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Mapping Vilnius as Creative City
Mapping Vilnius as Creative City

Author(s): Jūratė Černevičiūtė
Subject(s): Cultural Essay, Political Essay, Societal Essay
Published by: Vilnius Gediminas Technical University
Keywords: city culture; clustering of Vilnius creative industries; communities; creative city; creative class; creativity; cultural districts; culture production

Summary/Abstract: Urban development is increasing the ability to develop a distinct and attractive position in the world. Cities are changing their role as the cultural production sites as well as the life style and creativity become the material for the creative industries development. The creative city is understood as an urban complex, where a variety of cultural activities are an integral part of the urban economy and social life. The concept of creative city has not yet been well established: we can point to even three such concepts, highlighting different agency of the creative city – from the creative city-dwellers to the business enterprises of the creative industries. On the basis of the creative city concept, the article analyses Vilnius city, revealing the most important factors, which promote the creativity of the city: the organizations and activities of Arts category; business enterprises and projects of Media category; active creative and civil communities of the city. The activity of the creative communities takes on an expression in the forms of emerging cultural districts in Užupis, Naujamiestis and Pilaitė. The above-mentioned activities of the categories of creative industries are illustrated on the basis of the data, collected under the development of The Map of Vilnius Creative Industries. The article concludes that the weakest activity in Vilnius city is the economic clustering of the business enterprises of creative industries.

  • Issue Year: 2011
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 89-100
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: English