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21st - 22nd May 2019

A Cultural Leadership Programme for Russia

TFCC is excited to commence with our Cultural Leadership Programme in Russia. This is in partnership with the Pro Arte Foundation and the Potanin foundation.

Kicking off on the 21st May in Norilsk, the northernmost city in the world within the Arctic Circle, we will deliver a series of workshops and talks in three Russian cities. The workshops are designed to help strengthen the capacity of leaders to deliver change in cultural organisations including museums, galleries and libraries.

The cultural sector in Russia is undergoing a period of transformation driven by new funding models, evolving audience expectations, new technology and a renewed understanding of the civic role of institutions, something that Pro Arte and Potanin have supported over the last decade. Each workshop is also accompanied by a public talk looking at different aspects of creative cities. As well as Norilsk, the workshops will be delivered in the wouthern city of Vladikavkaz and the far eastern city of Khabarovsk.

16th May 2019

The Soft Power of the UK Core Cities - A Study

TFCC has been commissioned by the Core Cities Group and British Council to undertake an assets mapping of the soft power for the core cities of the UK. These are the largest cities outside London, which are working in an increasingly collaborative way to build the profile of and case for UK cities in policy and investment. These cities are Birmingham, Manchester, Sheffield, Leeds, Nottingham, Bristol, Liverpool, Cardiff, Newcastle and Glasgow. For this study, Belfast is also to be featured.

By utilising the soft power of the Core Cities, the UK Government can help drive trade and investment that benefits the whole country at a time when the national brand is damaged by Brexit.

This requires strategic use of the soft power assets for the Core Cities and giving voice to those best placed to champion and develop them. This study will bring the Core Cities soft power assets into sharper focus and guide a co-ordinated and strategic approach to making the best of them.

6th-7th May 2019

Connecting Culture Forum, Tbilisi, Georgia

Tom Fleming is in Georgia to present and run a workshop at the Connecting Culture Forum. The forum will bring together diverse European voices to assess the role of culture in fostering a fresh voice for Georgia in Europe. The aim is to showcase more Georgia in Europe, and more Europe in Georgia.

Georgian and international speakers will provide diverse perspectives on shared cultural values, culture and creativity as soft power to enhance positive change, the impact and influence of culture and media and the role of the creative economy in fostering dialogue and prosperity.

For Day 1, Tom will present on culture and democracy in cities. For Day 2, he will run a workshop on the role of creative cities and regions for cultural demoncracy and soft power.

13th April 2019

Developing the Cultural and Creative Industries in Vietnam. A symposium with members of the Vietnam National Assembly, Hanoi, Vietnam

Tom Fleming will provide a keynote address at this major national symposium. This provides an opportunity for Tom to present the findings and recommendations of the first National Strategy for the Cultural and Creative Industries in Vietnam, which he led on for UNESCO, the British Council and Vietnamese Institute of Culture and Arts Studies from 2012 to 2017.

The objectives are: to firstly raise awareness about the cultural and creative industries and the role of hubs for members of the National Assembly. Secondly, to initiate a platform for long-term information exchange and policy dialogue between cultural and creative hubs leaders and key decision and policy makers in Vietnam.

This symposium will have the participation from the Vietnam National Assembly, representatives from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the European Union Delegation to Vietnam, the British Council, Vietnam National Institute for Culture and Arts Studies, and other international and national institutions and organisations in the field of arts and culture in Vietnam.

Tom will talk of the importance of cultural and creative hubs as safe spaces for creative expression and as vital enablers for creative talent development, collaboration and growth.

This links to a major partnership project: Cultural and Creative Hubs Vietnam. This is co-funded by the European Union and the British Council, and implemented by the British Council in partnership with Vietnam National Institute of Culture and Arts Studies.

27th March 2019

Masterclass on the Creative Economy, Lisbon International Music Network Festival, Portugal

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy senior consultant Andrew Erskine will run a masterclass at the Lisbon International Music Network festival. The festival focuses on spreading current music to new markets worldwide, alongside artistic and cultural programmes. It involves discussions, masterclasses, meetings and concerts. Andrew will focus on how cities can shape the environment for a thriving creative economy.

Last year, MIL partnered with five other music conventions to launch JUMP, the European Music Market Accelerator. Co-funded by the European Commission, this provides a framework for music professionals to develop innovative business models. It aims to help the music sector adapt to recent transformations of the market while encouraging it to work on a transnational level. For nine months, 10 to 20 participants from all over Europe will have the opportunity to develop their ideas and to benefit in parallel from extensive training and tutorship.