LOKAL HEROES IN VIENNA, BERLIN and elsewhere
06th - 27th August 2008, Graz: Südtirolerplatz to Lendplatz


YOUNG CREATIVE CHANGE THE PUBLIC SPACE
In the urban district Lend – one of the traditionally working-class neighbourhoods of Graz – a young creative scene has established. Self-organised and without public funding young artists of multifaceted fields of creative industry work and live here. Creative workers and artists use the many art studios and pubs of the area for cross-linking and networking. Those new ways of living and working have created a certain air of urban renaissance in the middle of the old town of Graz. 


LOKAL HEROES
Following a street party and symposium already held in May 2008, the exhibition will be shown in fall of the same year. All LOKAL HEROES activities take place in the open space to present the development of the district to a wider public and to discuss the topic of “Creative scenes and district development” with the neighbourhood, with experts and politicians. 


PRESENTATION OF INTERNATIONAL EXAMPLES IN THE PUBLIC SPACE
The exhibition will present urban districts, neighbourhoods and quarters of selected European cities, which are characterised by an emerging creative scene. Aim of the exhibition will be the stimulation of a public discourse by comparative representation of several European neighbourhoods as well as the cross-linking of these creative scenes – following the idea of “learning from the others!”
The exhibition could be shown later on in other cities and be completed with given facts of the local scenes.
The exhibition focuses on two main areas: On the one hand the examples show dimensions that are relevant for the development of similar districts throughout Europe, and on the other hand participants of the particular scenes will be invited to show their perspective on their own neighbourhoods by taking pictures and collecting personal stories.

CITIES
Amsterdam Noord // Amsterdam, Neukölln // Berlin, San Francisco - La Vieja - Zabala // Bilbao, Nordstadt // Dortmund, Lend // Graz, Bairro Alto // Lissabon, Barrio Maravilla - Chueca - Fuencarral - Ballesta // Madrid, Uzupis // Vilnius, Volkertplatz // Wien, Zuerich West // Zuerich

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