A look aheadWith the presentation of the final report the project team in charge of the content of Linz09 has completed its work. What is now required is the expression of our deep indebtedness and gratitude to the people who, in different locations and in many different ways, have contributed to the quality and success of Culture Capital Year. The results – the final report puts this beyond doubt – justify great pride, both from the perspective of the city and of Europe. These results go hand in hand with a wealth of experiences arising, in the case at least of Linz09’s core team, from almost five years of an intensive relationship with Linz and its culture. The people who have worked for the Culture Capital will take these experiences away with them and apply them in other contexts. There is, however, another side to these experiences: they alter one’s view of the things and the conditions to which they are owed. This is why an attempt will be made here to formulate ten suggestions concerning cultural life in Linz and in Upper Austria. After all, it is the immediate future that will decide whether Linz09 and the attempt to make the exceptional situation of a Culture Capital relevant to everyday life in Linz has a lasting effect or not.
• Keep to the fast lane!
• New concepts instead of old hat ideologies!
• Linz needs to taken with a pinch of Upper Austria!
• Make hay while the sun is shining!
• You can’t win if you don’t try hard enough!
• Get help where it is to be found!
• Thumbs up for efficiency!
• Three cheers (plus one caveat) for the indie scene!
• Praise be to agility!
• Quality for everyone!