Successful Cultural Investments in Europe

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Investment in culture is broadly recognised as a key element in urban and regional development strategies. The presence and quality of cultural activities is a major factor of attractiveness of a city and a measure of quality of life.

The Culture for Cities and Regions project aims to examine existing practices of culture as a key element in local and regional development strategies. Three main dimensions are explored:

  1. Culture and the creative industries for local economic development and urban regeneration
  2. Cultural heritage as a driver for economic growth and social inclusion
  3. Culture for social inclusion, social innovation and intercultural dialogue

Following an open call to all interested cities and regions, Culture for Cities and Regions identified 71 practices from all over Europe and gathered them in this catalogue. Its purpose is to foster the exchange of information and promote peer-to-peer learning. The project also wants to help local and regional authorities to understand and make more of the positive impacts which investments in culture can have on economic development, social cohesion and urban regeneration.

Download “Successful Investments In Culture in European Cities and Regions: A Catalogue of Case Studies”.

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