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14th March 2019

Can European Capital of Culture Save the World?! Oulu, Finland

Tom Fleming is back in Oulu, in the north of Finland, to provide a keynote address to their first major European Capital of Culture summit. Oulu is a candidate city to be European Capital of Culture in 2026.

Tom will talk of purposeful partnerships, collaborative practice and the European Dimension, highlighting examples from across European Capitals of Culture. He will draw on his experiences supporting several European Capital of Culture bidding processes and delivering a major creative economy programme for Guimaraes, European Capital of Culture 2012.

Tom will also reflect on the process underway in Oulu, as a compelling northern European city with a very distinctive role to play for all small and medium-sized cities seeking to develop an grow through their openness, inclusivity and quality of life. Tom has been advising Oulu over the last 2 years as a critical friend to their bid to be European Capital of Culture in 2026.

7th March 2019

Spaces for Creation, Site Gallery, Sheffield, UK

Tom Fleming will speak at Spaces for Creation as part of a series of conversations about urbanism and cultural space. Alongside Clare Cumberlidge, Tom will discuss how public space is being reclaimed for creation and production, followed by an open conversation. In a climate where our city centres are comprised of public-private land and retail development, the discussion will focus on the role of culture in shaping urban life.

1st-3rd March 2019

Mastering Evaluation in Culture - a Workshop Programme in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Our Research and Evaluation Executive, Tracey Gregory, is leading a series of workshops in Kuala Lumpur introducing the principles and practicalities for effective arts and cultural impact evaluation. This is as part of the Academy for the Cultural Economy led by CENDANA, the Cultural Economy Development Agency. This builds on our work with CENDANA, developing an evaluation framework and tools to measure the impact of this relatively new organisation, launched in 2017 to deliver on the Creative Blueprint for Kuala Lumpur and the Klang Valley.

The Creative Blueprint, also led by TFCC in association with My Performing Arts Agency, was a landmark study of the creative economy of the largest city and conurbation in Malaysia involving detailed mapping to establish a creative industries baseline; extensive sector consultation to explore the opportunities and barriers to growth; and an advocacy programme to build policy commitment.

The Creative Economy: Trends, Challenges and Opportunities for the Smaller City, Evora, Portugal

Tom Fleming will provide a keynote address and run a workshop to explore best practice approaches for creative city-making from a smaller city perspective. Tom will introduce ways to turn smallness into an asset - e.g. in terms of the quality of place, trusted partnerships, and the space for creativity. This is as part of a new creative symposium series by the City of Evora as part of its candidacy to be European Capital of Culture in 2027.

29th January 2019

Cultural Strategy and Regional / Local Implementation, Malta

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy has been commissioned alongside Culture Venture to develop a cultural strategy for the island nation of Malta. The main objective of this EU-funded project is to develop five distinct yet complementary regional cultural strategies for the period 2020-2025 hand-in-hand with Local Councils and Regional
Committees from across this small but diverse nation.

These regional cultural strategies will serve as a communication exercise between the Local Councils and Regional Committees in that the process of jointly and simultaneously drafting these strategies should also serve to reduce duplication of repetition while identifying synergies and complementarities that may be further developed and exploited.

The strategy comes at a pivotal moment for Malta - as it builds on Valetta, European Capital of Culture 2018; and as other parts of the country such as Gozo embark on ambitious clture-led plans.