Along with the liberalization of Moldova’s economy and its integration into the international value chains, the creative sector in Moldova - which includes the so-called creative industries or cultural industries - has jumped onto a growth without precedent. This sector encompasses a fairly large number of fields - visual arts, musical arts, performing arts, decorative arts, which in turn are divided into numerous sub-domains.
The creative industries are mostly held in private hands, but there is also public control over some of them - most theaters, for example, are state institutions, as are libraries or museums. They also ensure a varied ethno-cultural representation of consumers of artistic events - from classicism and romanticism to modernism, abstractism and neo currents; from opera and ballet to pantomime, one-man show and folk dances; in Romanian, Russian, English, Italian, Gagauzian, Bulgarian, etc.
Teleradio-Moldova is the public audiovisual institution that manages the Moldova-1 TV channel and the Moldova radio station, with national coverage. It faces a strong competition from dozens of private television and radio stations, with a general theme, specific to a particular field or music. This abundance on the local broadcasting market is ensured by the presence of qualified specialists from other fields of the creative industries - journalism, cinematography, advertising, design, web, photography - and the high degree of development of the latters.
- List of TV channels
- List of radio stations
- List of media institutions
- List of film producers
- List of advertisers
The creative industries gave a significant impetus to a number of related fields: the textile industry was favored by the professionalization of the fashion industry, the constructions benefited enormously due to the architecture and interior design, the appearance of a pleiade of young writers boosted the publishing-printing field, just like performers have helped the proliferation of the local music industry, and virtually all local companies have online profiles thanks to website and application developers.
- List of publishing houses / printing houses
- List of fashion houses
- List of audio recording studios
- List of architecture and design offices
- List of web and software developers
It is difficult to estimate the size and especially the role of the creative industries in the economy of Moldova, especially since a large part of the sector is also engaged in international orders.
A reader may learn about the size and diversity of the creative sector by visiting the square between the Mihai Eminescu Theater and the Organ Hall in the capital, which is also the favorite place of tourists. There they can contemplate (and buy) paintings by local professional and amateur painters, handmade objects by craftsmen, traditional musical instruments, antiques. That place has condensed an important part of Moldovan soul.