Best Cities in the World to Meet Creative Professionals

Traditionally, creative professionals have been associated with artistic and cultural pursuits. Increasingly though there is the realization that creative people also make up some of the most valuable assets in a wide range of businesses – they are the ones who come up with out-of-the box solutions and multi-million dollar ideas. Creative professionals are usually found in cities open to ethnic and lifestyle diversity as well as those which encourage atypical thinking and make space for the working of the imagination. Here are some of the best cities in the world to meet creative professionals.

San Francisco

Located on the Pacific shore, the city of San Francisco is one of the most important centers of commerce, entrepreneurship and culture on the western coast of United States. All these factors make San Francisco a top draw for both long-time as well as budding creative professionals in this part of the country. The truth of this is borne out by the making of the Silicon Valley which has been the cradle of internet entrepreneurs since the first days of dotcom boom. Other than this great weather and fantastic natural locations draws a range of professionals associated with advertising, show business as well as culture and the fine arts to this city.  San Francisco owing to its varied cultural and artistic scene has quite a mind-boggling range of lounge bars, pubs, cocktail bars, sports bars and dance clubs where one can meet creative professionals. Union Street in Cow Hollow and 24th Street in Noe Valley are especially famous for their colorful mix of nightclubs, boutiques and cafes. At the same time, the numerous parks, gardens, hillsides and open-air cultural nooks attract singles who prefer unconventional ways to hang out. In fact San Francisco boasts of numerous culturally rich streetscapes featuring mixed-use neighborhoods anchored around central commercial corridors on which residents and visitors alike can walk.

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Edmonton

The capital of the Canadian province of Alberta, Edmonton is a cultural, governmental and educational centre. Its claim to the list of best Canadian city for singles primarily rests on the fact that It hosts a year-round slate of festivals and this is reflected in the nickname "The Festival City." the Fringe Festival is particularly popular among singles apart from the fact that it is one of the most renowned indie arts fests in the world. Thus the hot singles quotient in the city of Edmonton peaks during the festival in August when free-spirited creative singles come from across the country and around the world. Here dating opportunities are numerous and varied ranging from open-air parks and gardens to indoor venues like North America's largest mall, West Edmonton Mall and Fort Edmonton Park, Canada's largest living history museum. Apart from that one can hang out at the downtown Arts District, centered on the recently renovated Churchill Square. On the south side of the river, the University district and Whyte Avenue contain theatres, concert halls, and various live music venues where one can easily mix with other creative men and women.



London

The capital of United Kingdom is truly a global city. Apart from being a major commercial, political and education center in this part of the world, London offers world-class opportunities in recreation, entertainment as well as cultural attractions. London’s attraction to creative professionals from across the world lies in the multicultural identity, something which was apparent in the recently-concluded 2012 Summer Olympic opening and closing ceremonies. Estimates produced by the Office for National Statistics indicate that the five largest foreign-born groups living in London in the period July 2009 to June 2010 were those born in India, Poland, the Republic of Ireland, Bangladesh and Nigeria. All this only underscores London’s ethnic diversity which in turn makes for the mingling of a whole world of ideas, cuisines and lifestyles. Creative people in London can be found across the artistic and cultural hotspots of the city, ranging from the National Gallery and British Museum to places with local color like Camden Market which is filled to the brim with quirky shops, stalls and eateries. The Trafalgar Square, Greenwich, Bankside, South Bank and South Kensington are some of the many vibrant cultural hubs in London buzzing with creative people and ideas.

Sydney

Sydney is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in entire Oceania. Among the most common self-described ancestries for the city’s residents were Australian, English, Scottish, Irish and Chinese. At the 2006 census 39.4% of Sydney residents declared themselves to have been born overseas. The most common countries of birth outside Australia declared were the United Kingdom, China, New Zealand, Vietnam, India, the Philippines, Lebanon, and Italy1. This demographic mix of the city has opened the way to many colors, lifestyles and celebrations all of which together provide the right ingredients for the ferment of new ideas. Here people interested in the new or exotic can explore several different cultural events and festivals which lend cosmopolitan color and energy to Sydney such as the Chinese New Year, the Diwali celebrations for the city’s Indian-origin Hindus and the Cabramatta Moon festival of the Vietnamese-origin population. Such celebrations are not only ideal venues for artistic and creative professionals to absorb different cultures but are a great way for singles from Sidney’s ethnic groups to meet each other.

Stockholm

If cities like London and Sydney derive their creative potential in part from their multicultural identity, there are others like Stockholm which attract creative professionals on the basis of good governance, gender parity as well as deeply-entrenched social and environmental consciousness. Located on the south-central east coast of Sweden, Stockholm is an important economic, cultural and political center in the whole of Scandinavia. The city is famous the world over as being one of the cleanest metropolitan urban centers. This is partly because of the near absence of heavy industries in and around the city as well as due to strict laws governing the environment. Biking through Stockholm’s many green areas is not only an excellent way to some sightseeing but also to meet other open-minded men and women. other creative hotspots here would the Museum of Science and Technology where attractions include the hundred most important innovations as chosen by the Swedish people, the Vasa Museum which houses the famous seventeenth century Vasa warship and related exhibits as well as the nearby Skansen, purported to the world’s oldest open-air museum and a huge favorite with the locals here.

Paris

Finally how can any account of the best places for creative professionals be complete without Paris. The Mecca of designers, artists, musicians, poets, chefs, film-makers and dancers from across the world, Paris has always had a healthy tradition of creativity and innovation in arts, culture and other fields of human knowledge. in 1889, Paris hosted the exposition universelles exhibiton for especially which the Eiffel tower was built. this was the start of modern tourism as people from all over the world came to Paris to witness the exhibition. apart from this the ferment of creative and experimental ideas made Paris the birthplace for numerous new art movements like Impressionism, Art Deco, Fauvism, Cubism, Art Nouveau, Surrealism and Dadaism. while the Eiffel Tower and Champs Elysees figures on the must-see list of most visitors, some of the places in Paris where one is likely to bump into the creative locals are the Rue Montorgueil - a vibrant, cheery quarter bursting with some of the city's finest food markets and pastry shops, not to mention a good mix of ultrahip and ultraclassic bars, cafes and eateries, the Grand Boulevards neighborhood that is Dotted with theaters, clubs and cafes and the wide sidewalks as well as the Belleville – home to one of Paris’s lively Chinatowns, a burgeoning artist quarter and a dizzying array of cultures.

References:

  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics - 2006 Census QuickStats : Sydney (Urban Centre/Locality)