Workshop report: Creative Industries Policies, a knowledge exchange

21 NOVEMBER 2014

On the 3rd of October the Amsterdam Economic Board organized a workshop for European policymakers within the creative industries. Representatives from 11 different European cities and regions participated in this workshop. Eight representatives gave a presentation about the creative industries policies in their region, an analysis of the development of the policy during the past years, and foreseen challenges for future policy development. This report gives a short overview of the main points of this workshop.


Author: Manon Hassink

Differences in definition and organization
In most regions a variety of sectors are included in the creative industries, such as audio-visual, performing arts, visual arts, books, music and digital, fashion, advertising, design and architecture. The way this is organized differs among regions and cities. Instance, in the UK and Amsterdam there are different departments for arts, which are separated from creative industries. Creative England is only focuses itself on film, TV, games and digital media and Catalonia emphasizes the more cultural sectors of creative industries, like Performing Arts and Books. These differences need to be taken into consideration and make it hard to compare numbers and figures about creative industries which were presented. On the other hand, lots of similarities can also be found when we look at the developments in policymaking in these different cities and regions.

Motives regarding policy-making for creative industries
Several European cities and regions state that at first policy-making was dominated by cultural motives. Over the years this changed towards more economical motives. For example in Catalonia, originally the support for the creative industries was culturally motivated: to promote the language of the region. Due to the financial crisis the consumption in creative industries decreased which resulted in a change of policy focus. The main goal nowadays is to stimulate employment in the creative industries, and reach more audience.

Read the full report:
Report ECIA Workshop: Creative Industries Policies, a knowledge exchange (pdf)

Please visit the ECIA Slideshare page to view all presentations.