The eastern part of Switzerland – in particular the two cantons Appenzell Ausserrhoden and Innerrhoden and the region of Toggenburg – is rich, manifold, and surprising. It combines tradition and customs with innovation and modernity. It is our aim to be a showcase for its culture and to stimulate and promote various cultural activities. The foundation’s notion of culture includes the fine arts, music, and literature, but also artisanry, economy, tourism and sports. We want to merge traditional concepts with new and different ideas, live in the present and look to the future – always remembering our roots, our distinctive features: the authentic, the typical, the unique.