Creative Policies for the Creative City Research

CCE was one of three partners in a European-funded research project involving partners in Newcastle/Gateshead, Dun Laoghaire (Ireland) and Toledo (Spain).

The high level aims of this research were to explore the role the creative industries play in intercultural dialogue within the expanding EU and how to unlock the potential of the creative industries in generating economic opportunity.

For the Newcastle/Gateshead element of the project CCE worked with Intercultural Arts, a North East culturally diversity arts forum and registered charity, funded to develop a sustainable infrastructure for diverse arts in the region.

The project in Newcastle focused in particular on engaging and integrating young people and included:

  • a literature review of research into the engagement of marginalized groups in culturally-led urban regeneration projects

  • a culturally-led exploration of Newcastle’s city centre with representatives of marginalized groups

  • an international conference on strategies for engaging marginalized groups.

The conclusions of the project were used by Newcastle City Council to inform their new cultural strategy for the city.