International Cultural Policy Concept 2015 - 2018

Culture overcomes borders, opens doors and unites people of different backgrounds, faiths, religions and views of the world. By presenting and communicating cultural and scientific achievements it is possible to reach out to many people abroad and to introduce them to Austria, its values and concerns.

International cultural policy is an essential and invaluable instrument of Austrian foreign policy policy constituting a driving force that promotes Austria’s international cultural presence in an increasingly interlinked world.

The main goal of the "International Cultural Policy Concept 2015-2018" is to present a unique image of a contemporary, innovative and creative Austria, which is promoted and consolidated by means of high-quality cultural projects initiated and carried out by Austria's network of representations abroad (Cultural For a, embassies, consulates-general) or in collaboration with local partners in the respective countries.

The following four guiding principles are at the core of the "International Cultural Policy Concept 2015-2018":

1. Culture creates identity and perspectives for the future
2. Culture is creative and unique
3. Culture requires exchange, promotes encounters and builds bridges
4. It is important to plan with history in mind