Municipal Government Leaders

Linz is absolutely delighted to have been granted membership in the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, an association that brings together 69 cities from 32 countries that have identified creativity as a strategic factor for sustainable urban development. Its seven Thematic Networks are Literature, Film, Music, Crafts & Folk Art, Design, Media Arts and Gastronomy.

“Media art is regarded as a part of this city’s identity. It’s a driving force behind economic and social innovation. Linz, with its appointment as a UNESCO City of Media Arts, is resolutely going forth into the future as a creative city with an industrial backbone.”
Klaus Luger, Mayor of the City of Linz

“Linz is a center of media art and has been one of the global leaders in shaping the development of this genre. Being named UNESCO City of Media Arts is an important milestone in the city’s ongoing development as an international node of media art.”
Bernhard Baier, Deputy Mayor and Commissioner of Cultural Affairs

“The creative economy is a sector with great future promise and tremendous importance for social, cultural and economic development. Positioning Linz as a Creative City makes it extremely attractive for young creatives.”
Susanne Wegscheider, City Councilwoman and Commissioner of Economic Affairs

“Upper Austria’s excellent educational institutions and research facilities make this region very attractive for international creatives and companies. Linz having been named UNESCO City of Media Arts is imparting a powerful impetus to the internationalization of the Upper Austrian economy.”
Josef Pühringer, Governor of the Province of Upper Austria