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IG Kultur Österreich

IG Kultur Austria

Vienna, Austria

IG Kultur Österreich is the association of independent cultural initiatives in Austria. Focusing on contemporary cultural expressions and community-driven initiatives, the organisation's main goal is to improve the working conditions of those working in the field of contemporary arts and culture – from professionals to volunteers. IG Kultur represents over 1.000 cultural initiatives all over Austria.

Its main activities are:

• Pursuing advocacy activities, pushing for legislative improvements and measures to create an enabling environment for cultural work.

• Providing hands-on advice as well as workshops and trainings to strengthen the professional development.

• Engaging in public discourse through public relations, a monthly radio show, an annual magazine, dedicated websites and social media channels.

Number of cultural centers represented : 1031


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  • Research/data collection
  • Information/awareness-raising
  • Networking
  • Consultancy (e.g. legal advice)
  • Advocacy/policy-related work
  • Internationalisation and mobility
  • Training/Lifelong learning

Artistic disciplines

  • Music
  • Theatre
  • Circus art/clowning
  • Puppetry
  • Dance
  • Street art
  • Amateur arts
  • Development of alternative art practices
  • Painting/drawing
  • Photography
  • Digital arts
  • Film and video art
  • Fashion design
  • Creative writing
  • Publishing

Topics covered

  • Intergenerational relations and ageing
  • Participation and audience engagement
  • Human rights and democracy
  • Working conditions of cultural professionals/labour rights/human resources
  • European Capitals of Culture
  • Digitalisation
  • Climate change and environment
  • Non-urban culture
  • Cultural policy