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27th February - 3rd March 2017

Creative Industries Expert Mission to Armenia

We are looking forward to building on our work in central and eastern Europe, with senior consultant Andrew Erskine heading up a Creative Industries expert mission to Armenia.

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy, alongside Sound Diplomacy and local experts from Deem Communications, will be leading a week long series of workshops and interviews with Creative Industries companies in Yerevan, Armenia. The mission is financed by the EU through their programme: Private Sector Development for the Southern Caucus: Support for SME Development in Armenia. It will support the growth of four key sectors: Design, Film, Software and Games, and Advertising.

Overall the objective is to contribute to the growth SMEs from 7 to 15% of the economy and to expand their share of GDP to 35%. More broadly is about diversifying the economy beyond its traditional agricultural and industrial strengths.

The project is being run by GIZ - a German international development agency. It is part of the EU focus on developing a stronger economy and society in central and eastern Europe. One of the many interesting areas that will be addressed during the week will be understanding how the Armenian diaspora, of which an estimated 400,000 live in the USA, can be better connected to the future prosperity of Armenia.

1st February 2017

Tom Fleming to Keynote at Margate Arts, Culture & Heritage Conference, UK

After years of challenge, Margate has become the envy of seaside towns across the UK, not only for its flagship cultural infrastructure but also for the vibrancy of its fast-growing creative industries.

This event celebrates the learning from almost 10 years of culture-led placemaking in Margate, with a focus on the legacy of the innovative Margate Arts Creativity Heritage partnership programme, and with a view to the future of economic and cultural development across Thanet (the local authority area).

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy developed the 10 Year Cultural Vision for Margate in 2008. Tom will reflect on achievements to date and explore some of the big picture opportunties for culture-led place-making in Margate and other smaller towns where culture is championed.

3rd January 2017

Evaluation of Hull 2017 UK City of Culture

At TFCC we are excited to be part of the team selected to undertake the evaluation of Hull 2017, the 2nd UK City of Culture. Hull is a city undergoing culture-led transformation, with 2017 providing the opportunity to showcase the city's distinctive cultural offer, develop talent and grow audiences. TFCC is working with the evaluation lead - Regeneris - to measure a set of qualitative and quantitative outcomes which have been co-defined by the University of Hull and the Hull 2017 Culture Company. The final evaluation report will play an important role in understanding the role and value of cultural investment in city-making.

13th December 2016

Tom Fleming keynote speaker at College Day for Nottingham Trent University, UK

Every year the Schools of Art and Design; Architecture, Design and the Built Environment; and Arts and Humanities; converge in the heart of Nottingham Trent University for their College Day. This is when the future vision and positioning of the arts and design offer of the University are explored. Tom will talk about the ways universities need to not only respond to agendas for their city but to set them; on how they can be more open, collaborative and radical; and on the opportunities that exist to converge civic and institutional interests. This will reflect on our work for universities internationally, not least in terms of how they respond to changing demographics, business models and an unpredictable global environment.

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.