Casa Alto Vidigal’s Andreas Wielend: interview

As Casa Alto Vidigal gears up for a busy last month before the winter break, Time Out Rio reflects on success with the Austrian behind the most sought after new club space in town

Andreas Wielend - Alto Vidigal - Time Out

Andreas Wielend is the man behind Casa Alto Vidigal, a guesthouse-turned-club that has put Vidigal favela firmly on the clubbing map. Having resolved to stop pumping cash into renting an apartment and buy his own place, Wielend looked for options uphill. Thus a big, albeit crumbling, plot at the top of Vidigal was soon converted and was, as people crashing on floors and sofas became permanent fixtures, expanded until a guesthouse was born.

A major selling point was always the view. From here, the entire community, Leblon beach and all the way to Arpoador is visible, the Atlantic stretching to there.

In the 24 months since the first properly promoted event, thousands of clubbers have now worked their way eagerly up the hill to sample Wielend’s work. With the 2012 winter break approaching at the end of July, Time Out Rio caught up with the Austrian owner to look back over the top five events that have made Casa Alto Vidigal the cult spot of the last twelve months.

TIME OUT RIO – 04/07/2012

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