Ars Electronica, which has been combining art, technology, science and society for 37 years, opens its edition this week with the theme Radical Atoms and the Alchemists of our Time. The festival will include more than 30 exhibitions and around 20 different concerts and visual art and sound performances each day, including an open-air drone show, in addition to symposiums, lectures and workshops open to the public. There will be hundreds of events taking place during the five days. The main location will be PostCity, an enormous industrial building previously used by the postal service to distribute parcels. Considered one of the most important events of its kind in Europe, and possibly in the world, the Ars Electronica Festival debuted in Linz in Co-founder and journalist Hannes Leopoldseder recalls that it was a period when the city was characterised mainly by its industrial development, with almost no attention paid to culture.