Riga

Riga is cultural, economical and political capital city of Latvia with more than 800 000  residing inhabitants, among them economically active - 400 000. Riga is also capital of creative industries sector uniting more than 70 % of all creative industries entrepreneurs, companies and non-governmental organisations in Latvia - approximately 6000 companies (11.5%% of all businesses) with 45 000 people working.

Riga will be the European Capital of Culture in 2014. We believe creative industries will contribute with significant impact on tourism policy, city’s brand and attractiveness, urban planning, social and ethnical integration, live cultural life, as well as development of small business creating products with high added value.

The Culture department of Riga city council has set an aim of promoting the idea of formulating a coherent city's creative industries policy. The effort is expected to result in a city's CIs (creative industries) support system that would coordinate activities of several city council departments in order to maximize economical benefit from the cultural industries and creative potential concentrated in the city. The main action directions are to formulate city's support policies for the CIs, to cooperate with cultural and other economic sectors, to support the CIs within the frame of support for small and mid‐size businesses, to set up creative incubators, to develop cooperation projects and to facilitate the development of creative industries. 

At the moment the notions of CIs in the city level documents are still fragmented. However, it is possible to speak of generally inward direction of policies, especially the economic dimension. The primal document to mention is the "Riga city development strategy until 2025" (followed by the "Riga city development program 2006–2012), it sets up the creative economy as one of the priorities in the city development.

Also the “Agreement of support for Creative Industries – Riga city council and Ministry of Culture protocol of intentions” is the most recent document directly aimed at the CIs. The emphasis is put on long-term investments in the city’s infrastructure and cultural processes, creative districts, and support for CI companies. The document covers time period until 2014 and names directly prioritized objects.

Architecture, advertisement, art and culture industries, design (including fashion, graphical design and applied art), films, computer games and interactive software, music, new media, publishing, radio and television - are sectors that will be covered in CIs support policies in order to to facilitate sustainable development and creative economy.

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