#13 Second Round of the Participation Process for Innsbruck Cultural Strategy

We are back from the summer break and starting into the second part of the workshop phase – and finally LIVE!

Since July last year, we have been working intensively on the Innsbruck Cultural Strategy 2030. After scientific work and the publication of a baseline study, three workshops were held online this spring. More than 400 participants actively contributed to the topics “City & Image”, “Promotion & Work” and “Education & Society” and provided valuable input for the cultural future of our city.

In the fall, three more workshops invite participants to help shape the cultural future of Innsbruck. Now it is our aim to define more concretely important topics for cultural development in Innsbruck that have already been discussed and to develop ideas further. On Wednesday, September 29, the IV. Workshop of the Cultural Strategy Process on the topic of “Space and Collaboration” will take place at Haus der Musik. Duration: 17 to 20:30 – followed by a get together until 21:30.

ATTENTION: Participation is only possible after prior registration! We will accept your registration from September 4 to 17. Registration is only possible via the registration form on this website and must be confirmed afterwards with a blank reply email.

Please note: We want everyone to feel safe, so we have the 3-G rule and also masks are mandatory (see Conditions of Participation – subject to change).

About the workshop topic: The September date is about “Space & Collaboration: Where are trendsetting interfaces between tourism and art, business and culture, native and immigrated …? And who can be where? How can public space in Innsbruck be used for art and culture? And which spaces can become long-term or temporary cultural spaces?

We want to understand Innsbruck’s cultural network and think ahead: What do we need more exchange and networking for, and what is needed for a successful culture of togetherness? How can common interests be made effectively visible beyond the boundaries of disciplines and sectors? How can external impulses be heard in politics and administration and how can decision-making bases in cultural policy be developed in constructive cooperation with Innsbruck’s cultural actors? Which “spaces for culture” do we want to use and design in the future? What concepts are there to make more spaces for culture in the city usable? Which concepts for digital spaces are forward-looking? How and where can new nuclei for cultural development in Innsbruck, also for unusual, innovative new ideas be developed or existing places be strengthened?

Two more workshops will follow:

  • V. Workshop – Value & Diversity: Is this art or can it be thrown away?
    Monday, October 18, 2021, 5:00 – 8:30 p.m.
  • VI Workshop – Open Discussion … on the home stretch.
    Tuesday, November 9, 2021, 5:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

 

#12 Half-time at the workshops – participation is written large

A lot has happened in the spring with the Innsbruck Cultural Strategy 2030. After intensive preparatory work, a 265-page baseline study was published in mid-March which was actualized in June. It contains not only a first comprehensive view on the arts and cultural sector in Innsbruck, but also numerous potential goals and measures for the cultural future of the city.

At the same time, the results from the baseline study were used for planning the ongoing workshop phase. At the first workshop in April 2021, more than 180 participants gathered in a Zoom video conference and took more than three hours to discuss their ideas on the topic of “City & Image: Culture instead of the Mountains vs. cultural city of the mountains?” The two subsequent workshops in May and June 2021 each also welcomed around 100 participants in the digital space. The topics here: “Promotion & Work” and “Education & Society”.

The workshops yielded valuable insights that will subsequently be incorporated into the cultural strategy. The great need for networking and exchange is obvious, especially across disciplines and genres as well as between the large institutions and the smaller initiatives in Innsbruck’s cultural sector. A frequently mentioned goal is to increase the visibility of existing cultural programs, which includes finding joint opportunities and addressing tourists and residents at the same time. Also a major topic in the workshops were objectives dealing with access for art and culture to the public space of the city: Active vacancy management, more cultural offerings in neighborhoods away from the center, and increased use of public space for cultural purposes are all addressed. On a higher level, the workshops also repeatedly called for a clear commitment by the city to the value of art and culture. This results in objectives such as increased appreciation of art and culture, recognition of the diversity of different cultural expressions, or the implementation of fair pay in the arts and culture sector.

The results of the workshops are always published promptly on the website and can be commented there. In addition to the latest news, information on the process, content and participation can also be found here. The latter, by the way, is very important to the Innsbruck Cultural Strategy 2030, as the following examples show:

  • After the workshops, a 7-member working group of representatives from the Innsbruck cultural sector always meets to reflect on and discuss the respective workshop results.
  • At the end of June, an advisory board of 30 personalities was convened for the first time, which will contribute its expertise on a selective basis.
  • The Cultural Committee of the City of Innsbruck is intensively involved in the process. Thus, an interim status of the work was presented to the members of the committee at the beginning of July and topics such as the status of art and culture in Innsbruck, the visibility of cultural programs or cultural education were discussed.
  • A subject-specific exchange takes place with various stakeholders such as Innsbruck Tourismus or Lebensraum Tirol Holding. We would like to take this opportunity to thank both of them, Innsbruck Tourism as co-financier and Lebensraum Tirol Holding as partner for supporting the project.

Three more workshops will follow in September, October and November. They are open to all interested people and enable active participation of the population in the cultural development of the city. The next workshop on “Space & Collaboration” will take place on September 29 at Haus der Musik Innsbruck (Universitätsstraße 1, 6020 Innsbruck). Registration at kulturstrategie-innsbruck.at/participation is possible from September 4 to 17.

 

#11 Results of III. Workshop published

The third workshop of the Innsbruck Cultural Strategy 2030 was again well attended. Around 80 participants took the opportunity on June 15, 2021 to exchange views in a Zoom video conference lasting several hours on the topic of “Education & Society: Let’s educate society!” The results of the third workshop can be found on the website of the Innsbruck Cultural Strategy 2030 and can be commented there: Click here for the documentation of the III. Workshop (in German language only).

The first half of the workshop phase is now over. In addition to “Education & Society”, the topics “City & Image: Culture instead of the Mountains or Cultural City of the Mountains?” and “Promotion & Work: Art is beautiful, but makes a lot of work” were discussed intensively.

The second half of the workshop phase covers the following topics:

  • IV. Workshop – Space & Collaboration: Who can work with whom?
    Wednesday, September 29, 2021, 5.00 – 8.30 p.m.
    Registration period: Sat, 4 to Fri, 17 September.
  • V. Workshop – Value & Diversity: Is this art or can it be thrown away?
    Monday, October 18, 2021, 5.00 – 8.30 p.m.
  • VI. workshop – Open discussion … on the home stretch
    Tuesday, November 9, 2021, 5.00 – 8.30 p.m

Locations will be announced – depending on the current COVID 19 situation – on the website.

Details on the workshop topics can be found under “Participation”.

 

#10 Registration period for III. Workshop over

Just like the first workshop, participation in the second workshop on the Innsbruck Cultural Strategy 2030 was gratifyingly high. On May 17, more than 120 participants exchanged ideas over a Zoom video conference lasting several hours on the topic of “Promotion & Work: Art is beautiful, but makes a lot of work”. The results of the second workshop can be found on the website of the Innsbruck Cultural Strategy 2030 and can be supplemented and commented there: Click here for the documentation of the II workshop (in German language only).

From May 26 to June 8, the registration period for the third workshop ran. The workshop will again be held via Zoom video conference. This time, the topic on Tuesday, June 15, starting at 5 p.m., is “Education & Society: Let’s educate society!” What will tomorrow’s art production and cultural work look like? What structures and frameworks are needed for it? And what does it mean to promote and communicate art and culture – how, to whom and why at all? How can art and culture become more visible in Innsbruck?

And “Outside the box” – Thinking big before the summer break: Crazy ideas and utopias for cultural development in Innsbruck: What other ideas for cultural development exist? What if you could completely rethink the cultural landscape for Innsbruck? What would it look like, what would be new, what would not?

The results of the third workshop will be published soon on the website.

 

#9 Results of I. Workshop published

The first workshop of the Innsbruck Cultural Strategy 2030 on April 14, 2021 met with great interest. More than 180 participants took 3 hours of time to discuss ideas on the topic of “City & Image: Culture instead of the Mountains or Cultural City of the Mountains?”. The results of the first workshop have now been published on the website for the Innsbruck Cultural Strategy 2030. It is also possible to make additions and comments there: Click here for the documentation of the I. Workshop (in German language only).

At the same time the registration period for the second workshop starts, which runs until Thursday, May 6. Just like the first one, this workshop will again take place in the digital space via a Zoom video conference, on Monday, May 17, starting at 5 p.m.

To ensure a smooth process, two technical checks will be offered again in advance. This gives you the opportunity to clarify your own technical requirements and to familiarize yourself with the video conferencing tool in advance. The two technology checks will take place on Tuesday, May 11, between 12 and 1 p.m. and on Wednesday, May 12, between 4 and 5 p.m. The links to the technology checks will be sent after successful registration.

The focus of the second workshop is on the topic “Promotion & Work: Art is beautiful, but it makes a lot of work”. What will tomorrow’s art production and cultural work look like? What structures and frameworks are needed for it? And what does it mean to promote and communicate art and culture – how, to whom and why at all? How can art and culture become more visible in Innsbruck?

In preparation, it is recommended to take a look at the baseline study, which was published in mid-March. The results of the second workshop will again be published soon on the website, and comments can be made too.

 

#8 Registration for I. workshop closed

The registration for the first workshop on the Innsbruck Cultural Strategy 2030 has closed on April 7! Many registrations have been received for the workshop, which will take place next Wednesday, April 14 from 17:00 in the digital space via a Zoom video conference.

The focus of the first workshop is on the topic “City & Image: culture instead of the mountains or cultural city of the mountains?” Together we want to clarify what makes our city – in the center and in the districts – a cultural city, what unique selling points there are and where (future) priorities (can) be spotted. We want to discuss whether and how culture and sports, recreation and nature can be harmoniously combined and what art and culture in Innsbruck means for locals and guests. Important interfaces to culture and our relationship to the surrounding area should not be forgotten.

In preparation, it is recommended to take a look at the baseline study, which was published in mid-March. The results of the first workshop will be posted on the website soon, and comments can be made too. Registration for the second workshop, which will be held on May 17, 2021, starting at 5:00 p.m. (again in the digital space via a Zoom video conference), will start soon.

 

#7 Advisory board set up

This week, an advisory board was set up with around 30 personalities from art and culture, but also from relevant interface areas such as science, education, youth, social affairs, integration, tourism, creative industries or urban planning.

Its task is to support the project team and the working group with expertise as needed. The current members of the Advisory Board are:

  • Christina Alexandridis: acting director and chief dramaturge at Tyrolean State Theatre Innsbruck
  • Wolfgang Andexlinger: city council of Innsbruck, head of city planning, city development and integration
  • Peter Assmann: director of Tyrolean State Museum, member of cultural advisory board for heritage preservation and museology of the state of Tyrol
  • Hannah Crepaz: head of Gallery St. Barbara in Hall in Tirol (Osterfestival Tirol, ORGELfest, musik+, …), board member of TKI, member of cultural advisory board for cultural initiatives of the state of Tyrol
  • Karl Gostner: chairman of Innsbruck Tourismus
  • Christoph Grud: founder and member of Bäckerei – Kulturbackstube, designer, project developer and consultant for open cultural spaces and social innovations
  • Michael Haupt: managing director of Initiative Minderheiten Tirol, board member of TKI, chairman of Kulturverein Inzing, member of cultural advisory board for cultural initiatives of the state of Tyrol
  • Tanja Helm: managing director and artistic director of Leokino and Cinematograph
  • Stefanie Höllinger: project manager of kreativland.tirol
  • Klaus Kleewein: city council of Innsbruck, Smart City office
  • Paul Klumpner: head of ISD Stadtteilarbeit (Innsbrucker Soziale Dienste GmbH)
  • Frederik Lordick: operator of Dachsbau, head of Innsbruck Club Commission, managing director of DTV Live Media Produktion
  • Peter Margreiter: chairman of Tiroler Musikverein and Zweigvereine, head of folk music at Tiroler Musikschulwerk, head of Alpenländischer Volksmusikwettbewerb Herma Haselsteiner-Preis, moderator at ORF-Landesstudio Tirol, member of cultural advisory board for music, music schools and folk culture of the state of Tyrol
  • Josef Margreiter: managing director of Lebensraum Tirol Holding GmbH
  • Daniela Oberrauch: organizational and pedagogical head of YA! Young acting, board member and spokeswoman for the state of Tyrol of IG Freie Theater
  • Elfi Oblasser: managing director of Zentrum Jugendarbeit Z6
  • Antonella Placheta: freelance tourist guide and art mediator, co-founder of KulturKinder, deputy chairwoman of Interessengemeinschaft Tiroler Fremdenführer (ITF), speaker of the group of Tiroler Fremdenführer at chamber of commerce Tyrol, jazz musician
  • Elisabeth Rieder: head of the office of commissioner for disabled persons at University Innsbruck, chairwoman of advisory board for disabled persons of the City of Innsbruck, certified consultant and expert for barrier-free planning and construction
  • Margarete Ringler: managing director of Tiroler Bildungsforum – Verein für Kultur und Bildung, chairwoman of Erwachsenenbildung Tirol, member of cultural advisory board for adult training and libraries of the state of Tyrol
  • Arno Ritter: head of aut. architektur und tirol and member of cultural advisory board for fine arts and architecture of the state of Tyrol
  • Renate Schick: board member of integration office of the City of Innsbruck
  • Siljarosa Schletterer: freelance author, event organizer, member of the board of IG Autorinnen und Autoren Tyrol, as well as IG Autorinnen Autoren
  • Manuela Schweigkofler: managing director of Haus der Begegnung
  • Bettina Steindl: head of project office Dornbirn plus Feldkirch Hohenems Bregenzerwald (former application office for European Capital of Culture 2024), cultural advisor for Kulturjahr Graz 2020, lectureship at University Liechtenstein (A New European Bauhaus), FH Graz and Art University Linz and curator
  • Martina Steiner: member of the management team of POJAT – Plattform Offene Jugendarbeit Tirol, member of Tiroler Jugendbeirat, board member of bOJA – bundesweites Netzwerk Offene Jugendarbeit Österreich
  • Carmen Sulzenbacher: head of BRUX / Freies Theater Innsbruck, board member of Triebwerk7, member of cultural advisory board for literature, performing arts and film of the state of Tyrol
  • Ulrike Tanzer: vice dean for research at the University of Innsbruck, head of research institute Brenner-Archiv, member of cultural advisory board for literature, performing arts and film of the state of Tyrol
  • Verena Teissl: professor for cultural management & cultural studies at FH Kufstein Tirol, previously cultural manager at the International Film Festival Innsbruck (IFFI) and the Viennale
  • Melanie Wiener: state government of Tyrol, department for Culture

Also this week the registration for the first workshop starts, which will take place on April 14 from 17:30 (digitally via Zoom).

 

 

#6 Baseline study published

This week a central milestone for the Innsbruck Cultural Strategy 2030 has been reached: the completion of the 265-page baseline study. The most important points are also contained in a 15-page summary. Please visit the following page to read or download: kulturstrategie-innsbruck.at/grundlagenarbeit

There are four chapters in the basic work (in German language only):

  • The chapter “Cultural City Innsbruck: Situation” provides an overview of Innsbruck’s arts and culture sector. First, there is a presentation of central actors from politics and administration. That includes, among other things, a cultural budget analysis. This is followed by a description of Innsbruck’s art and culture sector along various disciplines and categories. Culturally relevant interface areas were also deliberately taken into account. Thus, for the first time, a comprehensive description of Innsbruck’s art and culture sector with its actors and their activities is available.
  • The chapter “Cultural Policy Discourse 2018 onwards” outlines the cultural policy discussions in the current Innsbruck City Council since its constituent meeting on May 24, 2018. For this purpose, all protocols including enclosures were analyzed. In addition, the chapter contains content relevant to cultural policy from meetings of the city senate and selected articles from Tyrolean media. With the help of this chapter, it is possible to quickly gain an insight into central cultural policy decisions that have been made in Innsbruck over the last three years.
  • The chapter “Legal, political and issue-specific frameworks” starts with culture-specific laws, ordinances, decrees and guidelines that are relevant for the provincial capital. This is followed by an analysis of political programs and papers from a cultural perspective, including the working agreement of the current Innsbruck city government. This chapter is supplemented by an examination of topic-specific mission statements and strategic programs, with passages relevant to the cultural strategy being identified here. Above all, the goals and measures contained in the mission statements and programs are intertwined with the contents of the cultural strategy as far as possible.
  • The chapter “Cultural City Innsbruck: Profile, Strengths and Weaknesses, Potentials, Themes, Goals and Measures” is the core of the baseline study. It contains a condensed description of strengths, weaknesses, potentials and themes as well as suggestions for objectives and measures that are of particular relevance for the cultural strategy. Those are based on qualitative interviews with 33 people from Innsbruck’s arts and culture sector and from interface areas.

The baseline study is also pioneering work for Innsbruck in terms of data collection and the pooling of expertise in this area.

Study author Thomas Philipp from LIquA explains:

„With the baseline study we have created a comprehensive basis for further work on the cultural strategy. With it, it is now possible, for example, to discuss questions on the fair distribution of fundings in the Innsbruck arts and culture sector with regard to the budget analysis. It also helps us to establish appropriate links to other strategies and programs, such as the Creative Industries Strategy for Tyrol, the Innsbruck Tourism Strategy or strategic programs for intercultural development in Innsbruck. And it also contains numerous expert suggestions for objectives and measures on various topics related to the Innsbruck arts and culture sector, such as work and pay, public space or cultural education.“

MMag. Thomas Philipp, head of research institute LIquA

Findings from the baseline study were also used to plan the next step, the discussion and workshop phase which is now starting. Different topics will be addressed in six workshops. The first workshop on Wednesday, April 14, 2021, 5 p.m. (digital) will start with the topic “City & Image: Culture instead of the mountain vs. cultural city of the mountains”.

Registration start: Thursday, March 25, 2021

Registration deadline: as soon as the maximum number of participants is reached, but no later than Wednesday, April 7, 2021.

Please note: Registration via the registration form at kulturstrategie-innsbruck.at is mandatory. The number of participants is limited, registrations will be considered in order of receipt.

A preview of all workshops is available at kulturstrategie-innsbruck.at/participation – in the next article we will provide detailed information about the workshops.

 

 

#5 Working group for the cultural strategy process constituted

On the way to the Innsbruck Cultural Strategy 2030 an important step was taken this week. A working group, established by the office for cultural affairs of the City of Innsbruck has been constituted. The following persons belong to it:

The working group is accompanied by a project team around Isabelle Brandauer (head of office for cultural affairs of the City of Innsbruck) with Rita Hebenstreit (office for cultural affairs of the City of Innsbruck, internal project manager for Innsbruck Cultural Strategy 2030), Aliette Dörflinger (LIquA, external project manager), Philipp Fromm (urban planning department) and Norma Schiffer-Zobernig (office of the mayor of the City of Innsbruck).

The working group supports the project team in developing the contents of the Innsbruck Cultural Strategy 2030. In this context the results from the workshops starting in April are discussed, validated and condensed in regular meetings.

 

 

#4 Intense discussion in the cultural committee and fixing of the workshop dates: Save the date!

The Innsbruck Cultural Strategy 2030 was in focus of the Cultural Committee meeting at the beginning of December 2020. At first, Mag.a Aliette Dörflinger informed about the status of the work, especially on the preparations for the topic workshops that will start this spring.

The first three dates have now been fixed:

  • Wednesday, April 14, 2021, 5 p.m.
  • Monday, May 17, 2021, 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 15, 2021, 5 p.m.

Save the date!

Duration of the workshops approx. 3.5 hours. The locations (possibly also a digital variant) and the topics of the workshops will be announced soon, as the dates of the workshops that follow in September, October and November.

Afterwards, MMag. Thomas Philipp gave an insight into the currently ongoing baseline study work. He primarily addressed initial findings from the 33 interviews conducted and talked about several topics that are of particular importance for the future of Innsbruck as a city of culture. Two of these topics were then discussed intensively for more than an hour in the Culture Committee:

  • Art and culture in public space
  • Fundings and criteria

The participants in the session addressed their ideas of what the city of Innsbruck should have achieved on these two topics in 2030 and what supporting or hindering factors there are to consider.

The discussion on “Art and Culture in Public Space” led from reflections on visions of urban space, on the special topography of Innsbruck and on the increased use of urban peripheral locations, to questions of the connection between quality of stay and art and culture in public space, thoughts on the interface between culture and urban development or traffic planning, to questions of curation and cultural education as well as bureaucratic issues. On the topic of “Funding and Criteria” various approaches on the formulation of funding criteria were reflected upon, considerations on setting priorities and evaluation were discussed, and the consequences of Fair Pay for fundings were debated.

The meeting of the Culture Committee was attended by Uschi Schwarzl (GRÜNE), the city councilor in charge of the department at that time, as well as the members of the Culture Committee Irene Heisz (SPÖ), Christoph Appler (ÖVP), Andrea Dengg (FPÖ), Astrid Denz (FPÖ), Thomas Lechleitner (GRÜNE), Dejan Lukovic (GRÜNE), Mesut Onay (ALI), Theresa Ringler (Für Innsbruck) and Julia Seidl (NEOS), furthermore by Isabelle Brandauer (MA V, Cultural Department of the City of Innsbruck), Rita Hebenstreit (MA V, Cultural Department of the City of Innsbruck), Birgit Neu (MA V – Society, Culture, Health and Sports), Thomas Philipp (LIquA) and Aliette Dörflinger (external project managemer, for LIquA).

More details of the discussion – similar to the interview results – will be included in the baseline study for the cultural strategy, which will be published here on this website in March.