The conference organizers have prepared an exciting social program, which includes a pre-conference get-together at a local Viennese Heuriger, a welcome reception on our modern WU Campus, an elegant gala dinner at the Vienna State Opera and opportunities to get to know the WU campus and the city of Vienna through cultural activities.

Pre-conference Heuriger, Zum Martin Sepp

The pre-conference Heuriger will take place on Tuesday, August 29th (18:00-21:00) at “Zum Martin Sepp”. The address is Cobenzlgasse 34 in Grinzing, 1190 Vienna. This event is only open to participants who registered and paid for the Heuriger. You can expect a cozy atmosphere and quality food and wine. Below the link and some pictures of the Heuriger –

Photos copyright: Zum Martin Sepp

Welcome Reception, WU Campus

The welcome reception will take place on Wednesday evening, August 30th (18:00-19:30) on the WU Campus (LC. 0.000 Forum). Cold snacks and drinks will be provided.

Photos copyright: left – BOAnet; right – APA/HELMUT FOHRINGER

Gala Dinner, Vienna State Opera

The Gala Dinner will take place on Thursday evening, August 31st (19:00 – 22:30) in the elegant Marble Hall of the Vienna State Opera (Wiener Staatsoper) – one of the leading opera houses in the world. The hall owes its name to the marble wall mosaics by sculptor Heinz Leinfellner. The opera was built in 1869 and represents an architectural gem which dates from the era of Emperor Francis Joseph I. You can find more information about its rich history, impressive architecture and extensive cultural program portfolio here. The address of the Opera is Opernring 2, 1010, Vienna.

Photos copyright: Wiener Staatsoper

We are delightful to share that two of our former students agreed to offer a musical performance during the Gala Dinner. Please meet our rising stars!

Born in Salzburg, bass-baritone Florian Loizl is currently studying for a master’s degree in Vocal Performance at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna. Through his participation in opera projects and concerts at the Salzburg Festival and the Salzburg State Theatre as a choir member, he was able to gain a lot of stage experience early on. In recent years he made his debut in the role of Figaro in Mozart’s opera Le nozze di Figaro and as Masetto in Mozart’s Don Giovanni and regularly performed as a soloist in concerts at the Eva Lind Music Academy Tyrol, the Schönbrunn Palace Theatre and Salzburg Cathedral. He furthermore holds a master’s degree in International Management and is pursuing his PhD at the Vienna University of Economics and Business.

From playing the streets of Singapore to performing in Boston’s bars, Vienna-based singer-songwriter Kenneth Qua has pulled off quite a diverse musical apprenticeship. Born in Singapore, his musical journey started on YouTube with acoustic covers that garnered over 400,000 views. As a singer-songwriter, Qua has written and co-produced original songs with producers from Austria, Singapore and America. Ranging across pop, rock and R&B, his original songs have garnered over 560,000 streams globally while being featured on several Spotify editorial playlists.

Pratercard, Wiener Wurstelprater (Amusement Park)

As part of the Social program, we offer our CHER participants a special voucher: the Pratercard. With the Pratercard, you’ll get access to numerous attractions in one of the oldest amusement parks in the world, the Wiener Wurstelprater, conveniently located close to the conference venue. We’ve made sure that all of our participants are able to take a ride with the famous Viennese Ferris wheel “Riesenrad”, one of Vienna’s top tourist attractions. If you’re not in the mood for the “Riesenrad”, this amusement park features various other rides, bumper cars, carousels, roller coasters, shooting galleries, ghost trains and much more that you can access (please check the Pratercard Homepage for included attractions).

Photos copyright: Prater Park