Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED Programme)

Summer Academy on Cultural and Creative Industries and Local Development - 2019


 16-20 June 2019 Trento & Bolzano, Italy  |  Second 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.

The Summer Academy is a three-year project. The second edition took place on 16-20 June 2019 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.

2019 Focus & Methodology: Creative solutions to contemporary challenges

The Academy fosters a hands-on approach, which introduces participants to the overall conceptual and theoretical framework of culture and creativity in local development and invites them to engage proactively, and in creative ways, with local organisations, institutions and places.

Within this approach, the Academy will include on-site visits and interview-style sessions with key local actors. This will allow participants to consider real-life situations and to engage with practical dilemmas often faced by their organisations and institutions.

For the 2019 edition, three main dilemmas were identified:

  • Tradition vs Innovation (keywords: digital transformation, cultural production and consumption, the role/identity of museums and other cultural institutions in contemporary society)
  • Preservation vs (Re)activation (keywords: urban/rural regeneration, creative identity of places, sustainability)
  • Linear development vs Holistic approach (keywords: cross-sectorial policies, embedding creativity in local systems, cross innovation, skills for a creative city)

Each day, these dilemmas were further explored through debates and discussions with two or three international speakers and/or professionals, who presented different points of view on, approaches to or solutions for the dilemma in focus.



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.



Materials & Information




The application process is closed. 

Applicants had 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 was finalised by 13 May 2019. Participation was confirmed once the registration fee of 100 Euros was received by the organisers. This had to be paid no later than 20 May 2019.


Participants were responsible for booking, confirming and paying for their accommodation in Trento. Participants were also responsible for arranging and paying for their own transportation to and from Trento.

Working language



OECD Trento Centre, Trento

MUSE, Science Museum of Trento 

Arte Sella, Borgo Valsugna

IDM Südtirol, Bolzano

Transport from Trento to the different venues outside the city centre were provided by the organisers.

2018 Handbook

2018 Handbook


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

OECD Contact



Previous Edition

1st Edition - 2018


Pier Luigi SACCO
Special Adviser to the EU Commissioner for Education and Culture, EC


Summer Academy Facilitator
Founder and Director, Noema Culture & Place Mapping


Director, European Creative Business Network (ECBN)

Head, Creative innovation Hub, Creative Hamburg 


Founder, TuoMuseo


Melanie SMITH
Budapest Metropolitan University
Institute of Tourism Leisure and Hospitality‌



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 of Italian culture (Youth Policies Unit) – Autonomous Province of Bolzano (Italy), the Department for Cultural Activities of the Autonomous Province of Trento (Italy), IDM Südtirol Alto Adige (Italy)Arte Sella (Italy)Muse-Science Museum of Trento (Italy) and Mart-Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Trento and Rovereto - Galleria Civica Trento (Italy)






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