How would a spaceship city work

City sells house - cultural association looking for space

Because the city of Linz wants to sell the building on Pfarrplatz, the Kulturverein Raumschiff is threatened with extinction.

LINZ. Bad news for the culture initiative "Raumschiff Linz". The city wants to sell the house on Pfarrplatz, where the association has been located since 2016. The lease therefore expires at the end of the year. The spaceship crew is disappointed with the very short-term communication from the city. So you only found out about the sales plans when asked. The program for 2020 is of course already largely planned.

An open letter calls for a solution

In an open letter to Mayor Klaus Luger and City Councilor for Culture Doris Lang-Mayerhofer and other members of the city government, the spaceship and numerous supporters from the art and culture scene demanded "a long-term, stable solution" to be found immediately. Otherwise the success story threatens to end abruptly.

More than 200 events

In the last six years, graduates of the art university have closed a gap in Linz's cultural universe with the spaceship and given young artists in particular the opportunity to present their work. More than 200 exhibitions, performances, theater productions, concerts, workshops and lectures underline the balance.

"If Linz wants to continue to see itself as a city of culture, then the city politicians must urgently offer the association a solution," the letter says.

Those responsible for the spaceship are available for discussion.

Policy confirms sale

In the office of City Councilor Regina Fechter, the intention to sell is confirmed. It could be that the club can stay in the house a little longer. Since the future use is not yet clear, the lease has not been extended as a precaution. City Councilor for Culture Doris Lang-Mayerhofer assures the spaceship crew to the StadtRundschau that she will support them in finding space. But you have to accept that the property will expire. From Lang-Mayerhofer's point of view, a kind of pop-up operation would be conceivable, in which the spaceship is temporarily occupied by vacancies.