Communities, networks, interest groups

FOR ALL FEDERAL STATES

ADA – AUSTRIAN DIRECTORS’ ASSOCIATION

The ADA represents the interests of Austrian film and TV directors. As a member of the FERA (the Federation of European Film Directors), the ADA represents Austrian directors in Brussels in the key committees of the European Union.
www.directors.at

AUSTRIAN FASHION.NET

AustrianFashion.net is a platform for Austrian fashion designers and producers, and regards itself as a base for designers open for all who wish to present their widely varying areas of interest for discussion, collect ideas and realise projects.
www.austrianfashion.net

AUSTRIAN FILM COMMISSION

The purpose of the Austrian Film Commission is to promote Austrian films.
www.afc.at

AUSTRIAN ILLUSTRATION

Austrian Illustration is an online portfolio of leading Austrian illustrators.
www.austrianillustration.com

AUSTRIAN MUSIC EXPORT

The purpose of Austrian Music Export as a service and resource centre is to promote the export of contemporary Austrian music of all genres.
www.musicexport.at

BARCAMP AUSTRIA

So-called “Barcamps” are now held throughout Austria. There are themed camps, such as politcamps, educamps and designcamps. Here, the programme consists of short lectures with a discussion, presentation and above all the interaction between the participants.
www.barcamp.at

BERUFSFOTOGRAFEN ÖSTERREICH

This portal for professional photographers is the first medium for photography in Austria, and is run by photographers, for photographers.
www.berufsfotografen.at

C HOCH 3 CREATIVE INDUSTRIES NETWORK

C hoch 3 is an Austria-wide competency programme and cooperation network for creatives from sectors such as design, advertising, film, the music industry, photography, publishers, architecture, etc. Here, creatives can work as part of a network, cooperate professionally and build up their company with the C hoch 3 programme.
www.kreativwirtschaft.at

CREATIVE AUSTRIA

CREATIVE AUSTRIA is a joint communication and promotion platform for Austrian cultural destinations and federal institutions with the aim of disseminating Austrian culture and creative offers worldwide.
www.creativeaustria.at

CREATIV CLUB AUSTRIA

The Creativ Club Austria (CCA) is Austria’s only non-profit institution that judges and presents awards to creative works in the field of advertising, design, photography, illustration and digital media.
www.creativclub.at

DASAUGE.AT – CREATIVES ON THE WEB

dasauge has put together a network of creatives – both in terms of numbers and quality. Anyone in search of good, longterm contacts in the creative industries will find what they are looking for here.
www.dasauge.at

DESIGNAUSTRIA

designaustria represents the interests of the local design scene at a national and international level.
www.designaustria.at

DMVÖ

The Dialog Marketing Verband Österreich, or DMVÖ, is an independent body representing the interests of the dialogue marketing sector. It offers combined knowledge and contacts and provides impulses for dialogue trends.
www.dmvoe.at

EMBA – EVENT MARKETING BOARD AUSTRIA

The emba is the sector association of the leading live marketing agencies in Austria. Quality assurance, training and services for members and clients are among its key activities.
www.emba.co.at

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION OF THE FILM AND MUSIC INDUSTRY

As a non-profit organisation, the professional association of the film and music industry represents all commercial members of the film and music industry.
www.filmandmusicaustria.at

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION OF THE TEXTILE INDUSTRY

The professional association represents the interests of and acts as a service point for Austrian textile industry companies.
www.textilindustrie.at

GAMES AUSTRIA

Games Austria is a platform for several initiatives in order to strengthen the central and eastern European game developer community and provide benefits for the individual developers and smaller games companies.
www.gamesaustria.at

IAA

The IAA is a global organisation which works on behalf of consumers and the advertising industry for freedom of speech in the field of commercial communication. The common goal of its members is to preserve the “Freedom of Commercial Speech”, through the exchange of their combined know-how and through training and further qualification of managers in marketing and communication.
www.iaa-austria.at

IG ARCHITEKTUR

IG Architektur is an Austrian-wide interest group for professionals working in architecture
It is a platform for encouraging the discussion of issues around architecture and architecture policy.
www.ig-architektur.at

IG COMPUTERGRAFIK

The interest group for computer graphics (IG CG) is an independent association representing companies, single entrepreneur businesses, institutions and organisations in the fields of animation, computer film and computer games.
www.igkultur.at

IG KULTUR ÖSTERREICH
IG Kultur Österreich is the umbrella association and representative body for autonomous culture initiatives in Austria.
www.igkultur.at

IGMA – INTERESSENSGEMEINSCHAFT DER MEDIAAGENTUREN

The goal of the Interessensgemeinschaft der Media Agenturen (IGMA) association is to represent and promote the shared commercial interests of Austrian advertising companies, particularly media agencies and advertising agencies.
www.igma.at

INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR NEW MEDIA (ICNM)

The ICNM, the International Center for New Media, is a non-profit association which has specialised in networking right across Europe and throughout the world. The focus lies in the use of the new media, e-content and the social development in the new media.
www.icnm.net

INTERNET PROVIDERS AUSTRIA (ISPA)

The ISPA acts as a voluntary representative of the interests of more than 200 members from all areas with regard to all aspects of the Internet.
www.ispa.at/startseite.html

KREATIVWIRTSCHAFT AUSTRIA

Kreativwirtschaft Austria, as a part of the Austrian Economic Chamber, represents the interests of the creative industries in Austria and within the European Union, and works to raise awareness of the creative industry-based services.
www.kreativwirtschaft.at

KULTURRAT ÖSTERREICH – INTERESSENSVERTRETUNGEN VON KUNST-, KULTUR- UND MEDIENSCHAFFENDEN

Der Kulturrat Österreich, or Austrian cultural council, represents the interests of designers and producers of art, culture and media. It is a platform for shared cultural policy concerns and goals, and represents these in the political field, as well as in the media administrative bodies. The Kulturrat Österreich opens up and encourages cultural, educational, media and social policy debates.
www.kulturrat.at

MCÖ – MARKETING CLUB ÖSTERREICH

The Marketing Club Österreich is a club for experts in the field – for executives, managers and specialists. It offers ongoing current information from the sector, presentations by experts and seminars.
www.marketingclub.at

MICA – MUSIC INFORMATION CENTER AUSTRIA
mica – music austria is the professional partner for people working in the music industry in Austria, offering advice and information for musicians in Austria, disseminating Austrian music in-country and abroad, and reporting on current music from Austria in its own music magazine.
www.musicaustria.at

NEIGUNGSGRUPPE DESIGN
The independent initiative, “Neigungsgruppe Design”, aims to increase awareness of design in Austria, encourage debate and involvement, and present design themes in the field of tension between culture and the economy. It organises the Vienna Design Week.
www.neigungsgruppe-design.org

OTELO – OPEN TECHNOLOGY LABORATORY 
An Otelo is a place where people come together in all their variety in a nonhierarchical way, exchange knowledge and (cultural) techniques and work together to develop something new.
www.otelo.or.at

PRVA – PUBLIC RELATIONS VERBAND
The Public Relations Verband Austria is the independent, volunteer-based association for communications experts in companies, agencies and organisations.
www.prva.at

QUARTIER FÜR DIGITALE KULTUR
The QDK, or “Quarter for Digital Culture”, is an open platform for collaborations in the field digital art and culture. Projects are initiated that offer space, opportunity for realisation and awareness for digital culture.
www.qdkwien.blogspot.co.at

STRATEGIE AUSTRIA
Strategie Austria aims to strengthen relevance for brands, products and companies.
www.strategieaustria.at

SUBOTRON
SUBOTRON is a point of contact and meeting place to promote theoretical and practical dialogue on the theme of “digital games”.
www.subotron.at

TYPOGRAPHISCHE GESELLSCHAFT AUSTRIA
The typographische Gesellschaft Austria (tga) represents the interests of designers, who value typography, offering a forum for typographical standards and specialist knowledge in Austria. The purpose of the tga is to promote and uphold the standards of typography, and to provide further training in design and technique.
www.typographischegesellschaft.at

VAMP – VERBAND AMBIENT MEDIA UND PROMOTION ÖSTERREICH
VAMP works towards increasing awareness for ambient media and sales promotion on the Austrian market. For this purpose, a competition is held every year, with an award presented in 10 categories.
www.vamp.at

VERBAND DRUCK & MEDIENTECHNIK
The Verband Druck & Medientechnik, the association of printing and media technology, is the only comprehensive, competent, independent and voluntary organisation representing the interests of the print and media sector in Austria.
www.druckmedien.at

THE AUSTRIAN ECONOMIC CHAMBER
The Economic Chamber represents the interests of Austrian companies, supporting them with its know-how and offering competent advice on issues ranging from labour law to customs information.
www.wko.at

FEDERAL STATES

Burgenland

KREATIVWIRTSCHAFT – KREATIVER SEKTOR BURGENALDN
Kreativwirtschaft – Kreativer Sektor Burgenland acts as a contact point for individuals from the creative industries in Burgenland. The areas of competence of the centre include structuring and organising measures for further qualifying companies in the culture sector. www.kreativwirtschaft.net

FTI BURGENLAND
The FTI Burgenland 2025 strategy aims to establish and further develop the fields of research, technology and innovation. This strategy serves to increase the amount of research and the added value in Burgenland, and promotes the creation of new jobs. The focal areas in terms of content are sustainable energy, sustainable life quality and intelligent processes, technologies and products.
www.fti-burgenland.at

CARINTHIA

KREATIVWIRTSCHAFT KLAGENFURT
Kreativwirtschaft Klagenfurt is the service portal for creatives in Klagenfurt. Its goals are to support networking between existing creative companies and the synergies created as a result, the settlement of external, innovative companies, improved collaboration with creatives on a regional and trans-regional basis, and the networking of culture, business and tourism.
www.kreativwirtschaft-klagenfurt.at

LOWER AUSTRIA

KULTURVERNETZUNG NIEDERÖSTERREICH
The purpose of the Kulturvernetzung NÖ, or cultural networking in Lower Austria, is to support regional artistic and cultural activity in all its forms.
www.kulturvernetzung.at

UPPER AUSTRIA

AFO ARCHITEKTURFORUM OBERÖSTERREICH
The afo, the architecture forum for Upper Austria, regards itself as part of a network in an open, vibrant scene, in particular in exchange with other cultural and educational institutions, architects, artists and people involved in the cultural field.
www.afo.at

AEC LINZ
The Ars Electronica Center is a yearround presentation and interaction platform focussing on science, research, art and technology. The Ars Electronica Festival acts as a test environment for these areas, with the prix competition attracting the best minds, and the FutureLab offering a research and development cell.
www.aec.at

AKOSTART OÖ AKADEMISCHES STARTUP NETZWERK
akostart oö, the academic start-up network for Upper Austria, is Austria’s first cross-higher education institution network for academic start-ups and spinoffs. Its goal, through the provision of support and its range of services, is to increase the percentage of new businesses founded by academics.
www.akostart.at

CREATIVE REGION LINZ & UPPER AUSTRIA GMBH
Creative Region is an information and service platform, an ideas and project workshop and a network society for strengthening the creative industries in Upper Austria.
www.creativeregion.org

Salzburg

ITG INNOVATIONSSERVICE FÜR SALZBURG
The ITG is a non-profit organisation which supports Salzburg-based companies with innovative projects by providing advice and practical help. From the germ of the idea through to the funding strategy, from the information event through to personal support.
www.itg-salzburg.at

SCHMIEDE HALLEIN
Schmiede Hallein is an association to promote digital culture. Every year, Schmiede Hallein organises a 10-day producers’ festival. The creative environment during the festival invites participants to network and exchange ideas.
www.schmiede.ca

STYRIA

ASSEMBLY GRAZ
The assembly festival offers fashion industry professionals the opportunity to show their work in front of a large audience.
www.assembly-festival.at

CREATIVE CITY GRAZ
In order to improve the framework conditions for the creative industries, the department for business and tourism development of the City of Graz sets strategic impulses and develops and initiates new projects. As well as the design sector, the purpose is to strengthen other areas such as media and crafts.
www.wirtschaft.graz.at

CREATIVE INDUSTRIES STYRIA
The Creative Industries Styria is a support and network society for developing and strengthening the creative industries in Styria. Its purpose is to coordinate and further build on the broad range of creative services, and to position them in the overall context of the Styrian economy.
www.cis.at

DESIGNFORUM STEIERMARK
The designforum Steiermark, which is run as an institution with the name Creative Industries Styria, regards itself as an urban dialogue, competency and mediation centre for design. Designers and design-related projects are given a modern presentation and exhibition space here.
www.designforum.at/st/

ERLEBNISWELT WIRTSCHAFT
Innovative companies open up their doors to visitors, who are offered exciting experience tours behind the scenes during production. These tours are designed and staged by the creative industries. Creatives are involved in the concept and realisation of an experience tour.
www.erlebniswelt-wirtschaft.at

HAUS DER ARCHITEKTUR GRAZ
The HDA acts as a platform for all areas of architecture, urban construction and spatial planning, both in the interest of a wide range of different social groups and involving related disciplines, and as a contact partner for all issues relating to building culture.
www.hda-graz.at

WIR GESTALTEN ES
“Wir gestalten es” is a network of creative entrepreneurs in east Styria. “Wir gestalten es” is a platform for selfemployed creatives from all sectors (print, design, graphics, web, architecture, programming, photography, music, etc.) with a local reference to east Styria.
www.wir.gestalten.es

INNOLAB
The innolab is a part of the Innovation Management study facility at the FH CAMPIS 02 in Graz. It is the contact point for people from Styria and Carinthia who want to pursue their business idea. innolab supports and accompanies innovative individuals in assessing their idea, and planning and realising their business concepts.
www.innolab.at

TYROL

AUF ARCHITEKTUR UND TIROL
AUT is a non-profit organisation for architects in Tyrol. AUT organises numerous events such as exhibitions on architecture, art and design, lectures by national and international architects, discussions, excursions, symposia, guided tours, themed film series and “onlocation” presentations in new buildings, as well as a special programme offer for children and young people.
www.aut.cc

CREATE TIROL
Create Tirol is a platform for further education and network events for creative entrepreneurs in Tyrol. It offers an overview of contact points and funding for creatives and keeps interested individuals up to date on developments in the creative scene.
www.createtirol.at

DESIGN IN TIROL
Design in Tirol is a group of designers and craftspeople who strengthen awareness of design in Tyrol, and which aims to increase people’s experience of the added value of design.
www.designintirol.at

DIE BÄCKEREI
Die Bäckerei is a platform of cultural and social exchange. It is an open house in which events, workshops, lectures and courses can take place. 
www.diebaeckerei.at

STANDORTAGENTUR TIROL
The Standortagentur Tirol is a service provider, impulse-creator and pioneer thinker for business and science in all areas related to growth, research, technology, innovation and cooperation. With its services and networks, it provides assistance in successfully initiating and realising future-oriented projects.
www.standort-tirol.at

TORTENWERKSTATT
The Tortenwerkstatt is a place where knowledge is exchanged, where people can work independently on group or individual projects. The main focal areas are architecture/photography and art. www.tortenwerkstatt.net

WEI STRAUM DEIGNFORUM TIROL
WEI SRAUM is a link between creativity and business, particularly as an open, interdisciplinary platform for mediation, reflection and communication of creativity-related themes and processes.
www.weissraum.at

VORARLERG

ARTDESIGN FELDKIRCHEN
ArtDesign Feldkirch in an interdisciplinary platform, the goal of which is to create an ideal forum for protagonists in different locations for marketing and selling their work and products, and to enable a diverse network of contacts to be established.
www.potentiale.at

DESIGNFORUM VORARLBERG
As a dialogue, presentation and networking platform, designforum Vorarlberg promotes design and designrelated disciplines in Vorarlberg.
www.designforum.at/v/

FILMWERK VORARLBERG
Filmwerk Vorarlberg is a service point, interest group, future workshop and quality community for film creatives based in Vorarlberg.
www.filmwerk-vorarlberg.at

VAI VORARLBERGER ARCHITEKTUR INSTITUT
The VAI is an interface in the field of building culture, connecting planners, building owners, business entrepreneurs and trades, politics and science.
www.v-a-i.at

VLOW! – FESTIVAL IM  ZWISCHENRAUM KOMMUNIKATION, DESIGN UND ARCHITEKTUR
The Vlow! Festival is an international platform for education, meeting and networking. It focuses on communication strategies and innovative work and cooperation processes. The participants are graphic designers and architects, scenographers, photographers, audio/video designers and managers from the field of branding, marketing and advertising.
www.vlow.ne

WERKRAUM BREGENZERWALD
The Werkraum Bregenzerwald was established in 1999 when master businesses came together to create a platform that has an external impact with exhibitions, competitions and lectures, while focussing internally on development work and support for young talent.
www.werkraum.at

VIENNA

CREATIVESPACE – THE CREATIVE PORTAL FOR THE ECONOMIC CHAMBER OF VIENNA 
Creativespace is Austria’s largest, free creative platform and an information and networking website covering all aspects of Vienna’s creative industries. Creativespace acts as a contact point and contact partner for the creative scene in Vienna, and for all those who want to benefit from creative services.
www.creativespace.at

DESIGNFORUM WIEN
The designforum Wien is a competence, service and mediation centre in which aspects of design, its objectives and its value are discussed.
www.designforum.at

DREHBUCHFORUM WIEN
The offers and services provided by the drehbuchFORUM Wien are oriented to experienced scriptwriters and film writerdirectors, who are supported in their work in a number of different ways. Producers looking for authors, coauthors, dramaturgists or material can also contact the drehbuchFORUM.
www.drehbuchforum.at

VIENNA DESIGN WEEK
The VIENNA DESIGN WEEK is Austria’s biggest design festival. Here, the whole of Vienna becomes a showcase and an exhibition space for design.
www.viennadesignweek.at

WIRTSCHAFTSAGENTUR WIEN
The Wirtschaftsagentur Wien is the first port of call for national and international companies. It provides support with monetary funds, property and urban development impulses, as well as free service and advice, and in this way strengthens Vienna as a business location.
www.wirtschaftsagentur.at

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