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

A rising tide lifts all boats: Leeds 2023 explained

Cities bidding for the European Capital of Culture (ECoC) benefit from the process regardless of the result.

news

publication date: 22-10-2019

  •  culture

Replication and co-creation workshop in Lisbon

As part of the ROCK EU funded project, EUROCITIES organises a replication and co-creation workshop in Lisbon.

event

start date: 26-09-2019
end date: 27-09-2019

  •  culture

Dresden’s arts centre

Dresden has converted an abandoned power station into a vibrant cultural centre on time, on budget and to great acclaim with the help of a cooperative approach and structured dialogue process. The project has achieved its objective of giving two municipal theatres a city-centre home and catalysed the revitalisation of the district.

case study

publication date: 11-10-2019

  •  culture

Rennes - hotel of projects

Rennes has put citizen empowerment and experimentation at the heart of a project to find a new purpose for a former science faculty building. The resulting ‘hotel of projects’ welcomes diverse temporary initiatives reflecting the immediate needs of a community in motion, establishing a new kind of inclusive creative and learning space.

case study

publication date: 11-10-2019

  •  culture

Zaragoza - Harinera culture centre

Zaragoza has established the first public cultural centre in Spain co-managed by the city and citizens. Started as an experimental project to provide equality of access to culture, Harinera ZGZ has become a successful, sustainable space dedicated to participation, empowerment and transformation of the neighbourhood through creativity.

case study

publication date: 11-10-2019

  •  culture

Cities in action: Dusseldorf linking up creatives

Dusseldorf has pioneered a new kind of proactive support agency to enable the growth of the creative industries. KomKuK stimulates collaboration, activity, innovation and enterprise, simultaneously raising the city's profile as a creative force and citizens' quality of life.

case study

publication date: 10-10-2019

  •  knowledge society

Data people cities - EUROCITIES citizen data principles in action

We have selected 10 projects from different cities that are good examples to illustrate each of our 10 principles on citizen data. We want to show how local governments are fully engaged in exploiting the opportunities of the digital transformation in many different policy areas to benefit citizens, and we hope these examples will inspire other cities to do the same. Enjoy the reading and be inspired!

publication

publication date: 10-10-2019

  •  cooperation
  •  culture
  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  knowledge society
  •  mobility

What's hot at the EU Week of Regions and Cities?

We are busy at this year’s European Week of Regions and Cities, from 7-10 October, making sure there are plenty of sessions that meet the needs and interests of our member cities. There is a lot to choose from, so here’s a quick run-down of the sessions to look out for.

news

publication date: 27-09-2019

  •  culture

A culture of equality in culture?

Greater Manchester and Liverpool City Regions are delighted to invite you to Deeds Not Words, a symposium to debate how, by working collaboratively across Europe, we can improve gender equality in music and art.

event

start date: 15-10-2019
end date: 15-10-2019

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Join the next ROCK webinar on participatory approaches in cultural heritage

Join the second ROCK webinar of the autumn programme on 3 October to discuss ideas and local experiences around participatory approaches in cultural heritage and how these are contributing to the social cohesion of our cities.

news

publication date: 12-09-2019