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VIENNA Yearly Ball Season
The city of Vienna celebrates the carnival during the months of January and February. This time of the year is also called a ball season, while the city of waltz dresses up into a gala attire. Every year it hosts more than 450 balls.
Even attendees that are not fully familiar with the three-four rhythm and ballroom dances will be able to find their kind of music. Traditions of an opening by the debutants in the white dresses, the first waltz to the song the Blue Danube and a midnight quadrille are all part of a perfect trip back to the imperial times.
The public is incredibly interested in the Opera Ball that welcomes up to and over 5000 guests and takes place in Viennese State Opera. On the other hand, the ball that is said to have the best atmosphere is called Coffeehouse Owners’ Ball and is held in Vienna’s legendary Hofburg.
007 Elements – James Bond movies
Did you know that one of the James Bond movies was partly shot in the Austrian Alps? The installation called, 007 Elements was built to commemorate this event and is welcoming visitors since 2018 as the only place of its kind. The modern building is located in Austrian Sölden and follows perfectly the breathtaking landscape.
The installation is focusing mainly on the “Spectre” movie while simultaneously offering signature elements from all of the 24 James Bond Movies. Located at an altitude of 3,050 meters above sea level, two floors of a building with an area covering 1,300 m² will be built directly within the mountain. It includes a variety of spaces like the open-air Plaza, showing the imposing angles of the building’s architecture frame the mountain panorama. The sharp angles recall the work of famed Bond Production Designer Sir Ken Adam who was the primary influence on the building’s design.
Visitors can observe special effects and props, and the state-of-the-art space allows visitors to interact with the technology. For the visitors that would like to enjoy other activities, there are also activities such as tobogganing, carriage rides or other winter sports.
Beethoven 2020 Anniversary
Ludwig van Beethoven was born in 1770 and so this year we are celebrating a 250 milestone that is going to be prepared by Austria. Concerts, events, and exhibitions are all going to be promoting the great musician throughout the year. One can go and see the manuscripts and Beethoven’s original documents in the National Library. Special concerts can be attended in the State opera starting with a Fidelio opera at the beginning of February, but also in Mozarthaus, Haus der Musik, Konzerthaus, and many others.
Competition in the piano play of classical music organized in memory of Beethoven can be observed and enjoyed by the public in the first half of May.
Beethoven was born in Germany but then spent most of his life in Vienna. Therefore, Vienna is very proud to celebrate the WienBeethoven2020 and visitors can find numerous landmarks commemorating the musician’s life.