The Big Picture

On Friday, Rick Parkes delivered a ‘talk around’ starting with the story in (North) London and the Chocolate Factory – how the arts and creative industries became a ‘cluster’ catalyst for social, cultural and economic development in the 2000s and how cultural industries, creative industries, social inclusion is contributing to social and economic cohesion in a post-industrial Europe. Beyond co-creation – the ‘apex’ (or ‘helix’) of social, economic and cultural development (why they can work together) is a particular focus for Rick Parkes – in other words: the big picture.

The event was attended by more than 100 companies, agencies and public bodies from across Denmark in Aarhus, which is the European Capital of Culture 2017, to discuss the future of the Creative Industries.