Venice: culture and local development in a nutshell.

Culture is an integral part of local development. 

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Venice: culture and local development in a nutshell.

Culture is an integral part of local development. 

About the Conference

‌ 6-7 December 2018 Venice, Italy

Culture is playing an increasingly important role on the political agendas of cities and regions, both on its own and as part of wider economic growth and well-being. 

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What's the issue?

Cultural and creative sectors transform local economies in various ways:

  • Generating economic growth, productivity, exports and employment; 
  • Diversifying the economy and contributing to urban regeneration; 
  • Promoting cities and rural regions as destinations to visit, live, work and invest in; 
  • Strengthening local cultural identity and diversity; 
  • Supporting social cohesion and integration of marginalised groups; 
  • Contributing to well-being.

To reap these benefits, national and local governments have been putting in place policy initiatives to support these sectors as drivers of inclusive growth. However, there is still limited evidence and understanding of how culture and creativity can transform and foster development, what are the needs of these sectors and what are effective policy responses.

Why attend?

This Conference is the first major OECD event examining links between culture and local growth. It will develop recommendations for economic and social policies that leverage culture and cultural heritage to enhance economic growth, job creation and social inclusion. It will highlight “what works” in policy governance arrangements and funding models.

Why Venice?

The City of Venice and the Veneto Region represent a unique ecosystem of cultural heritage and creative sectors and a policy laboratory where experimentations are taking place on ways to bridge innovation and creativity in heritage and other economic sectors, counter the effects of mass tourism and preserve the unique local identity, and at the same time cater for the well-being of citizens. They are a perfect example of why culture and local development need to be nurtured in tandem, and not in silos.


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Deadline for registration: 28 November 2018.

Registrations will be processed in the order in which they are received. Registrations will close once the maximum limit is reached, even if that is before the official closing date. The organisers reserve the right to limit participation.

Did you know?

Why is cultural heritage so important?

What links between cities and museums?

How do cultural and creative sectors transform local economies?

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