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Music Film Festival: From Eric Clapton to Richard Straus

Vienna is gearing itself up for another summer of music and culture as the programme for the free Music Film Festival fills up.

Running throughout July and August, the festival outside Vienna's City Hall - Rathaus - shows musical performances in the summer evenings on a huge screen hung up in front of the gothic building.

Some of the cultural highlights this year will be the marking of the 300th birthday of Christoph Willibald Gluck and the 150th birthday of Richard Strauss. Other broadcasts of classical music concerts include performances from stars such as Anna Netrebko, Nina Stemme, and Jonas Kaufmann as well as classical ballets.

For the more contemporary minded, the programme also include broadcasts of gigs from Falco, Glen Hansard and Eric Clapton as well as contemporary dance shows.

Disney's Fantasia is also being put on show - aimed at the younger guests but likely to be enjoyed by all.

Alongside the screenings, various cuisines will be on offer at food stalls in the Rathaus park.

Admission to the festival, which runs from 28 June to 31 August, is free but aim to get their early to grab a good seat. For more information and to see the full programme visit
www.wien-event.at

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