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'Muslims forced to eat pork' allegations false
Photo: Facebook of Greens MEP Michael Reimon.

'Muslims forced to eat pork' allegations false

August 22, 2015

Social media reports in Austria suggesting that refugees at the Traiskirchen reception centre were served pork have been shown conclusively to be false.

Minute of silence tops Austrian iTunes chart
Artwork for 'Schweigeminute'. Image: Raoul Haspel

Minute of silence tops Austrian iTunes chart

August 20, 2015

A minute of silence released by an Austrian artist to protest against the "shocking" treatment of refugees topped the country's iTunes chart on Thursday even though the track was yet to be released.

Musicians play socialist anthem to Strache
A scene from the Everyman play. Photo: Salzburger Festspiele / Forster

Musicians play socialist anthem to Strache

August 20, 2015

A group of musicians performing at the prestigious Salzburg Festival played a rousing version of the left-wing anthem The Internationale after spotting the leader of the right-wing Freedom Party (FPÖ) in the audience for a performance of the Everyman play.

Austria's museum for useless inventions
Ever wish you had one of these for grandma's soup? Photo: Blasl

Austria's museum for useless inventions

August 14, 2015

From a transparent suitcase for nudists to automatic nose pickers - Austria's museum of nonsense and its vast collection of silly yet brilliant inventions are proof that bad ideas, if carried out well, can turn into genius creations.

Seven brainteasers to honour Schrödinger
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Seven brainteasers to honour Schrödinger

August 12, 2015

Erwin Rudolf Josef Alexander Schrödinger (1887- 1961) was a prize-winning Austrian physicist. Can you get your head around these brainteasers constructed in honour of his 128th birthday?

Teen Mozart manuscript returns to Salzburg
"MozartVeronadallaRosa" by Saverio dalla Rosa.

Teen Mozart manuscript returns to Salzburg

July 22, 2015

The Salzburg Mozarteum Foundation has unveiled a manuscript penned by a teenaged Mozart that it acquired for €237,000 ($258,000) at a Sotheby's auction.

Tom Cruise in Vienna for M:I5 premiere
Tom Cruise filming on the State Opera. Photo: Katharina Rohrer

Tom Cruise in Vienna for M:I5 premiere

July 22, 2015

Hollywood star Tom Cruise is back in Vienna for the world premiere of his new movie Mission: Impossible ‎- Rogue Nation on Thursday. Parts of the film were shot in the Austrian capital last year - including dramatic stunt scenes on the roof of the State Opera.

Salzburg Festival aims high despite budget cuts
Salzburg Festival Children's Choir. Photo: Servus TV

Salzburg Festival aims high despite budget cuts

July 17, 2015

The Salzburg Festival, one of the world's most prestigious arts gatherings, will launch on Saturday hoping to prove that a reduced budget and fewer shows do not mean a less exciting programme.

Dead animal art show causes outrage
Nitsch at an exhibition of his in 2008. Photo: MUSEUMSZENTRUM MISTELBACH

Dead animal art show causes outrage

July 17, 2015

Animal rights activists have filed a complaint against Austrian enfant terrible Hermann Nitsch over his current exhibition in Sicily featuring dead animals on crucifixes, a spokeswoman for the artist said on Thursday.

Conchita promotes gay rights in Japan
Photo: Sony Music Japan

Conchita promotes gay rights in Japan

July 09, 2015

Cross-dressing Austrian diva Conchita Wurst is in Tokyo on Thursday for a low-key meeting with the mayor of the trendy Shibuya district, which is set to become the first Japanese municipality to recognise same-sex partnership.

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Austrian stuntman breaks world fire records
Photo: Paul Gillingwater

Austrian stuntman breaks world fire records

June 28, 2015

On an overcast Saturday evening by a Styrian mountain lake, Austrian stunt performer Joe Tödtling broke two world records -- longest drag behind a galloping horse (500m), and longest drag behind a quad bike (582m) -- both while on fire.

Vienna gears up for mega open-air party
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Vienna gears up for mega open-air party

June 25, 2015

Vienna’s annual Donauinselfest - Europe’s biggest open-air free music festival - takes place at the Donauinsel this weekend. It’s expected to attract a total of around 3.1 million visitors over three days.

Spanish Riding School celebrates 450 years
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Spanish Riding School celebrates 450 years

June 25, 2015

Vienna’s Spanish Riding School celebrates its 450th anniversary this week with gala performances on Heldenplatz - with Spain’s Infanta Elena attending as well as riders and horses of the Royal Andalusian Riding School in Jerez.

Austrian art attracts parking fine in Germany

June 21, 2015

An installation by Austrian artist Erwin Wurm, created as part of the 300th birthday celebrations of the city of Karlsruhe, has received a parking ticket.

Conductor Walter Weller dies aged 75

June 17, 2015

Acclaimed Austrian conductor and former violin child prodigy Walter Weller has died aged 75, the Vienna State Opera and the Vienna Philharmonic said on Wednesday.

 
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