When compared to larger urban centres, mid-size cities are generally less successful in attracting high value-added, creative activities, innovative services and young talents. Economies of scale are only part of the reason. An outdated attitude towards funding and commercialising cultural and creative activities is another reason as well as a weak recognition of the creative potential of heritage and poor entrepreneurial skills of culture and creative industry (CCI) actors.
The STIMULART partner cities have a shared interest in enhancing CCI through a transformation of organisational and financing frameworks. They also plan to exploit unexposed human and institutional capital, vacant urban infrastructure, and an obvious (but commercially often neglected) source of creativity: local culture.
The project will combine macro- and micro-level interventions in a cohesive system. CCI actors will be trained to adapt to a changing framework while industry requirements are fed back into policy development. The project will build the capacity of CCI stakeholders in the participating cities with transnationally tested, universal tools and methods. These will then be made available in a comprehensive CCI repository. A transnational strategy and action plans will be tested in pilot actions that include: a CCI mentoring system; a creative mechanism utilising vacant spaces; IT-based CCI networking; a fast-prototyping & user-testing facility; and a dedicated CCI Marketplace.
The enchanted medieval city, Vittorio Veneto surrounded with rolling hills, the spirit of nature and history hosted the 2nd partner meeting of StimulArt.
The afternoon of the partners’ arrival day was dedicated to discussing the topical communication and project management issues such as the progress the partners had made in the Gap analyses reporting and good practice identification activities. The partnership also got familiar with the proposed methodology of the upcoming tasks in the duly launched WP2, mainly that of the CCI mapping, as the fore-room of CCI strategy making.
The following day was an enjoyable mixture of learning about the local cultural riches of Vittorio Veneto and meeting the masters of creative industries at large- and small-scales: the partnership visited an eco-friendly textile printing company and an artistic handcraft workshop from the jewellery sector, respectively. The last day was devoted to capacity building: the representatives of the project partners in two separate thematic workshops partook at three training sessions, conducted by Regensburg University. The lessons learnt at the thematic sessions are subject of adaptation for the local trainings to be delivered at the next stakeholder meetings and also useful fruits for thought for all participants.
The three-day Vittorio Veneto partner meeting was packed with cultural thrill as well as learning experience, lots of inspiration to take home to the partner cities.
The Stimulart kick-off meeting was hosted by Jászberény, the Lead Partner of the project on the 3-5th of June. The venue of the event was reflective of the project core features as it took place in a refurbished mansion turned into a multifunctional cultural and gastronomic complex ran by local entrepreneur and art curator…
On the first two days of the event the partnership was engaged with the indispensable kick-off activities such as discussing the steps to put project management and communication plan into practice and the implementation plan into shape, all in the coordination of the LP management team. The third day however was fully devoted to thematic issues. Regensburg University as the knowledge provider delivered support to reach a shared understanding of the basic terms and ongoing processes of CCI in Europe.
Each of the five partner cities took the floor to give a snapshot of their locations and introduce their strategic targets to be reached via the Stimulart activities. The scheduled thematic discussions along with the coffee-break take-time talks enabled the participants to share views on CCI potentials formally and informally too.
The tightly scheduled preparation for the project implementation was flavoured with a guided tour in the art gallery of the event venue, a visit to the local museum and also to the Jászberény Zoo.
After the 2,5-day-meeting partners left to their home cities dedicated to progress with the implementation of the project and make use of the new experiences gained during the Kick-off Meeting. Since then partners have kept in touch via online platforms to discuss thematic issues and share CCI related news.
Stimulart is seeking good practices to build firm foundation and superstructure of CCI in the partner cities. In September 2019 the partnership visited Linz, a globally renown cradle of visual arts and technology boosting the fusion of science, art, economy and society.
Besides merging in the breath-taking exhibits of Arc Electronica Center the participants learnt how a futuristic, technology-based but deeply society-focused CREATIVE ECOSYSTEM prospers in a city once with gloomy industrial image. Linz is by now one of the leading creative cities of Europe where local and global-scale cooperation is exemplary, and ARTS prevail.
Creativity penetrates local and regional economy of Linz and Tabakfabrik (the second day program) is the hub of multi sectoral co-working, hosting firm value chains. The project partners’ encounter with the combination of brilliant design and an extremely successful operational /management model will contribute to building breakthrough visions for the Stimulart cities in the CCI strategy making and piloting phases.
9 Project parTners
5 pilot activities
Our project has 9 partners from following countries: