Hiroji Kubota - Photographer

Hiroji Kubota Photo Ausstellung in der Galerie Westlicht

From 03.03. – 22.05.2016 in the gallery WestLicht, the center of photography

Kubota is a traveller. His most favourite area is not the hectic daily news business; he much more prefers to take his time and engage with the particularities of the places and people. No less than six and a half years he was en route in China. To Burma, his favourite destination, he returned 75 times after his first visit in the 1970s. The pictures he takes on his journeys form multi-faceted portraits of the travelled countries.  

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ETHNOCINECA 2015: MAy 4th - 8th

Die Ethnocineca 2015 - Das Festival für ethnischen Dokumentarfilm

From the 4th till the 8th of May the ETHNOCINECA will turn Vienna’s VotivKino into a hotspot for documentary and ethnographic filmmaking: for five days we invite our audience, together with numerous international filmmakers, to explore the diversity of the genre.

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Last Minute Mother’s Day Gift-ideas: eco-friendly, organic and below €50!

09th of May, 2014



1. Dr.Bronner’s  Magic Soaps 18-in-1


It’s a real magic! As these soaps contain really only the best organic stuff, no parabens of course and no sulphates. Only essential oils that are certified organic to the National Organic Standards Program: extra virgin coconut, olive, jojoba and others. Packaged in 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles, 100% vegan. Easily recognizable by the tiny-print labels on every bottle, the soap comes in eight different scents and claims to have over 18 uses, including shampoo, toothpaste, body wash, deodorant, household cleaner, and more. Our highlight: Baby Mild should work for all skin types. Here are some small tips on how to use it:

And if your mama doesn’t like it, she could always wash her dog with it!

€8,95 for 236ml

Seen in: Staudigl ReformHaus, Wollzeile 25, 1010


2. SpaManufactur – luxury bath oil



These luxurious bath oils are made in Germany from exclusively raw, organic and certified ingredients.  There are also a detox peeling and bath butter.

Give your mom a feeling of being in a luxury spa!

From €29


Seen in: Saint Charles Cosmothecary, Gumpendorferstrasse 33, 1060




3. Zoya goes pretty boddy butters


100% raw, unrefined and organic butters work like a wonder. Choose one of those:  pure shea butter for moisturizing or shea and rose butter with a healing effect, cocoa with a wonderful chocolate aroma or shea and lavender for soothing and calming the skin.


From €9.95

Seen in: Staudigl Naturparfümerie,Wollzeile 4, 1010



4. Tata Harper Lip Treatment Be Adored



This 100% natural, tinted (it has a subtle tint of raspberry colour) anti-aging lip treatment visibly restores vitality to lacklustre lips. A complete plumping and line-reducing formula to help reduce the appearance of those irksome signs of aging and preserve lips’ youthful look.


Seen in: NC-NaturalCosmetics Beauty Boutique, Postgasse 1-3, 1010 http://www.naturalcosmetics.at


5. Antidote chocolate: immediate stress relief, raw ecstasy



Chocolate is a classic present, but these certified organic Antidote dark chocolate is especially delicious and satisfying with flavours like Rose Salt + Lemon, Ginger + Goldenberry and Almond + Fennel. Whatever the mood, or whatever power you aspire to unleash, there is an Antidote for that featured.

From €5,5

Seen in: Saint Charles Apotheke, Gumpendorferstrasse 30, 1060 



6. Cupcakes, cookies and cakes from CupCakes Wien



Stop by and get your sweet portion of love! If you want to order a small cake (https://www.cupcakes-wien.at/shop/cupcakes/suesse-biene/295), please be sure to order at least 3 working days prior.

From €4,5


Seen in: CupCakes Wien, Josefstädterstraße 17, Albertgasse 17, 1080; CupCakes Wien in mumok (MuseumsQuartier), 1070



7. Beautiful porcelain hand-made in Vienna



The gorgeous Love bowls come in 3 sizes and in pastel colours, decorated with MAMA stamp and 24k gold dot.


Seen in: Feinedinge,  krongasse 20/3, 1050




7. Win one of 3 €15 Coupons for online order at Feinkoch!



Love is in the air... great ideas for valentine's day

February 7th 2014


Luxury date: Palace Coburg pop-up restaurant

The most exquisite hotel in Vienna, Palace Coburg, never stops to impress us. Recently it has opened a temporally pop-up restaurant. For the Valentine’s week it will offer special delicacies. 4-course menu w/o wine - €49/person. Starts at 6.30 pm.

Reserve your place! Coburgbastei 4, 1010, +43 1 51818 130

The restaurant at Palais Coburg


Secluded date: Cafe Salettl

Salettl is probably the smallest and the most mysterious cafe for romantic dates. In winter time it’s cozy-comfy even more then ever, as it’s lighted with candles.  Idyllic place for a Valentine’s Day celebration. 

Hartäckerstraße 80, 1190, +43 1 4792222, dayly  6.30am – 2.00am 


Sweet date: Cupcakes Wien

CUPCAKES invites you and your date for a romantic dinner and movie.

6.30 pm – reception in the MUMOK foyer  (Museum of modern art, Museumsplatz 1, 1070)
7pm  - start of the movie "Bella Martha"
 8.45pm – film ends

9pm – dinner "Valentin‘s-Menu" starts
from 10.15pm - Cocktail hour

 3-course menu:
ginger-carrot soup with the heart-shaped toast
spicy cup-cakes
Dessert - "Hot Love" in CupCakes Wien Style

 € 45/person includes:
movie ticket, spicy mini-cupcakes at reception, 3-course Valentin’s-Menu, Valentine Cocktail & one sweet surprise. Reservation at:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




Sweet things from CupCakes Wien

Sweet things from cupcake



Feinedinge* Porcelain

feinedinge* is an exquisite Austrian label that producers hand-made china. Valentine’s Day offer! All the vases are 10% off for the whole February.
Krongasse 20,  1050. 



Stamp "FÜR DICH MEIN HERZ" (for you my heart) from Rot Fux                                                        

For love letters, little notes that you write for your loved one, or for a present tag – use the stamp in many ways for the Valentine’s Day.  http://www.rotfux.com/  


RMS Gift Set – luxury organic make-up

RMS is a brand created by Rose-Marie Swift, the make-up artist from New York, who works with the most famous faces. Genuinely organic and pure make-up you can find at the Saint Charles Cosmothecary. From €32,8 per item, just choose your colour. http://www.rmsbeauty.com/shop/Philosophy-of-RMS.php

Photos: © Cupcakes Wien, feinedinge, RMS, Rotfux, Palais Coburg. 

Only 11 days to Christmas! Last minute do-it-yourself ideas

December  13th, 2013


What a beautiful pre-Christmas time, however for most of us a little bit stressful. But, of course, you want to make everything perfect, up to the smallest detail. Here are our little&easy last minute tips for you:

Do-it-yourself gorgeous accompaniments for your „big“ presents:


X-mas card:

Look at the pictures; it’s more than easy to do, no instructions necessary. You‘ll need just these: cardboard, coloured paper, ribbon, scissors and glue.

Seen on www.femina.by


Xmas card: Do it yourself



Tags for presents:

Just print it out! Gift idea: put cookies or candies in a transparent bag and put this tag on it, done!

Seen on www.livinglocurto.com

Download here



Gift-cards for kids:

1. Download and print templates.

2.  Use a glue stick to back the blank side of the printout with a sheet of coloured paper. Cut out along solid lines (don't forget to cut out the slit on the gift box).

3.  Write message on inside of card, then fold on center line.

4.  To close card, fold arms in along dotted lines, and tuck tab on hand into slit

Seen on www.marthastewart.com

Download here



Bear Mug

This quirky and cute little bear mug is so easy to make — you just need a white mug and a porcelain pen!

Seen on www.designsponge.com



Decoration: make lots of snowflakes and hang them all over the house, including X-mas tree!

All you need is paper, scissors, this scheme and a little bit of fantasy for cutting the way you want it.

Seen on www.hoosierhomemade.com


Viel Spaß!!!

„It’s the most wonderful time of the year…“ The best Vienna locations for pre-Christmas mood and Punch:

November 28th, 2013


For romantics: Christmas market in the Park!

Weihnachtsmarkt im Türkenschazpark

Probably, the most idyllic Christmas market, with arts and crafts, in the romantic atmosphere of Türkenschanzpark.

Up to December 24th, Türkenschanzpark, 1180 (entrance Peter Jordan Straße - corner Dänenstraße )

Monday - Friday: 3pm – 10pm

Saturday, Sunday: 12pm – 10pm

December 24th: 12pm - 3pm



For families: Flower gardens of Hirschstetten: Christmas installations and Advent market

Weihnachtsmarkt Blumengärten Hirschstetten

Want to find out, how Christmas in English-speaking countries looks like? Then come over and enjoy  X-mas installations, placed into the glass-houses, from England, Canada and Australia. Dive into Christmas world back into Victorian times and then back to traditional Christmas of Down Under.

Up to December 22nd, Quadenstraße 15, 1220.

 Thursday - Sunday: 10am -8pm  



To go with friends: Christmas village in the old AKH

Weihnachtsdorf Altes AKH

Hidden from the outside streets, in the beautiful park of the former Vienna hospital, this almost real Christmas village is a paradise of bright lights and colors, festive sounds and enticing aromas ... an absolute must!

Up to December 23d, Altes AKH, Universitätscampus - Hof 1, Alserstraße / Spitalgasse, 1090

Monday - Friday: 2pm – 10pm,

 Saturday - Sunday: 11am – 10pm. 



Back into imperial times: Christmas village of Belvedere Palace

Weihnachtsdorf Schloss Belvedere

Make a short trip back in time: charming ambience of baroque Palace, amazing decorations and presents to die for are waiting for you.

Up to December 23d, Prinz Eugen-Straße 27, 1030

Monday - Friday: 11am – 9pm
Saturday - Sunday: 10am – 9pm



For young and for-ever-young, but also for after-work-punch: Christmas market at Spittelberg

Adventmarkt Spittelberg

In the small and so authentic streets at the feet of Viennese Biedermeier houses you’ll find more than 100 arts&crafts sellers and numerous shops, where unusual gifts could be found.

Up to December 23rd, Spittelberggasse 3
Monday - Thursday: 2pm - 9pm
Friday: 2pm - 9.30pm
Saturday:  10am – 9.30pm
Sunday: 10am – 9pm


With style and the feeling of luxury:  Palace Coburg Winter days Programme

Palais Coburg Wintertage

Palace Coburg Winter Days are presented for the first time this year. Enjoy roasting marshmallows over a fire, with Eggnog or a Chilli-Cherry Punch in the winter garden in front of the festively illuminated Palace. Cosy blankets, outdoor heaters, open fire and one-of-a-kind culinary treats make it just perfect.

Up to December 20th, Coburgbastei 4, 1010

Every Thursday and Friday from 4pm.

End of season Events

September 5th, 2013

World Press Photo Award


WORLD PRESS PHOTO. Each year more than 3 million people in 45 countries visit the World Press Photo Exhibition. Last year more than 22.000  people had seen it in WestLicht Gallery.  This year it takes place again, 12th time. 11am-7pm, Sept.6th - Oct.13th , WestLicht, the center of photography, Westbahnstraße 40, 1070.


Shirty Fashion Fair. Young labels from Austria, Germany and Bulgaria present their view at T-shirt design. Besides, there will be caps, bags and hoodies. Entry 2 euro. 12pm- 8pm, September 7th. WUK, Währinger Straße 59, 1090. After Fashion Party: September 7th, start - 10pm, the Loft, Lerchenfelder Gürtel 37, 1160.


Summer Festival from “Salat Piraten”. End of season festival in the garden, with food, drinks, games and music. September 7th, 2pm – 10pm, garden in the Kirchengasse (Nr. 46), corner of Zeismannsbrunngasse / St. Ulrichsplatz. https://www.facebook.com/events/1408213612724177/


125th Anniversary of Türkenschanzpark. The most romantic and historical park of Vienna celebrates its 125th anniversary on September 8th. Highlights: live music & DJ, kids activities, sport programme, circus, food&drinks. 10am-9pm, Türkenschanzpark, 1180.



The Summer is not over!

August 15th, 2013

In Cinemas

“The Lone Ranger”-the western movie by Gore Verbinski with Johnny Depp. Yet another colourful face of Johnny..     


BBQ in Museum!

For the first time it’ll be really hot in the Museum of Applied Arts. On Thursday, August 22nd the new Chef Bernie Rieder will be grilling for you! Pork koteletts with Coke-and-Ketchup-Flavour, Flap Meat, Dorade, etc. Price: Euro 29,- per person (all you can eat, drinks excl.). Reservation: +43-1-7140121 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Raspberries Time!

The season of strawberries is over, but don’t be sad- it’s now raspberries time! Pick up your own not far from Vienna in Leopoldsdorf. Info-Hotline: 0680/4022216, Erdbeerland Piripower.


Photo © http://www.frucom.at/

Open-air Dog Day or Hideaways for hot week-end

August 1st, 2013 

Insider Tipps für das Wochenende 2.-14. August 2013 mit dem Wiener Hundetag, Gottfired Helnwein Retrospektive, Ausstellungen über Hansen und Jüdischen Humor

Dog Day in Vienna! It’s an open-air event for dog lovers. Come with your pet and enjoy various shows (your dog can also participate), shopping and food. Also if you are just thinking of getting a dog, it’s a nice opportunity to get more info and to observe different breeds. August 4th, 10-8pm, Galopprennbahn Freudenau, 1020 Wien, Freudenau 65.  



Helnwein Retrospective. Gottfried Helnwein is one of the most important internationally known Austrian artists. He primarily became known for his hyper realistic paintings of wounded and bandaged children. Up to October 13th. Albertina, Albertinaplatz 1, 1010. 



Theophil Hansen 1813–2013. The Star Architect and His Residential Buildings on the Vienna Ringstrasse. On display in the exhibition will be sketches and design drawings, plans, photos, furniture, and arts-and-crafts objects from numerous Austrian and international lenders. Wagner:Werk Museum Postsparkasse, up to August 17th. Georg Coch-Platz 2, 1018. 



„ALL MESHUGGE?“ Jewish jokes and humour. Humor is an essential component of Jewish life. It has roots in Eastern Europe and spreads to Ephraim Kishon in Israel, and Billy Wilder, Mel Brooks, or Woody Allen in Hollywood. The exhibit shows the history of Jewish humour starting from 1920s and 1930s. Jewish Museum Wien, Dorotheergasse 11, 1010.



Photo © A. Westreich