The 15th ETN Conference, including the General Assembly
Haslach/Upper Austria, from 21st to 24th of July 2009
(with pre- and post-programme from 19th to 31st of July)

The theme: Cultural Revival of Old Textile CentresNew educational challenges

Organiser: ETN together with the association "Textile Kultur Haslach" (http://www.textile.kultur.haslach.at) and the Department of Textile/Art & Design of the Linz Art University (http://www.ufg.ac.at)

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Some details of the event

Ten years of endeavour by the municipality of Haslach, the state of Upper Austria and the European Union to revive a factory complex will be concluded in 2009, when a new Textile Centre opens in the former Vonwiller weaving mill that once employed more than 2,000 people.
The future cultural centre will include a textile museum, a wool processing workshop, and will also house Textile Kultur Haslach, an association that organises major textile gatherings annually, offering courses, exhibitions, symposia, and a weavers’ market.
Since short the only Haslach based industry-oriented school for textile technicians in Austria will be closed. For the organisers of the new Textile Centre the question is how to use the modern Jacquard and dobby looms for an educational programme as already exists in other countries.
Situated in the Austrian/Czech/German border triangle, the Centre will have a far-reaching impact on all those countries. Its staff hopes to help create an active network of European textile centres that will support creative, educational, conservation and tourist activities by means of joint ventures, and effectively strengthen structures in the respective textile regions.
In most cases (textile) museums will act as central mediators of all such regional activities vis-à-vis of the general public. Sometimes also textile associations or organisers of regular textile events have this role. Herewith we kindly want to ask you to take part in the above mentioned-symposium.

Actions to be discussed and finalised include the following:

  • Exchange of information and experiences
  • Exchange of specialists, such as artists, designers, craftspeople, lecturers, course instructors, scientists, museum curators, event organisers, tour operators, etc.
  • Conception and implementation of (touring) exhibitions, decentralised courses, and other events.
  • Joint advertising of network activities, for instance to increase the number of participants/visitors to the centres and textile tourist destinations in the respective regions.

It is planned that speakers attending the Haslach event on 23rd July 2009 will briefly introduce their institution(s) and outline feasible options for cooperative ventures.
Of course there will also be time to discuss the other themes of interest for the European Textile Network. under the motto of 'Networking' there is time enough on the 23rd and 24th of July!

General information

Textile events in Austria
Exhibtions during the time of the 15th ETN conference

Official Austrian website, with information on any kind of enquiry

Official Vienna tourist information

Official Austrian tourist information for travellers

Linz 2009 European Capital of Culture

Website of the Mühlviertel (Mill quarter) including Haslach

http://www.haslach.at (in German only)
Website of Haslach and its textile institutions