Local Employment and Economic Development (LEED Programme)

Culture & creativity for a more inclusive recovery: the State as an enabler?


 6 June 2021   11.00 -12.00 CEST Streaming 

The event was organised by the OECD Trento Centre for Local Development in collaboration with the Municipality of Trento, Italy within the 16th edition of the Festival of Economics "The return of the State: Businesses, Communities and Institutions", 3-6 June 2021, Trento, Italy

What's the issue

Cultural and creative sectors are important in terms of their economic footprint and employment. They are among the hardest hit by the pandemic. The rescue packages to support the sector have been unprecedented in their scope and scale. While this support is gradually phasing out, there is an opportunity for countries, cities and regions to capitalise on the role of culture for a more inclusive recovery to build back better.

What was discussed

There is an opportunity to move towards growth models fostering cross-sectoral collaborations to drive future innovation, while also capitalising on the role of culture to address complex societal challenges: exclusion and marginalisation, or the need to promote environmentally friendly behaviours. The contribution of culture can also be important in other areas of local development, from rebuilding public trust to contributing to post-pandemic urban design adapted to social distancing rules. How can the State enable such transformations and facilitate multi-stakeholder approaches and cross-sectoral strategies?


Festival Economia 2021


Material & Information


Agenda (IT version)  

Replay & Press release

Replay available here. English/Italian simultaneous interpretation provided.

Press release (EN/IT)


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Mayor of the City of Trento, Italy


Justyna JOCHYM  

Justyna JOCHYM
Coordinator of Festival Cities Network, and CEO of Festivals Adelaide, Australia


Michela MAGAS 

Michela MAGAS
Chair of Industry Commons Foundation, Croatia and United Kingdom


Alessandra PROTO 

Alessandra PROTO (Moderator)
Head, OECD Trento Centre for Local Development 


Pier Luigi SACCO 

Pierluigi SACCO
Senior Advisor on Culture and Local Development, OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities 



Head of Unit, European Education and Culture Executive Agency, European Commission 





Comune di Trento‌  


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