7th award for the Regional Creative Economy Centre
At a ceremony in Charleroi (Belgium) today, the Regional Development Agency of the Ljubljana Urban Region (RRA LUR) received a best practice award from the European Association of Regional Development Agencies (EURADA) for its Regional Creative Economy Centre (RCKE), the main purpose of which is to stimulate the development of the creative economy at the regional level.
The RCKE succeeded in impressing the jury despite strong competition from other extremely high quality projects. The jury, which according to EURADA president Roberta Dall’Olio was faced with an extremely difficult task, was particularly impressed by the innovative nature of the project, the numerous achievements and results over the course of the RCKE’s six years of activity to date, and, above all, the great potential for transferring the concept to other European regions. This is the seventh award that RRA LUR has received for the activities and projects of the Regional Creative Economy Centre.
On receiving the award, RRA LUR director Lilijana Madjar highlighted the importance of stimulating the development of the cultural and creative sector, which is based on the expression of creativity and on co-design and co-production with various partners and civil society: “Combining bottom-up and top-down approaches is key to the activity of the RCKE, since only in this way can we form an ecosystem in which creativity can flourish. The RCKE does not only work on a project basis. Rather, it addresses the development of the creative economy in the region holistically and endeavours to ensure that the knowledge and experience gained will be transferred to other regions of Slovenia and beyond in the future.”
In the photograph (left to right): Tina Pezdirc Nograšek, head of the Regional Creative Economy Centre, Lilijana Madjar, director of the Regional Development Agency of the Ljubljana Urban Region, Roberta Dall’Olio, president of EURADA, Sławomir Tokarski, director for Innovation and Advanced Manufacturing at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, and Esteban Pelayo, director of EURADA.