Brexit is one of the key developments this year. No country has ever left the European Union, and all eyes will be on Britain and its disengagement from the trade, travel, political and cultural commitments it has with Brussels. Nobody knows when it will happen, or even if it will happen. But the schedule is still 29 March at 11pm. Let’s see.
As a dedicated European, but also a Brit, space and place co-founder Eugene Quinn has a special interest in this subject. What happens next will affect him and millions of others – Europeans living in UK and British people who live across the Union.
To mark this bizarre and sad day, Eugene will make a tour looking at the dialogue between Great Britain and Vienna. We will visit British art and architecture, look at pubs, football, media and some people from the island who have made a new life in Central Europe.
Perhaps the most visible British exports are pop music and the English language. Films like Third Man present an outsider’s view of Vienna, and helped to romanticise this city in the Anglosphere. FM4 employs 16 British moderators and DJs.
We will also discuss how the EU changes without any influence from London. Global players like Banksy, Adele or Harry Potter help to present a certain kind of youthful cool. Which country will step up to take the place of these iconic figures?
Humour is also a notable British export. Which other EU nation can provide the kind of clowny behaviour we see in the photograph above? UK has also been responsible for much innovation with global consequences, from the industrial revolution and trains, Parliamentary democracy and electricity, to telephones and the internet. Will Europe miss that? Or does the EU have a brighter, more unified future without the irritating British, refusing to join in with the Brussels party. Bye bye Britain!
Tour language: English (of course – most Brits speak only one language and this is part of the problem in terms of a lack of understanding of the Euro perspective).
Meeting point: outside the Freud Museum, 9., Berggasse 19 (U2/4 Schottenring). The Freud family legacy in London is astonishing, and not so well-known in Vienna.
Time: 17:00 on 28 March. Please note that if Brexit moves, then so will the tour date. Let’s see…
[Due to extra demand, we will make a second tour on Saturday 30 March, at 10:30am]
Tour leader: Eugene Quinn
Cost: €5. No registration possible. Just be there on time.