Culture is playing an increasingly important role on the political agendas of cities and regions, both on its own and as a strategy for economic growth and the well-being of residents.
Cultural and creative sectors (CCS) constitute a vibrant economic activity and source of jobs, enterprise turnover and tax revenues. However, the role of culture for local development is more than these direct outputs.
Culture and creativity transform local economies in various ways. They increase the attractiveness of places as destinations to live, visit and invest in. Smartly managed culture-led urban regeneration can breathe new life into decaying neighbourhoods. CCS also contribute to increasing levels of regional innovation and productivity, through new product design, new production techniques, new business models, innovative ways of reaching audiences and consumers, and emerging forms of co-production. Cross-sectoral “contamination” can spread innovation into the wider economy.
Moreover, there is growing evidence that increased levels of cultural participation have positive effects on well-being and health as well as encourage social cohesion by supporting the integration and inclusion of marginalised groups.
We work to provide evidence and guidance to cities and regions on ways to maximize the economic and social value of cultural heritage and support the emergence of the creative economy.
Pier Luigi Sacco, Senior Researcher, Meta Lab(at)Harvard & Special Advisor to the European Commissioner for Education, Youth and Culture
Museums and local development
The OECD-ICOM Guide for Local Governments, Communities and Museums aims to inform and support policy makers and the museum community in maximising the impact of culture and heritage on local development.
This OECD project with support from EC aims to provide evidence and guidance to European cities and regions on ways to maximize the economic and social value of cultural heritage and support the emergence of the creative economy.
Capacity building and peer learning
The OECD Venice Office provides a platform for peer-learning and exchange among cities at the vanguard of culture-led development.
The OECD Summer Academy on Cultural and Creative Industries and Local Development provides training for policy makers and representatives of cultural and creative industries (CCIs).
1-7 September 2019 | Kyoto, Japan: ICOM Kyoto 2019 - 25th General Conference
16-20 June 2019 | Trento, Italy: Summer Academy on Cultural and Creative Industries and Local Development | Second edition
6-7 December 2018 | Venice, Italy: Conference on Culture and Local Development
6 November 2018 | Venice, Italy: Workshop on Funding Arts and Culture - The Role of Non-Public Institutions
12 July 2018 | Venice, Italy: Workshop on Culture and Well-Being - Defining the linkages
9 July 2018 | Paris, France: Experts' Group Meeting on Culture and Local Development - Maximising the Impact
21 June 2018 | Venice, Italy: Workshop on Measuring Creative Occupations in OECD Regions
15 June 2018 | Trento, Italy: Conference on CCIs Support Ecosystems as part of Smart Specialisation Strategy
11-15 June 2018 | Trento, Italy: Summer Academy on Cultural and Creative Industries and Local Development | First edition
20 December 2017 | Trento, Italy: Euregio Museum Day 2017: Museums & Local Development - Maximising the Impact
23 June 2017 | Milan, Italy: Roundtable on Fulfilling the Potential of Cultural and Creative Industries - Reinforcing Linkages and Spill Overs
3 June 2017 | Trento, Italy: Roundtable on Culture, Health and Well-being - 12th Festival of Economics
22 June, 2017 | Milan, Italy: Working group on Cultural Heritage as Catalyst of Local Development
11 April 2017 | Prague, Czech Republic: Round-table on Cultural heritage as Catalyst of Local Development
22 February 2017 | Bolzano, Italy: Debate on Culture-led and Smart Regeneration Strategies @ SSPCR 2017
Toolkits and handbooks
For further information, please contact Ekaterina TRAVKINA.