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
  •  environment

EUROCITIES event at COP24: How cultural heritage can contribute to sustainability

A side event we're organising with partners at COP24 in Katowice on 6 December will explore how cities can work together to boost sustainable and inclusive business innovation in cultural heritage to raise ambitions in tackling climate change.

news

publication date: 05-12-2018

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

publication

publication date: 04-12-2018

  •  cooperation

Interview with Frank Ross, Lord Provost, Edinburgh

We're very excited to be travelling to Edinburgh this week for our annual conference 2018. But before we get there, we wanted to pose a few questions to our host, Frank Ross, the Lord Provost of Edinburgh.

news

publication date: 26-11-2018

  •  culture

EUROCITIES Culture Forum: five take-aways

EUROCITIES Culture Forum met in Lisbon from 17-19 October to discuss how fast-changing cities can effectively support and benefit from collective projects on culture and heritage. Here are the five main messages the 25 attendees from 68 cities took away from the event.

news

publication date: 05-11-2018

Cultural and well-being activities at heart of ageing population in Frankfurt

With Germany's population of over-60s set to grow from 27% to 39% in the next 30 years, finding new ways to overturn this negative image and experience and reduce the country's healthcare burden is vital. Promoting healthier and happier ageing and solidarity among communities are increasingly being seen as the cornerstones of improved quality of life.

news

publication date: 30-10-2018

  •  cooperation
  •  culture

Unleash your creativity - join us for EUROCITIES 2018 Edinburgh!

Edinburgh will host our 2018 annual conference, from 28-30 November, on the theme ‘creative, competitive cities - building our future together’.

news

publication date: 23-10-2018

  •  culture
  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  knowledge society
  •  mobility

Agile cities: how are cities adapting to the fourth industrial revolution?

In September 2018, the Global Future Council on Cities and Urbanization of the World Economic Forum has released a report on the adaptation of urban landscapes and administrations to the fourth industrial revolution.

news

publication date: 17-10-2018

  •  culture
  •  knowledge society

Fair of European Innovators in Cultural Heritage: registrations open!

The Fair is a wonderful occasion to see how the EU is promoting research & innovation in cultural heritage, fostering creativity and new connections across countries. The event will build on the results of the 'Heritage and Innovation' conference and will focus on the next steps and contributions to the EU Action Plan on Cultural Heritage.

event

start date: 15-11-2018
end date: 16-11-2018

  •  culture

Cities in Action: Chemnitz supports creative industries

Chemnitz has adopted a novel business support model pioneered by Bologna to stimulate its cultural and creative industries. By giving local makers space, funds and support to unleash their talents and start their own businesses, the city aims to boost the sector and its ambition to become a cultural capital.

case study

publication date: 08-10-2018

event

start date: 05-11-2018
end date: 08-11-2018