International Accordion Festival Austria


At the fourteenth international Accordion Festival, explorers and lovers of music have the opportunity to learn more about the instrument and its numerous aspects for a whole month.

Some people consider Accordion plays akin to Banjo players, wrong on all fronts say we! If you want to see Accordion music taken to a whole new level visit this festival!

The packed program includes international and home-grown artists alike - and on 14 different stages, from jazz club Porgy & Bess to the Filmcasino.

Mostly double concerts, which present two accordion bands in a single evening, are on the calendar from 23 February to 24 March. Around 40 concerts reflect the full stylistic range of the accordion between tradition and lots of innovation.

The program highlight "Nordlichter" is provided by Scandinavian accordion stars, including the Norwegian Guro von Germeten with her Schwindelfrei Orchestra. Other international guests include the trio Colin/Peirani/Lugue and world music giant Bratsch from France, Blowzabella from the UK and Melingo from Argentina.

The Austrian accordion scene is represented by the young talent Paul Schuberth, Maria Theres Stickler, Christian Bakanic and Walther Stojka. Well known hereabouts are Willi Resetarits & Stubenblues, the Vienna Tschuschenkapelle, Dobrek Bistro and, of course, the Austrian perennial accordion star Otto Lechner, who conducts the Zieharmonisches Orchestra at the opening gala.

Also recommended are the silent movie matinee with live accordion accompaniment in the Filmcasino and the children's program Magic Afternoon.

14 different venues


Vienna Easter Festivals

Traditional Easter decorations and artistically decorated eggs, culinary treats and a music program await you at Vienna's Easter Markets during March. There is all kinds of entertainment for the little ones.

The Easter market at Schönbrunn Palace is considered to be among the most romantic Easter markets. With the Baroque palace in the background 60 exhibitors offer not only all kinds of culinary delights but also beautiful Easter decorations and crafts from all over Austria. Children having fun in the marzipan Easter Bunny workshop, making Easter flower arrangements, on the Easter Nest Hunt and in the Children's Museum, while the grown-ups enjoy the entertainment at "Jazz at the Easter Market".

The Old Vienna Easter Market at the Freyung, a beautiful old square in the Old City, piles up the largest mountain of Easter eggs in Europe every year totaling about 40,000 painted Easter eggs. There are countless Easter specialties to go with it, from the Easter loaf to baked Easter lambs, an Easter arts-and-crafts workshop for the little ones, puppet shows and a rabbit hutch. The Arts and Crafts Market Am Hof is also completely on the theme of Easter traditions and offers decorative crafts.

Long before Easter begins the Kalvarienberg Market, a traditional Viennese Lent market, will get you in the mood for the holidays. The market offers all kinds of entertainment, especially for children - from a carousel to a children's train, from pony rides to ship swings.

An entertaining Easter Festival awaits visitors young and old on 31 March in the Prater. There's live music, an Easter parade and a colorful children's program with theater and a spectacular magic show.

Schönbrunn Palace Easter Market
13., Schloss Schönbrunn / Ehrenhof

Altwiener Easter Market
1., Freyung

Am Hof Handicraft Market
1., Am Hof

Kalvarienberg Market
17., Kalvarienberggasse

Easter Festival in the Prater
2., Prater31