OECD CCIs Summer Academy: Trento (Italy)

Lia Ghilardi was asked to develop the programme, as well as facilitating and moderating some of the sessions, for the first edition of theSummer Academy on Cultural and Creative Industries and Local Development (SACCI), held in the cities of Trento and Bolzano on 11–15 June 2018.

The organiser, the OECD LEED Trento Centre – whose mission is to build capacities for local development in OECD member and non-member countries – is currently undertaking a number of initiatives at local level aimed at propagating projects to support capacity-building among local governments in different areas of local development.

More recently, the Trento Centre has embarked on a series of training seminars and conferences aimed at raising awareness of the importance of culture and the creative industries in local development. For the first edition of the Summer Academy, a total of 34 participants were recruited nationally and internationally through a selection from numerous written applications.

The impacts and benefits delivered by mobilising culture and the cultural resources of a place were unpacked and studied during this highly successful Summer Academy, which featured high-level keynote lectures (including interventions by CCIs experts Pier Luigi Sacco and Bernd Fesel), speakers’ testimonials (delivered by representatives of Dublin’s Temple Bar, Creative Scotland, Lille ECoC) and the presentation of case studies by participants and by the other partners of the Summer Academy such as the Trentino School of Management; the European Creative Business Network (ECBN); Centro Servizi Cultura e Volontariato (CSCV); the Department of Italian Culture (Youth Policy Unit) of the Autonomous Province of Bolzano; and the Department of Culture of the Autonomous Province of Trento).

This highly successful event will be followed by a second edition which should take place in June 2019. A booklet, written by Lia Ghilardi and containing an extensive overview of the benefits and challenges of mobilizing culture and the creative industries for local development will be available soon.

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