Cultural and Creative Industries is a sector that encompasses more than 16,000 companies in the Basque Country and employs more than 48,000 people.
The KSIgune cluster has been set up with the aim of transferring knowledge generated at universities, colleges and research centres to companies in the cultural and creative industries (CCI) sector: it highlights the riches in the Basque Culture and Creativity system, promotes cooperation between them and with other sectors, and boosts their social impact. The mission of our centre is to improve competitiveness from R&D and innovation in the CCI by promoting digitalisation and participating in programmes such as KSI Berritzaile.
The CCI cover 15 sectors under six cultural sub-sectors: cultural heritage, visual arts, music, publishing and print media, performing arts, audiovisual; and a further nine creative sub-sectors: crafts, architecture, advertising and marketing, video games, digital content, design, fashion, language industries and gastronomy. They are considered a strategic sector for the Basque Country and are part of the Research and Innovation Strategy for Smart Specialisation (RIS3), in line with Europe.
The Basque District of Culture and Creativity (BDCC) has also been set up. It will offer different tools and services to companies in the sector that will enable them to implement policies and become more competitive in the domestic and international markets.
The cluster is spearheaded by the Basque Government's Departments of Education and Culture, and Language Policy, and is made up of higher education centres offering courses on Cultural and Creative Industries, TECNALIA, Innobasque, Gaia, companies in the sector and the Basque Delegation to the EU.
Euskampus Fundazioa will be responsible for managing and promoting the cluster and its activities.