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The Arena


On June 27, 1976 a group of activists, referring to themselves as the Arenauten, occupied the abandoned area of the St. Marx slaughterhouse to protest the lack of alternative culture venues for young people. Eventually the activists had to move to a part of the slaughterhouse built in 1908. That is where the story of Vienna’s largest alternative cultural and communication centre in Vienna begins: The Arena.

The historical brick buildings from the slaughterhouse are now used as a platform for cultural and social activities which are non-profit oriented and encourage social work. Especially for the youth in Vienna, the Arena is an indispensable part of the city’s scene, with events such as festivals, Open-Airs, concerts, exhibitions, or the famous outdoor cinema. (JE)

During the Tag des Denkmals on September 29th, you can visit the Arena. The Tag des Denkmals is organized by the Federal Office of Monument Protection (Bundesdenkmalamt – BDA). The aim of the event is to make the public aware of the importance of cultural heritage and to raise awareness about heritage protection and monument preservation. 

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