Phase 1: Pre-Selection

The pre-selection phase began with the establishment of the Office 2024 – the headquarters of the Capital of Culture team – in February 2018. Over the next year, the team worked intensively within the region. From the Almtal to Gosau, from St. Gilgen to the Ausseerland, many discussions were held about the strengths and weaknesses of the Salzkammergut, and future scenarios were laid out and dissected. A Future Workshop formed the framework for focused discussions and further development of ideas at workshops located throughout the region.

The result of the pre-selection phase was the first application book (Bidbook). In this, the benefits of the title for the Salzkammergut are outlined, and the vision and concept are presented along with the first projects.

On January 31, 2019, eight team members presented the application concept to the jury and secured a place for the Salzkammergut on the shortlist.

The first Bidbook is now being published in full for the first time. Die Essenz (“The Essence“) is a short summary of the main content of the first bid book.

Extract from the original Bidbook | DE

Expert Panel’s report Pre-Selection Stage | EN



Junctions in our project:

  • a place, where important traffic routes meet
  • a place where people meet and get together

In our "Junction Meetings" (Knotenpunkte) we brought people and organizations together thematically. These bottom-up-meetings are the basis for our Cultural Development Plan.

Thank you for your participation in meetings, workshops and conversations - Culture is the New Salt!