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Austria/ 3.4 International cultural co-operation  

3.4.4 Direct professional co-operation

There are numerous institutions in the sphere of art and culture involved in transnational cooperation in Austria, ranging from major institutions such as museums and theatres to small cultural initiatives. Since the 1990s, cooperation projects have been concentrating above all on the central and south-east European area. The activities include festivals (music, film, etc.), exhibitions (fine art, architecture, photography etc.) conferences and workshops, information and training programmes etc. Private institutions (such as banks and insurance companies) have also started initiatives to make visual art, architecture and design, especially from central and south-eastern Europe, accessible to a broader public. Examples are the programmes by the ErsteStiftung, activities of private exhibition houses (Generali Foundation, Bank Austria Kunstforum, Siemens Artlab, etc.) and the Henkel Company's CEE Art award.

A number of traditional, festivals (like the Salzburg festival, Bregenz festival, SteirischerHerbst, Wiener Festwochen etc.), are highly supported by the different governments (state, provinces and cities). The Austrian festival landscape has constantly grown due to initiatives by the independent cultural scene: in 2013 there were 74 festivals with 2 900 performances at different performance venues and 1.4 million visitors. In 2013, the 22 members of the Forum of Austrian Film Festivals recorded 247 000 visitors attending around 1 300 film projections and 230 side-events.

Additional resources:

Mobility trends and case studies

Examples of mobility schemes for artists and cultural professionals in Austria  

Chapter published: 02-02-2016

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