The term Creative Industries was proposed by the Labour government in 1997 in response to the decline of traditional production industries, such as the Textile Industry. Creative Industries promotes creativity, skills and talent as potential for wealth and job creation, emphasising technological innovation and social transformation. Blair’s government set up a task force in 1998 for the implementation of the creative industries. In 2008, the United Nations published its first series of reports on the topic of the Creative Economy, which was recognised as a feasible structure for linking economic, social, cultural and technological development objectives in a globalizing world. China started its post-industrial transformation in 1994 through the reform of State Owned Enterprises (SOE). Shanghai led the process by closing down the Textile Industry, known as China’s Mother Industry, and shed workers. Around 550,000 textile workers in Shanghai were made redundant, nearly all female; countless mills were demolished and repurposed as creative spaces. The most famous ones are the Shanghai Pearl Tower, where its tripod was once three textile mills and M50, one of Shanghai’s oldest mills turned Contemporary Arts Cluster opened at the turn of the 21st century.
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Welcome to the first blog post of the Bridging the Gaps project. Click below to find out more about what's lined up over the next few months!
This week we have begun preparations for the Bridging the Gaps symposium taking place on the 28th and 29th of October. Click here to find out more about what the symposium will entail.
Click below to find out what we got up to at the October symposium.