The Joint Research Centre of the European Commission has recently published the Cultural and Creative Cities Monitor, an excellent tool accessible to everyone interested in the impact of culture and creative economy and urban and regional development.
The Cultural and Creative Cities Monitor (CCCM) is a new tool to monitor and assess the performance of ‘Cultural and Creative’ cities in comparison, both in quantitative and qualitative terms, with others across European countries (this first edition covers 168 cities in the EU-28 plus Norway and Switzerland).
The CCCM evaluate cities/countries using 29 indicators relevant to nine dimensions reflecting three major facets of cities’ cultural, social and economic vitality:
Cultural Vibrancy measures the cultural ‘pulse’ of a city in terms of cultural infrastructure and participation in culture
Creative Economy captures how the cultural and creative sectors contribute to a city’s employment, job creation and innovative capacity
Enabling Environment identifies the tangible and intangible assets that help cities attract creative talent and stimulate cultural engagement.
The Cultural and Creative Cities Monitor offers an interactive online tool that allow ussers to browse the 168 selected cities and the quantitative and qualitative information about thir performance. It also includes key facts about the cultural life of the city (I have just discovered a ‘Europe for Festivals’ on Traditional and Avant-Garde Music in Lublin!). It has also the option to create a new city entry, by adding new data, and to compare it to selected cities in the Monitor (however not fully available yet).
Culture and Creative Economy has become central to urban and regional development, particularly since the adoption of the first ‘European Agenda for Culture in a Globalising World’ (2007). However, mapping cultural and creative assets and measuring their value and impact in a systematic way acrross Europe has remained a challenge, particularly at city level. The CCM has the aim to meet this challenge, providing common evidences and insight on culture and creativity at city level to:
Support policy makers, identyfing strenghts, learn from peers and assess policy impact
Advocate and disseminate the importance of culture and creativity for improving socio-economic perspectives and resilience
Inspire new research questions and approaches to studying the role of culture and creativity in cities
So, let’s explore the CCCM for a couple cities, Seville (Spain) and Lublin (Poland) and see what key insight we can obtain.
Seville is the largest eity of the autonomous region of Andalusia in southern Spain. In 2006 Seville was appointed the first UNESCO Creative City of Music (important festivals include the ‘Festival de Música Antigua’ and the Biennial of Flamenco) The overal Seville Cultural and Creative Index is 20.1. The weaker facet of Seville is the ‘Creative Economy’ with only 7.2 on the index for Jobs in Media & Communication and only 2.2 on ICT patent applications. On the Cultural Vibrancy Seville shows strong index, 44.7 on Concerts & Shows indicator.
Lublin is the capital of the Lublin region and the biggest town in eastern Poland. It is known as a student city due to the presence of five universities. The overal Cultural and Creative City Index of Lublin is 14.2. Lublin shows strong performance on ‘Satisfaction with cultural facilities’, 35.7 (Cultural vibrancy) and on ‘People trust’, 63.6, (Enabling Environment).
Find out how does your city perform on the Cultural and Creative Cities Monitor and how it compares to peer cities on your country or across Europe!
On my side, I look forward to the availability of the ‘create your own entry’ option. In the meantime I will continue exploring and disseminating this great and inspiring tool for evaluating the Cultural & Creative Economy contribution to urban, economic and social sustainable and inclusive development.
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Montalto V; Jorge Tacao Moura C; Langedijk S; Saisana M. The Cultural and Creative Cities Monitor. 2017 Edition doi:10.2760/031627