Save the State of Culture in Upper Austria! | No to Budget Cuts in the Field of Culture!

The government of the Federal Province of Upper Austria wants to cut, cut, cut. These cuts will especially affect the budget for culture. Yet this region relies heavily on art and culture: as an economic factor, as an employer, as a tool for regional development, as a social bond and a critical mirror. While regional cultural initiatives and the "independent scene" have increasingly been starved out for several years, now popular culture and the province’s own cultural institutions are also at risk.
Instead of finally developing cultural operations in keeping with the guiding principles of Upper Austria, now there is a proposal to cut millions of Euros of support. We say "no" to this short-sighted policy of austerity and demand a sustainable expansion of the "Kulturland OÖ", the cultural region of Upper Austria.

"The question is not whether we can afford culture, but whether we want to put up with the lack of culture."
- Dr. Josef Pühringer, State Governor.

What we want from the Federal Province of Upper Austria

Our Demands

Save Local Providers!

Regional cultural initiatives and the “independent scene” provide local culture and stimulate innovation. Since 2001, however, funding from the provincial government for these initiatives has actually decreased by 40%. Many local cultural initiatives are financially endangered.

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Preserve Cultural Centers!

Where regional and independent cultural activities prepare the terrain, larger facilities with trans-regional influence and special quality ambitions will also develop. In keeping with a broad cultural landscape, these cultural centers are also to be preserved.

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Strengthen the Budget!

The cultural budget is an investment in the quality and future viability of our community. In the long term, the cultural budget of Upper Austria has to grow to 5% of the expenditures of the province. At least 15% of the culture budget must be available as a “discretionary” budget for current cultural policy developments and projects.

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Implement the Guiding Principles for Culture!

The Guiding Principles for Culture of the state of Upper Austria were unanimously decided on in the state parliament. However, many measures have not yet been implemented, particularly with regard to independent initiatives, regional cultural centers, promotion of women and independent media.

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Eine Botschaft von Josef Hader

16.937 people have already signed the petition

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The problem in numbers

- 66 %
actual loss of public funding from the Federal Province of Upper Austria for contemporary culture from 2001-2018
30 %
of public funding is to be cut in 2018
less funding for contemporary art and culture
37 %
of the artists are already at risk of poverty

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