magdas Hotel is a worldwide innovation from Caritas Wien, a magical, transformative space in North Vienna, where people with a refugee background work in a hotel full of good stories and warm welcomes. Next time your friends are visiting Wien and not sure which hotel to stay in - this is the answer. And also when strolling along Prater Hauptallee, call in for fine wine and a charming garden.
Whoosh, Monika and Eugene have long had a commitment to the project, with Eugene DJing at the Baustellenfest back before the place opened (and we had no electricity in those days), and Monika organised a Promi Tischgespraeche that same night. Since then Eugene created the magdas Social Dinners, where hotel guests and long-term Vienna residents enjoyed a Syrian buffet and good chat with new Viennese who arrived here as refugees. And Eugene was dj at the first birthday fest, along with John Megill, Kristian Davidek and Jeschka Oszilat.
And now we are celebrating seven years of innovation in Vienna, with the Hotel’s future secured, first across the canal on Ungargasse, and then back here in Leopoldstadt, from 2026. Eugene will dj at this Fest. Come and listen to some worldwide funky beats, meet new friends, and make social change simply by buying a glass of Veltliner in the Salon bar. We will dance to the grooves of the refugees' homelands, and find their style,
This is one of a series of events which explore the value of refuge and diversity:
Austrians try to pass the Austrian Citizenship Test
UNHCR Langer Tag der Flucht & Macondo Fest Simmering tour, every September
#HowtobeAustrian, with Oe1, short films exploring integration from an outsider perspective
Human Rights & the City tour
A free Welcome tour for Ukrainians in 2022
Music Safari - Eugene visits schools to discover the music of Vienna children (eg Sinti, Kurdish & Chechen), & then plays it in the Gemeindebauhof nearby, where they show us how to dance loud to their music.
Brexit Protest tour
Time 19:00. Wednesday night, 31 Aug 2022
Address: Laufbergergasse 12, 1020. (U1/2/S Praterstern)