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Culture plays a vital role as a driver of economic activity and social transformation of Bilbao with

BILBAO, CULTURE AS AN ECONOMIC ENGINE

Culture plays a vital role as a driver of economic activity and social transformation of Bilbao within the development strategy of the city. Since the early 90s, when Bilbao began its deep economic and urban transformation, Culture, along with the implementation of the Guggenheim Bilbao Museum, has been a key and constant factor in strategy led by the City for economic development, job creation and social cohesion in the city.

The implementation of the municipal cultural policy developed during the last two decades has resulted in the consolidation of Bilbao as a cultural reference city, with major cultural facilities which contribute to the economy in terms of wealth creation, maintenance and creation of employment and Image of the city.