Just like Sónar in Barcelona, the Elevate Festival in is part of the We are Europe campaign aiming to foster European music culture, cultural innovation and creativeness. We took a closer look and figured out more about the festival’s importance to the local scene and what to expect from this year’s edition.
A two-hour ride from Austria’s capital, Vienna, you will find the country’s second biggest city: Graz, which has been aiming to also establish a serious cultural reputation for itself. Having been a Unesco world heritage site because of its historic city centre since 1999 and being a City of Design since 2011, the town finds itself in a constant stop-and-go situation somewhere in between stagnation and motion. Due to the political situation, having a conservative mayor for years and the recent success of Austria’s populist right winged party, the town’s young creative scene has been struggling to unfold and grow.