Thursday, August 17, 2017

UrFU's Vienna Music Film Festival receives visit from Austrian diplomat Margot Klestil-Loffler

The Vienna Music Film Festival held at Ural Federal University welcomed Margot Klestil-Loffler, the Austrian ambassador to Russia, and other dignitaries to the university square on Monday.

The festival was organized by the Honorary Consulate of Austria in Yekaterinburg, Ural Federal University and also by a magazine for leaders in national business. Citizens were invited to view the concerts on a screen in the plaza.

The Vienna Boys Choir, one of the oldest choirs in the world, with centuries of history, performed live at the event.

Klestil-Loffler spoke at the opening ceremony, where she expressed surprise at the number of spectators. All of the seats were occupied by students, with younger audience members sitting on the grass in front. The honorary consul of Austria in Yekaterinburg, Kozitsyn Andrew, thanked the partners and friends of the festival for the opportunity to hold such an event.

Of tourists that visit Vienna, 72 percent indicated that they visit to discover the city's cultural life.

Last year, around 15,000 visitors and Yekaterinburg citizens attended the open-air festival. This year the event will last from the end of June through the first half of July, allowing visitors to enjoy the Viennese opera without having to leave Yekaterinburg.