The annual Vienna Mozart Film Festival on the square in front of the Vienna City Hall in Austria is aimed at presenting musical masterpieces to a wide and diverse audience. Outdoor movies are shown which include the great composer's work. In 2006, the festival put the spotlight on Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart with a Music Film Festival in the square in front of City Hall with operas and classical music films projected onto a giant screen, free of charge. The Vienna Symphony Orchestra opened the festival with a live performance.
Given the great success of the Rathausplatz Film Festival, the Vienna Mozart Music Film Festivals 2006 was organised in selected Eastern European cities as a kind of European urban project. The major cities of Prague (Czech Republic), Brno (Czech Republic), Bratislava (Slovakia), Zagreb (Croatia), Belgrade (Serbia), Warsaw (Poland), Ljubljana (Slovenia), and Bucharest (Romania) participated in showing outdoor movies. Every evening for a period of time during the summer months, a highly frequented square in each of these cities was turned into a large open-air cinema, screening music films with free admission. The majority of the music was by Mozart, but the programmes also included operas by other composers, and even musical theatre. An excellent selection of culinary specialties rounded off the programme.
For more than one week outdoor movies and music by the unforgettable genius captivated thousands of viewers on Bratislava's main square in the old city. From a very early age Wolfgang AmadГ© Mozart was a much-travelled artist. As part of the Vienna Mozart Year 2006 the open air Film Festival, following the system successfully applied in front of Vienna City Hall, set out on a tour of nine central and east European cities. The Festival, which started in June in Brno, came to a festive closure on October 1st with outdoor movies in Zagreb.