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

Culture forum discusses innovative governance and partnerships in Tallinn

The EUROCITIES Culture Forum in Tallinn attracted 129 representatives from 65 cities to discuss innovative forms of governance and partnerships for culture in cities.


publication date: 07-04-2017

LOGIN 2017 Festival

LOGIN is the largest tech and innovations festival in the Baltic States, attracting more than 6000 attendees annually.


start date: 24-05-2017
end date: 26-05-2017

  •  culture

2018 to be European Year of Cultural Heritage

In early February, the European Council and the European Parliament reached a provisional decision to officially designate 2018 the first European Year of Cultural Heritage.


publication date: 15-03-2017

  •  culture

Coaching visit to Aquileia in Friuli-Venezia Giulia region

As part of the coaching activities of the EUROCITIES-led Culture for Cities and Regions initiative, a group of five culture coaches visited Trieste and Aquileia in mid-February. The team included KEA European affairs director Philippe Kern, urban expert Nils Scheffler, and city-peers from Lincoln and Lisbon.


publication date: 15-03-2017

  •  culture

Culture for Cities and Regions coaching visits to Bratislava and Kaunas

Under the Culture for Cities and Regions project, EUROCITIES and our partners organise coaching visits to ten cities and regions.


publication date: 21-02-2017

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

Vienna’s neighbourhood oases

In our series of short articles, we highlight how EUROCITIES members across Europe are engaging with their citizens.


publication date: 15-02-2017

  •  culture

Answer EUROCITIES’ survey into cities' external cultural relations

EUROCITIES has launched a survey into external cultural relations at a city level to understand how cities use culture in their external relations, the challenges they face and their priorities for the future. The study will then influence our future engagement with the topic, allowing us to champion the urban perspective at a European level.


publication date: 03-02-2017

  •  culture

EUROCITIES Culture Forum in Tallinn - 29 March - 1 April 2017

The first EUROCITIES Culture Forum of the year will be held in Tallinn from 29 March until 1 April 2017. The Forum will be on the subject of ‘Innovative Models for Cultural Governance and Partnerships in Cities.’ All 5 working groups of the culture forum will meet alongside the Tallinn forum.


start date: 29-03-2017
end date: 01-04-2017

  •  culture


publication date: 22-12-2016

  •  culture

New version of Culture for Cities and Regions catalogue

Last year, the Culture for Cities and Regions programme identified 71 examples of successful investment in culture in cities and regions all over Europe.


publication date: 14-12-2016