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Creative industry in Amsterdam

Amsterdam’s high quality of life and a laid-back atmosphere attract talent and fuel creativity and ambition. It’s a cosmopolitan village and creative capital where international, award-winning ideas, fashion, design and campaigns come into being.

  • Home to 338 foreign creative companies
  • A multilingual, highly skilled creative workforce
  • Europe's fastest broadband speeds
  • An unparalleled work-life balance
  • Europe's 3rd-largest gaming market
  • 30% tax advantage for highly skilled migrants

Amsterdam: a springboard for creative ideas

Amsterdam has a long and illustrious history as a hotspot for innovations of all types. The city attracts creatives of all stripes, who find it easy to meet open-minded partners and cooperate across disciplines; as a result, creative industries such as advertising, TV, music, app development, and gaming are thriving – as is the city's bustling startup scene. Amsterdam is home to some of the world’s leading advertising companies, including 180, Wieden + Kennedy and 72andSunny as well as key players in the gaming industry EA and Guerrilla. These creative businesses of all stripes can afford your company the advantage of spillover when disciplines cross over.


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News about Amsterdam's creative industry

  • Amsterdam startups head to 2018 SXSW

    The New Dutch Wave programme at the 2018 edition of SXSW will showcase promising startups from Amsterdam and beyond.

  • Sixty Amsterdam cultural organisations go to Paris

    An Amsterdam delegation made up of 60 cultural organisations and 25 creative entrepreneurs, led by Minister Ingrid van Engelshoven and Alderperson Simone Kukenheim, has headed to Paris on an art and culture mission.

  • New bootcamp to Paris for creative startups

    Calling all Amsterdam-based startups in the fashion, creative, design and cultural sector! This new bootcamp to Paris is your chance to expand into the French market. It’s taking place on 8 and 9 February 2018.

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