Introducing the Cultural and Creative Cities Monitor
The Cultural and Creative Cities Monitor is a new tool to monitor and assess the performance of ‘Cultural and Creative Cities’ in Europe vis-à-vis their peers using both quantitative and qualitative data. This first edition covers 168 cities in 30 European countries (the EU-28 with Norway and Switzerland).
The 168 cities covered in this edition of the Cultural and Creative Cities Monitor were selected on the basis of their demonstrable engagement in the promotion of culture and creativity – being included in the Cultural and Creative Cities Monitor is thus in itself an acknowledgement of these cities’ efforts in this domain. The Cultural and Creative Cities Monitor’s quantitative information is captured in 29 indicators relevant to nine dimensions reflecting three major facets of cities’ cultural, social and economic vitality (see Figure 1)1 : 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.