Vienna Meets Prague


The festival Vienna Meets Prague again invited to discover highlights of Czech culture in Vienna. This year the festival will take place from 2–6 June, and the main event location will be the Depot, a space for debate and the arts just next to Vienna’s MQ (Museum Quarter). After its premiere in 2020 (maybe the only festival that originated in the first year of the pandemic instead of ceasing to exist) and most successful follow-ups, the young festival will now already see its fourth edition.

IWM is a partner institution for the festival. This year, IWM Rector Misha Glenny will be in conversation with writer Jáchym Topol, iconic novelist of the Czech dissidence, discussing his latest novel A Sensitive Person and asking what has become of the great hopes that accompanied the year 1989. Current IWM Visiting Fellow Radka Denemarková, four-time winner of Magnesia Litera, the Czech Republic’s most prestigious literary award, will present a remarkable editorial project dedicated to the survivors of NS persecution in the Czech Republic. She will be in conversation (in German) with Martin Pollack, one of Austria’s most eminent writers today and author of two highly successful novels dealing with the history of his own family in times of the Nazi regime. Furthermore, IWM Permanent Fellow Ludger Hagedorn will present the work of Prague animation artist Martin Búřil, a most promising artist of the younger generation continuing the long and outstanding tradition of Czech animated movies.

Have a closer look at the program here.


The Vienna Meets Prague Festival 2023 is a project in cooperation by Art is: cultural association, the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Vienna and the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM).