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Austrian stuntman breaks world fire records
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Austrian stuntman breaks world fire records

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. READ  

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

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. READ  

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

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. READ  

Austrian art attracts parking fine in Germany
Photo: Center for Art and Media (ZKM) Karlsruhe

Austrian art attracts parking fine in Germany

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. READ  

Conductor Walter Weller dies aged 75
Walter Weller. Photo: SNS Group

Conductor Walter Weller dies aged 75

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. READ  

Stadthalle 'wing' award for Conchita
Conchita Wurst and artist Tomas Eller (centre). Photo: R Waites

Stadthalle 'wing' award for Conchita

Austria’s bearded drag queen and Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst needs to make space on her trophy shelf - she’s just been awarded the first ever "Wiener Stadthalle Flügel" award. READ  

'Sensational' manuscript sells for €356,800
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'Sensational' manuscript sells for €356,800

An 11th-century French religious manuscript from a private collection has sold for €356,800 ($388,900) in Vienna, in what auctioneers described as a "sensational deal". READ  

Seven great things to do within 50 miles of Vienna
View of Klosterneuburg. Photo: Andreas Praefcke/Wikimedia

Seven great things to do within 50 miles of Vienna

Vienna is packed with imperial history, excellent museums and great places to eat. But how about when you want to escape the city? Barbara Cação, of Vienna Unwrapped, has some suggestions. READ  

Mechanical seesaws take over former church
Photo: Klangraum Krems

Mechanical seesaws take over former church

One hundred and fifty mechanical seesaws have been installed in a former church in Austria, in a work of art by Swiss artist Zimoun. READ  

Eurovision Song Contest
Wild card Oz seeks upset at Eurovision pop fest
Australian singer Guy Sebastian. Photo: DianeSunshineCoast/Wikimedia

Wild card Oz seeks upset at Eurovision pop fest

Australian singer Guy Sebastian will try to beat the Europeans at their own game in Vienna on Saturday night in the 60th annual Eurovision Song Contest, the uproarious pop extravaganza. READ  

Eurovision Song Contest
Eurovision's turkeys and triumphs
Winners from the 2015 second Semi-Final on stage. Photo: Andres Putting (EBU)

Eurovision's turkeys and triumphs

As the Eurovision Song Contest celebrates its 60th anniversary watched by some 200 million worldwide, here is a trip down Eurovision memory lane - turkeys, dictators, Mormons, orcs, drag queens and all. READ  

Eurovision Song Contest
Bearded man in dress finds Conchita 'repulsive'
CATHEDRAL OF CHRIST THE SAVIOUR, MOSCOW. At the enthronement ceremony for Kirill, the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia. Photo: Russian President's Office (Kremlin)

Bearded man in dress finds Conchita 'repulsive'

The Patriarch of Russia's Orthodox Church on Thursday said he found the Eurovision Song Contest repulsive with its "bearded female singers", referring to last year's drag queen winner Conchita Wurst. READ  

Eurovision Song Contest
Oz rules for the ESC drinking game
Australian singer Guy Sebastian. Photo: DianeSunshineCoast/Wikimedia

Oz rules for the ESC drinking game

Australia is a land of immigrants, which goes some way to explaining why people across the vast continent will dress in flamboyant costumes and party hard for the carnival of camp that is Eurovision this weekend. READ  

Eurovision Song Contest
Eurovision: A stage for geopolitical conflicts?
The audience at the first Semi Final. Photo: Andres Putting (EBU)

Eurovision: A stage for geopolitical conflicts?

Behind the kitsch, glitz and smoke machines of the Eurovision Song Contest - hosted on Saturday by Vienna - hide more serious international geopolitical tensions, says the creator of the world's first university course on the popular music competition. READ  

Eurovision Song Contest
Green light for gay themed t-shirts
Photo: Green Party of Vienna

Green light for gay themed t-shirts

Gay-themed traffic lights installed in Vienna for the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest have proven so popular that authorities have now decided to keep them for good and even turn them into t-shirts. READ  

 
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