Culture for cities and regions

EUROCITIES and KEA, in partnership with ERRIN, manage Culture for Cities and Regions, a European Commission initiative funded by the Creative Europe programme to support cities and regions in making sound investments in culture. The project started in January 2015 and runs until September 2017.


A unique opportunity for cities and regions to learn from each others

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 living. Culture for Cities and Regions aims to examine existing practices of culture as a key element in local and regional development strategies. It also enables the exchange and transfer of knowledge, to better understand successful examples of cultural investment, and to go into the details of policy planning and implementation.

Three main dimensions are explored:

  • culture and the creative industries for local economic development and urban regeneration
  • cultural heritage as a driver for economic growth and social inclusion
  • culture for social inclusion, social innovation and intercultural dialogue

Beyond a “simple” exchange of experiences, Culture for Cities and Regions ensures a real impact and a meaningful transferability of local practices. About 150 cities and regions of all sizes have gained visibility at the European level and directly benefited from the initiative through their active involvement in study visits and coaching activities.

What is it about?

During this three-year initiative, Culture for cities and regions:

  • have produced a catalogue of 71 case studies
  • have organised 15 thematic study visits all around Europe
  • will provide expert coaching for 10 selected cities/regions

For all activities we are working with a group of external experts. All activities lead to policy recommendations that will feed in the European Commission work.

For an overview of the project, with concrete data and interesting infographics based on case studies, you can have a look at this fact sheet or read more on their website.