Graz is the second largest city of Austria with 300,000 inhabitants, and the capital of the federal state Styria. Graz is also an university town with its 61,000 students. Graz was the European Capital of Culture in 2003 and since March 2011, Graz has been part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network as a City of Design. Graz has internationally renowned education and research institutions. With those institutions, it builds upon a strong common will for design. Not only the government, but companies are getting involved in this design vision as well.
Graz’s designation as UNESCO City of Design, is a crucial milestone for city’s future. Important advances for the economy, especially tourism, are expected for the metropolitan area of the city and for the whole region of Styria.
With numerous projects, such as Graz Month of Design, which presents the achievements of design to a broad audience, the CIS functions as a point of intersection for the creative industry. It expedites further development and enhances the interconnection with companies from classic economical branches. In a close co-operation with the city, the CIS strives to support and extend the local design potential as well as to push the internationalisation forward.
Membership in the UNESCO Creative City Network offers many opportunities and chances to implement these endeavours successfully and on a long-term basis.