Creative industries in the Czech Republic


The dialog about the importance of cultural and creative industries (CCI) has been developing in last couple of years since wide range of studies about this topic has been published. Although cultural and creative industries are currently not defined in any of the Czech state´s strategy documents, the Czech Statistical Office (CSO) in cooperation with the National Information and Counselling Centre for Culture (NIPOS) settled in 2008 Culture Account – the first official research publishing annual economic data of the cultural sector.

In the year 2009, Arts Institute significantly contributed to the preparation of a conference Forum for Creative Europe, organized by the Czech Ministry of Culture within the Czech EU Presidency. The main objective of the conference, which took place on 26 and 27 March 2009 in the Municipal Library in Prague, was to prove that arts and culture contribute significantly to social and economic prosperity.

In March 2011, Arts Institute launched a follow-up project – Czech Cultural and Creative Industries Mapping (2011-2015). The aim of the project is to collect robust data on conditions and economic performance of CCI in the Czech Republic, and subsequently carry out a detailed analysis of the acquired data. The project will also include a comparative study of the situation in the Czech Republic with those of other EU member states already engaged in a similar research. The principal output of the project will be a CCI mapping document presenting all findings of this five-year project (March 2011- December 2015).

2011 was also the year of a conference Creativity and Innovation in Cities and Regions of the Czech Republic hosted by British Council in a partnership with Arts Institute. The conference offered a unique opportunity to national, regional and local decision makers to explore how they can drive economic prosperity and social inclusion in their cities and regions by providing conditions and support to the CCI sector. Through presentations by leading Czech and international experts, the conference drew on case studies and good practice examples from creative and successful cities in the Czech Republic and elsewhere in Europe.

Important links:

Cultural policy in Czech Republic

Conference Creativity and Innovation in Cities and Regions of the Czech Republic

Czech Cultural and Creative Industries Mapping (2011-2015)

Creative incubators in Europe

Arts Institute