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

Lisbon Res do Chao

Re-use of the abandoned ground floors in a low income housing context

case study

publication date: 18-03-2019

  •  cooperation
  •  culture

Athens reinventing the Agora

Athens has faced the challenges inherited from its crisis years – unemployment, brain drain – with creativity and ambition by investing in a bottom-up and collaborative methodology in cultural sectors. The challenges brought by the crisis also sparked new initiatives from citizens and the need for a more effective approach in municipal governance.

case study

publication date: 14-03-2019

  •  cooperation
  •  culture

Bologna - Let's do it together!

In the last 5 years, Bologna has successfully trialled an urban innovation model based on circular subsidiarity and civic collaboration, the ‘collaborative city.’ This means public administrations governing not only on behalf of citizens, but also with citizens, basing their policies on the two concepts of city as commons and citizens as a great source of energy, talent, resources, capabilities and ideas in support of urban regeneration.

case study

publication date: 14-03-2019

  •  culture

Why should Chemnitz become your next cultural destination

Culture plays a special role in Chemnitz, which is hosting the next EUROCITIES culture forum in April, yet the recent spotlight on the city in the international press has reflected a different picture.

news

publication date: 07-03-2019

  •  culture
  •  knowledge society
  •  mobility

news

publication date: 05-03-2019

  •  culture

Cities in action: Brighton & hove shapes future through creativity

Brighton & Hove has developed an ambitious collaborative model for coordinating cultural activities to enable young people to play their part in a fast-changing world. 'Our Future City' is not only growing creative and digital skills, enhancing well being and providing new routes into work. It is also showing how to sustain action and impact for the long term.

case study

publication date: 15-02-2019

  •  culture

Make European democracy live through creative and cultural actions: apply now to action grant!

This call from the European Cultural Foundation is for creative, cultural actions prior, during and after the European Parliamentary elections that can breathe life into Europe, and democracy at large.

news

publication date: 07-02-2019

  •  culture

ROCK - Bologna visit report_access to cultural heritage

ROCK - Bologna visit report_access to cultural heritage

publication

publication date: 14-01-2019

  •  culture

ROCK - Eindhoven visit report_industrial heritage and living labs

ROCK - Eindhoven visit report_industrial heritage and living labs

publication

publication date: 14-01-2019

  •  culture

ROCK - Factsheet #2_learning from each other

ROCK - Factsheet #2_learning from each other

publication

publication date: 14-01-2019