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17th October - 1st November 2017

Workshop Programme: Creative Economy and Cultural Planning - The Smaller City Perspective, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Undoubtedly, cities which harness a strong, resilient and innovative creative economy are likely to be more successful overall: they are probably more open, collaborative, connected and confident. They are also more likely to be big cities, with economies of scale, world class education institutions, capacity and existing brands. But, the global economic crisis has mobilized people to think and act locally and to go for quality and distinctiveness; to reconceptualise growth; and to even perhaps slow down. Plus the pervasiveness of digital technology opens up opportunities to participate (culturally and economically) in many more places.

Perhaps then the time has come for the creative smaller city?

This workshop programme led by Dr Tom Fleming combines wider analysis and commentary on agendas for creative city-making with case studies and perspectives from smaller cities. It re-orientates the creative city narrative and ask whether smaller cities can start to think big.

16th October 2017

EU Creative Journalist Training Programme, Yerevan, Armenia

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy (TFCC) has been commissioned to design and deliver a training programme on creative journalism in Armenia.

This commences on October 19th with a four day training programme for 12 journalists which we are running with Amalia Illgner and Goldsmiths University. This is positioned to ensure that Armenian journalists have the skills required to write about economic, business, high-tech, innovation and startup topics with local media outlets in Armenia.

The course is the first part of our work to support Armenia's growing creative and digital sector, through ensuring that it is better understood by investors, government and the wider economy.

The programme is part of the Support to SME development in Armenia (SMEDA) project co-funded by the European Union and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and implemented by GIZ-led Private Sector Development in South Caucasus Programme. SMEDA is part of the EU4Business and EU4Innovation initiatives of the European Union.

10th-11th October 2017

Tom Fleming Keynote Speaker at the Regional Forum on Creative Hubs and Cities, Bangkok, Thailand

The forum, organised by The British Council and held at the Thai Creative and Design Centre, aims to explore the concept of creative hubs and how they contribute to creative cities. It will also discuss the value of arts and culture relating to the question of culture and cities, as well as policy support for the growth and development of creative economy, through case studies and best practices from Southeast Asia, East Asia, and the UK.

Tom will explore different approaches to creative hubs and situate them within a wider policy and partnership landscape. This will draw on examples from across the world, including some best practice case studies from Southeast Asia.

6th October 2017

Tom Fleming to Keynote at the MAGIC Academy Symposium, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The MAGIC Academy Symposium is one of the largest creative and tech events in Southeast Asia, with over 3,000 participants.

Tom Fleming will describe the value proposition of the creative industries - emphasising the triple bottom line of economic, social and of course cultural outcomes. He will also set out the key drivers for a successful creative economy and describe the building blocks identified through our work in developing a Creative Economy Blueprint for Kuala Lumpur and the Klang Valley.

October 2017

Creative Economy expert advisory services to Department of Trade and Industry, The Philippines

TFCC is is working with the DTI of The Philippines to provide a range of services as the country embarks on a new creative economy masterplan. Building from our technical assistance to a cultural and creative mapping framework, we are also engaged in a number of activities to build capacity, shape a vision and cement partnerships. This includes facilitation of industry workshops and advocacy work with Government officials. It also includes an ongoing partnership role with The British Council.

The Philippines is setting out an ambitious vision to be a top 5 Asian creative economy by 2030. This will be driven by a range of talent development, export readiness and cluster programmes. TFCC is looking forward to working closely with the public and private sectors in realising this vision.