Traditional culture struggles to find a place at Incheon airport in Seoul, Korea.
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The rapidly-growing middle-classes in Asia, for whom old-world brands and cultural icons are often symbols of success and sophistication, would seem to represent a vast new market for the European creative industries. But European entrepreneurs are not exploiting this opportunity as enthusiastically as their Asian peers.
Illegal copying is not only a problem for cultural goods that are distributed in digital form. This street trader is selling what appear to be fakes of paintings by the Scottish artist Jack Vettriano.
A game character in an art exhibition. Online gaming is arguably the leading form of participatory culture, yet few people born before 1980 will have any experience of it.
In the past, nations promoted their culture mainly to enhance their prestige. Now they are appreciating the economic benefits of exporting their cultural goods and services.
The Canadian Cirque du Soleil was founded by busker Guy Laliberté in 1984. Now the Montreal-based company employs some 3,000 people producing five permanent shows in luxury casino resorts around the world, and six troupes touring major cities each year. In 2010, Cirque du Soleil announced a new permanent show for Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah at an estimated construction cost of $150m, after Dubai-based investors Istithmar World Capital and Nakheel each bought a 10% stake in the company.
The use of cultural images and references (here, the face of Audrey Hepburn) can significantly enhance the value of otherwise mundane products.
In advanced economies, most of the value of a piece of clothing now originates in its design, rather than its manufacture.
Slow food in a Corsican hill village. Rural gastronomy has become part of the core tourism offer in Mediterranean countries. But too much attention from outsiders can sound the death knell for cultural traditions.
A performance on a quayside in Denmark, drawing on an eclectic mix of European arts and entertainment forms. Cities everywhere are competing intensively to be seen as creative places to live, work and visit.
Universal literacy is the key to improving education in developing economies. This represents a significant development challenge for Brazil, with its widely dispersed population (and hence a low level of level of newspaper circulation) and a national language that is not shared by many other countries.