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Prominent Chinese artist visits Vienna
Ai Weiwei at the preview of his “Er Xi” installation at Le Bon Marché. Photo: Belvedere, Vienna

Visitors to Vienna's Belvedere Palace were confronted Wednesday with 1,005 refugees' life jackets drifting in the baroque pond -- courtesy of Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei.

Who will open the Bregenzer Festspiele?
Turandot on the lake stage. Photo: Bregenz Festival / Ralph Larmann

The internationally renowned Bregenzer Festspiele has been left with no one to open it - after Austria’s highest court ruled that May's presidential election must be repeated because of widespread procedural "sloppiness".

Sweet expectations fulfilled with strawberry cakes
Members of the cake jury. Photo: Patrick Sabo

Ever wondered who makes the best strawberry cake in Vienna? Yelp, the online local business guide ran a contest on Wednesday for 13 products from nine different bakers, with a 30-person judging panel, and decided they found a winner.

Second day of bodypainting festival highlights
Photo: World Bodypainting Festival/Daniel Janesch

The second day of the World Bodypainting Festival in Pörtschach saw some fabulous work by amateur artists, as well as some extraordinary face painting masterpieces.

Bodypaint floods through sleepy Austrian town
Photo: World Bodypainting Festival/Iva Janezashvili

Going into its 19th year, the World Bodypainting Festival held at lake Wörthersee in southern Austria has become the melting pot and gathering of artists from 45 nations competing for the title of "World Champion" in bodypainting.

Manfred Deix, the man who captured Austria’s soul
Photo: A sample of the work of the late cartoonist

Famous Austrian Cartoonist Manfred Deix died in the hospital on Saturday after a long battle with severe illness.

US rapper denies rape charge
Freddie Gibbs and Madlib performing at The Echoplex in March 2014. Photo: Carl Pocket/Wikimedia

US rapper Freddie Gibbs' lawyer said Tuesday that the musician "absolutely denies" rape allegations that saw him arrested in France last week, adding he will fight extradition to Austria to face the charges.

Five unwritten rules about cake in Austria
Photo: Hotel Sacher

With Dunkin Donuts soon shutting its doors in Austria, The Local has some ideas about why they struggled to find fans in the country.

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9 German words to sum up your 20s perfectly
"Bier" is, of course, the one word that goes without saying. Photo: Claus Rebler on Flickr

Whether just graduated, just dumped or just now trying to figure yourself out, sometimes you're just at a loss for words in your twenties. But The Local is here to help.

The winner of our 'Hidden Vienna' photo competition
Melinda Szente

See the photos from the winner of The Local Austria and Visual Hub photo competition 'Hidden Vienna'.

Designer wants compo for ad mask use
The golden mask. Photo: CEN/Eberharter

An Austrian fashion designer is demanding compensation from fashion label Louis Vuitton after they used an item of jewellery he created without permission in an advertising campaign that included a David Bowie music video.

Prince's piano awaits auction in Austrian cellar
APA Screengrab

An innovative prototype piano that had been made for Prince by Austrian piano makers for his European tour is set to go under the hammer.

A study of the late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury’s vocal ability has revealed the tricks behind his “eccentric and flamboyant” style of singing, according to researchers in Vienna.

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Vienna Prater celebrates 250 years as public park
Waltzing in the Prater. Photo: Paul Gillingwater

Vienna's Wurstelprater amusement park kicked off on Saturday a series of celebrations for its 250th anniversary with a flower parade and traditional costumes.

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