In this new volume, 28 Scandinavian researchers and others who are active in arts and culture seek to answer the questions: What has been the effect of regional and local investment in arts and culture? And what positive and negative experiences have there been? This book describes and analyzes the extent to which cultural investments at local and regional levels have stimulated development and led to essential processes of change for the community in general.

Of special interest is how different places manage to "turn the tide". What do their development processes involve? Which ways and means do they use to go forward in order to change their paths and start anew? These are just a few of the important questions addressed in this book. One of the most important findings is that while you can never transfer the successful renewal of one place to another like a blueprint, certain common patterns in the cultural processes are discernible.

The contributors to this book show the breadth of theoretical tools that can be used to increase awareness of the significance of culture for regional development. Throughout the book readers will find a multitude of theoretical concepts, from entrepreneurship theory, organizational institutionalism and cultural economy, to cultural planning and art management. This book will appeal to scholars and practitioners of urban and regional studies, and cultural and creative economics.

chapter 1|14 pages

En route in the cultural society

An introductory dialogue

chapter 2|14 pages

Nordic culture

An asset with many facets

chapter 3|14 pages

Turning the tide with ‘Woman on a Cart'

The amazing case of Holstebro

chapter 4|17 pages

The role of culture festivals in regional development

The Festival of Tordenskiold in Frederikshavn

chapter 7|17 pages

Translating global ideas into local practices

Creative Tampere Programme

chapter 8|17 pages

Great expectations

Turku as the European Capital of Culture 2011

chapter 9|19 pages

The essential power of culture

Museums and the Archipelago Trail in the Southwest Finland Archipelago

chapter 10|14 pages

Creativity and post-original

Maritime Centre Vellamo and Kotka-Hamina Region

chapter 11|19 pages

How to develop a region through culture and creativity

The foundation Cultiva in Kristiansand

chapter 12|19 pages

Site-specific strength

The regional power of historical plays and place sponsoring

chapter 13|14 pages

In culture we trust

Beliefs in culture as an instrument for development in the Stavanger region

chapter 14|19 pages

Culture and value creation

An economic analysis of Vara Concert Hall and the Nordic Watercolour Museum

chapter 15|20 pages

Brilliant combinations of art and nature

Learning points from the world of opera and classical music

chapter 16|15 pages

An innovation lost

The Ice Dome Concert Hall Project in Piteå

chapter 17|17 pages

‘Finding the Spiritus Loci'

Cultural planning in the Kronoberg Region

chapter 18|19 pages

Cultural entrepreneurship and creative points of intersection

The Island of Furillen

chapter 19|16 pages

Fragile creativity

Lessons from the rise and fall, and rise again, of Sweden's biggest rock festival

chapter 20|21 pages

‘Where the roads begin'. A northern renaissance around the Barents Sea

The Barents Euro-Arctic Region

chapter 21|16 pages

The role of arts and culture inregional cooperation

Mid-Scandinavian regions Jämtland and Tröndelag