XX ART FLÂNERIE is an international, decentralised and transdisciplinary Arts and Culture Festival in Vienna, which presents and promotes projects that focus on the contemporary resonance of historical and demographic contexts as well as the examination of current social developments. With art as a wide-ranging medium of communication and means of social co-design, the participating artists use the public spaces, numerous galleries, project spaces and cultural institutions during the 8-day festival in order to open up new fields of dialogue, to make diverse perspectives visible and to unfold and make tangible the potential of social cohesion. The aim of the festival is to connect cross-national subcultures and cultural practitioners by providing an institutional framework and to create a cultural, academic and institutional exchange within a sustainable collaborative network.
2021 year's edition was dedicated to the history of the 15th district with a focus on the specific historical pub culture, the parallels to the present time as well as the development and significance of the workers’ districts Europe-wide.
The festival is also carried out in cooperation with Catalan and Lithuanian institutions which together promote the initiative Transfer-Project: Vilnius - Vienna - Barcelona and deals in an international exhibition at KUBO with the meanings of drinking culture also as water politics then and now. Other group exhibitions on the festival theme will take place at Improper Walls, Aa Collections and Hollerei. In addition, there are side-locations that make various contributions to the festival.
Photo by : Katharina Schiffl
Photo: Maria Belova
The participation of Catalan artists at the XX Art Flânerie Festival started in 2020 with the support of Catalan institutions when Catalonia based artists were invited to Vienna. The project was motivated by the goal of connecting Catalan artists with Austrian curators and galleries as well as promoting Catalan talent and reinforcing the cultural exchange between Austria and Catalonia. This international cooperation with Catalonia continues in this year's edition through Catalan Artists XX Art Flânerie and has been extended with the participation of the Lithuanian capital Vilnius, as another participating city.
Music: Excerpt of E2-A6 by Without Letters
Video teaser: David Pujadas Bosch
Many thanks to the Delegation of the Government of Catalonia to Central Europe for the video footage