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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  

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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  

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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  

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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  

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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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Douze or nul points? Eurovision acts to watch
The audience at the first Semi Final. Photo: Andres Putting (EBU)

Douze or nul points? Eurovision acts to watch

Who can follow Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst and wow 200 million viewers worldwide to win the Eurovision Song Contest at its 60th edition in Vienna on Saturday? READ  

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Aussie idol set to rock Eurovision extravaganza
The ten winners from the first Semi-Final on stage. Photo: Thomas Hanses (EBU)

Aussie idol set to rock Eurovision extravaganza

The world's most famous kitsch pop competition - the Eurovision Song Contest - will be held in Vienna on Saturday and for the first time include wildcard Australia. READ  

Top ten places for gourmet dining in Vienna
Le Loft. Photo: Sofitel Vienna Stephansdom

Top ten places for gourmet dining in Vienna

There are times when a Leberkässemmel from your favourite sausage stand just doesn't cut it. Perhaps you have an important date lined up - but where's the best place to splash out on for an evening of fine dining? Barbara Cação recommends ten high end restaurants in Vienna for an evening to remember. READ  

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Eurovision: Meet The Makemakes
The Makemakes. Photo: Milenko Badzic

Eurovision: Meet The Makemakes

Austria’s Eurovision act is a far cry from Conchita Wurst’s triumphant bearded lady - they may have beards but retro rockers The Makemakes hark back to the 1970’s with their long hair, cute smiles and more macho vocals. READ  

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Life Ball 2015 roundup and gallery
Photo: Michelle Terese

Life Ball 2015 roundup and gallery

One of the highlights of the Vienna Ball season is the AIDS charity fundraiser, the Life Ball. READ  

Stars head to Vienna's Life Ball charity event
Once again the Rathaus will be lit up for the Life Ball. Photo: Wien.info

Stars head to Vienna's Life Ball charity event

Vienna’s Ringstrasse will be partially closed to traffic on Saturday as the Rathaus hosts the Life Ball charity event, to raise money for the fight against HIV and AIDS. READ  

Sisi's silk shoes sold for €75k
Photo: Dorotheum

Sisi's silk shoes sold for €75k

€75,000 was the winning bid paid at Dorotheum’s Imperial Court Memorabilia sale on 7th May 2015 for a pair of silk ankle boots once belonging to the empress. READ  

Vienna gets gay-themed traffic lights
Photo: MA 33

Vienna gets gay-themed traffic lights

Hundreds of gay-couple traffic lights have been introduced in Vienna in time for the annual Eurovision Song Contest, which this year is being hosted by the Austrian capital. READ  

Seven Vienna bars with breathtaking views
Café Bar Bloom. Photo: Vienna Unwrapped

Seven Vienna bars with breathtaking views

Ever sipped your Zweigelt at eye level with the Volkstheater’s rooftop statuesque beauties? Barbara Cação of Vienna Unwrapped shares her cheat sheet of Vienna’s best high flying bars and hotels with amazing city views. READ  

Activists fight to save Austria's heritage
Schloss Pottendorf and many other historic buildings are at risk. Photo: Initiative Denkmalschutz

Activists fight to save Austria's heritage

Campaigners are calling for urgent conservation of historic buildings in Austria which they say are at risk of being demolished if they are not better protected by the state. READ  

 
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