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17th-18th June 2019

Advising European Capital of Culture Candidate, Narva, Estonia

TFCC will be providing specialist advice and support to the city of Narva in Estonia. Narva, with the Virumaa region, is a candidate city for European Capital of Culture 2024. Located in the far east of Estonia, Narva is on the Russian border and has a majority Russian-speaking population.

European Capital of Culture 2024 will be a thrilling opportunity to explore this borderland situation and generate cultural dialogue with Russia to shape a new type of Europeanness where political borders to not obstruct cultural exchange.

Tom is in Narva to provide a high level perspective on the focus, purpose and opportunity of the European Capital of Culture bid. This will draw on our extensive experience in advising cities to develop successful European Capital of Culture bids and programmes.

18th-19th June 2019

Cultural Leadership Programme, Vladikavkaz, Russia

TFCC is continuing its Cultural Leadership programme in Russia, in partnership with the Pro Arte Foundation and the Potanin Foundation.

Senior Associate, Andrew Erskine, who led the previous course in Norilsk, will be running the two day programme in the Southern Caucases. With over 30 cultural leaders attending from a diverse range of Russian institutions and cities including the republic of Dagestan, republic of North Ossetia, Rostov, St Petersburg and Moscow. It promises to be an exciting couple of days. The workshop will be opened by the Head of Culture for Northern Ossetia Alania.

Andrew will also be delivering a public lecture on tradition and change in culture at the North Caucasian Branch of the National Centre for Contemporary Art.

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.