KEA to work with European cities on stimulating creative spillovers

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At the request of the city of Birmingham, KEA has successfully submitted “Creative Spin” (Creative Spillovers for Innovation), a 3-year URBACT project aimed at setting up tools and methods to trigger innovation and creativity in businesses and other kinds of public and private organisations. The purpose is to encourage interactions between CCIs and other economic and social sectors, from manufacturing, ICT and tourism to health and the public sector.

Creative Spin was awarded second place out of the 19 selected projects (over 80 proposals were received) by URBACT- a European programme promoting exchange and learning among cities to support sustainable urban development.

Led by Birmingham City Council, Creative Spin gathers the municipalities of Mons, Wroclaw (European Capitals of Culture respectively in 2015 and 2016), Rotterdam and Seville. Additional cities are currently being selected.

Philippe Kern, KEA’s founder and Managing Director, will supervise the project as Lead Expert. “I am looking forward to working with cities to experiment with creative spillovers and contribute to clustering of creative minds, intelligence and knowledge across disciplines in different cultural, economic and social environments. Cities are the best placed to “spin” creativity as they know their CCIs, very often micro-enterprises, and they are therefore in a unique position to set the ecology fostering multidisciplinary interactions.”

KEA is a Brussels-based strategic consultancy and research center providing advice, support and research in relation to creative industries, cultural, entertainment, media and sport sectors. KEA has conducted landmark studies for the European Commission on the “Economy of Culture in Europe” and on “The Impact of Culture on Creativity”. KEA is specialised in advising regions and cities throughout Europe on CCI policies. It has recently set up the winning ECIA consortium and developed a set of indicators (the “benchmarking raster”) to measure the economic impact of local CCIs policies for the INTERREG network CREA.RE. It is advising the European Parliament on the EU Cohesion Policy in relation to culture.


For more information please consult:
Contact person: Valentina Montalto, +32 2 289 26 00.

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