Cultural and creative industries (CCI) are developing and growing rapidly throughout the Northern Dimension area. In many of the ND countries the CCIs have been growing faster than any other sector of the economy during the past few years. Nevertheless, the ND countries comprise a very heterogeneous region in terms of CCIs. This heterogeneity stems largely from the fact that the countries are at different stages of development considering the CCIs. Depending on the stage of development, there are considerable differences in how the CCIs are viewed ranging from traditional arts and culture to a focus on creative economy. Similarly, there are differences in which sub-sectors are included under the CCIs. Furthermore, the CCIs are only beginning to have a national policy status throughout the region, and the focus and real actions taken to develop the sector are varied.
Recognizing this heterogeneity, the Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture commissioned the Northern Dimension Institute to analyze the CCI policies and best practices within the Northern Dimension area. The aim of this analysis is to facilitate the NDPC in designing its future strategy and focus areas to foster the CCI development throughout the Northern Dimension area. The analysis was executed by Aalto University School of Business, the lead coordinator of the Northern Dimension Institute.
The report compiled by Aalto University School of Business gives a brief summarizing overview of the status of CCIs in the ND area and discusses the general trends and characteristics of policy development affecting CCIs. In addition, the report presents examples of responses to certain challenges in CCI policy development as well as examples of innovative CCI policies and support mechanisms in each ND country. Finally, the report concludes with a discussion about the role and potential focus areas of the Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture in its future activities.
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