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Conference paper

Placing production in urban cultural policy: the locational patterns of cultural industries and related manufacturing

Creative industry-manufacturing nexus Regional economics Creative economy Melbourne

Urban cultural policy has long been framed with a limited geographic focus. Policy predominately targets central city areas where arts amenities and creative services visibly concentrate. This focus stems from a restricted definition of cultural activity, which tends to emphasize cultural consumption over production. This excludes a range of “cultural manufacturers,” which produce specialized products and inputs for the wider cultural economy. Although these industries play an integral role in the cultural ecosystem, their locational attributes have been largely overlooked in urban policy and research. By fixating on a narrow geographic area and range of sectors, policymakers have overlooked the diversity of industries that contribute to arts and cultural activity, both within and beyond the central city.


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