Local Employment and Economic Development (LEED Programme)

OECD Venice Office on Culture and Local Development


We support city-to-city learning and experimentation and provide a platform for reflection and exchange among cities at the vanguard of culture-led development

  • What's the issue?

A growing number of cities and regions are leveraging their cultural assets as part of their broader local development strategies. They are also called to implement national strategies to support cultural and creative industries (often as part of national economic development, innovation or industrial development policies), and manage considerable public investment (as part of territorial cohesion or regional development policies in addition to cultural policies). Working across policy silos, combining national objectives with local priorities and initiatives is not an easy task and there is often a lack of: 

  • Knowledge and evidence on how culture and creative sectors can help generate jobs and growth at the local level;
  • Evidence on the effectiveness of policies and instruments in this domain;
  • Capacities at national and sub-national levels to design and implement effective culture-led strategies.

The OECD Venice Office on Culture and Local Development addresses these needs by supporting city-to-city learning and experimentation. It informs and provides a platform for reflection and exchange among cities-front runners in culture-led development.

The OECD Venice Office was created in 2015 and is an integral part of the OECD Centre for Entreprenuership, SMEs, Regions and Cities.




  • Why Venice?
The City of Venice and the Veneto Region represent a unique ecosystem of cultural heritage and creative sectors and a policy laboratory where experimentations are taking place on ways to bridge innovation and creativity in heritage and other economic sectors, counter the effects of mass tourism and preserve the unique local identity, and at the same time cater for the well-being of citizens. They are an inspiring example of why culture and local development need to be nurtured in tandem, and not in silos.

OECD Venice Office
c/o Fondazione di Venezia
Dorsoduro 3488/U
30123 Venice, ITALY



26 November 2019, Venice, Italy: 

10 October 2019 | Venice, Italy: Spatial productivity for regional and local development - 5th meeting

26 September 2019 | Rome, Italy: Presentation of the OECD-ICOM Guide for Local Governments, Communities and Museums - Culture and Local Development: Maximising the Impact

6-7 December 2018 | Venice, Italy: Conference on Culture and Local Development

6 November 2018 | Venice, Italy: Workshop on Funding Arts and Culture - The Role of Non-Public Institutions

12 July 2018 | Venice, Italy Workshop on Culture and Well-Being - Defining the linkages

21 June 2018 | Venice, Italy Workshop on Measuring Creative Occupations in OECD Regions





For further information, please contact Ekaterina TRAVKINA.



The Office benefits from the support of the Venice Foundation and the Union of Veneto Region Chambers of Commerce