Glasgow City Region in Scotland, United Kingdom has a long history of transformative cultural policy. A European Capital of Culture in 1990, Glasgow made substantial investments in cultural infrastructure over a period of more than 30 years. Cultural and creative sectors are now one of the region’s strengths. Between 2010 and 2020, the number of firms in cultural and creative sectors in the region grew by almost one-fifth (17%) – more than double the national level growth (8%).

This OECD report produced by EKOS provides an overview of cultural and creative sectors in the Glasgow City Region, highlighting trends in employment, business dynamics, entrepreneurship and financing as well as cultural participation. It offers analysis and recommendations to support the region in continuing to build on its local cultural and creative ecosystem.

Culture and the creative economy in Glasgow city region, Scotland, United Kingdom | OECD Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED) Papers | OECD iLibrary (

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