WUK Werkstaetten – und Kulturhaus

cultural centre

WUK, an acronym that stands for ‘Werkstätten – und Kulturhaus’, roughly translates to “House for Workshops and Culture”. Laid out over 12,000m2 in a former locomotive factory in Vienna, WUK 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-organisation 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.

What makes your organisation unique?

The unique organisational structure includes three different components: cultural productions (music, performing arts, children’s culture and arts); education and counselling (12 education and counselling institutions); as well as a socio-cultural centre, which is home to 150 independent groups and initiatives.



Vienna, Austria


  • Small Concert hall (audience capacity: less than 300), Large Concert Hall (audience capacity: more than 300), Outdoor stage, Multifunction Hall, Small Theatre (audience capacity: less than 200), Art Gallery, Conference Room, Meeting Room, Workshop room, Artists Studio, Rehearsal or Practice Room, Music Recording Studio, Multimedia or Audiovisual Studio, Cinema, Library, School, Playground, Repair Shop, Artistic Residency Accommodation, Café / Bar, Restaurant, Maker Space, Community Areas, Multi-purpose Space, Courtyard

  • Production, Exhibition and Programming, Education and Training, Archiving and Conservation, Financing and grant making

  • Music, Theatre / Performance, Circus, Dance, Visual Arts, Multimedia and interactive Arts, Film, Crafts, Literature, Media (Radio & TV), Advertisement and Marketing, Fashion, Design, Architecture and Urbanism, Technology, Software, IT and Gaming, Art residencies, Education, Community and Relational Arts, Democratic and civil society development, Ecology and Sustainability, Gastronomy

  • Education Building