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CCIs in the Basque Country

From the starting point of the classification made by the Basque Observatory of Culture (BOC), the sub-sectors and activities that comprises the Creative and Cultural Industries in the Basque Country (CCIs) have been defined and grouped as follows:

CREATIVE SUB-SECTORS
  • ARCHITECTURE
  • CRAFT
  • DIGITAL CONTENTS
  • DESIGN
  • GASTRONOMY
  • LANGUAGE INDUSTRIES
  • FASHION
  • ADVERTISING AND MARKETING
  • VIDEOGAMES
CULTURAL SUB-SECTORS
  • PERFORMING ARTS
  • VISUAL ARTS
  • AUDIOVISUAL
  • PUBLISHING AND PRINTED MEDIA
  • MUSIC
  • CULTURAL HERITAGE

CCI SECTOR FIGURES

According to the latest data, CCIs make up 10.25% of companies in the Autonomous Community of the Basque Country, and 5.29% of total employment.

Generally, the sector is mainly made up of micro-companies, with an average ratio of 2.99% employees per company (as opposed to a general ratio of 5.52 in the Autonomous Community of the Basque Country).

In the case of the Creative Industries, this factor is accentuated, with a ratio as low as 2.2% employees per company. In the Cultural Industries, the ratio is 4.16% employees per company.

Autonomous Community of the Basque Country 157.358 companies
CCI 16.122 companies
10,25%
Autonomous Community of the Basque Country 911.267 jobs
CCI 48.161 jobs
5,29%

Data obtained from the Directory of Economic Activities (DIRAE) in 2019.

The Basque Observatory of Culture (BOC) carries out a Statistical Study of Arts and Cultural Industries, whose latest edition (2017), included part of the Creative Industries.

RELATIVE WEIGHT OF SUB-SECTORS OF CULTURAL AND CREATIVE INDUSTRIES OF THE BASQUE COUNTRY, ACCORDING TO INVOICING, NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES AND NUMBER OF AGENTS

  • PERFORMING ARTS
    98
  • VISUAL ARTS
    98
  • BOOK
    98
  • MUSIC
    98
  • AUDIOVISUAL
    98
  • ADVERTISING
    98
  • ARCHITECTURE
    98
  • LANGUAGE INDUSTRIES
    98
  • FASHION
    98
  • VIDEO GAMES
    98
  • DESIGN
    98
IF WE ANALYSE HOW EACH OF THESE SUB-SECTORS CONTRIBUTE TO THE TOTAL OF INVOICING, JOBS, AND NUMBER OF COMPANIES, WE CAN SEE THAT THE RELATIVE WEIGHT IS QUITE WELL-DISTRIBUTED.

The only exceptions are preforming arts, which stand out in number of agents, and advertising, which has a relevant weight in the worker numbers and business volume. Despite this, we cannot say that there is a predominant sub-sector with regard to the others. This means there is a certain balance between sub-sectors, giving more spaces of opportunity for the possible development of synergies.

Beyond the quantitative reading made via statistics, the BOC itself has a series of qualitative reports, which can help us to better understand and comprehend the Basque cultural and creative sector.

The aim of the Basque Cultural Observatory is to study the Basque cultural reality, its sectors and social demands

In addition, in 2020, the Department of Culture published "CCIs in the Basque Country", which makes a chronological journey from the beginnings of the new CCI strategies up to the present, including predicted future developments, including Basque DCC, as the outstanding project.

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