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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 European Commission's 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. The results highlight what cities are good at and where there is room for improvement. They also show that the best performing cities are not necessarily best in everything, but rely on key strengths in different areas.

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Culture for Cities and Regions’ last coaching visit paved the way for Creative Belfast

The last coaching visit of the Culture for Cities and Regions programme took place in June in Belfast. The team of coaches visited Belfast to help the city strengthen its cultural sector and infrastructure. The visit respected Northern Ireland’s regional cultural strategies, bearing in mind the uncertainty of public funding and shrinking resources.

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Northern creative highlights: Culture for Cities and Regions went to Oulu

Between 7- 9 June, as part of the Culture for Cities and Regions initiative, a team of coaches visited Oulu, to help the city develop its new cultural strategy. Changes in funding and organisation structures at national level and municipal level, and Oulu’s enlarged neighbourhood (having absorbed some surrounding municipalities into the city) were key points to consider.

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