Events in Vienna

Vienna events, January-February 2016
A selection of the best concert, music and exhibition events, by Vienna In Your Pocket city guide,
See the venue code key at the bottom of the listings.

Classical Concert Highlights

7, 11, 14 Jan, 19:00
Fidelio (Ludwig van Beethoven)
Conductor: Peter Schneider

16, 19, 21 Jan, 20:00
Salome (Richard Strauss)
Conductor: Mikko Franck

22, 25, 28, 31 Jan, 18:30
Rigoletto (Giuseppe Verdi)
Conductor: Evelino Pidò

7, 10 Feb, 19:30
Tosca (Giacomo Puccini)
Conductor: Patrick Lange

6, 8, 11, 27 Feb, 20:00
Onegin (John Cranko)
Conductor: James Tuggle

12, 17, 20, 24 Feb, 19:00
Così fan tutte (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)
Conductor: Tomáš Netopil

10, 12 Jan, 11:00, 19:30
20, 21, 22 Feb, 11:00, 15:30, 19:30
Wiener Philharmoniker
Works by Wagner, Debussy, Mussorgsky and more.

13, 14, 15 Jan, 19:30
Wiener Symphoniker
Works by Bartók, Beethoven and more.

25 Jan, 19:30
Cappella Andrea Barca
Sir András Schiff, Mozart, Mendelssohn.

12 Feb, 19:30
Orchestre National de France
Daniele Gatti, Berlioz, Mendelssohn, Respighi.

10, 11 Jan, 11:00, 19:30
Wiener Symphoniker
Hahn, Jordan.

26 Jan, 19:30
Elisabeth Leonskaja
Schubert Sonaten.

15 Feb, 19:30
Jorge Luis Prats
Liszts, Ravels and more.

27, 28 Feb, 19:30
Wiener Symphoniker
Minkowski/Grieg: Peer Gynt

Musicals & Shows

2-31 Jan, 15:00, 16:00, 18:30, 19:30
Mary Poppins
The enchanting stage version of the Mary Poppins movie has proved enormously successful in numerous countries, with more than 11.5 million visitors already.


2 Jan – 28 Feb, 15:00, 18:00, 18:30, 19:30
Mozart! Das Musical
The Mozart musical throws light on the world’s most famous composer both as a historical person and as a legendary figure of classical music.


6 Jan – 28 Feb, 18:00, 19:30
A show with  a combination of exquisite cuisine and first-class entertainment with brilliant artists, comedians and a great band.

13-24 Jan, 11:00, 15:00, 16:00, 18:30, 19:30
Holiday On Ice
The new Holiday on Ice show “Passion” offers an exclusive look into the exciting and varied life of figure skaters.

3 Feb, 20:00
Der kleine Prinz - The Musical
The Little Prince is the most famous work of the French writer Antoine de Saint-Exupéry - voted the best book of the 20th century in France. The new musical version enchants young and old.

5-14 Feb, 15:00, 20:00
The Shaolin Kung-Fu monks
The Shaolin monks present the most spectacular exercises by the best masters from China's monasteries.

13 Feb, 15:00, 20:00
Eisige Welten – Live in Concert
A spectacular show with the most beautiful BBC winter nature images projected on a giant screen, accompanied live by the 80-member Philharmonic Orchestra.

19-21 Feb, 14:00, 16:00, 19:00, 20:00
Masters of Dirt
Adrenaline for everyone – provided by the world elite of freestyle sports together with the Fuel Girls from England, Drumaticlas and DJ Mosaken.

28 Feb, 20:00
Hair – The Musical
The American tribal love rock musical is product of the hippie counterculture and sexual revolution of the 1960s, and several of its songs became anthems of the anti-Vietnam War peace movement.


20 Jan, 18:00
Alternative rock band with keen pop sensibilities, a skewed sense of humour and a willingness to draw inspiration from diverse sources (notably punk rock).

26 Jan, 19:30
Slipknot is known for its unique stage shows, shocking masks and impressive pyrotechnics draw from their live performances.
Support: Suicidal Tendencies.
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30 Jan, 19:30
Pasion de Buena Vista
Hot rhythms, rousing dances, exotic beauties and memorable themes will take you on a journey through the exciting nights of Cuba.
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1 Feb, 20:00
Parkway Drive
The Australian powerhouse band presents its new album Ire.

15 Feb, 19:00
Skunk Anansie
The Britrock band was named as one of the most successful UK chart acts.

20 Feb, 20:00
Massive Attack
Psychedelic, soundtrack-like and DJist sonic techniques that were at the base of the trip hop style from the mid-nineties onwards.

27 Feb, 17:00
New Sound Festival 2016
An alternative to all the big festivals. Something for the fans, for the curious, and those with open ears. For all those who want to discover music for themselves and don’t regard new things as disconcerting but as exciting.  Artists: Amon, Banana Joe Trio, Elias, Fresh Dixie an many more. More info:
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Until 11 Jan
A Rush of Color - Masterpieces of German Expressionism
The Leopold Museum's new large-scale exhibition presents outstanding masterpieces of German Expressionism from the collection of the Osthaus Museum in Hagen. Works by artists including Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Otto Mueller, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Alexey von Jawlensky, Franz Marc and others are on show.

Until 17 Jan
Kunsthalle Wien Prize 2015
The Kunsthalle Wien Prize was initiated in 2002 as a joint project of the University of Applied Arts Vienna and the Kunsthalle Wien and has been awarded annually to a graduate of the Institute of Fine and Media Arts.

Until 17 Jan
Black & White
The Albertina's new exhibition affords a look into the extensive photographic collection, which was created in 1999.

Until 24 Jan
To expose, to show, to demonstrate, to inform, to offer
Mumok looks back at international art activities around 1990.
Installations, objects, films and more by over 50 artists and artists’ groups.

Until 24 Jan
Edvard Munch - Love, Death and Loneliness
The exhibition featuring around 120 of the Norwegian artist’s most important works includes icons of his art such as The Scream, the Madonna and the Kiss, as well as works exemplifying his experimental approaches to printed graphics.

Until 31 Jan
Vija Celmins & Julia Haller
Celmins's oeuvre of prints – from over four decades – are made by scraping copper plates, carving wood, and drawing on stone, her prints show her great interest in process and marking. Julia Haller engages with conventions and the (fraught) history of painting, trying to leave it behind or to negate it in her own work.

Until 8 Feb
Sengl Paints – a retrospective
A comprehensive exhibition dedicated to the painterly and graphic oeuvre of the Viennese artist Peter Sengl.

Until 14 Feb
Ballgasse 6 - Galerie Pakesch and the 1980s Art Scene
When Peter Pakesch, a young man from Graz, started a gallery in Ballgasse in 1981, he created an artistic hotspot in what had hitherto been an inconspicuous little lane near Stephansplatz.

Until 21 Feb
Worlds of Romanticism
Seminal works from this period of intellectual history emerging around 1800. The ideas, which had an epoch-making effect at the time, have lost little of their topicality even to this day.

Until 28 Feb
Fleeting Beauty
The JTI Collection Vienna dates back to the Vienna World Fair of 1873 and comprises around 10,000 historical objects and images linked to tobacco, making it one of the most comprehensive of its kind in Europe.

Until 16 Apr
Star Wars Identities
A highly interactive and exciting exhibition presenting 200 impressive original objects from the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art.
The exhibition is about a character-driven adventure into identity in which the visitors explore the nature of their identity through the Star Wars universe.

Until 24 Apr
Prosperous Poison - On the feminist appropriation of the Austrian unconscious
Carte blanche for students in the Master in Critical Studies at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts. Mumok devotes two floors to its collection of work since 1945.

22 Jan-28 Mar
Hans Robert Pippal
This perhaps “most Viennese” of 20th-century Austrian painters devoted himself to his hometown, with charming views of Vienna.

29 Jan-8 May
The Japanese photo magazine Provoke, which ran for three issues in 1968 and 1969, is viewed as a one-of-a-kind agglomeration of post-war artistic efforts. In the world’s first-ever exhibition on this topic, the Albertina examines the complex genesis of this magazine and thereby presents a representative cross-section of photographic trends present in Japan between the 1960s and 1970s.

14 Jan-1 Feb
In 2024 Austria is to provide a European Capital of Culture for the third time. A study by 8 Austrian universities comes up with ways to rethink the European Capital of Culture.

22 Jan-22 May
Peter Piller "Belegkontrolle" / Anita Witek
Two solo exhibitions on Peter Piller and Anita Witek presenting artistic positions that understand photography as a raw material which is used for further processing - using photographs taken for ordinary purposes and everyday images, mainly from magazines and newspapers.

Until 28 Mar
Stefan Sagmeister - The Happy Show
The “grand master of graphic design,” explores and transcends the boundaries between art and design.
The exhibition documents his ten years of ongoing investigation into happiness with the aid of videos, prints, infographics, sculptures, and interactive installations.

Until 3 Apr
Josef Frank – Against Design
The exhibition presents the full scope of Frank’s pioneering and diverse oeuvre of furniture and textile design.

Until 31 Jan
Ulrike Müller
Exploring the relationships between abstraction and bodies and a concept of painting that is not restricted to brush and canvas.

Until 8 May
Always, Always, Others
The artist and curator Manuela Ammer presents a diverse new selection of works of classical modernism from the Mumok collection.

28 Jan-16 May
O.R. Schatz & Carry Hauser - In an Age of Extremes
Works by two significant Austrian artists active principally in the realm of drawing and printmaking. Dominant themes include human existence in an age of extremes and the metropolis in its various guises – from pulsating life to misery and isolation.

Trade Fairs

14-17 Jan
Ferien-Messe Vienna
International fair for holidays, travel and leisure.

14-17 Jan
Vienna Autoshow
The leading show of the latest vehicles offered by Austrian automobile importers.

26-29 Jan
Aquatherm Vienna
International trade fair for heating, a/c, bath & design.

28-31 Jan
Bauen & Energie
All about new construction trends, energy efficiency, smart homes, spa & wellness.

Venue list

AA – Albertina, Albertinaplatz 1, tel. +43 1 53 48 30,
AW – Arena Wien, Baumgasse 80, tel. +43 1 79 88 59 50,
AZ – Architekturzentrum Wien, Museumsplatz 1, tel. +43 1 522 31 15,
GH – Bank Austria Gasometer Halle, Adalbert-Stifter-Strasse 73, tel. +43 1 33 24 64 10,
KH – Kunsthalle Wien, Museumsplatz 1, tel. +43 1 521 89 33,
KO – Wiener Konzerthaus, Lothringerstrasse 20, tel. +43 1 24 20 02,
KU – Kunsthaus Wien, Untere Weissgerberstrasse 13, tel. +43 1 712 04 91,
LM – Leopold Museum, Museumsplatz 1, tel. +43 1 525 70 15 25,
MK – MAK, Stubenring 5, tel. +43 1 71 13 62 48,
MQ – Museumsquartier, Museumsplatz 1, tel. +43 1 523 58 81,
MU – Mumok, Museumsplatz 1, tel +43 1 52 50 00,
MV – Musikverein Wien, Bösendorferstrasse 12, tel. +43 1 505 81 90,
MW – Messe Wien, Messeplatz 1, tel. +43 1 72 72 00,
OB – Ottakringer Brauerei, Ottakringer Platz 1, tel +43 1 49 10 00,
RA – Raimund Theater, Wallgasse 18-20, tel. +43 1 59 97 70,
RO – Ronacher, Seilerstätte 9, tel. +43 1 588 85,
SC – Secession, Friedrichstrasse 12, tel. +43 1 587 53 07,
SH – Wiener Stadthalle, Vogelweidplatz 14, tel. +43 1 98 10 00,
SO – Wiener Staatsoper, Opernring 2, tel. +43 1 51 44 40,
SP – Spiegelpalast am Wiener Prater, Ausstellungsstraße/Perspektivstraße, tel. 0800 01 77 66
SZ – Szene Wien, Hauffgasse 26, +43 1 332 46 41 25,
WM – Wien Museum, Karlsplatz, tel. +43 1 50 58 74 70,



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