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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Vienna adopts ambitious strategy for children and youth

Vienna's first children and youth strategy was adopted on 28 May 2020. The strategy aims to make Vienna the most child and youth-friendly city. Among other things, it will anchor a children's and youth budget of 1 million EUR for 2021 as well as a children's and youth parliament.

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publication date: 15-07-2020

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publication date: 15-07-2020

Call for Tenders for selecting a company to produce videos for the Cultural Heritage in Action (EU project)

EUROCITIES is looking for a video producer company (organisation or individual) to develop a series of videos giving an overview of cultural heritage policies that are being implemented in at least 2 cities and regions involved in Cultural Heritage in Action project and hosting online peer-learning visits at the end of 2020.

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publication date: 09-07-2020

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UIA 5th Call for Proposals has ended with 11 new projects

The Urban Innovative Actions' (UIA) 5th Call for Proposals has ended with 11 new projects of which 4 are from EUROCITIES members.

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publication date: 09-07-2020

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Sustainable cultural events in European cities

In the framework of the ROCK project in which EUROCITIES is a partner, EUROCITIES has been invited to present the ROCK guide “Leave a trace, not a footprint” during the TER (Territoires d’Evènements Responsables) 2020 organised by Réseau Eco-Evenement, a French organisation based in Nantes.

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start date: 01-07-2020
end date: 03-07-2020

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European consultation on digital for cultural heritage

The European Commission is evaluating one of the main policy instruments on digitisation: online access and digital preservation of cultural heritage material. The aim of this consultation is to gather the views of citizens, competent authorities in the Member States, national and regional cultural heritage institutions, international organisations, concerned stakeholder umbrella organisations. Your participation and feedback to this consultation will help the European Commission shape...

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publication date: 23-06-2020

Cities coming together for gender equality

Full gender equality is far from being achieved. On the contrary, the COVID-19 pandemic has the potential of setting back previous progress. It has had a disproportionate impact on women by: increasing the burden of their unpaid work at home; worsening their employment and economic standing; exacerbating the rates of domestic violence against women. The challenges at hand are clear across cities in the EU. This is why cities came together and discussed ways to counter discrimination and...

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publication date: 18-06-2020

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Call for experts to support European Capitals of Culture

The ‘Capacity Building for European Capitals of Culture’ project is seeking professionals from a variety of disciplines to join its pool of experts. This expert group will help bridge gaps in skills in the implementing teams of European Capitals of Culture.

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publication date: 17-06-2020

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Cultural heritage leading urban futures - ROCK Open Knowledge Week

The ROCK project, in which EUROCITIES is a partner together with 10 member cities, invites you to join its Open Knowledge Week, a virtual journey and interactive online experience on an extremely timely topic: cultural heritage leading urban futures.

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start date: 27-10-2020
end date: 30-10-2020

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EU budget and recovery – Reclaiming the future for cities

Cities were hit hardest by the corona pandemic - Dario Nardella, mayor of Florence and vice-president of Eurocities, declares a state of social and economic emergency for his city and many others across Europe.

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publication date: 27-05-2020

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Highlights from EUROCITIES city dialogue on culture - cities respond to the Covid crisis

90 representatives from 68 large European cities met online on 14 May to discuss common challenges related to the COVID-19 crisis, exchange on cultural measures to respond to the crisis and share lessons learnt so far.

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publication date: 26-05-2020