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Shades Tours – Take a look behind the golden scenes of Vienna.

The innovative, austrian Social-Start-Up "Shades Tours" organizes guided tours in Vienna. The specialty about it: all of the tours are guided by a (former) homeless person and show the participants Vienna off the beaten track aside of golden facades and opulent Sacher cakes. Shades Tours tries to create awareness for the shady sides of Vienna and living on the streets as a homeless person. What?How?Where?When? Whether you are a single person, a travel group, a corporation, school or association - Shades Tours offers different tours year-round, where you visit different social facilities or even cook as a group for homeless people in one of those facilities. What all offered tours have in common: they are guided by a (former) homeless person, who gets the chance to reintegrate himself in a working place with this job and at the same time illuminates the participants about living as a homeless person in Vienna. Fighting against bias and stereotypes, to sensitize the people and to broach the issue of homelessness - that's what Shades Tours want to achieve with their work. How everything started. The founder Perrine Schober incorporated Shades Tours in fall 2015, after she engaged intensively with the issue "Tourism as [...]

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Zero Waste Lifestyle (1)

Currently, Minimalism and Zero Waste approaches are totally in vogue. The aim of the whole thing is certainly not, as often wrongly assumed, to recycle as much of his waste as possible, but on the contrary not to produce any rubbish at all. However only few people are trying to implement this concept actively and to change their way of living permanently so far. If you ask for the reason, you often hear that it surely is too expensive and too much of an effort to live completely without packaging waste. Yet, the award-winning Zero Waste expert Bea Johnson shows that leading an eco friendly and waste-free life is not as hard as you might suppose at first. About Bea Johnson Bea Johnson has been realizing the Zero Waste Lifestyle together with her family for nine years now and she assures that this conversion did them incredibly good. The Johnsons are leading a healthier and more meaningful life that is based on experiences instead of material things. Contrary to popular belief, you can even save precious time and ready cash, as normally approximately 15% of the purchase price fall onto the packaging. Hence, the family goes completely without parcelled products [...]

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The Vienna Pop Festival 2017

Even if the weather does not really come into the picture yet, we firmly believe that summer is just around the corner! And together with it the Vienna Pop Festival: From July the 27th 60 acts are going to show their skills within four days on the lake stage in front of the Church of St. Karl and in the adjacent buildings. Last year the Festival for young and local pop music attracted 60.000 visitors and also at the coming event the innovative Austrian musicians and bands will give everything they got. And the best thing about it: the admission is free! As always, the programme will be organised by a professional curator team that is already set for this year: Ana Threat Ana’s actual name is Kristina Pia Hofner and during the week she teaches and researches as media scholar at the University of Applied Arts. Otherwise, under her pseudonym, Ana Threat makes music herself in the garage scene and she has already released several songs with the postpunk-duos “The Happy Kids” and “Kristy And The Kraks”. Currently she has a try as a solo artist with her latest album “Cold Lve” and moreover she conducts the label “Trash [...]

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Spring fever in Vienna

When the days grow warmer and the evenings longer, when the first flowers blossom and the winter coat can go back to its place in the cellar – spring is here! We feel lighter, are more enterprising and more active. This is the perfect time to escape from the everyday life and explore a new city. In the low season, Vienna can be explored without long waiting lines in front of attractions as it is in the summer months. Pure nature – Vienna in spring When the first sunrays of spring grass little by little the city, the metropolis unfolds its irresistible charm. The numerous parks and gardens offer everything from lovely compiled rose gardens to unadulterated forests. Besides the Volksgarten and the Stadtpark in the centre of the city, Vienna offers the famous Prater and the gardens at the Castles Schönbrunn and Belvedere. Just outside the city, nature lovers can enjoy more parks, just as the Lainzer Tiergarten or the Kurpark Oberlaa. Even for enthusiastic hikers, Vienna has something to offer: the Wienerwald nearby the city can be reached easily with public transport and offers the opportunity for a spontaneous hiking trip in a beautiful scenery. There is a lot going [...]

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Africa Days in Vienna 2017

For the 13th year in a row, this year the Africa Days (Afrika Tage) take place from 18th August until 13th September in Vienna. 18 days non-stop this extraordinary African celebration with a lot of esprit, music, dance, international artists and a colourful bazar will light up Vienna’s Donauinsel (island in the river Donau). The festival offers a wide variety of concerts, speeches, readings and information desks and charity events. Of course, there is a special program for children, too. History of the Africa Days The Africa Days’ initiator and organiser is Medhat Abdelati who started the festival in 2004. According to him, he had the wish for a long time to bring some of his heritage to his new home country. The first festival took place in Munich according to the motto “Out of Afrika – mitten in München” (Out of Africa – into Munich’s inner-city). In Vienna the festival started in 2005. The Africa Days are organised without any public funds or sponsoring. The officials want to stay independent. With the help of numerous Africa lovers and partnerships the festival is able to organise itself each year with great success. The festival is designed to help building bridges [...]

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