ecce - european centre for creative economy

Goals And Strategie

The european centre for creative economy (ecce) stems from RUHR.2010. The cultural and creative economy combines eleven creative and artistic industries: from art to music, literature, film, the media, design, architecture to games development. In the Ruhr area, the creative economy stands for approx. 86,000 persons working in this field and more than 10,000 businesses – yet it’s not only an economic factor but also a cross-sectional factor as regards content. It is equally involved in culture, urban development and education. Photo © Vladimir Wegener/ecce

Foundation 2011

ecce is highly committed to directly supporting the actors from the creative economy as well as the development of creative locations and spaces. This is why it was an important driving force in communicating the Ruhr area as a location of the cultural and creative economy. In October 2011, following the decision on sustainability by the State of North Rhine-Westphalia and the Regionalverband Ruhr, ecce and the business development agency Wirtschaftsförderung metropoleruhr GmbH (wmr) were commissioned, in close coordination, to accompany the further development of the Creative.Quarters Ruhr in the region’s creative areas and cultural locations of distinction. And thus, at the end of 2011, the ecce GmbH located at the Dortmund U was formed. 


For the Creative.Quarters Ruhr structural project ecce has been cooperating with municipal and planning authorities, cultural offices and economic promotion agencies in line with the integrated urban development conceptual programme. In close cooperation with initiatives of the independent scene, artists, creative professionals as well as businesses and proprietors, ecce has hosted a number of processes which led to successful results and still continue to run. At the start of the cultural capital year, ecce published the digital cultural magazine 2010LAB.TV, today LABKULTUR.TV, which offers cultural and creative economic videos and blog entries to foster the exchange between the Ruhr area and the rest of Europe.
A central part of the work of ecce is to organise debates on culture and the creative industry in the Ruhr region that are relevant across Europe. To this end, ecce maintains countless contacts, actively participates in networks such as the European Creative Business Network (ECBN) and also initiated the Franco-German collaboration project Forum d’Avignon Ruhr in Essen, an interactive platform consisting of representative from the fields of art, culture, politics, science and the creative industry.

ecce considers the Ruhr area is a young region which has already seen change but it has yet to experience some more change as well.  We bring actors and institutions together with one goal in mind: promoting the transformation of the Ruhr area into a creative location of the future and making it visible nationwide and all over Europe.

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