Cultural industries are fundamental for Italy’s economic recovery. This emerges from the ‘Io sono cultura 2021’ report produced by the Fondazione Symbola and Unioncamere, with the collaboration of the Marche Region and Credito Sportivo. All the results of the study.

The report quantifies the annual weight of culture and creativity in the national economy. The central element of the analysis is the Cultural and Creative Production System, meaning the economic activities that produce cultural goods and services.

As expected, 2020 proved to be a difficult year for the sector, but there were some interesting developments. Video games and software sector, for example, increased its wealth by +4.2%, thanks to the drive towards digitalisation and home entertainment created by the lockdown.

The cultural supply chain has proved to be a key factor in Italy’s production specialisations: in 2020 the Cultural and Creative System (worth EUR 84.6 billion) increased its overall value to EUR 239.8 billion.