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. 

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Art in the public space - we want to hear from you!

In March we launched a new working group on “Public Art”, chaired by the City of Turin. It proposes a platform for all Culture Forum members to discuss, exchange experiences and design new scenarios on art in the public space.

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publication date: 26-06-2017

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publication date: 26-06-2017

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Cities’ cultural heritage ROCKs! New project kicks off in Bologna

Around 140 representatives from 32 cities and organisations met in Bologna on 14-16 June to launch ROCK (Regeneration and Optimisation of Cultural heritage in creative and Knowledge cities). Led by the city of Bologna, ROCK is an H2020-funded project that aims to develop an innovative, collaborative and circular approach to the regeneration and adaptive reuse of historic city centres.

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publication date: 21-06-2017

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EUROCITIES Call for expert for ROCK training webinar on mentoring methodology

Led by the city of Bologna, the ROCK project involves EUROCITIES, 10 large European cities and various partners (universities, private companies). ROCK focuses on historic centres as laboratories to demonstrate how cultural heritage can be a unique and powerful engine of regeneration, sustainable development and economic growth for the entire city.

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publication date: 21-06-2017

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EUROCITIES study visit in Barcelona and Terrassa - Presentations and documents

Presentations and documents from the EUROCITIES study visit in Barcelona and Terrassa on 'Local events with global imacts - Cities strengthening their international creative position through world-class cultural events and facilities.'

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publication date: 20-06-2017

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City metric: What’s trending? On the cultural challenges facing cities

What are the current challenges and future facing cities? How do cultural and creative industries contribute to economic development? How can this contribute to social cohesion?

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publication date: 12-06-2017

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Council conclusions on international cultural relations

On 23 May the European Council adopted conclusions on an EU strategic approach to international cultural relations. The conclusions recognise that culture forms part of a strategic and cross-cutting approach to the Union's international relations and highlight the importance of encouraging cultural diversity within the EU.

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publication date: 02-06-2017

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Chemnitz: one city, two names, one cultural strategy

Culture for Cities and Regions coaching visits:Between 18 and 21 April, as part of the Culture for Cities and Regions initiative, a team of coaches visited Chemnitz, formerly known as Karl-Marx-Stadt, to help the city develop its new cultural strategy.

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publication date: 22-05-2017

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EUROCITIES involved in ‘Voices of Culture’ structured dialogue on cultural heritage

On 27 April in Brussels, EUROCITIES represented its member cities at the first stakeholder’s committee meeting of the ‘Voices of Culture’ on cultural heritage, a structured dialogue between the Commission and the cultural heritage sector.

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publication date: 22-05-2017

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Lublin: fostering audience development and monitoring cultural policies

Culture for Cities and Regions coaching visits: On 10-12 May, a coaching team travelled to Lublin to help the city foster audience development and design tools to monitor local cultural policies and activities.

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publication date: 22-05-2017