culture & creativity

Cultural and creative industries are traditionally located in cities, where they benefit from a favourable business environment, the presence of a creative class and a skilled workforce. 

Because creative industries are crucial for stimulating local development, we support the further development of this vibrant sector.

Local authorities in Europe have already made considerable financial investments in cultural and creative industries, contributing to employment, inclusion and city attractiveness.

The creative economy has the potential to play a key role in addressing the Europe 2020 objectives of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth:

  • smart growth: creativity leads to innovation; and culture and creativity are integral to education and training

  • sustainable growth: cultural and creative industries drive sustainable competition, while culture promotes the preservation of heritage and boosts tourism, especially in urban areas; this cultural heritage makes our cities attractive and contributes to Europe’s competitive edge

  • inclusive growth: cultural and creative industries are major employers, foster urban regeneration and intercultural dialogue and encourage citizens’ participation in city life


To realise this potential, we believe that European policies and programmes could better support creative industries.

In our response to the European Commission’s July 2010 green paper, ‘Unlocking the potential of cultural and creative industries’, we identify a number of ways in which to do this:

1. developing indicators and gathering evidence

more effective tools are needed to better understand the sector and its economic, social and environmental impact

data must be collected at local level but should have a Europe-wide basis to ensure comparability and learning outcomes

2. nurturing an ‘eco-system’ for cultural and creative industries

entrepreneurship should be promoted in the cultural and creative sector and curricula should be adapted to the sector’s particular business demands

access to finance needs to be facilitated and financial tools that are tailored specifically for the sector should be introduced to encourage growth

3. encouraging exchange, learning, networking and better promotion

creative clusters and one-stop-shops should be supported and developed

networking and the exchange of experiences are vital to the sector’s success

the mobility of cultural and creative industry workers and products should be supported both inside and outside Europe

Our response was supported by a collection of concrete practices being implemented in 16 of our member cities.

Our working group on creative industries meets twice a year and offers a platform for cities to share ideas and best practice, covering all areas relating to creative industries, from accessing funding to showcasing the contributions of the creative sector to cities’ attractiveness, economic and social development. 

  •  culture

Audience Development in European Capitals of Culture

European Capitals of Culture aim to create opportunities for everyone to enjoy art and culture. This seminar will focus on audience development from the viewpoint of artists. Examples are heard from Galway and Oulu. The seminar will end with a panel discussion incorporating different stakeholders.

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start date: 04-10-2019
end date: 04-10-2019

  •  cooperation

event

start date: 20-09-2019
end date: 21-09-2019

  •  cooperation

Brussels Creative Bureaucracy Festival

The very first edition of the Creative Bureaucracy Festival in Belgium will take place on Friday 13 September. This Festival is part of the International Movement of Creative Bureaucracy that started at the initiative of international expert on creativity and imagination, Charles Landry

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start date: 13-09-2019
end date: 13-09-2019

  •  culture

Cities in action: Vilnius tech park

Vilnius has repurposed a major historic site for the 21st century, transforming unused hospital buildings into a dynamic centre connecting technology, culture and creative industries. Vilnius Tech Park has not only put the city on the global start-up map, it has also become a community asset, enabling residents to connect with their heritage and new technology.

case study

publication date: 30-07-2019

  •  cooperation
  •  culture

Bologna - It's a living lab!

The University of Bologna, situated in the historic centre of the city, is one of the oldest in Europe. This provides many opportunities but is also challenging as different communities (students, residents, tourists, business owners) are crossing paths without always understanding each other.

case study

publication date: 15-07-2019

  •  cooperation
  •  culture

Cluj-Napoca - Imagine the future of the city!

Over the last 10 years, Cluj- Napoca has been the only growing city in Romania. As a natural consequence, the city’s cultural life has been constantly evolving, a process also driven by the European Youth Capital title given in 2015 and the candidature to the European Capital of Culture for 2021.

case study

publication date: 15-07-2019

  •  cooperation
  •  culture

Eindhoven - Tailor-made district for cooperative development

Eindhoven is currently the largest city in the south of the Netherlands. Eindhoven got his city rights as far back as 1232. In the 19th and 20th century it started growing fast due its attractiveness for cheap land and cheap labour for developing industries.

case study

publication date: 15-07-2019

  •  cooperation
  •  culture

Liverpool - Adaptive sustainable reuse linked to participatory approaches

Home to 552,000 inhabitants, Liverpool was deeply affected by the decline of manufacturing and port related industries in the 1970s and 80s. Today, Liverpool is cited as one of the most successful examples of European RIS3 funded regeneration.

case study

publication date: 15-07-2019

  •  cooperation
  •  culture

Turin - Space for ideas to breathe

Turin was deeply affected by the 1980s industrial crisis, which left 10 million square meters of abandoned industrial areas and a population decrease from over 1 million to less than 900,000 in its wake. Heavy investment in culture and knowledge, including universities, research and training, has turned Turin into one of the most dynamic Italian cities.

case study

publication date: 15-07-2019

  •  cooperation
  •  culture

New ROCK case studies: inspiring ideas for using cultural heritage to engage citizens

The second ROCK case studies booklet showcases the innovative work of five cities testing new tools to open up opportunities for citizen engagement and social inclusion through cultural heritage.

news

publication date: 12-07-2019