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. 

Democratic Cities

Democratic Cities is an international conference taking place in Madrid from 16-17 November. The event will cover topics such as citizens’ participation and engagement in the democratic process.

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start date: 12-10-2017
end date: 12-10-2017

  •  knowledge society

EU Digital Cities Challenge launched

On 10 October 2017, during the European Week of Regions and Cities, the European Commission (DG GROW and DG REGIO) and the Committee of the Regions launched the Digital Cities Challenge. The Challenge invites cities in Europe to improve the life of their citizens through the development and implementation of digital policies.

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publication date: 12-10-2017

  •  culture

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start date: 08-11-2017
end date: 11-11-2017

  •  culture

UNESCO Creative Cities Network - update

The UNESCO Creative Cities Network was established in 2004 to promote cooperation between cities and identify creativity as a strategic factor in city life. Currently, there are 116 cities, including many EUROCITIES members, involved across 7 categories.

news

publication date: 26-09-2017

  •  cooperation
  •  culture

New EUROCITIES study highlights trends and actions on culture in cities' external relations

The EUROCITIES study on ‘Cities’ external cultural relations: trends and actions’ highlights the role of large European cities in external cultural relations. Based on responses from 13 cities, it describes cities’ roles as key actors in the field of external cultural relations, actively developing and maintaining cultural relations with cities around the world.

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publication date: 21-09-2017

  •  culture

Where the past meets the future: preparations for the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018

2018 will be the European Year of Cultural Heritage (EYCH); activities and initiatives all around Europe will get people interested and involved in cultural heritage.

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publication date: 21-09-2017

  •  cooperation
  •  knowledge society

SAVE THE DATE: Cities set standards to be smarter and more sustainable - 19 October

How to replicate smart city solutions? Are standards the right tools for cities? Can the European Standardization Organisations be part of the cities' journey towards a smart and sustainable future?

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start date: 19-10-2017
end date: 19-10-2017

  •  cooperation
  •  culture
  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  knowledge society
  •  mobility

URBACT’s Good Practices unveiled: 'Inspiring solutions for better cities'

Looking for ideas on how to improve a city’s air quality, support local jobs, or involve citizens in accommodating refugees? Scores of tried-and-tested city solutions have been published online by URBACT, the EU learning and exchange programme for integrated, sustainable urban development.

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publication date: 25-07-2017

  •  culture
  •  economy

Going global through culture: Check the findings from our study visit in Barcelona and Terrassa!

A group of 30 specialists attended a study visit hosted by Barcelona and Terrassa in June.

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publication date: 14-07-2017

  •  culture
  •  economy

Report EUROCITIES Study visit Barcelona and Terrassa June 2017

Barcelona and Terrassa hosted in June a study visit on 'Local events with global impacts:Cities strengthening their international creative position through world-class cultural events and facilities', as well as an international seminar on city identity and reputation for economic, social and cultural development

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publication date: 14-07-2017