Capitalizing on a long and fruitful relationship with the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai, we co-organized a workshop entitled Creative Industries, Economic Growth and Social Development in India, which took place in Mumbai on 7 and 8 January 2019. It truly was a joint event which a large delegation from Rotterdam and great input from Indian scholars. We had fruitful discussions on the growth of cultural industries such as crafts, performing arts and music (including hip hop), painting, media tourism, and Bollywood cinema, and how they cluster in certain areas. The role of intermediaries was a recurring theme which directly contributes in a meaningful way to our own thinking on the cultural commons!
We look forward to the edited volume based on the papers presented in at the workshop, and on collaborating further with old and new like-minded colleagues in India.