We measure a city’s Creative Footprint using 15 criteria in three categories: Space, Content, and Conditions.


Space considers the physical creative spaces of the city used for presentations and performances. We assess size, reputation, time of operation, location and if its design allows for diversity of programming.


Content considers the programming of creative spaces in the past 12 months. We look into the number of events per month, how they are promoted, the popularity of booked artists, the strength of creative output, and the grade of innovation of the overall concept.


Conditions relates to the operational situation and policies of the cities. How many venues are there per habitants? Does the city have a 24-hour licenses, offer public funding, or host events in public spaces?
Some information is objective (ex. size, events per month etc.), but others is more subjective (ex. strength of creative output, overall concept etc.), therefore we employ the services of local experts to accurately assess each and every venue when building out our index of data.
Creative Footprint founder and Berlin Clubcommission spokesperson Lutz Leichsenring developed the 15 criteria, while Prof Daniel Polley and his students of Harvard University provided technical resources for data analysis.
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