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Austria will once again have a European Capital of Culture in 2024 after Graz (2003) and Linz (2009). Jurors will name the city in late 2019. St. Pölten has decided to apply for the European Capital of Culture 2024 in partnership with the province of Lower Austria. The first application document was submitted at the end of 2018. 

Who’s applying?

The province of Lower Austria is applying in partnership with the city of St. Pölten. The St. Pölten 2024 office was founded to develop both the St. Pölten 2030 cultural strategy and the application for the European Capital of Culture 2024. The European Capital of Culture office is supported by numerous cooperation partners and participants from the fields of culture, education, business, gastronomy, tourism, social affairs, urban planning, architecture and politics, as well as the citizens of St. Pölten and the region. 

When is the application due?

The first application paper must be submitted to the Federal Chancellery on 31 December 2018. After that, an EU jury of experts will shortlist cities and give recommendations for improvement. The second, more comprehensive and final application must be completed by October 2019. By November 2019, we will know which Austrian city will be the European Capital of Culture 2024.

Will the region be included?

The city of St. Pölten is applying by including the surrounding region from the Wachau region to the Alpine foothills, from the Dunkelsteinerwald hill country to the Vienna Woods. The Capital of Culture Region is not defined by geographical or political borders, but by programmatic content developed in the course of the application.  

What has to be worked out in the course of applying for the title of European Capital of Culture? 

The application will be based on six call criteria (contribution to the long-term strategy, European dimension, cultural & artistic content, ability to implement, achievement & integration of society, and management) as described on a maximum of 60 pages. The application should also outline long-term goals in a cultural strategy (in our case “St. Pölten 2030”). 

As Ulrich Fuchs, the former chairman of the EU jury noted: “The application is not primarily about what a city already has, but the question as to how a city wants to develop in the future.”

Besides the city and province, various stakeholders from the fields of culture, education, business, gastronomy, tourism, social affairs, urban planning, architecture and politics, citizens of St. Pölten and the region, the St. Pölten 2024 office benefits from cooperation partners who contribute their knowledge, visions of the future and ideas on key topics and systematically incorporate these into the work as initiators and planners.

 

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