Project Details

Title: Public Policies and Instruments in Support of Creative Industries
Priority: 1: Innovation and the knowledge economy
Theme: Entrepreneurship and SMEs

Type of intervention

Type of intervention: 1: Regional Initiative Project
Mini-programme: No
Duration: 1st Oct 2008 - 31st Oct 2011


Total budget: €2,442,176.00
ERDF contribution: €1,717,928.60

Lead partner

Riga City Council, Educational, Sports and Culture Department
K.Valdemara street 5
LV-1010, Riga

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    • Contact Person: Diāna Čivle, Head of Riga 2014 Office
      Phone: 371 67026816
      Fax: G89

Project summary

Creative industries (CI), having a potential for wealth and job creation through the generation and exploitation of intellectual property, form an integral part of the knowledge economy (Interreg IV C Operational Programme). Through exchanging experience and good practices, this project aims to strengthen the capacity and effectiveness of public support to unlock and support the economic potential of the creative economy. In particular, 5 policy areas are addressed within the project:

1. Structure of public support for CI

2. Business capacity and internationalisation of CI

3. Space and creative city districts

4. Funding for creative businesses

5. Demand for CI products and services

The partnership of the project is constituted by municipalities and development agencies of 11 metropolitan cities of Europe – Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Birmingham, Helsinki, Oslo, Riga, Stockholm, Tallinn, Vilnius and Warsaw – which play a central role in the economies of their regions and countries.

The project is organised into 3 components. In addition to management activities (Component 1), Component 2 contains information and dissemination activities linked to the key events and deliverables of the project (website, newsletter, press releases, publications) as well as dissemination events.


Core activities are clustered into Component 3: identification and analysis of good practices that feed into the exchange of experience, which will take place in the form of joint events and partner-to-partner study visits. Some cities will integrate the learned experience into strategies that along with the individual study visit results and discussions of policy implications will be presented at a final joint event. For the benefit of cities outside project partnership, the experience gathered within the project will be summarised into a Portfolio of Good Practices.

Project outputs include a consolidated mapping report of creative industries in the participating cities, 3 joint experience exchange events and 22 partner-to-partner study visits, 6 local strategies for structuring public support and 6 strategies for developing of creative city districts.


Project achievements will be summarised and disseminated through project website, newsletters (5 editions), 6 press releases, 2x2000 presentation leaflets, 2000 printed and 1000 electronic copies of the Portfolio of good practices, 7 “Creative <CITY>” brochures (each ~1500 copies), and organisation of workshops, seminars and presentations in 7 events with participants from municipalities across Europe and industry representatives.


The project will result in a strengthened knowledge base and capacity of 11 cities to make informed decisions and focused policies as well as design support instruments that would help boost economic activity of their creative sectors.

Project achievements

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 11 EU cities. The city of Riga is the project initiator and lead partner of the consortium. 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. Main research work and local analysis of the creative industries was started during the 2nd reporting period (RP) by the external experts contracted locally by all partners. On March 4 – 6, 2009 the Kick-off event was organized in Oslo. During the event not only the Project was presented to a wider audience, but also some very practical issues discussed such as preliminary findings and a draft of the methodology for local analysis of the creative industries in the Partner cities.

At the very end of the RP2 the first Dissemination Event (DE) was organized in Berlin on June 29, 2009. The 3rd RP was mainly dedicated to the implementation of the main component of the project - Exchange of Experience dedicated to the identification and analysis of best practices. During RP3 mapping of the Creative Industries was completed by the external researchers and a joint report as well as list of best practices produced. The report is available at the Project website: From October 21-23, 2009 the 1st Experience Exchange (EE) event took place in Warsaw. This event was dedicated to 3 out of 5 policy areas: Structure of public support for CI; Funding for creative businesses; Demand for CI products and services. In September 2009 City of Helsinki organized the 2nd DE and presented the project in the international conference Creative Economy and Beyond (CEB) held in Helsinki 9.-10.9.2009.

During RP4 an active implementation of Comp. 3 - Exchange of Experience continued. From March 18 - 19, 2010 the 2nd planned EE event took place in Stockholm. This event was dedicated to the remaining 2 policy areas: Business Capacity and Internationalization and Creative City Districts. During RP4 also the first two Study visits (SV) were organized by Berlin and Barcelona with a total of 31 participants. During RP4 the last amendments and additions to the Best Practice Portfolio were made. During RP5 the next 4 SVs were organized in Oslo, Amsterdam, 2 visits to Birmingham with a total of 92 participants. Within Comp 2 one DE was organized in Brussels during Open Days event. Meanwhile the Portfolio of Best Practices was prepared for printing and all partners have started working on their CI Support Strategies and CD Business plans. Planned SC and MT were held in Tallinn on Sept 8, 2010, organized by City of Tallinn in close cooperation with Tallinn Creative Incubator.

Within Tallinn meeting a number of other activities were organized - brainstroming for future projects, international networking event BLENDER for creative companies and study visits to creative places in Tallinn. RP6 and 7 were dedicated to the last activities and wrap-up of the project. Partners finished work on their CI Support Strategies and CD Business plans, the last two DEs took place in Amsterdam on May 11-12, 2011 where leading Dutch creative entrepreneurs operating outside the Netherlands were hosted by Creative Amsterdam and Riga on May 30 at the seminar-workshop “Cultural institutions of the Creative Age: new partnerships, new audiences”. The Closing event of the Project took place in Barcelona from June 14-16, 2011. Within Comp 3 the final EE event and Study visit took place in Helsinki from March 9-10, 2011 – seminar “Evidence based urban Policy & Creative Districts”. Project was officially finished on Sept 30, 2011.


Institution, Town Country Region Contact details
Riga City Council, Educational, Sports and Culture Department, Riga LATVIA Latvija 371 67026816
City of Helsinki, Helsinki FINLAND Etelä-Suomi 358 9 310 36331
Oslo Teknopol, Oslo NORWAY 47 22 00 29 93
City of Tallinn (Tallinn City Government), Tallinn ESTONIA Eesti 372 6404425
Vilnius City Municipal Government Administration, Vilnius LITHUANIA Lietuva 370 5 211 2413
Hägersten-Liljeholmen City District Council, Stockholm SWEDEN Stockholm 46850822000
City of Warsaw, Warszawa POLAND Mazowieckie 48 22 656 63 68
Birmingham City University, Birmingham UNITED KINGDOM West Midlands 44 121 331 5606
Amsterdam Innovation Motor, Amsterdam NETHERLANDS Noord-Holland 31 205241132
Barcelona Activa, S.A., Barcelona SPAIN Cataluña 34 93 401 95 83
Senate Department for Economics, Technology and Women's Issues, Berlin GERMANY Berlin 49 30 9013 7477 /-8156


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