ecce - european centre for creative economy

Creative.Quarters Ruhr

Culture, creativity and the new forms of economy need freedom for development – of mind and within urban space. Relocating and geographically concentrating culture and creative industries is essential in many ways in the Ruhr region: to as an offer to stay in the region, to unleash creative and economic potential and to learn. Because the force field of culture, urbanity and economy can only develop in a mutual space of learning and integrative process. 

The Creative.Quarters are rooted in the European Capital of Culture RUHR.2010. It was the first European capital of culture to understand culture and creative industries as an important pillar of its programme and to implement it as an open concept of culture. On the initiative of RUHR.2010/ecce, regional artists, creative professionals, heads of cultural affairs and business developers met in 2009 to come up with a concept to promote artistic and cultural ideas, which anticipate cultural change and drive urban development in the Ruhr region. In 2011, this approach was included in the Sustainability Agreement of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia and the Ruhr Regional Association to foster the Cultural Metropolis Ruhr. In 2012, the promotion programme was developed and updated in coordination with the cities of the Ruhr region.
The aim of the promotion programme Creative.Quarters Ruhr, which started in 2012, is to support and accelerate the development of artistic and creative environments because of their influence on urban development processes and thus, in a next step, to set free economic effects by enhancing the urban environment and attracting more creative economy businesses to the region. Particular attention is paid to the specifics of the Ruhr region as a conurbation against the backdrop of structural change and different situations in already developed centres such as the area along the Rheinschiene.

Central elements of the promotion programme Creative.Quarters Ruhr are:

A procedure that complies to the target groups and determination of identity of quarters

Integrative project promotion in the fields of culture and creative economy

Round table meetings at eye level with municipalities, cultural professionals and creative artists as well as property owners.

In the context of the promotion programme Creative.Quarters Ruhr, ecce provides advice for potential applicants, hosts and coordinates round table and strategy development meetings in the quarters on site, provides helpful tools (property portal and integrates local measures into a regional and European context. ecce establishes innovative concepts and development ideas in cooperation with regional partners. 

Who or what does the programme Creative.Quarters Ruhr promote?

Eligible are projects that promote cultural and creative economy ideas and provide a sustainable impetus for the development of a quarter – based on an integrative quarter strategy developed in cooperation with the partners on site. In this way, we want to establish the basis for the creation and continuation of cooperations even after public funding has expired. Out motto “Process – Dialogue – Promotion” creates a common cultural and social learning space to act as a basis for local sustainability enabled by local stakeholders.

Eligible for funding are cities as well as artists and creative professionals or initiatives from the Ruhr region in cooperation with municipalities.

For further information on the application procedure, application criteria and funding, please contact:
Stefanie Rogg, Project Management Creative.Quarters Ruhr,




Supported by the Ministry of Family, Children, Youth, Culture and Sport of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia

Picture gallery Creative.Quarters