The Creative Industries as Cultural and Economic Catalyst

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THE CREATIVE INDUSTRIES can be widely defined as activities that are focused on creativity, skill and talent; and that have the potential for wealth and job creation through the generation and exploitation of intellectual property.1 Broadly speaking, creative industries encompass art, culture and technology; and if understood and enforced in this manner, can be a potent force in taking Penang’s economy to the next level. That being said, the term “creative industries” is still unfamiliar to many and often, it is used interchangeably by relevant parties abroad to define a similar concept – creative ecology, creative ecosystem and creative economy ...


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