Creative Towns and Regions Initiative


For a number of years now we have been involved in mapping projects using our unique techniques of cultural DNA mapping and creative industries value-chain analysis. The Creative Towns and Regions Initiative – launched at the end of 2016 as part of the EU-Eastern Partnership Culture and Creativity Programme in partnership with the British Council – highlights the importance of culture and creativity in small- and medium-sized towns and regions. The Initiative aims to propose a practical approach for towns and regions in the six EaP countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine) to use the local cultural and creative potential for social and economic development.

Lia Ghilardi has been asked to lead on this project as the expert. Her task is to design a creative potential assessment toolkit to be tested out in six small- to medium-size towns from each partner’s country. The focus of the pilot is on those municipalities that are neither capital cities nor major industrial centres with large metropolitan areas (sizes range from 15,000 to 250,000 inhabitants). Key outputs expected from the pilots are in-depth qualitative assessments of the creative resources, tailor-made roadmaps for how to add value and develop unique cultural resources, together with opportunities for networking and showcasing the good practices emerging from the selected regions.

 Watch this space for updates!