WUK Werkstaetten – und Kulturhaus

Vienna, Austria

WUK, an acronym standing for “Werkstätten – und Kulturhaus”, roughly translates to “House for Workshops and Culture”. The organisational structure of this former locomotive factory is comprised of three pillars: Cultural Productions (music, performing arts, children’s culture and arts), Education and Counselling (12 education and counselling institutions) as well as the Sociocultural Centre, home to 150 independent groups and initiatives.

WUK, laid out on 12.000-square-metres, is an open cultural space  for the living interaction of art, politics and social issues. It links the overlapping synergetic models of a sociocultural centre and an international centre of art and culture. As a sociocultural centre WUK focuses on furthering processes of liberation and independence, help and self-help, district-based cultural work and self government, along with self-organization and autonomy. As a centre of art and culture WUK concentrates on promoting the production and presentation of innovative, experimental, interdisciplinary, critical art and culture at a local, regional and international level. WUK provides a venue as well as organisational support to those interested in art, politics and social engagement, offering a space for contemplation, discussion and exploration.

Activities
Live music/concerts, visual arts/exhibitions, theatre/performance/dance, festivals/clubs, children’s culture, artist in residence, art studios, film screenings, discussions/lectures, community projects, educational programmes, labour market projects, workshops, rehearsal rooms and sound studio, schools and child care, activities for seniors

Former use of the building: Locomotive factory, museum, school
Year of opening as a cultural centre: 1981

Contact
WUK
Währinger Strasse 59, A – 1090, Vienna | info@wuk.at | +43 1 40 121 0
TEH Delegate: Vincent Abbrederis, vincent.abbrederis@wuk.at
www.wuk.at

 

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