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Published:March 10th, 2011 10:37 EST
Helsinki and The Creative Metropoles Experience

Helsinki and The Creative Metropoles Experience

By SOP newswire2

Delegates from 11 European cities are meeting today in Helsinki for the third Experience exchange event in the framework of the Creative Metropoles project, which is financed by the Interreg IVC project. The conference aims to raise awareness about the impact and role of creative industries on the economic development of cities and showcase the best examples of cooperation between governments, municipalities and creative industries in European cities.

The Helsinki Experience Exchange event will be a two day event, with the first day consisting of a seminar entitled Evidence Based Urban Policy & Creative Districts.

The seminar is hosted by City of Helsinki in cooperation with media agent, Plikka Projects. The speakers will include the Director of Economic Development for the City of Helsinki Eero Holstila, City of Helsinki Research Director Timo Cantell, Director of Helsinki Design Lab Marco Steinberg, and Movense Ltd. Research Manager Kimmo Ronka among others.

Topics to be discussed during the seminar include evidence based policy making, creative companies and development of the creative city districts, as well as the selection of the best creative industry case studies of Berlin, Birmingham, Warsaw, and Tallinn. In the evening participants will enjoy a "Cruise to the Helsinki of Tomorrow".

The second day of the event will consist of study visits to the design district in the city center, the Suvilahti and Kalasatama areas around the old harbour, as well as the Arabianranta area and Aalto University. For additional insight please find the programme of the Event at


The CREATIVE METROPOLES project was initiated in 2007 by the Baltic Metropoles Network and now involves 11 European metropolitan cities. The project also strongly supports the direction taken by the newly launched EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region that puts fostering of innovation support at its heart.


Public Policies in Support of Creative Industries" has received 2.44 MEUR funding from the INTERREG IVC programme in an effort to make public support systems and instruments more focused, effective and better tailored to the actual needs of the creative industries. It will run until September 2011.

The project is spearheaded by the culture and business development professionals of local governments of Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Birmingham, Helsinki, Oslo, Riga, Stockholm, Tallinn, Vilnius and Warsaw - cities that play a central role in the economies of their countries. The City of Riga is the project initiator and lead partner of the consortium. This is currently one of the widest pan-European projects addressing this field.

For further information please contact:
PR Coordinator of the CREATIVE METROPOLES project
Tel: + 371 263 55 895; +371 67114347

 Amu Mänttäri
Creative Metropoles Project coordinator
City of Helsinki/Business Development Unit

Tel: +358 9 310 36322; +358 40 334 7048