Cultural and Creative Industries

Since 2003 the number of people working in Dresden's cultural and creative industries has risen 20 percent to roughly 10,700. That's four times the growth of the economy as a whole.

Latest statistics show 13,080 people working in this branch of industry in total. Making up over four percent of all Dresden's employed, the industry is clearly a heavyweight. It brings in 3.4 percent of Dresden's overall economy—not that much in absolute figures but well above the regional and national averages (2.1 percent and 2.6 percent respectively).

The future outlook of the cultural and creative industries in the city of Dresden is seen as positive. The main drivers of growth are the software, book and advertising markets, along with design. In certain areas, businesses are already very well networked, as in software and games, architecture or the performing arts, which is of great benefit to the many very small companies involved.

Dresden's big software companies also belong to this branch of industry. Businesses such as T-Systems Multimedia Solutions GmbH, Robotron Datenbank-Software GmbH, Communardo and Saxonia Systems AG not only contribute to Dresden's reputation as a high-tech location of world standing but also demonstrate the city's exceptional creativity.

Excellence is the city‘s motto

Dresden’s success is based on key technologies including microelectronics, information-and-communications, new materials, photovoltaic and nanotechnology, and, life sciences and biotechnology. The interdisciplinary collaboration between businesses and research facilities helps move Dresden forward.