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.
start date: 25-04-2018 end date: 27-04-2018
Cities are drivers of innovative cultural policies that add value to urban and regional development. Increased cultural investments at regional and city levels should be supported through long term programmes at EU level.
Democratic Cities is an international conference taking place in Madrid from 16-17 November. The event will cover topics such as citizens’ participation and engagement in the democratic process.
start date: 12-10-2017 end date: 12-10-2017
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On 10 October 2017, during the European Week of Regions and Cities, the European Commission (DG GROW and DG REGIO) and the Committee of the Regions launched the Digital Cities Challenge. The Challenge invites cities in Europe to improve the life of their citizens through the development and implementation of digital policies.
publication date: 12-10-2017
start date: 08-11-2017 end date: 11-11-2017
The UNESCO Creative Cities Network was established in 2004 to promote cooperation between cities and identify creativity as a strategic factor in city life. Currently, there are 116 cities, including many EUROCITIES members, involved across 7 categories.
publication date: 26-09-2017
The EUROCITIES study on ‘Cities’ external cultural relations: trends and actions’ highlights the role of large European cities in external cultural relations. Based on responses from 13 cities, it describes cities’ roles as key actors in the field of external cultural relations, actively developing and maintaining cultural relations with cities around the world.
publication date: 21-09-2017
2018 will be the European Year of Cultural Heritage (EYCH); activities and initiatives all around Europe will get people interested and involved in cultural heritage.
publication date: 21-09-2017
The city of Nantes encourages daily cultural and educational activities that allow people to be themselves while strengthening social cohesion. Since 2009, the city has been supporting artistic projects that involve people in creative activities. Every year, about ten ‘shared productions’ are organised in each district of the city. These allow access to culture for everyone, add value to cultural diversity, and encourage local participation.
Greece’s financial crisis has given rise to civil society initiatives aimed at finding solutions to urban problems. The results of these efforts are worthy of support by the local municipalities. SynAthina is a social innovation platform set up by Athens in order to engage citizens in such reforms and to bring civil society in contact and dialogue with the city’s administration and political leaders.