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THE GLUG TEAM ARE HERE TO HIGHLIGHT EIGHT MORE OF THE WORLD’S MOST EXCITING CREATIVE CITIES, FROM ESTABLISHED DESIGN HUBS TO UP-AND-COMING DESIGN AREAS
Dutch design is justly famous. Spoilt for culture, Amsterdam’s museums and architecture are world-class, while an abundance of global brands provide work and creative opportunities. “Amsterdam is the perfect size for a great and varied creative network,” says Glug Amsterdam host Dickon Langdon. “It’s very easy to find great people to collaborate with.”
He continues: “Wages are competitive with London and the cost of living is cheaper. There are also tax advantages in place for highly skilled migrants, such as people in the creative industries. Also, Amsterdam is very clean and safe.”
One of Glug’s newest chapters is based in Taipei, and judging from the vibe we get from host Oliver Chang and his team, Taiwan’s capital city offers an updated and eclectic creative landscape. Thanks to a nationwide effort to grow the arts and start-up scenes, the creative industry is thriving – with a noticeable upswing of exciting new roles to explore as a creative. Taipei also has a huge number of art galleries, museums and co-working areas, and empty warehouses are constantly being transformed into art spaces.
Marked by a rich design history, thriving start-up scene and fantastic work-life balance, Stockholm’s creative industry is healthy, varied and exciting. Competition for clients is fierce, says Glug Stockholm host Jenny Theolin: “Most agencies I know work with international and global clients. But we have great talent in Stockholm. We’re also known for product, fashion and furniture design; as well as digital – like Spotify – and gaming. Our Modern Museum and Photography Museum are world-class. And every home is a mini design gallery. Swedes certainly do have great taste,” Theolin grins.
It’s little wonder that Copenhagen consistently pops up as one of the most creatively engaged capitals in the world. The city is known for its vibrant, sociable, trend-setting and experimental culture, and you can quickly see how this comes together to produce an ever-evolving creative mecca for designers, artists and makers from all walks of life. Home to university bodies of art and design such as KEA, KADK and CIID, and an excellent selection of museums, art galleries and creative art, the city attracts talent from all the corners of the world.
Now this is a city to keep on your radar: the work coming out of Dakar is influencing not only Senegal, but the rest of West Africa too – and increasingly the globe. Dakar is home to an array of high-impact creative festivals, such as Dak’Art: the African Contemporary Art Biennale; Dakar Fashion Week; and the World Festival of Black Arts. Boasting many museums and galleries, Dakar has also been listed as a UNESCO Creative City since 2014. We’re excited to see the level of support and investment being put into the creative sector in this city.
Shanghai has been at the forefront of China’s innovative, trendy and ever-changing creative scene for a long time, with a boom of creative institutions, organisations, festivals and networks evolving across all corners of the city. Countless brands, global agency networks, start-ups and design studios are present in Shanghai, collectively proving the city’s importance and influence on both a local and global scale. Shanghai’s endless galleries and museums are particularly interesting, as they display everything from contemporary art through to more traditional craftsmanship.
For decades, New Orleans has been a progressive venue for food and music, but the city is now transitioning into a mecca for all kinds of artists. In a recent survey by SmartAsset, it was named the number one city in the US for creatives. Not only does it offer cheaper-than-average rent and living costs, it also has the largest percentage of artists living in the same area. From uptown to downtown, this city is filled with galleries, pop-ups, architectural gems and people from all kinds of backgrounds.
There’s no doubt that Prague’s deep cultural heritage has informed its current identity. However, the increased cultural funding efforts and growth of the city’s design scene suggest that the city is quickly becoming a cultural centre in central Europe on more levels than solely being named a UNESCO Creative City. It has an abundance of galleries, art museums and festivals – such as Designblok – and Glug’s friends from Creative Mornings are also established in the city, alongside global network Impact Hub.