Welcome to the CINEMA project!


CINEMA aims to foster urban regeneration by collaborating with creative industries. The revitalisation of urban areas and city centres is a key challenge for social cohesion and competitiveness in the Danube Region. Many inner cities suffer from desertion as a result of industrial transformation, changing consumer habits, suburbanisation, etc. At the same time the creative industries are a cradle of innovation and an underestimated economic asset in each region.

Our partnership consists of municipalities, enterprises, business support organisations, creatives and academia from eight countries in the Danube Region. Together we are working on the

1. Revitalisation of empty floor space for creative industries: We want to develop creative spaces in previously abandoned areas and buildings. The creative industries provide great potential of transforming empty spaces into quality spaces.

2. Revitalisation of retail and small businesses: Together with local creative industries we aim to prevent further loss of service infrastructure within city centres. Strengthened retail and business will increase purchasing power and economic prospects.

3. Establishment of support centres for creative industries: We want to provide an ecosystem for creative start-ups. They need to learn and to explore, to connect with other industries, in order to become a powerful and innovative force in the local economy.

In our regional pilot locations we will create roadmaps to shape new and restructure old urban economies while tackling environmental and social challenges.

We are looking forward to providing neglected city centres with a creative and innovative spirit! This only works by building a network of key players within each region and the whole Danube Region.

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Start date
End date
Budget in Euro
Overall: 2,249,073.5
ERDF Contribution: 1,700,767.97
IPA Contribution: 125,944.5
ENI Contribution: 85,000
Call number
Call 3
Innovative and socially responsible Danube region
Specific objective
Improve framework conditions for innovation

Project Partners

Name Type Email Country
Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia Lead partner Slovenia
Creative Industry Košice, NGO ERDF partner Slovakia
Agency for the Support of Regional Development Košice ERDF partner Slovakia
Stuttgart Region Economic Development Corporation ERDF partner Germany
Regional Development Agency of the Ljubljana Urban Region ERDF partner Slovenia
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Project News

  • CINEMA - Proud to present: #upperREGION Award 2021
    - 10-06-2021
    Proud to present: #upperREGION Award 2021

    Responsible use of land as a resource is more important than ever. Land consumption and urban sprawl are among the most pressing problems of our time. With #upperREGION2030, the province of Upper Austria, namely our CINEMA partner biz-up, has...

  • CINEMA - Workshop on Tools and Concepts
    - 31-05-2021
    Workshop on Tools and Concepts

    As mentioned before the CINEMA consortium works in three different focus groups: (1) Empty Floorspaces (2) Revitalisation of urban retail and small business and (3) Establishment of support centres for the creative industries. All of the focus...

  • CINEMA - Virtual Study Visit in Košice
    - 21-05-2021
    Virtual Study Visit in Košice

    On May 20th almost 50 participants, mainly consisting of the CINEMA partnership and their stakeholders, had the chance to visit Košice/Slovakia. Due to COVID-19 only virtually of course, but nevertheless it was a great opportunity to get to know...

  • CINEMA - 2nd Newsletter on Pilot Locations and Hackathons
    - 30-04-2021
    2nd Newsletter on Pilot Locations and Hackathons

    Check out our latest Newsletter! It introduces you to the regional hackathons in each partner region and summarizes the regional challenges, experiences and plans on how to realize the developed ideas. We are very proud of all the different...

  • CINEMA - Design Thinking Workshops
    - 30-04-2021
    Design Thinking Workshops

    One of the key work packages within the CINEMA project aims to provide a set of tools for capacity building addressed to CI, BSO and policy makers, and to develop concepts to start or strengthen innovation processes based on the collaboration...

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