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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Creative Europe 2021-2027 proposal: our comments

The European Commission has proposed a 27% budget increase for Creative Europe, the programme supporting European cultural and creative sectors. As the European Parliament and Council debate the Commission's proposal for 2021-2027, we're making sure our comments are heard.

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publication date: 04-10-2018

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publication date: 04-10-2018

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publication date: 04-10-2018

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Leeuwarden ECoC 2018 Measuring impact of cultural activities and investments

How does Leeuwarden, European capital of Culture 2018, evaluates impacts of the year?

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publication date: 04-10-2018

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Culture and creative cities for all

Are you curious to know how integrating immigrants can contribute to the revitalisation of historic centres? Do you want to discover the benefits of an inclusive and adaptive re-use of built heritage? Then come to the "Cultural and creative cities for all" workshop, which will showcase innovative solutions in cities and regions to empower people with special needs, minorities, the young and the elderly to fully access heritage sites and creative activities. The workshop will stress the...

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start date: 11-10-2018
end date: 11-10-2018

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start date: 11-10-2018
end date: 11-10-2018

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European Solidarity Corps: a new unmissable opportunity for cities!

The European Commission has launched a brand new initiative allowing cities and municipalities to involve young European citizens to build a more inclusive and sustainable society. Cities can present project proposals on a wide range of policy areas and receive funding for their implementation.

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publication date: 03-09-2018

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Towards greener cultural activities in cities

On July 18-20 34 participants from 14 cities and 8 European cultural organisations attended a EUROCITIES study visit in Leeuwarden, European Capital of Culture 2018. The visit focused on greening cultural events and on how culture drives innovation, socio-economic change and sustainability.

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publication date: 28-08-2018

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EUROCITIES culture forum in Lisbon

“Collective projects on culture and heritage in fast changing cities ” is the title of our next culture forum. Come and share knowledge in Lisbon!

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start date: 17-10-2018
end date: 19-10-2018

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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