Creative industries in Flanders
Flanders DC is the linking pin for the creative industries in Flanders. Feel free to contact us if you wish to know more about our creative industries, find Flemish creative talents or companies or to explore opportunities to work together.
Overview of our creative industries
In a study by the Flanders DC Knowledge Centre at the Antwerp Management School (2010), creative industries in Flanders have been defined as the following 11 sectors: audiovisual industry, architecture, communication, pr & advertising, cultural heritage, design, fashion, gaming, new media, music, performing arts, printed & digital media and visual arts.
The creative sector in Flanders, Belgium provides an important contribution to the economy and is a major source of employment and added value. Using the latest available data, the Flemish Department of Economy, Science and Innovation calculated the economic impact of the sector in a new study published in April 2019. The sector provides work to 171.265 full time equivalents (6,30% of total employment), has a turnover of € 78,8 billion (13,39% of the total turnover) and a gross value added of € 12,5 billion (5,6% of the total gross value added in Flanders). Communications, pr and advertising, design and architecture showed the biggest increase in growth of employment and gross value added.
Based upon this analysis, creative industries represent 5,6% of Flanders’ gross added value and 6,3% of total employment in Flanders.
A roadmap for the creative industries in Flanders
In 2011 Flanders DC brought together 24 sector-organisations to discuss collective needs, challenges and opportunities. It marked the start of an intensive consultation-process which resulted in a long term strategy paper with more than 50 policy and sector-recommendations in 6 priority domains.