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19th - 24th March

Andrew Erskine in Trinidad and St. Lucia for Caribbean Creative Industries Management Unit Research

As part of our work to develop a Business Plan for the proposed new Caribbean Creative Industries Management Unit (CCIMU), Andrew Erskine will be undertaking consultations in Trinidad and St. Lucia. The overall purpose of the CCIMU is to address the needs of the regional creative industries, while fostering creativity, developing businesses, creating opportunities and improving trade, and ensuring that the rights and obligations of stakeholders are respected and legally protected.

Working closely with Caribbean Export Development Agency (CEDA), the project involves several study visits, strategic workshops and prioritisation meetings with a wide range of cultural and creative organisations, governmental agencies and creative practitioners across the Caribbean. Tom Fleming has already undertaken consultations in Barbados, with activities in the Bahamas and Jamaica to follow.

The Business Plan is funded by the Caribbean Development Bank and commissioned by the Caribbean Export Development Agency (CEDA).

14th - 21st March 16

TFCC in Nigeria for Creative Skills Rapid Assessment: Lagos, Abuja and Calabar

Tom Fleming and Tomi Oladepo are currently in Nigeria to undertake a series of consultations as part of our rapid assessment of the creative skills landscape. The research is for the British Council Nigeria. We are undertaking a series of workshops and one-to-one consultations in Lagos, Abuja and Calabar to ascertain the profile, needs and opportunities for skills development. This will lead to a situation analysis report which will be presented at a major conference on the Nigerian creative economy, in April 2016.

16th March 16

Keynote Speech at the first Tunisian National Freelance Day, Tunis

Our Senior Associate Andrew Erskine, will provide a keynote address at this major event to celebrate the vital role that self-employed people play in the Tunisian economy. The day will see the launch of 'UProdit' a new platform and social media site for freelancers. This is designed to create new business opportunities, engage communities and leverage innovative partnerships.

The event, featuring international speakers from the UK and Germany, will be held at Carthage El Hadatha Amphitheater, Manouba University Campus. It is organised by Prodit, an NGO focused on supporting graduates in the arts and multimedia to find employment, in cooperation with ISAMM (Higher Institute of Arts and Multimedia) and Manouba University. There are expected to be over 400 participants including stakeholders from many Tunisian regions (freelancers, government officials, higher education, NGOs and companies). Additionally, there will be a large media presecence from national radio, TV, digital press and newspapers.

Andrew will examine what freelancers need to succeed in the modern economy. Based on lessons from the UK, where 1 in 7 of all workers are self-employed, his talk will look at the implications that one of fastest growing sectors in the global workforce has for professional services, governments and education.

Our participation is being generously supported by British Council Tunisia.

16th February 16

Tom Fleming leads 2nd workshop programme for the University of British Columbia Continuing Studies Centre for Cultural Planning and Development, Canada.

The UBC Continuing Studies Centre for Cultural Planning and Development is dedicated to the creation and strengthening of a global community of professionals advancing cultural development as a vital component of successful communities and sustainable growth.

Tom has been asked to teach a module on creative place-making for smaller cities. This bulds on his successful course in 2014-15. Tom will deliver a set of online workshops to participants from across north America.

16th - 19th February 16

Culture for Cities and Regions: Study visit to northern Portugal (Porto, Guimaraes and Braga)

Tom Fleming will continue his role as creative industries expert to the Culture for Cities and Regions programme by participating in a study visit to northern Portugal. 12 cities from across Europe will join Tom and the team from Eurocities and KEA to explore the role of culture in development across this distinctive and fascinating region. This will include visits to key clusters and cultural organisations in Porto, Guimaraes and Braga.

This is of course a region Tom knows well, with 3 years as programme director for the Creative City (Cidade) focus of Guimaraes, European Capital of Culture 2012, and a lead role in the development of the first creative industries strategy in Portugal (for the northern region) in 2008-10. Tom will play a facilitating role and work closely with hosts ADDICT (the creative industries development agency for the north of Portugal) to share best practice with participating cities.