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Creative Clusters 2008, Glasgow: Speakers’ Publications


Several of our speakers will be presenting new reports, and drawing from their current publications.

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Creative Clusters 2007, London: Transforming Public Space


On Wednesday 14th November, the V&A plays host to our special ‘Transforming Public Space’ session. This half-day event brings cultural practitioners, urban planners and economic development people into a conversation about the role of culture in improving the liveability of city streets.

Creative Clusters 2007, London: Reality Check


Creative Clusters 2007 looks at some of the tough questions facing the creative economy agenda. Speakers with diverse perspectives examine the conventions and assumptions of the cultural industries in debates and discussions throughout the conference.

  • Creativity and the Economy: A golden age or a lot of lot air?
  • Sink or Swim: the Equal Debate
  • Show You the Ropes: Can you ‘train’ people to be part of the creative class?
  • Black Creative Enterprise in London

Creative Clusters 2007, London: Agenda & Themes


Global demand for creative products and services is booming, and the creative industries comprise one of the fastest growing sectors of the world economy. But are governments still treating the creative sector as too much of a special case? Should policy interventions emphasise cultural and regional exceptionalism, or is the creative sector now mature enough to warrant a ‘grown-up’ industrial policy that emphasises productivity, employment, export and innovation?

Creative Clusters 2006, Newcastle: Restoration of Old Havana


Notes from a presentation delivered at CC 2006, Newcastle Gateshead Havana Vieja Old Havana’s baroque and neoclassical mansions, its waterfront bars and dance-halls, were brought vividly to life as the back-drop to the film ‘Buena Vista Social Club’. Unfortunately, political factors have severely hampered the development potential of what is one of the finest […]

Creative Clusters 2006, Newcastle: Virtual Worlds


Virtual Worlds, Real Culture

Over six million customers are signed up to, and $900 million is being traded in virtual assets from games like Everquest and Lineage.

The Herald Tribune recently estimated that 100,000 young people in China earn their living as online gamers, killing monsters to recover treasure that they then exchange for real currency. These players are known as ‘gold farmers’, and you can earn more farming gold in Lineage that you can mining it in a real Chinese gold mine.

Creative Clusters 2006, Newcastle: The Cheonggyecheon Restoration


A New Vision for the Mega-City

The dominant 20th century vision of the city, repeated in a thousand novels and films from Zola to Blade Runner, tells us the city is a place of fear that will overwhelm the individual, and make human creativity impossible.

The Cheonggyecheon restoration offers another vision: that a city can both be the world’s fifth largest metropolis, and at the same time respect the needs and aspirations of individual people. It confidently asserts that intimacy and creativity is still possible in the mega-city.

Creative Clusters 2005, Belfast: Themes


Investing in Creativity Creative businesses are adept at drawing in money from a variety of sources: through personal investment by the entrepreneur, grants for arts, inventions or other forms of research and creativity, grants for business start-up and regeneration, private research and development spending, angel investment, loans and loan guarantee schemes, philanthropy, tax incentives – […]

Creative Clusters 2004, Brighton: Themes

  • A Sense of Place: Cultural Tourism
  • Social Inclusion and the Rise of the Creative Class
  • European Enlargement: Implications for Creative Business
  • Cultural Value and Economic Value
  • Asia-Pacific Creative Industries
  • Financing Creativity