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. 

15th World Conference of Historical Cities

Every two years the League of Historical Cities invites for a world conference. In 2016, Bad Ischl will be the host city. The conference programme also includes visits to Vienna, Salzburg and Hallstatt.

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start date: 05-06-2016
end date: 10-06-2016

  •  culture
  •  environment

EUROCITIES on COP 21 – L’Ile de Nantes

Nantes is transforming a former industrial area into a sustainable living, working and leisure environment.

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publication date: 08-12-2015

  •  culture

Lessons from the Ljubljana culture forum

We share some of the lessons and insights from our culture forum in Ljubljana on 30 September to 2 October, which focused on new forms of cooperation and support.

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publication date: 26-11-2015

  •  culture

An Incredibol! study visit in Bologna

Bologna hosted a study visit as part of the Culture for Cities and Regions initiative on supporting local cultural entrepreneurs.

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publication date: 16-11-2015

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

EUROCITIES 2015 Copenhagen/Malmo starts tomorrow

The EUROCITIES annual conference on ‘Living cities – sustainable growth and quality of life’ takes place on 4-6 November in Copenhagen and Malmo.

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publication date: 03-11-2015

  •  culture

Culture for Cities and Regions study visit in Nantes

Nantes hosted the first study visit under our Culture for Cities and Regions initiative, focusing on how culture and the creative industries have helped regenerate a former industrial area.

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publication date: 19-10-2015

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

Just over two weeks to go until EUROCITIES 2015 Copenhagen/Malmo

Join us in Copenhagen and Malmo on 4-6 November for discussions on 'Living cities - sustainable growth and quality of life'.

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publication date: 19-10-2015

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

Don't miss out - register now for EUROCITIES 2015 Copenhagen/Malmo

Make sure to register online for EUROCITIES 2015 Copenhagen/Malmo on 4-6 November.

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publication date: 29-09-2015

  •  culture

Culture for Cities and Regions - overview & update

We update you on the latest activities as part of our Culture for Cities and Regions initiative.

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publication date: 21-09-2015

  •  culture

Anna Lisa Boni: the challenges for European cities today

Anna Lisa Boni spoke at the Shaping European Cities conference in Brussels on 15 September.

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publication date: 16-09-2015