1.3.8 Good practices

Austria consists of 2.357 communities [Gemeinden], about 1.400 of which are rural. In line with the Austrian Constitution the communities are organised as 'self-administrative bodies' [Selbstverwaltungskörper]. Many cultural programmes and initiatives are supported by municipal, regional and/or federal authorities (see 1.3.3). As a consequence, there is no systematic information about cultural education on a municipal level available.

One very interesting example of a local programme in contemporary music is the 'Klangspuren Festival' in Schwaz. Founded in 1994, it provides a wide range of cultural education programmes for young people:

Klangspuren Schwaz

Klangspuren proactively approaches social institutions, schools, kindergartens and departments for apprentices and offers a cultural and music education programme, with a complementary programme for adults. The programme comprises intensive encounters with composers and musicians, although music does not always have to be at the centre of attention. The encounters can take place during other activities, such as hikes or audio walks. Since 2002, Klangspuren carries out programmes for apprentices on a regular basis. In 2004, the very successful programme for children ('barfuß') started and since 2006, projects with pupils and students were added.
Klangspuren Schwaz