Creative industries in Cottbus

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Fostering and understanding the creative industries is a new topic field for policy makers and communal business developers in Cottbus.

The creative industries in Cottbus can be seen as diverse: Cottbus is a traditional industrial cities. Its economic history is mainly influenced by textile manufacturing and mining industries. Yet there are creative actors, freelancers and companies working in all branches of the creative industries. At the moment their services and products are mainly focussed on local and regional markets, only a few entrepreneurs already entered the international market.Still it can be said that there are experienced companies operating in the branches design, architecture, advertisign and software/games as well as there is a well build supporting infrastruktur for the creative industries.

Development of the number of enterprises within branches  2006-2010  (source: business register)

The above figure shows that especially the art market, design industry, architecture market and the advertising industry are well positioned in terms of figures in Cottbus.

The following maps show a complete overview of locations of creative industry businesses as well as public and intermediate stakeholders.

Locations of CCI in Cotbus  (source: Own survey)

Many events are carried out in Cottbus. A lively subculture scene does have many offers for young creatives. Those events and offers can be used as incubator for ambitious artists and creatives.

One of the most popular festivals is the FilmFestival Cottbus. Others are the PolkaBeats Festival, the Toni-Festival and the Kontour-Konzerte. Other facilities focussing on the creative industries are for example the gallery Fango, the gallery Hasu 23 or the city event magazine Blicklicht which is a collaboration product from different independent cultural institutions in Cottbus.

The closeness to the creative hotspot Berlin is a potential but because of the enlarged competition a challenge for local CCI as the economic situation of Cottbus and its region in general still struggles with the consequences of deindustrialization. Therefore creative entrepreneurs need further support to leverage the creative potential.

Cottbus is known for a wide range of public cultural facilities and intermediate organisations which act in the creative and cultural field, e.g. the well known Staatstheater (State theatre), a children and youth theatre and the art museum Dieselkraftwerk, which mainly focuses on local and regional artists.

Art museum Dieselkraftwerk,  (photo Sebastian Franz)

Furthermore there are facilities like the Gladhouse (an sociocultural institution which acts also as event venue and offers workshops), the Kunstfabrik, the music school Konservatorium. They are all involved in presenting and fostering creative and cultural activities in Cottbus.

Read more about CCI in Cottbus: SWOT Analysis of Cultural and creative industries in Cottbus

CCI events

Designers' Open Leipzig 2013

25. - 27. October 2013: Design Festival Leipzig | DESIGNERS´ OPEN - one of the leading German design festivals.

InNova Camp Festival

27-28 September, InNova Camp festival will be organized in Klaipeda by KEDA.


30. August - 01. September 2013 - IBUg Festival for Urban Culture in Germany: a lab for international urban artists and a way of life!

in fashion munich

in fashion munich - trade fair for fashion and accessories on 11th and 12th August 2013 in Munich, Germany

Network partners

Part-financed by the European Union (European Regional Development Fund and European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument)