How Creative Industries Can be a Lever for Economic Development (Study Tour Report)

How Creative Industries Can be a Lever for Economic Development

By Ann Niddrie, Blue Mountains Economic Enterprise

Executive Summary

This EDA Study Tour Report serves as an entry-level showcase of projects in the international arena that focus on leveraging off the creative industries. It is intended to be a tool to begin the conversation of what opportunities exist within the various regions in Australia that might leverage off the creative industries for economic development. It presents an opportunity to look at the successes and challenges of various approaches that might be adopted for projects in Australia.

This intensive study tour learning experience is intended to result in the sharing of best practice and innovative thinking in key economic development areas – in this case the Creative Industries. One main aim of this Study Tour was to explore the value of closer partnership between government, industry and the education/research sector. In this report five initiatives are presented as being pertinent to revitalisation and boosting economies via investment in the creative industries.

In this report:

  • Why Creative Industries?
  • Charlie’s HQ (Charlie’s is a bespoke hub for the Australian film-making community in Los Angeles)
  • Filmby Aarhus (Filmby Aarhus is the focal point for film and media production in Jutland)
  • Portland Made (Portland Made’s mission is to support makers of the city of Portland to thrive, grow and connect)
  • Percent for Art (Portland’s Percent for Art program is creating a colourful city, thriving culturally)
  • Godsbanen (A decommissioned freight railway hub transformed into a cultural 10,500 M² cultural powerhouse)

View the full report here