Cities across the world recognise the intrinsic value of culture, and the way it enriches our lives. Culture also has the power to make cities more prosperous, healthier and sustainable and that is evident in Aberdeen through its rich array of cultural and heritage assets attracting millions of visitors each year, contributing significant GVA and visitor expenditure to the local economy.
As recognised in the City’s 10-year cultural strategy, ‘Culture Aberdeen’, the benefits of culture go well beyond the visitor economy; from promoting inflows of talent and investment, and driving urban regeneration, providing positive pathways to education and employment as well as building strong, healthy and confident communities. As such Aberdeen City Council’s investment recognises the many ways culture contributes to prosperity of our economy, people, children and place.
To recognise these contributions The Council has produced the report ‘Investment in Culture: 2018/19 Impacts’ which provides an overview of the Council’s support to culture in terms of its internal services and funding provided to external bodies to deliver cultural activity.
The report includes an analysis of the estimated economic and social value derived through The Council’s external investment in culture, using an impact methodology developed by leading economic development and regeneration researchers, ekosgen.
The Council uses this data to inform decision making and to highlight the impact of culture within our society, economically and socially.