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6th October 2016

A Cultural Strategy for North East Lincolnshire

TFCC has been commissioned to develop a Cultural Strategy for North East Lincolnshire. This presents an excellent opportunity to re-think the role of culture in social and economic development for the key towns of Cleethorpes and Grimsby. Although North East Lincolnshire has a number of important cultural assets, it could be argued that the area's cultural offer has the potential for significant development. There are perceived gaps in provision of performance, museum and exhibition space, and a comparative lack of studio or other production spaces for arts practitioners across the borough. Arts Council England has identified that participation in some cultural activities is below the UK or regional average, and audience development is a particular challenge as a result.

However, the prospects for economic growth in North East Lincolnshire over the next decade are stronger than at any point in its recent past, driven by opportunities in key sectors including offshore wind, ports and logistics and food manufacturing. The Council's Local Plan and Economic Strategy set out ambitious plans for economic and housing growth - but if North East Lincolnshire is to realise its aspirations for growth, it is clear that the 'quality of place' will play a key role in helping to attract and retain businesses, investment and people.

This Strategy will explore how to achieve a major shift in North East Lincolnshire's cultural and leisure offer, including its evening economy, can make a major contribution to this agenda, creating a virtuous circle where more people work, stay, play and invest in the area. Changing external and internal perceptions of North East Lincolnshire will also form an important part of this process.

The Cultural Strategy will be formally adopted by the Council, but the intention is that it will be an inclusive strategy for the whole of North East Lincolnshire's cultural sector; establish consensus between local stakeholders on the overall priorities for action; and provide a framework for collaboration.

www.nelincs.gov.uk/culture-events-and-tourism/

3rd October 2016

Inclusivity and Ambition: Bristol's Cultural Future, UK

At TFCC we are very excited to be commissioned by Bristol City Council to develop a new Cultural Strategy for the city.

The proposed title for this strategy, Inclusivity and Ambition, succinctly sets out both the opportunities and challenges for Bristol - a city of contrasting narratives:

- It is a leading creative city outside London, with a buoyant creative industries sector and start-up scene, cultural organisations and festivals of international excellence, and distinctive communities of cultural practitioners, activists and pioneers who have generated a sonic and visual culture recognisable across the world.

- It is a city which faces systemic social and economic challenges in many of its neighbourhoods - such as weak productivity, poor educational attainment, limited social mobility, low wages, deprivation, bad health and unsatisfactory housing.

This Strategy will be built on a very immersive and interactive process where we will work across the city with stakeholders from every key sector and in many neighbourhoods. The core challenge will be to identify shared opportunities which connect different communities and inspire new voices to contribute to Bristol's cultural future. This is a key agenda for the city's new Mayor, Marvin Rees who, in his Manifesto, says:

''Our challenge is that while we have a great story to tell, this prosperity is shared by too few people in Bristol''.
Culture here will be understood as inclusive and holistic: it is everyone's to own to contribute and to shape; it is about active participation for all; and about generating many different types of value.

www.bristol.gov.uk/museums-parks-sports-culture

1st October 2016

Eastern European Initiatives Congress, Lublin, Poland

Tom Fleming will present a paper on the decentralisation of cultural capital with a focus on the role of culture-led development in Eastern European cities. The Eastern Europe Initiatives Congress EEIC brings together 17 countries from the Eastern Partnership and European Union, as well as Russian Federation and other European states.

The EEIC works to inspire more effective and sustainable cross-border collaboration, strengthening development cooperation, and stimulating dialogue between local and regional authorities.

TFCC has been very active across Eastern Europe and Russia for 15 years, developing strategies, providing guidance and working to build capacity and expertise in the region. We also have a particular interest in developing the cultural capital of smaller cities such as Lublin, which is seeking to build a more resiliant and balanced economy.

http://en.kongres.lublin.eu/en/

29th September 2016

Culture at the Crossroads, Tibilisi, Georgia

TFCC Senior Consultant Andrew Erskine will be delivering the keynote talk at the event 'Turning Tbilisi into a Creative Hub' organised by Creative Georgia with the with Tbilisi City Assembly and EU Eastern Partnership Culture and Creativity Programme. The event is designed to explore how this capital city on the crossroads of Europe and Asia can be transformed economically, socially and culturally. The event is aimed at national and local government, artists, designers and creative entrepreneurs. It has three themes:

- Valuing and nourishing culture and creativity in the city - arts and cultural heritage as a source for inspiration and social engagement

- Creating conditions for creative entrepreneurship and innovation - creative industries as a source for employment and growth

- Bridging culture and creativity with other areas of city life - how culture and creativity can provide solutions to challenges that the city is facing.

Andrew will be talking of the lessons he has learned from other European and World Cities which have undergone similar transformations.

For more information visit the Creative Georia facebook page:

www.facebook.com/Creative-Georgia-189207161105896/

23rd September 2016

Tom Fleming Speaking at Caribbean Directors of Culture Meeting, Barbados

As the final part of TFCC's business plan for the proposed Caribbean Creative Industries Development Unit, Tom will be presenting at the annual meeting of Caribbean Directors of Culture. These are representatives from each Caricom government.

Tom will present the key elements of the business plan, where the CCIMU has a vision to be:

'The premier provider of evidenced based services to enhance the performance and competitiveness of the Caribbean Creative Industries Management Unit across the Caribbean and internationally.'

www.carib-export.com