For our last day in Malmö we had managed to schedule an appointment with the very busy ladies Jane Nilsson (Culture and Business Developer) and Camilla Rydahl (Responsible for relations with R & D, and the academic sector) from the Region Skåne in their new building in the Western harbour district of Malmö.
The region’s engagement with culture and creative industries goes back to an initiative by the federal government that focused on the establishment of cooperations between the culture and business department. By then, some municipalities like Malmö had already developed programs to promote culture and creative industries.
Today, the region promotes six pilot projects, amongst others in the municipalities of Helsingborg (the Incubator THINK) and Lund (“Creative Plot”). Moreover, the region is going to publish a creative industries strategy on Dec 8, 2012. It will build upon suggestions for strategy development for this sector by the European Union.
Regional and Crossborder Cooperation
The region of Skåne is member of Generator Sverige, a non-profit association devoted to developing and promoting the cultural and creative industries in Sweden. At this level, the region Skåne cooperates with the other Swedish regions in the field of CCI. In general, being part of the larger Öresund region is seen as a central aspect of the region’s future development.
Skåne seeks to become the most innovative region in Europe in 2020. The region has published several strategies describing the way to achieve this goal. A central aspect of this strategy is to turn away from cluster policy towards the development of open innovation arenas, serving as a meeting place for players from different backgrounds with different types of knowledge as described in the strategy “Developing new innovative areas and creative environments”.