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8 June 15

Cultivating Creative Cities, Royal Academy, London, UK

In a keynote debate for the London Festival of Architecture, Tom Fleming will chair a session on how creativity can be nurtured and sustained in a global city like London.

London is a globally significant creative citiy. But how do particular areas, and a city as a whole, become creative? Can creativity be planned for through policy or design? Should we try to protect creative places or do they have their own natural lifecycles?

The debate includes contributions from Will Alsop, architect; Mike Butcher, Editor at Large, TechCrunch; Munira Mirza, Deputy Mayor of London for Education and Culture; and Andy Pratt, Professor of Cultural Economy, City University London.

05 June 15

Tom Fleming speaking at High Level Conference: Culture in Development, UNESCO/EU Programme, Brussels, Belgium.

In this major event at Bozar, Tom Fleming will reflect on his experience as a UNESCO-appointed expert in the ongoing Technical Facility to support the implementation on the 2005 Convention on Diversity of Cultural Expressions. This has focused on cultural industries activities to support links between culture, civil society and economic development. The conference incudes contributions from Ms Silvia Costa, Chair of the Committee for Culture and Education of the European Parliament; Commissioner Neven Mimica,and UNESCO Director-General, Ms Irina Bokova.

Our work on this Facility led to the development of the first national Cultural Industries Strategy for Vietnam. He is looking forward to continued involvement over the next phase of the programme.

4 June 15

Start out in the Arts - Talk In Cambridge, UK

TFCC Senior Associate, Andrew Erskine, will be the guest speaker on June 4th in Cambridge at an exciting new event - Start out in the Arts - for creative people who want to bring their ideas to life. Andrew will be attempting to explain what the creative economy is and how the creative industries work in the UK. Held on Thursdays at the Espresso Library from 6-8 pm and open to everyone, the series of fortnightly events aim to help creative people in Cambridgeshire take their ideas off the ground, gain confidence in setting up and running their own business, raising awareness of the importance of creative economy, and contributing to the development of creative industries in the area. Other topics to be covered in the events include arts marketing and audience development, social enterprise and business support

The events are for Artists and performers, arts major fresh graduates, interested in setting up their creative enterprise, searching for ways to showcase their works to wider audiences, willing to run their own projects, and in need of help in arts marketing, fundraising, events management, finance and legal issues relating to their business.!about2/c4nz

26 May 15

Bloomberg TV Mongolia featuring Tom Fleming

Tom Fleming has been interviewed by Bloomberg TV as a result of his major role as a keynote speaker and workshop mediator for the 'Creative Industries Forum' in Ulaanbaatar. The interview related to the themes explored at the Forum - positioning the creative industries as a major contributor to the Mongolian economy and wider identity.
Tom's interview - translated into Mongolian - can be seen here:

13 May 15

Tom Fleming re-selected for the new UNESCO Expert Facility (2015-2017)

Tom Fleming has been re-selected for the renewed UNESCO Expert Facility 2015-2017. This Expert Facility, composed of international high level experts in the field of public policies for culture and for the creative industries, was established in 2011, in the context of a European Union funded project aimed at 'Strengthening the System of Governance for Culture in Developing Countries'.

The new list of the 2015-2017 Facility comprises 43 international experts in the fields of cultural policy, governance as well as cultural and creative industries. In the next two years, Tom will be delivering country-level strategic support with the joint objective to support capacity development initiatives for the implementation of the '2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions'.