The Vienna Greens have halved the city council’s funding of the annual Stadfest to around 450,000 Euro’s. The report in the Austrian Independent highlight’s that this particular city centre festival, which it describes as ‘a tradition-rich series of concerts, performances and readings…’ is organised by the opposition Viennese Peoples Party (ÖVP). They are said to be furious at the decision but that the event, which is held each summer, will never the less go ahead. The Greens have also announced a cut in the subsidies for Donauinselfest which is organised by their senior partners in City government, the SPÖ. The article points out that the cut is some 100,000 Euro’s and that the event has previously been support to the tune of 1.5 million, but I’m unclear what this coming years budget will be.
The Greens themselves will now be organising their own event in the autumn of next year called the Wienwoche.
These regular festivals are extremely popular but coming from England I still find it ‘different’ that such events are organised by
political parties with tax payers contributing, particular given that political parties are state funded here. On the other hand, they generate entertainment and income for city residents and a lot of tourists are attracted to the city for these events.
A few images of life around the waterways of Vienna and Lower Austria in June:
The beach at Tel Aviv bar and other venues along the Donau canal…..
Swimming in Lower Austria….
Dragon boat racing in the Alte Donau ……
I recently took at stroll through part of Vienna’s 3rd District and along the canal to the city centre. Here are a few images I took along the way:
The area I walked through was a mix of homes, shops, offices and factories. Some of the social housing in the area dates back to the First Republic, with many others dating from post war reconstruction. I understand the former properties are extremely popular. As in most parts of the city its worth looking up, when out walking, to see the range of building designs and to catch a glimpse of the roof gardens that can be found on many of the properties. The journey started outside the local theatre.
As in most parts of the city, when the weather is reasonable, public spaces were busily being used and enjoyed by people of all ages.
At this point the banks of the Danube canal are green and pleasant spaces with paths for walkers and cyclists with both groups sharing the facilities with joggers, dog walkers and fishermen. With major roads either side the area is not the quietest but is certainly a pleasant place for a stroll and again the experience is enhanced by taking the opportunity to look at the local building designs.
As you enter the central area of the canal you are confronted with a world of concrete, graffiti, buildings of various styles…..
…….and a car park….(no, it really is)….
……and space for deckchairs…..
….and boats with restaurants and bars…….
…..to accompany the food and drink you can also rest or swim……
……oh yes….and not forgetting the chance to spend some time at one of the canals ‘beaches’…..