This is an optimistic book about the power of the arts to enhance city images, urban economies and communities. Anchored in academic discussion of the Cultural Industries - what they are, how they have emerged, why they matter and how they should be theorized - the book offers a series of case studies drawn from five countries (Australia, Singapore, Spain, UK, US) to support an argument for the arts contributing to sustainable urban regeneration. Offering original theorizations of cultural capital and sustainable development, the book utilizes other literatures - on celebrity, post-modernity, the post-colonial, tourism, representation and film - to interrogate a number of sites, events and objects in the case-study countries. Using original research as well as existing material, the resulting treatment is both empirical and theoretical, grounded in the particular but also comparative. It is contemporary, internationally comparative, cross disciplinary and thematic.