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
  •  economy
  •  knowledge society

Cultural heritage, social and economic returns

Cultural heritage in cities, while valuable in itself, is also something that can yield major social and economic dividends. In this webinar, we will hear from three expert practitioners from Europe, Turkey and China on how cities can leverage tangible and intangible heritage for more cohesive societies and increased attractiveness for business and tourism.

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start date: 06-02-2020
end date: 06-02-2020

  •  culture

Let there be light: cultural heritage and light management in Lyon

In Lyon, urban lighting is closely embedded in the whole urban landscape and is part of the city’s heritage.

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publication date: 19-12-2019

  •  culture

The ideal cultural and creative city in Europe is a mix of 7 cities

The second edition of the Cultural and Creative Cities Monitor shows how well 190 cities in 30 European countries perform on a range of measures describing the ‘Cultural Vibrancy’, the ‘Creative Economy’ and the ‘Enabling Environment’ of a city.

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publication date: 19-12-2019

  •  culture

Cultural participation in Europe

The 2019 edition of Culture statistics was recently published by EUROSTAT and presents comparable data on culture available in the EU-28, EFTA and enlargement countries.

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publication date: 18-12-2019

  •  culture

Culture goes hand in hand with sustainable development!

Finland's Presidency of the Council of the EU : resolution on the cultural dimension of sustainable development.

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publication date: 18-12-2019

  •  cooperation
  •  culture
  •  environment

Innovating Cities: Cultural Heritage in Action

The ROCK Final Conference and Business Matching Event

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start date: 14-05-2020
end date: 15-05-2020

  •  culture

European Year 2018 shows cultural heritage counts for Europe!

Cultural heritage has the power to connect and shape a common European identity. Its strength was demonstrated throughout the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 which had amazing success among citizens of all 28 EU-member states and, as a new report highlights, delivered a range of innovative and valuable outcomes.

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publication date: 26-11-2019

  •  culture
  •  mobility

Warsaw hosted the EUROCITIES Barrier-free City for All WG meeting

The Eurocities working group "Barrier-free City for All" met from 30.09.2019 until 02.10.2019 in Warsaw.

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publication date: 20-11-2019

  •  culture
  •  economy
  •  environment

Culture as a rocket fuel for urban regeneration: a ROCK webinar

Through the EU-funded ROCK project, EUROCITIES and Julie’s Bicycle invite you to a webinar on 'Culture as a rocket fuel for urban regeneration: a critical look'. Culture is used as a development strategy in many European cities, especially those where deindustrialisation hit harder. Culture can also become a means to attract capital, to improve the image of the city, and to promote unity and cooperation. Without necessarily building flagship cultural venues, cities are betting on culture...

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start date: 22-11-2019
end date: 22-11-2019

  •  culture
  •  economy
  •  environment

Join our webinar on culture as a rocket fuel for urban regeneration!

Through the EU-funded ROCK project, EUROCITIES and Julie’s Bicycle invite you to a webinar - 'Culture as a rocket fuel for urban regeneration: a critical look' - on 22 November. The webinar will explore how culture is being used as a development strategy in many European cities, particularly those hit hard by deindustrialisation, and how culture policy can contribute to more just, sustainable and healthy cities.

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publication date: 31-10-2019