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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Leeuwarden-Friesland European Capital of Culture 2018 was a sustainable success on all counts

Investing in culture is smart, and Leeuwarden-Friesland (LF) European Capital of Culture (ECoC) 2018 is here to prove it. The Dutch-Frisian city with over 100,000 inhabitants has unveiled the impact report of the year showing impressive results.


publication date: 03-06-2019

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Culture forum in Chemnitz: local networks are enablers of public culture

In Chemnitz, during EUROCITIES Culture Forum (10-13 April 2019) on "Cities developing and supporting networks of local cultural organisations", cultural policy expert Raluca Iacob gave a keynote speech on "local networks, enablers of public culture".


publication date: 22-05-2019

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Presentation working group public art, Chemnitz, April 2019

Presentation given by Ulf Kallscheidt during working group public art meeting at Chemnitz culture forum, 12 April 2019.


publication date: 07-05-2019

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Cities in action: Ljubljana's RogLab model

Ljubljana is revitalising its industrial heritage by pioneering an innovative interdisciplinary production space and cooperation platform. With its focus on 3D techniques in the field of design, architecture and visual arts, RogLab is enabling users to learn new skills and create innovative prototypes. The city administration benefits by testing the model’s potential in the age of digital manufacturing.

case study

publication date: 02-05-2019

European Solidarity Corps: what is in it for cities?

Is your city working on migrant integration, fighting poverty or other ambitious project with a strong solidarity component? Would you need extra helping hands to realise your project? Would you be willing to employ and train young people from a different European country to help you? Then, look no further and get involved in the European Solidarity Corps initiative!


publication date: 30-04-2019

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Culture forum in Chemnitz: sharing effective ideas

Chemnitz hosted 92 representatives from 61 cities on 10-13 April to discuss the role of city administrations in developing and supporting local cultural networks and the lessons and impact of local networking examples.


publication date: 25-04-2019

Imagine the urban future: 24-hour cities- Making the most of the night time economy

On 26 June, you are invited to imagine the urban future and discuss 24-hour cities and how cities can make the most of the night time economy.


publication date: 18-04-2019

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Interview with Jaana Jalonen, member of Espoo city council

With the EUROCITIES Culture Forum currently taking place in Chemnitz, we took a moment to get to know Jaana Jalonen, chair of EUROCITIES Culture Forum and member of Espoo city council.


publication date: 10-04-2019

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EUROCITIES Culture Forum in Leeds

Our culture forum will meet in Leeds on 9-11 October 2019 and will focus on inclusive cities through diverse partnerships.


start date: 09-10-2019
end date: 11-10-2019

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Culture and demographic change: new EUROCITIES recommendations

Our new recommendations for cities, cultural institutions and practitioners were developed by the EUROCITIES young people and culture working group and aim to strengthen the strategic planning and development of local cultural institutions facing challenges linked to demographic changes.


publication date: 03-04-2019