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3rd - 4t June 2019

International Workshop: Intercultural Dialogue and New Cultural Facilities as Catalysers for a Positive Urban Development, Vienna, Austria.

Tom Fleming will participate in an international workshop hosted by the Austrian Academy of Sciences to explore how cultural infrastructure is enabling intercultural dialogue. Across Europe, cities have increasingly diverse populations, but cultural infrastructure struggles to keep pace with demographic and cultural change and thus to play an enabling role for new, syncretic cultures to form.

This workshop will bring experts from across Europe to Vienna to explore best and next practice and to make comparison with the Austrian situation. It will have a focus on the suburbs of major cities, with Tom drawing on examples from London, including Harrow Arts Centre in Hatch End and the role of Waltham Forest Borough of Culture.

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.