Through the European Creative Industries Alliance webpage, I found a very interesting info:
“Five organisations of the South Western Europe have joined forces to launch an innovative project called ‘Crealab – Network of Creative Living Labs in the SUDOE Area‘. The initiative was officially presented on 17 September in Lisbon, Portugal.
The project, supported by the INTERREG IV B SUDOE Programme of the European Commission intends to promote the creation of new products and services in the interaction between creative industries and traditional sectors of the economy through a living lab environment. Enhancing cross-sectorial collaborations and creative spillovers is the final aim of the initiative, with a view to stimulate the economic, social and cultural development of the involved regions.”
When the project website will be available, I will post it under the funded projects page info.
The Pilot Project “@ Diversity – Innovative Ideas for the cultural and creative sector in Europe” is an initiative funded by the European Union. Its implementation is entrusted to the Directorate General for Education and Culture of the European Commission which, following an open call for tender, awarded the contract to a Consortium composed of Peacefulfish, Kennisland and MFG.
While the digital shift is having a massive impact on how cultural goods are created, managed, disseminated, accessed, consumed and monetized, @Diversity responds to the new needs of Europe emerging from the changes in the life-cycle of a cultural product or creative idea from its creation/inception to the experience it offers to the audience and the gradual correlation of expressive forms with new media.
The overall objective to which @Diversity will contribute is to test innovative approaches to deal with cultural content for innovation and digital sharing and distribution and – in doing so – to contribute to the exploration of new business models respecting cultural diversity.
The specific objective of @ Diversity is expressed by the promotion of 10-15 ideas and the development of replicable business models.
The innovative approach to culture will result in fostering a new way of business development in the cultural and creative sectors in Europe.
Culture in Europe will exceed its traditional boundaries and be progressively perceived as a dynamic process of giving shape to, preserving, sharing, experiencing and interacting with the products of human creativity. The richness of Europe’s cultural heritage and its abundant creative resources will thus become the privileged matrix of innovative ideas put into practice.
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Edited by Greg Richards
The research project on which this book is based began to take shape in 1991, when the European Association for Tourism and Leisure Education (ATLAS) was given financial support by DGXXIII of the European Commission for a transnational study of European cultural tourism.
The basic reason for establishing the ATLAS Cultural Tourism Project was that very little comparative data then existed on European cultural tourism. Previous studies had tended to cover individual cultural tourism markets, or were generalized conceptual studies. The lack of data was problematic, as the European Commission had designated cultural tourism as a key area of tourism development in Europe in 1990.
Without basic data on cultural tourism at European level, it is difficult to implement or to evaluate the implementation of cultural tourism policies. The ATLAS Cultural Tourism Project was therefore designed to provide comparative transnational data on cultural tourism, which would serve as a basis for the analysis of cultural tourism developments and trends across Europe. Although this was originally envisaged as a fairly limited project, the problems associated with organizing a transnational project and collecting and analysing comparable data ensured that the project extended far
beyond its original scope.