Linz is a city of the third millennium. In and around the city, its Roman and medieval past slumbers. The opulence of the Baroque and the boldness of industrial architecture from the early 20th century are part of present-day life. Linz on the Danube is manageable, cosy, cherishes its traditions and, as the third biggest city in a small country, it is both metropolis and province, Central European crossroads and regional niche.

The artistic and scientific foundations of Linz were laid by individuals who during their lifetimes exerted a crucial influence on their times and whose influence extended well beyond those times: Johannes Kepler, Anton Bruckner, Adalbert Stifter, just to name a few. They are rooted in the past, but still have an impact in and on the here and now. This alliance between tradition and the present is, however, forward-looking.

And this commitment to a forward strategy for the arts highlights the openness and curiosity of Linz. Internationality and attachment to the home region, enthusiasm for external artistic influences and commitment to the local arts scene - these premises inform both urban and regional cultural policy as well as agreed cultural and artistic ambitions, in the spirit of a modern, socialpolicy message which considers "Culture for All" the symbiosis of living standard, social inclusiveness and intellectual wealth. 

For more information visit the website of the city.