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- 10 June 13
A Refreshed Vision & Action Plan for Creative Colchester, UK
Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy has been appointed to refresh the Vision and Action Plan for Creative Colchester. We developed the first vision and a strategic framework for the development of culture and creativity in the town, in 2011.
Since then there have some considerable developments, not the least the Creative Business Centre - a networking forum and activity space in the Waiting Room of the Old Bus Station.
As part of this 'refresh', we will be running a workshop in Colchester on June 27th at 5.30 PM at Firstsite. Do sign up and come along if you are in the area as it promises to be an exciting event and another milestone in Colchester's development as a real home of culture and creativity.
For full details of the event - including the original vision - please go to:
- 05 - 09 June 13
A Creative Economy Masterclass and Strategic Consultation for Arkhangelsk, Russia
Tom Fleming and Andrew Erskine are in Arkhangelsk in the north west of Russia to identify strategic opportunities to develop a more balanced and diverse economy. This includes a focus on the creative industries, cultural tourism, and an innovation ecology overall. With partners Northern Arctic Federal University (NARFU), Tom and Andrew are delivering a set of masterclasses on international best practice and working to identify strategic priorities which can then be developed with our ongoing consultancy. NARFU is involved in the project "centres of creative industries" with the Nordic Council of Ministers.
This is one of a series of creative economy masterclasses and consultations we are holding in Russia and its region this year - including ongoing activities in Moscow, Ulyanovsk, Brest (Belarus), and Kirovograd (Ukraine).
- 22 May 13
UNESCO Cultural Experts Meeting, Paris, France
Tom Fleming is in Paris to discuss learning points and next steps for the UNESCO/EU-supported programme of technical assistance to developing countries with regard to the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.
In 2012, Tom was involved in two UNESCO/EU 'missions' to Vietnam - culminating in a Creative Industries Framework. He is set to return in September 2013 to continue this work and add value to complementary consultancy he is delivering for The British Council (which included a recent programme of support to partners in Vietnam).
The Paris meeting includes a focus on the strategic direction of the UNESCO/EU programme, learning points and next steps (for a possible Phase II of the programme).
- 17 May 13
Momentum Music Fund Launch at The Great Escape, Brighton, UK
Andrew Erskine and Laura Schmeider will both be attending the launch event for the new Momentum Music Fund in Brighton. The Fund, which Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy is evaluating, has been set up to provide vital financial support to help talented artists and bands to take their career to another level.
A partnership between PRS for Music Foundation and Arts Council England, Momentum will inject more than GBP 500,000 into the music industry over the next two years.Grants of up to GBP 15k will be available, supporting emerging and mid career artists to develop their recording, writing, performing and touring ambitions.
The launch of the fund taking place at the Great Escape Music Festival - Europe's largest showcasing event for new bands.
- 13-17 May 13
A Creative City Masterclass Programme for Kirovograd, Ukraine
Tom Fleming is in Kirovograd, a city in central Ukraine, to deliver a series of workshops and provide consultancy to city-makers keen to diversify and grow the economy and improve the quality of life overall. Workshop themes include 'Creative Talent and Education', 'Creative Workspace and Clusters', and 'Civic Creativity'.
Tom was requested to deliver this programme after his keynote speech at the 2012 Creative City Forum in Kirovograd. A key outcome will the 'Kirovograd Creative City Manifesto' - a vision document and action plan for the city, which will be launched at the 2013 Creative City Forum.
This Manifesto is the 2nd in a series of Smaller Creative City Manifestos by Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy. It forms part of our forthcoming Smaller Creative Cities Programme: a platform and set of specialist consultancy services for smaller cities keen to grow a sustainable and value-adding creative economy.