery. Life in the Great War of1914-1918" will start in 2014 at the renaissance castle Schallaburg (Lower Austria). It is a joint project of the castle of Artstetten and the Military History Museum of Vienna.
First casting for Life Ball debutants
The advance ticket sale for the Life Ball of 2013 according to the motto "Arabian Nights" starts today (Mon). The dancing school Elmayer has already held the first casting for the opening of the ball yesterday.
Albertina anniversary on 14 March
Around seven million of visitors have visited the art gallery Albertina in Vienna since the re-opening in 2003. The museum will celebrate its anniversary on 14 March with the show "Bosch Bruegel Rubens Rembrandt" and a special weekly programme.
Budget troubles for Salzburg Festival
The budget for the Salzburg Festival 2013 is once again hotly debated: although 60 million Euros were planned, 65.3 million Euros will be needed. The member of the board of trustees and mayor Heinz Schaden (SPÖ) is unwilling to accept that.
75th commemoration day of annexation
It is the 75th anniversary of the annexation of Austria by Nazi-Germany. There will be an act of commemoration in the Hofburg Palace and wreath-laying ceremony in the Albertina museum in Vienna.
Caricature exhibition review
A new exhibition featuring caricatures by the renowned artist Jean Plantuerux (Plantu) opened recently at the French institute in Vienna. Komisches Volk/ Drôle de peuple pokes fun at half a century of Franco-German friendship.
Turrini writes for the Down Syndrome Festival
The Viennese idance company is holding the Down Syndrome Festival for the second time. Young artists, both with and without a disability, come and dance together. The prominent Austrian author Peter Turrini will write the texts this year.
Watch the award-winning Austrian film
The event "One city. One film" is returning on 21 March 2013. Austrian producer and actor Karl Markovics’s film "Breathing" will be shown for free in 16 Viennese independent cinemas. Visitors can meet the film team and the actors in discussions with the audience.
Bodies of transcience in Kunsthaus Graz
The artist Berlinde de Bruykere is creating art that focuses on change and transcience of life. Her current exhibition "Leibhaftig" ("in person") can be visited in Kunsthaus Graz.