Think Tanks

In several think tanks, we worked out the risks and opportunities created by an ECOC bid. We talked to experts about their ideas, concerns and the needs of cultural policy in the future. The results of these think tanks were presented at the press conference on September 2017 and were integrated into the discussions in in the Dialogue Workshops.

“Places for Work and Play”

What’s the state of the existing infrastructure? How is it being used and where do we have untapped potential? In a talk hosted by Martin Hölblinger, head of the Hohenems cultural office, representatives from various sectors, venue providers and clients were invited to share their thoughts on this topic.


“Capital of Culture and the region’s art and culture Scene”

From the outset, the possibility of an ECOC bid was controversially discussed, not least in the art and cultural scene. Concerns and fears had to be raised and taken seriously. Harald Petermichl, head of the Feldkirch cultural office, openly addressed fears and contributed to eliminating irrational fears with open and transparent information.


“Integration – Migration”

The society of Vorarlberg is characterised by different life experiences and concepts. But what does integration actually mean and what is it that people integrate themselves into? Jutta Dieing, head of the Bregenz cultural office, took a close – and critical – look into the terms and concepts used in this field, and into the effects they might have on the future of our coexistence.


“Regional and urban development – the Rhine Valley Vorarlberg agglomeration 2024”

The Vorarlberg Rhine Valley is the fourth largest conurbation in Austria. The lines between rural and urban areas are becoming increasingly blurred, raising questions about new planning and controlling elements. Roland Jörg, head of the Dornbirn cultural office, and experts in the field looked into the future of the Rhine Valley as a living and cultural space.


“International – Regional”

The region wants to facilitate intercultural encounters and communication. Cultural exchange allows us to look beyond our own horizons and contributes to sharpening our cultural profile. Jutta Dieing, head of the Bregenz cultural office, and participants talked about intercultural relations and how they can be become tangible for the local population.