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9th & 10th December 2016

Tom Fleming speaking at Rise Up Summit, Cairo, Egypt

Rise Up is the biggest tech and creative summit in the Middle East and North Africa. It brings together over 5,000 entrepreneurs, investors, education institutions and civil society organisations to explore best and next practice in business and development. Tom is speaking on the invitation of the British Council Egypt, with which TFCC are advising on a creative economy programme for this incredible country.

Tom is providing a keynote speech on the importance of the creative economy. He is then participating in a panel discussion on hubs and clusters for the creative industries.

The Rise Up Summit came at the end of a week of meetings and engagements where TFCC and the British Council explored partnership and investment opportunities with key organisations concerned with growing the Egyptian creative economy.

29th November 2016

TFCC Co-commissioned to Undertake an Internationalisation and Export Study of the Estonian Creative Industries

TFCC, working with Civitta, the leading economic and social development consultancy of the Baltic region, has been commissioned by the Government of Estonia to analyse the internationalisation and export activities of Estonian creators and creative companies. This will assess the international reputation, breakthrough potential and collaboration possibilities of the Estonian Creative Industries.

Our approach will be through a programme of interviews at key international festivals and events, surveys and workshops with industry.

Estonia has for over a decade prioritised the Creative Industries as a major sector for economic development and its wider cultural renaissance is viewed as central to the country's relative success as an innovative and attractive place for talent. TFCC has built a longstanding relationship with Estonia and the wider Baltic region, supporting sector development and championing the energy and distinctiveness of the creative scene.

November 24th 2016

Tom Fleming to Speak at Open Daegu, South Korea

At a time when the UK and USA are opting to look inward, to close their borders and encourage cultural division, Daegu, a major metropolitan city in Korea with a population of 2.5 million, aspires toward a creative city of civic vibrancy, colour and opportunity.

Tom will present his perspectives on how cities across the world are embracing their creative talent and engaging diverse communities. He will do this through a critique of the creative cities narrative and by introducing some good and not so good practice from the UK and across the world.

Under the theme of 'Creative City, Daegu', Tom will be joined by leading experts from around the world in the fields of culture, creative economy, liveability and civic participation.

4th November 2016

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy appointed to deliver a Creative Industries Strategy for Glossop, UK

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy has been appointed by High Peak Borough Council to produce a Creative Industries Strategy for Glossop. The objective of this is to understand how the cultural and creative capital of Glossop can be better harnessed to benefit the social and economic life of the former mill town in Derbyshire. In doing this we will be exploring, among other things, the current strengths of the town and how they can be supported, the challenges and barriers to success that creative individuals and businesses face and the potential and appetite to attract more businesses from Manchester or other locations. We will also look at the current gaps in provision for Glossop in terms of local education, skills, support, facilities and networks and what we can learn from comparable places.

In considering the infrastructure needs of the sector, we will consider the potential role of existing heritage assets such as the Municipal Buildings, Market Hall, Town Hall and Victoria Hall.

26th - 31st October 2016

Revitalising La Candelaria through arts and culture, Bogota, Columbia

Our Senior Counsultant Andrew Erskine will be in South America as part of a British Council initiative to assist in the regeneration of La Candelaria, the oldest neighbourhood in Bogota. Andrew will deliver a public talk as well as an in-depth session for senior local government officials as part of the BARCU Art Fair concentrating on lessons that can be learned from the UK. La Candelaria is Bogota's foundational neighbourhood. It is populated by Spanish colonial, baroque and art nouveau architecture and it is home to several ministries and government bodies (including the presidency, congress, city hall and justice palace), universities, museums, libraries and the world's largest gold collection. It is also, however, the scene of many of the clashes between FARC and the Government (who have now reached an historic peace agreement).

However, recently there has been a resurgence of bars, galleries, restaurants, design and book shops which have started to attract visitors. Yet Bogotanos haven't built a notable sense of belonging with the neighbourhood. Instead of being proud of its oldest neighbourhood, its history and architecture, Bogotanos don't tend to visit the city centre much and spend their leisurely time in other areas in the north or the outskirts of the city. Several city administrations have tried diverse strategies to aid the resurgence of La Candelaria, with modest success. The current administration (in place since January 1, 2016) has set the restoration of La Candelaria as a cultural, historical, architectural and political landmark as one of its top priorities for the next four years. In parallel, grassroots initiatives are seeking to fulfil the same aims, but focusing on reclaiming the attention of Bogotanos and building their interest in reclaiming this historical site.

BARCU is an artist-led, grassroots project. It includes a contemporary art fair that occupies 14 colonial houses in La Candelaria during a week in October, whose aim is to present the more experimental and upstream production by young, emerging international artists. None of the houses occupied by BARCU (with the exception of the Museum of Bogota) are primarily used for cultural purposes, but the purpose of BARCU is to offer a cultural programme so attractive that Bogotanos will make sure to visit La Candelaria to explore the exciting though emergent cultural life of the neighbourhood.