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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URBACT’s Good Practices unveiled: 'Inspiring solutions for better cities'

Looking for ideas on how to improve a city’s air quality, support local jobs, or involve citizens in accommodating refugees? Scores of tried-and-tested city solutions have been published online by URBACT, the EU learning and exchange programme for integrated, sustainable urban development.

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publication date: 25-07-2017

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Going global through culture: Check the findings from our study visit in Barcelona and Terrassa!

A group of 30 specialists attended a study visit hosted by Barcelona and Terrassa in June.

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publication date: 14-07-2017

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Report EUROCITIES Study visit Barcelona and Terrassa June 2017

Barcelona and Terrassa hosted in June a study visit on 'Local events with global impacts:Cities strengthening their international creative position through world-class cultural events and facilities', as well as an international seminar on city identity and reputation for economic, social and cultural development

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publication date: 14-07-2017

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EUROCITIES culture strategy Vision paper 2017

The EUROCITIES culture strategy presents cities' main cultural challenges at the horizon 2030 and explains how EUROCITIES activities on culture help cities face these challenges.

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publication date: 12-07-2017

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Draft agenda - EUROCITIES culture forum in Ghent

‘The role of culture in shaping third places in cities’ will be the theme of our next Culture Forum in Ghent (25-27 October 2017).

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publication date: 07-07-2017

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‘The ideal cultural and creative city is a mix of 8 cities’ - First EC Cultural and Creative Cities Monitor

This first edition of the EC Cultural and Creative Cities Monitor shows how well 168 selected cities in 30 European countries perform on a range of selected indicators grouped along 9 dimensions describing the ‘Cultural Vibrancy’, the ‘Creative Economy’ and the ‘Enabling Environment’ of a city.

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publication date: 06-07-2017

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Mayor of London launches London Borough of Culture scheme

Inspired by the European Capital of Culture and UK city of culture programmes, the London borough of culture scheme aims to strengthen London’s reputation as an international powerhouse for culture, by highlighting the hidden cultural gems across the capital.

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publication date: 30-06-2017

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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