Creative Visegrad: City, Culture and Public Space
The Institute Aspen Prague together with partners from Creative Industry Forum, Hungarian Contemporary Architecture Centre, and Res Publica Foundation have published a study named ‘Creative Visegrad: City, Culture and public Space’, investigating how creative industries and placemaking, public policies, and the economic value of culture are dealt with in Visegrad countries.
The authors have concluded that public institutions have learned to recognize the potential of arts and culture to generate social capital and sustainable growth, not just to support tourism. The share of cultural and creative industries in V4 countries is increasing and at this point it oscillates between 2% to 4% depending on the methodology. There is an effort to map cultural and creative industries in Visegrad, which should hopefully lead to more effective policies. The researchers have also found out that despite the fact that through placemaking the creative industries help to make use of empty public space and therefore contribute to the welfare of the community, many official documents have merely adopted the new language of creativity without really adjusting their budgets and plans with regard to development of creative industries.
For more information or the electronic version of the study click here.