Austria: Long night of Churches
Would you dare spend your Friday evening inside the church? For the third time in Austria, Christian factions are inviting the public to stay for a night of free exhibitions, shows, fairs, and concerts.
Lange Nacht der Kirchen, which takes places tonight, June 1, aims to lure the non-faithful back into the fold. This time, Salzburg, Graz, and Klagenfurt will join in the hoopla, opening their doors until midnight.
Currently, more than a quarter of the inhabitants without religion on their sleeves are living in Vienna. With Christianity slowly losing ground on the continent, religious groups would like attendees of the event to know more about their churches. Aside from the prominent Roman Catholic Church, the Eastern European Orthodox and the Anglican groups are also participating.
The purpose of the event is not necessarily to preach the Gospel, but to celebrate the beauty found in religion though arts and music. One of the highlights is the concert of Wiener Philharmoniker at the Hofburg Chapel that starts at 6 p.m. in the First District performing from Haydn to Beethoven.
Visit the website to know more about the event and to check out the whole program.