A research on the influence of art and culture on the identity of a specific place.


In the wake of Richard Florida, creativity, art and culture seems to have become the new mantras for city marketing. But can creativity, art and culture alone really fundamentally influence the identity of a place?

A place has in contrast to a physical space a non-direct visible social, economical, political and cultural layer which defines the identity of this place. Reading different theories and analysing different festivals and cultural urban area the conclusion of this research was that art and culture only support the identity of the place if it is connected to the social structure, economical activities or political ambitions.



Karneval der Kulturen, Berlin

rotterdam zomercarnaval

Summer Carnival, Rotterdam


In the research the social, economical, cultural, economical and political trends are investigated and their possible influences on the identity of a place are filtered

The research ends with conditions to create creative place. These are mainly based on the three principles of Csikszentmihalyi.


The research was supported by Fonds FBKVB and can be requested (only available in Dutch) by emailing to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.