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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Forum des métropoles culturelles européennes

Toulouse Métropole organise avec France Urbaine la première édition d’un forum sur le thème des Métropoles culturelles. EUROCITIES est partenaire de l'évènement.

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

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publication date: 25-07-2018

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publication date: 25-07-2018

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Cultural and Creative Cities Monitor future mobile web app

The Joint Research Centre of the European Commission is developing ‘Cultural gems’, a Mobile Web App that will allow city residents and tourists to share and discover hidden cultural and creative treasures of the 168 cities included in the Cultural and Creative Cities Monitor.

news

publication date: 02-07-2018

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EUROCITIES forum leaflet 2018 - culture

A leaflet featuring the activities of EUROCITIES culture forum

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publication date: 07-06-2018

  •  culture
  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  knowledge society
  •  mobility

One month left to be the next European Capital of Smart Tourism

Cities have just one month left to apply for a range of honours in smart tourism.

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publication date: 28-05-2018

  •  cooperation
  •  culture
  •  economy
  •  environment
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  •  mobility

Cities4Europe - video interviews

On 7 May the Cities4Europe campaign was officially launched. Here you will find video interviews from the launch event.

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publication date: 25-05-2018

  •  cooperation
  •  culture
  •  knowledge society

From Temporary to Cosmopolitan Citizenship: call for papers

The European Journal of Creative Practices in Cities and Landscapes has launched a call for papers for its first edition.

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publication date: 24-05-2018

  •  culture

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start date: 18-07-2018
end date: 20-07-2018