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4 January 16

On-site sector consultations and Investment Opportunities workshop, Jamaica

As part of TFCC's appointed work to develop a Business Plan for Jamaica's Creative and Cultural Industries (CCIs), we will be conducting on-site sector consultation with leading organisations, businesses, experts and creative practitioners. As part of this, TFCC will host a finance-specific event; targeted at investors and financial brokers to help explore and develop the current status quo of finance and support mechanisms for the creative and cultural businesses across Jamaica.
The Development of a Business Plan for Jamaica's Creative Industries is financed by the World Bank and is part the Foundations for Competitiveness and Growth Programme. TFCC's role as the appointed consultants aims to guide on the development of a strategic roadmap document that will support the growth and sustainability of the Creative and Cultural Industries locally and in the international markets.

4 January 16

Lead Advisory Role to Three Sisters 2020, European Capital of Culture candidate, Ireland

Following the successful shortlisting of the Three Sisters (Waterford, Wexford and Kilkenny) as a candidate to be European Capital of Culture 2020, Tom Fleming will continue his Lead Advisory Role. This is to support the final stage of the ECOC 2020 bid. In the next 6 months, Tom's role will be focused on building a strong final bid that reflects and connects the region's distinctive strengths, mobilises new partnerships and engages as many parties as possible to help position culture into the heart of the wider economic and social development agendas of the region.

15 December 15

Development Policies for the Creative Industries, Special Symposium, University of Warwick, UK

Our Senior Associate Andrew Erskine will be speaking at this special symposium organised as part of the official visit of a senior Chinese delegation from Shandong Academy of Social Sciences to Warwick University's Centre for Cultural Policy Studies. The symposium will present expert views on the past, present and future of UK Creative Industries Policy with a particular focus on what what has worked and what has failed, how policy has changed places and the role that the creative industries can play in sustainable development. The programme includes a tour of Coventry, including the much discussed Fargo Creative Village, a creative space with independent shopping, street food, markets, vintage & creative studios.

7-12 December 15

Scoping Exercise for a Malaysian Creative and Cultural Mapping Programme, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Tom Fleming is in Kuala Lumpur to explore the potential for a full Malaysian creative and cultural mapping programme in 2016. This initiative by Think City in partnership with the British Council Malaysia is an outcome of discussion from the Coalition of Corporate Support for the Arts (formerly known as the Malaysian Arts and Cultures Funders Roundtable - a sharing and networking platform for the private and public sector vested in the arts) organised by My Performing Arts Agency.

The study visit will help to shape strategic thinking in the sector and to scope the main opportunities for developing a full mapping study and strategic development programme for the creative and cultural industries in Malaysia in 2016. The aim is to aid local companies and national government agencies to plan their investment and activation in the creative and cultural industries efficiently, and bring the stakeholders closer in achieving the bigger picture together.

7-8 December 15

Building A Creative Region, Oujda, Morocco

Building on our work across the Middle East and North Africa region, Senior Associate Andrew Erskine is curating and chairing a two day workshop aimed at kick-starting the support for culture and creativity in the region of Oriental, Morocco. Initiated by L'agence de l'Oriental, the economic, social and cultural development agency for the eastern region of the country, and coordinated by Anima Investment Network, a multi-country cooperation platform for economic development in the Mediterranean, the event brings together experts from across Europe.

Focus areas include music and festivals, food, heritage, tourism, design and making, entrepreneurship and there of the digital sector in promoting arts and culture. Participating experts include Verity Mackintosh, Studio producer for the Pervasive Media Studio and Tony Boden, Head of European Touring for Artery Global. Following the workshop it is hoped that a longer term programme of activity across the region will be funded.