OECD Conference on Culture and Local Development



Save the date: 6-7 December 2018, Venice
Registrations will open in October 2018

Join us in Venice to review culture’s impact on local development in presence of high-level representatives from national and local governments, culture and creative sectors, and international organisations.

What’s the issue?

Cultural and creative sectors transform local economies in various ways:

  • Generating economic growth, productivity, exports and employment;
  • Diversifying the economy and contributing to urban regeneration;
  • Promoting cities and rural regions as destinations to visit, live and invest in;
  • Supporting social cohesion and contributing to well-being.

To reap these benefits, national and local governments have been putting in place policy initiatives to support these sectors as drivers of inclusive growth. However, there is still limited evidence and understanding of how culture and creativity can transform and foster development, what are the needs of these sectors and what are effective policy responses.

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Why attend?

This Conference is the first major OECD event examining links between culture and local growth. It will develop recommendations for economic and social policies that leverage culture and cultural heritage to enhance economic growth, job creation and social inclusion. It will highlight “what works” in policy governance arrangements and funding models.

See programme outline

Discover our speakers


Angel Gurría






Xing Qu
Deputy Director-General



Tibor Navracsics

European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport

European Commission



Luigi Brugnaro


City of Venice




Contact: culture-conference@oecd.org

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Event date: 
06/12/2018 - 10:15 to 07/12/2018 - 10:15
Location: Scuola Grande San Giovanni Evangelista, Venice, Venezia, 30125, Italy