The SPÖ Wiener Bildung
Non-Profit Educational Organisation
The SPÖ Wiener Bildung organizes events, seminars and offers party members and non-members a comprehensive range of education and training opportunities. One of the main seminars is the Party Academy. The SPÖ Wiener Bildung is also involved in the organisation of the Danube Island Festival. It acknowledges that one of the biggest challenges nowadays is trying to bring people from different countries together and to learn from one another. Throughout history, people have gathered at rivers and seas, to live and work, or to celebrate religious rites, and nowadays these places are still favourite locations for people to rest and relax. Today’s festivals and events are rooted in this common history.
Vienna’s Danube Island Festival is a well-known festival attended by millions of people who enjoy one of the most interesting and most extraordinary events in Europe, which includes free concerts in a beautiful surrounding. Events like the Danube Island Festival have proved that connecting nature and culture is a very effective way to bring people together.
The “Wiener SPÖ-Bildung” is part of the social democratic party of Vienna, organiser of the famous Danube Island Festival. The festival is giving young art a stage to present themselves in front of a huge audience (more than 3 million people).
The Donauinselfest (German for Danube Island Festival) is an open-air free music and art festival taking place annually at Donauinsel in Vienna, Austria. It usually takes place in mid or end of June. The Donauinsel (Danube Island) is a long, narrow island in central Vienna, Austria, lying between the Danube river and the parallel excavated channel Neue Donau (New Danube). The island is 21.1 km (13.1 mi) in length, but is only 70–120 m (230–394 ft) broad. The New Danube waterway is practically an elongated (swimming) lake, technically a diluvian bed. There are some 21 areas (called ‘islands’ as well) that are normally sponsored by radio stations, newspapers and other companies. These are spread out over a 6.5 kilometer area of the total of 21 kilometer island. Musicians of an extremely broad range of genres perform. A part of the political work is also the development of urban areas along waterfronts – such as the Danube island, “Seestadt Aspern” – a new part of the city around a lake, Donaukanal und Hafen Freudenau. Activating new unused waterfront areas in the city center and in new areas of the town. Bringing together living and working areas around new created waterfront areas (Laketown Aspern).
We have a big interest in connecting cities by waterways, like Vienna and Bratislava. One of our projects “The red carpet for young artists” will organize a big event in Bratislava in 2017. We want to use social media and modern ways of communication to support the water based projects and this way we want to bring the people to the water. We have experience in the organisation and want to improve skills and want to get new insights and views how other organisations deal with similar tasks.