Vienna has an excellent international reputation as a city of art and culture. I am particularly delighted that the Vienna International Arts Festival (VIAF) is about to enrich our city’s wide cultural spectrum in summer this year. The comprehensive VIAF programme, ranging from workshops and seminars held by renowned music and dance experts to a gala event, allows young artists to hone their skills and present their talent to an international audience. The new festival is to become a hub for artistic and cultural exchange that promotes aspiring artists in various fields. With music and dance, Vienna can build one of the most beautiful bridges between Eastern and Western culture. I wish you the best of success for the festival and hope that the young artists will enjoy their time in Vienna – a time that may well have a lasting influence on their future lives and careers.
Dr. Michael Ludwig
Mayor and Governor of Vienna