Venice: culture and local development in a nutshell.

Culture is an integral part of local development. 

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Venice: culture and local development in a nutshell.

Culture is an integral part of local development. 

About the Conference

OECD ICOM Guide for Cities and Museums on Culture and Local Development

Museums and cultural heritage sites are powerful assets for local development. This OECD-ICOM Guide advises museum and policymakers, both at the local and national level, on how to work better together for economic development and the well-being of local communities. 

A preliminary version of the guide was launched by Angel Gurria, OECD Secretary-General, and Peter Keller, ICOM Director General, at the Conference in Venice. The final version was launched on 5 September 2019.

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What's the issue?

Cultural and creative sectors transform local economies in various ways:

  • Generating economic growth, productivity, exports and employment; 
  • Diversifying the economy and contributing to urban regeneration; 
  • Promoting cities and rural regions as destinations to visit, live, work and invest in; 
  • Strengthening local cultural identity and diversity; 
  • Supporting social cohesion and integration of marginalised groups; 
  • Contributing to well-being.

To reap these benefits, national and local governments have been putting in place policy initiatives to support these sectors as drivers of inclusive growth. However, there is still limited evidence and understanding of how culture and creativity can transform and foster development, what are the needs of these sectors and what are effective policy responses.

Why attend?

This Conference is the first major OECD event examining links between culture and local growth. It will develop recommendations for economic and social policies that leverage culture and cultural heritage to enhance economic growth, job creation and social inclusion. It will highlight “what works” in policy governance arrangements and funding models.

Why Venice?

The City of Venice and the Veneto Region represent a unique ecosystem of cultural heritage and creative sectors and a policy laboratory where experimentations are taking place on ways to bridge innovation and creativity in heritage and other economic sectors, counter the effects of mass tourism and preserve the unique local identity, and at the same time cater for the well-being of citizens. They are a perfect example of why culture and local development need to be nurtured in tandem, and not in silos.


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