Culture Calendar: May 2023
TEXT: MARILENA STRACKE
Dance, music and fabulous food – what more would we want? The month of May promises to be great fun and is packed with a range of different events to choose from.
834. HAFENGEBURTSTAG, HAMBURG (5 – 7 MAY)
Hafengeburtstag means ‘harbour birthday’ in German, and that is exactly what Hamburg celebrates. The world’s biggest harbour festival is a vibrant weekend packed with fun events, from ship parades and food stalls to performances and fireworks on Saturday evening.
ART AUSTRIA, VIENNA (11 – 14 MAY)
Held each year at the famous MuseumsQuartier Vienna, visitors can look forward to over 45 leading galleries participating and showcasing artworks with this year’s focus on Europe. The exhibitions are accompanied by beautiful music right on the plaza. The Art Austria is a true celebration of art and never disappoints.
GENUSSFESTIVAL, VIENNA (12 – 4 MAY)
It’s that time again, where pleasure seekers from across the world flock to the legendary Genussfestival, in Vienna’s Stadtpark, to enjoy a marvellous selection of Austrian culinary delights. It is Vienna’s biggest food festival, and from Viennese wines and escargots to poppy seed oil from the Waldviertel, Carinthian honey or saffron from the Wachau, there is plenty to try.
DANCE FESTIVAL ZÜRICH TANZT, ZURICH (12 – 21 MAY)
In May, the city of Zurich comes together to dance. This festival features 50 events and 200 little dance-related workshops. It is like a massive dance floor, including Sunday raves, break dance battles and many performances. Put on your dancing shoes and hop on a flight to Switzerland.
KLANGFRÜHLING BURGENLAND, FRIEDENSBURG SCHLAINING (15 – 21 MAY)
This year’s edition of the music festival focuses on the theme ‘PEACE & LOVE’. It will feature music by Mozart, Haydn, Bach, Mussorgsky and Debussy, but also some world-premieres. Accompanied by superb culinary treats, this is a festival not to be missed.
CAVES OUVERTES, VARIOUS SWISS WINE REGIONS (18 – 25 MAY)
Caves Ouvertes, or Open Cellars, is an annual event where Swiss wineries open their doors to the public for tastings and tours. Discover the local wine culture, learn about the winemaking process and sample a variety of wines directly from the producers. Whether you pick Geneva, Valais or Vaud, this event comes highly recommended for any wine connoisseur.
INTERNATIONAL MUSEUMS DAY, GERMANY (21 MAY)
Raising awareness of the important role that museums play in our society, as well as for our culture, this is a worldwide event. Various museums across Germany open their doors, but thanks to its many different museums, Berlin is a particularly fantastic city to make the most of this special day.
CARNIVAL OF CULTURES, BERLIN (26 – 29 MAY)
This vibrant and colourful festival celebrates Berlin’s multiculturalism with street parades, live music and dance performances. Thousands of people gather to enjoy the festivities and explore the various food stalls, with a range of international cuisines represented.
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