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The Creative Industries have been touted as the saviour of cities and economies. But is their prevailing definition too narrow? Are we shutting out other possible innovators?
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In the last decade the Creative Industries strategy has brought with it a new wave of “specialisms”, specialist organisations, consultants and policy-makers. In that time politicians, the media and creative industry leaders have refurnished the prevailing bureau-speak with terms such as “creative nation”, “creativity-led regeneration” and “creative economy” to name but a few. But is our ‘creative’ paradigm too narrow?

UK Minister for Culture, Media and Sport, Tessa Jowell recently observed: “In 1997 there were less than 200 mentions of the “creative industries” in newspapers. By last year there were almost 1,500…The global market value of the creative industries increased from $831 billion in 2000 to $1.3 trillion in 2005; more than 7% of global GDP.”

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Katerina Kokkinos-Kennedy
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Katerina Kokkinos-Kennedy is a theatre director, actor trainer, dramaturg and writer.