Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED Programme)

Summer Academy on Cultural and Creative Industries and Local Development - 2020


 7-12 June 2020 Trento & Bolzano, Italy  |  Third Edition  

The project 

The Summer Academy provides training for policy makers and representatives of cultural and creative industries (CCIs). At the end of the course participants will acquire a deeper understanding of the sector, its needs and dynamics and will develop expertise in putting in place effective and integrated strategies and policy frameworks to uncap the full potential of CCIs as drivers for local economic growth, job creation and inclusion.

SACCI Timeline 2020

The Summer Academy is a three-year project. The third edition will take place on 7-12 June 2020 in Trento and Bolzano, Italy.


The Summer Academy seeks to:

  • Stimulate sharing of knowledge and experience among participants, experts and professionals from several fields related to CCIs.
  • Provide common interpretation tools that will be applied to the analysis of participants’ case studies as well as projects and local practices aimed at promoting CCIs’ and local development.
  • Analyse the process of culture-driven social innovation and the role of CCIs.
  • Foster networking and debate around relevant case studies and best practices from the Trentino and Alto Adige - Südtirol (Italy) region and across OECD.
  • Examine the CCI entrepreneurial process and the importance of creativity and innovation.
  • Promote online and offline social networks among participants in order to exchange knowledge, practical experiences and work methodologies, on CCIs’ and local development.

2020 Focus: Joining forces to shape the future

What can we learn from past experiences? How can Culture and Creative Industries (CCIs) help people and places to better address the new challenges brought about by climate change, globalisation, demographic change and technological breakthroughs?

For over two decades, cities and regions across the world have been successfully mobilising cultural and creative resources to address societal challenges, regenerate the economy, create new identities and promote inclusion.

SACCI 2020 will take stock of past CCIs policies and culture-led development initiatives and look to the future, by focusing on how to reshape culture and CCIs policies in view of the challenges posed by megatrends.

In particular, this edition of the Summer Academy will examine how the creativity of artists and CCIs’ entrepreneurs, cross-overs with other sectors and the pervasive use of new technologies could spur innovation in process, products and services related to sectors such as health and social cohesion, environment protection, urban renewal, education and skills. The new forms of governance required to deliver such innovation will also be part of the discussion.



The programme of the Summer Academy targets national and international policy makers and practitioners active in the promotion of and support to creative cultural sectors at the local, regional, national and international level, as well as cultural and creative entrepreneurs.

Participants should be strongly committed to the development of the cultural and creative sector. They should be freelancers or currently work in private companies and organisations (foundations, co-operatives, NGOs, grassroots community organisations, non-profit entities, etc.) or public institutions (national, regional, provincial or local governments, development agencies, research centres, international organizations) active in the field of CCI development.


  ‌‌SACCI 2020

Materials & Information


Draft agenda available soon


The application process will open in mid-February and will last till the end of March 2020. 

Applicants will have to provide:
► Personal and professional information.
► Motivations for participating in the Summer Academy.
► A case study (project, programme or initiative, which is currently being implemented or has concluded within the last 5 years and is directly related to the candidate’s professional experience).
► CV in PDF format.

The selection process will be finalissed by 17 April 2020. Participation will be confirmed once the registration fee of 150 Euros will be received by the organisers. This has to be paid no later than 1 May 2020.


Accommodation and lodging during the event are covered by the organisers. Participants are responsible for arranging and paying for their own transportation to and from Trento.

Working language



Trento and Bolzano, Italy.


2018 Handbook

2018 Handbook


Outcome of the 2018 edition of the Summer Academy on Cultural and Creative Industries and Local Development.

OECD Contact



Previous Editions

2nd Edition - 2019



1st Edition - 2018


Pier Luigi SACCO
OECD Venice Office


Summer Academy Facilitator
Founder and Director
Noema Culture & Place Mapping


European Creative Business Network (ECBN)



The Summer Academy is organised by the OECD Trento Centre for Local Development in collaboration with tsm - Trentino School of Management and the European Creative Business Network (ECBN), with the support of the Department for Cultural Activities of the Autonomous Province of Trento (Italy) and the Department of Italian culture (Youth Policies Unit) – Autonomous Province of Bolzano (Italy) 






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