Local Employment and Economic Development (LEED Programme)

Summer Academy on Cultural and Creative Industries and Local Development


 27-30 September 2021 Remote participation  |  Fourth Edition  

Culture and creativity at the core of the recovery

The project 

The Summer Academy provides capacity building 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 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-economic 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.

2021 Focus: Culture and creativity at the core of the recovery

As both the climate emergency and the COVID-19 crisis unfold, with increasingly critical impacts on economic, social and educational inequalities, policy makers, urban practitioners and sustainable development activists all over the world are looking for new ways to lay the foundations for strong, healthy, more equal and resilient communities in the future. They are working on many fronts to address the vulnerabilities this generalised state of crisis is exposing.

In particular, the pandemic has attacked the economically vulnerable and socially isolated, and those with pre-existing health conditions. These are also the people least able to withstand this disruption – with fragile and less educated workers disproportionately losing jobs and livelihoods.

Protracted lockdowns, furthermore, have contributed to accelerating changes in the geography of work, with remote working playing a big part in the hollowing out of business districts and retail areas across many cities, with negative consequences for the local economy and liveability of places. The pandemic has also put into question the density of urban living, highlighting a new role that smaller, more rural and peri-urban places could play in the recovery.

As cities and regions reconsider growth models in the wake of COVID-19, cultural and creative industries can be put at the core of a resilient recovery. CCS are a significant source of jobs and income, and also generate important spillovers to the wider economy. They are a driver of innovation, a source of creative skills, and act as a magnet that helps drive growth in other sectors such as tourism. Beyond their economic impacts, they also have significant social impacts, from supporting health and well-being, to promoting social inclusion and local social capital. There is an opportunity for culture to play an even greater role in driving economic, social and indeed environmental outcomes in the recovery.

As well as offering a reflection on the policies, methods and approaches that could help us to build back better, SACCI 2021 investigated good practices, and highlighted evidence showing how CCIs, when properly valued and supported, could be the key to unlock a sustainable recovery and to achieve the objectives set by the Agenda 2030.



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

Course outline & Agenda

Course outline & Agenda




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).

The final number of participants was limited to 32. 



There was no participation fee. 

Selected candidates receiveed all material supporting the event in digital format, instruction on the use of the online platform and technical assistance to best organise their participation. 


Working language



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Keynote speakers' lectures

How cultural participation may boost the post-pandemic recovery: social impact and behavioural change

Pierluigi Sacco
Senior Adviser to the OECD, Professor of Cultural Economics at IULM University Milan and Senior Researcher at the metaLAB (at) Harvard


Environmental sustainability and culture: mainstreaming international policy frameworks into the cultural and creative industries 

Iphigenia Taxopoulou
Founding member and General Secretary of the European theatre network mitos21 & Associate of Julie’s Bicycle, UK


Truly building back better: what will it take?

 Katherine Trebeck
Cco-founder of the Wellbeing Economy Alliance and WEAll Scotland, UK


 What we discussed...with a bit of creativity

 Download the graphic recording in pdf format


Previous Editions

Third Edition | 27-30 April 2020 | DIGITAL

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 several 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 took stock of past CCIs policies and culture-led development initiatives and looked to the future, by focusing on how to reshape CCIs policies in view of the challenges posed by megatrends.

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

2020 Agenda & Presentations

 (all material is available online and linked throughout the agenda)


2020 Lectures


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

2019 Focus: Creative solutions to contemporary challenges

Summer Academy Agenda 2019The 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 included on-site visits and interview-style sessions with key local actors. This allowed 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)

2019 Course outline & Agenda



First Edition | 11-15 June 2018 | Trento & Bolzano, Italy

2018 Focus: The relationship between cultural heritage and CCI

Summer Academy AGENDA 2018The Academy focused on the relationship between cultural heritage and CCIs, with an exploration of following themes:

  • Building resilient creative ecosystems. What kind of environment do CCIs need to flourish? What challenges does the establishment of creative ecosystems pose to policy makers? 
  • Raise awareness of creative resources. What are the main skills needed by CCIs? How can knowledge and creativity support innovation? 
  • Governance and funding. How can a financial ecosystem support CCIs? How can we best fund artistic and cultural activities and products?
  • CCIs for inclusive development. What is the link between CCIs and social inclusion? Why and how can culture and creativity improve the quality of life in a community?

2018 Course outline & Agenda


Final conference on CCIs support ecosystems as part of Smart Specialisation Strategy Agenda

 (also in Italian)


The Summer Academy is organised by the OECD Trento Centre for Local Development in collaboration with tsm - Trentino School of Management (Italy), the European Creative Business Network (ECBN) and Irecoop Alto Adige Sűdtirol (Italy) 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) 

Irecoop AAS