About the project



The project “CREATIVE METROPOLES: Public Policies and Instruments in Support of Creative Industries” is spearheaded by the culture and business development professionals of local governments of Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Birmingham, Helsinki, Oslo, Riga, Stockholm, Tallinn, Vilnius and Warsaw - cities that play a central role in economies of their countries. The city of Riga is the project initiator and lead partner of the consortium. 


The project presents shared vision of 11 European metropolitan cities on creative industries and creative economy as the key driving force behind the city’s and regional development. 



Studies show that creative industries’ sector is one of the fastest growing in the European economy contributing significantly to the growth of GDP, employment. Furthermore, as a facilitator of innovation, creative industries are essential for the development of other sectors. 



The three-year project targets decision-makers and executives in local governments as well as creative industry stakeholders and is expected to result in a more focused and efficient public support system for creative industries. 




The core focus of the CREATIVE METROPOLES project is on the exchange of experience existing in the partnership. The diversity of this experience could be considered both as a challenge, but also as the project’s strength allowing all participating cities to benefit. It is also a great asset having on board the European frontrunners in nurturing and supporting their creative sector – Berlin, Amsterdam, Barcelona and Birmingham. 


Through local analysis cities will identify existing policies and successful instruments used to support creative industries. Findings of these studies will form the basis for experience exchange workshops bringing together experts from the partner organizations and other stakeholders. To enable more in-depth learning partners will also go on individual study visits


The ambition is not only to present the good practices but also deal with current problem issues and generate new knowledge and approaches. The partnership as a whole will debate about policy implications from the findings, while several cities have also undertaken to use the project as a vehicle for building their own support system and tools. 


For the benefit of cities outside project partnership, the experience gathered within the project will be summarised into a Portfolio of Good Practices and shared in a number of dissemination events and conferences with a final event planned for May 2011.




CREATIVE METROPOLES project works with 5 policy areas:


1. structure of the public support for creative industries


2. business capacity and internationalisation of creative industries 

3. space for activities by creative industries and creative city districts as creative incubators

4. funding schemes for creative industries

5. demand for the outputs of creative industries, including municipalities in the role of consumers 




CREATIVE METROPOLES has received funding of 2.44 MEUR from the INTERREG IVC Programme (www.interreg4c.net). 

The Interregional Cooperation Programme INTERREG IVC, financed by the European Union’s Regional Development Fund, helps Regions of Europe work together to share experience and good practice in the areas of innovation, the knowledge economy, the environment and risk prevention. EUR 302 million is available for project funding but, more than that, a wealth of knowledge and potential solutions are also on hand for regional policy-makers. 


Directory of Creative Industry Concepts

CREATIVE METROPOLES - Situation analysis of 11 cities - Final report (PDF) 

Appendixes of final report (PDF)