• Bid Book I St. Pölten

    We are happy to present you the Bid Book I. This version is extended by the graphical elements of our presentation in front of the EU jury on 30 January 2019. 

  • Designing public space together and making it accessible

    A key finding of the current-situation analysis developed on the basis of findings from the public KulturFORUMS is that public space in St. Pölten does not meet the needs of everyone who uses it – not yet, anyway. A public space task group was founded on our initiative to enable a quality development of public space in St. Pölten.

  • Stadtforum#1 – public space is more than just a functional space

    The starting signal for the public space planning process in St. Pölten sounded on Saturday, 17 November 2018, at the event venue Saal der Begegnung. Public space will be a key factor when it comes to winning the European Capital of Culture title, but it also plays an enormously important role in day-to-day life in the city. All of the approximately 50 attendees of the public Stadtforum#1 agreed on that point. Participants had been invited by the city of St. Pölten and the St. Pölten 2024 team together with the planning office Raumposition.

  • Renovations, adaptations and a new cultural institution for children

    The province of Lower Austria and the city of St. Pölten are taking a further step in their bid to become European Capital of Culture 2024. After intensive preparatory work and analyses, Governor Johanna Mikl-Leitner and Mayor Matthias Stadler agreed on a concrete list of cultural infrastructure measures.

  • We’re writing the year 2024 – a vision

    The feuilletons of quality European newspapers are reporting on a comparatively small, unknown, but surprisingly innovative city outside of Vienna. The focus of interest is not on new construction projects or major events, but on courageous and innovative approaches to established structures as a way of actively reshaping the city’s future for coming generations, working together with local actors and inspired by European ideas.

  • Kick-off event

    The province of Lower Austria is applying for the title of European Capital of Culture 2024 in partnership with St. Pölten. On Tuesday, 12 December 2017, the application office St. Pölten 2024 presented its first ideas to a packed house at the Bühne im Hof music venue/cabaret. 

  • The potential of a city on the rise

    How one experiences a city and which weaknesses, strengths and potentials one ascribes to it changes depending on how and at what time one uses the city, which places had (and have) an impact on one’s personal life, which profession one pursues, how one moves about in the city, and whether one perceives it “from the outside”, i.e. as a non-resident, or “from the inside”, as a city dweller.

  • St. Pölten: Capital of Culture between Europe and the region

    St. Pölten is bidding to become European Capital of Culture 2024. Everyone in St. Pölten is ready to go and welcome Europe with open arms. How can the city, the surrounding region, and even all of Lower Austria benefit from the bid?

    Guest contribution

  • Participate, co-create, have a say! Who owns the city?

    St. Pölten decided to strike a new path many years ago and transform from a regional centre dominated by industry to the hub of a central region, possibly even the heart of an entire state, with a colourful mixture of education, art and business institutions. In the process, it has left behind old habits, structures and perceptions.

    Guest contribution

  • St. Pölten as role model of a mid-sized town worth living in

    The public generally perceives only large metropolises as role models for how cities in Europe might develop. And yet it is not they who shape the vast majority of cities in Europe, but the small and mid-sized towns and regions whose future development, quality of life, dynamism and attractiveness make the greatest impact on European city life.

    Guest contribution

  • Talking to ... the team of visionaries

    A team of visionary thinkers supports the application office on key topics. As initiators and planners, they bring their knowledge and visions of the future into the process in a structured way.

  • KulturFORUM #2 on the “St. Pölten 2030” cultural strategy

    The second edition of the KulturFORUM public dialogue format was held on 6 June 2018 as part of St. Pölten’s application process for the European Capital of Culture 2024. The application office St. Pölten 2024 invited citizens and interested parties to one of the old industrial halls on the Voith premises to discuss the city’s future prospects together.

  • Updates, talks & beats at KulturFORUM#3

    Numerous visitors attended the KulturFORUM#3 public dialogue format at Festspielhaus St. Pölten on 26 September to find out about the current status of St. Pölten’s application for the European Capital of Culture 2024. Besides an extensive musical and artistic supporting programme, the event was focused on participation and hearing thoughts from attendees – in the form of opinion polls, which were evaluated live using a voting system.  

  • Status quo analysis St. Pölten – findings from KulturFORUM#1

    The first public dialogue format's aim was to identify St. Pölten’s profile, unique strengths, talents and gifts, but also its deficits and weaknesses, and to reinforce its regional identity. Findings from the discussions flowed into a status quo analysis, which in turn forms the basis for developing specific work areas for the “St. Pölten 2030” cultural strategy, as well as a vision and strategy for St. Pölten’s application to be the European Capital of Culture in 2024.

  • Press conference on the interim results of the application

    St. Pölten’s application to become European Capital of Culture 2024 is on the home stretch. At a joint press conference on 31 August 2018, Governor Johanna Mikl-Leitner, Mayor Matthias Stadler, Managing Director Michael Duscher and Prof. Rudolf Scheuvens from the Vienna University of Technology took stock of the situation. Further concrete steps to be taken include the development of the European Capital of Culture Region and the establishment of a working group to develop proposed solutions for public spaces. 

  • Artistic programming in dialogue

    On 26 June 2018, 40 artistic directors and managing directors from St. Pölten and the region gathered at the LAMES association premises in Sonnenpark to work jointly with the application office St. Pölten 2024 on an artistic and cultural programme. Esra Küçük, managing director of the Allianz Cultural Foundation, came all the way from Berlin and gave a keynote lecture on ways in which artistic programming can address current European challenges.

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