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The potential of “Creative Cities” for regional Development in non-metropolitan areas - The case of the Makhanda Creative City project (2)

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The potential of “Creative Cities” for regional Development in non-metropolitan areas - The case of the Makhanda Creative City project (2) A ‘creative city’ is a socio-economic term used to describe cities that foster and develop cultural and creative economic activity. The growing realisation that the cultural and creative industries (CCIs) can contribute to job creation and economic growth has focused attention on the role of creative cities in regional development strategies. However, studies to date have mostly focused on large metropolitan areas. The Creative City development project in Makhanda was launched in January 2014 by the National Arts Festival office, in partnership with local government and international funders. However, Makhanda is a small city, situated in one of the poorer provinces in the country. The goal of this research was thus to make an objective assessment of the extent to which the Makhanda Creative City project has been successful in terms of meetings its own goal, and as a regional development strategy.
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