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23 - 26 November 15

Unesco and Sida Technical Assistance to the Government of Vietnam, Hanoi, Vietnam

Tom Fleming will be in Hanoi to run a series of workshops and meetings to develop competencies relating to the 2005 UN Convention on Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.

This is as part of the next stage of the Unesco Technical Assistance Programme. It builds on our previous work in Vietnam, with the Convention a critical underpinning of cultural policy development in Vietnam. The programme is funded by Swedish International Development Cooperation (SIDA).

Tom will return to Vietnam in the spring of 2016 to deliver a second stage of support and develop a summary report on how Vietnam is adapting its cultural policy in line with the Convention.

13 November 15

Three Sisters Shortlisted for European Capital of Culture 2020

Exciting news! Three Sisters is a partnership of the three cities and counties of South East Ireland (Waterford, Wexford and Kilkenny), which are collectively bidding to be European Capital of Culture 2020. After an intensive year of bid development, culminating in the submission of the Bid Book and presentation to a jury of European cultural experts, Three Sisters has been shortlisted.

Tom Fleming worked as lead bid adviser to Three Sisters. This involved supporting vision development, partnership working, engagement activities, and bid formulation.

Shortlisting status means the Three Sisters have until next summer to develop a high quality final bid which successfully competes with the other shortlisted cities of Galway and Limerick. This is a hugely exciting opportunity for the region and the next six months will thrust culture centre stage in economic and social development agendas.

12-14 November 15

Creative and Cultural Industries Masterclass, Estonian Business School, Tallinn, Estonia.

Tom Fleming will deliver three lectures and workshops to the Estonian Business School. It will focus on the overall global picture for creative industries policy development and investment. This will include a focus on key policy areas such as education and skills, investment, workspace, clusters and place.

Tom's course is part of a new Creative Business MA at the Estonian Business School. It builds on a long-term relationship with policy development in Estonia, including our work to develop the 'Tallinn Manifesto on Creative Entrepreneurship' in 2011-12.

11 November 15

Data & Evidence and Definitions. (Re)Positioning culture and creativity in Iceland. Keynote Speech, Reykjavik, Iceland.

A keynote speech by Tom Fleming on how we understand and position the cultural and creative sectors in a wider economic and social development context. This includes how we define and measure the sectors, how we benchmark and evaluate, and how we develop a clear and distinctive value proposition for sector investment.

Tom is in Reykjavik on the invitation of the Ministry of Education and Culture of Iceland. The symposium forms a key component of a new post-crisis policy development process for Iceland - as the country seeks to establish a new strategic narrative for culture and a distinctive approach to the creative industries.

1 November 15

A Business Plan for Jamaica's Creative Industries

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy has been appointed by the Planning Institute of Jamaica, PIOJ, to undertake the Development of a Business Plan for Jamaica's Creative Industries. This project will run with the support of sector specialist Olayinka Jacobs-Bonnick, and Jamaica-based experts Shelley-Ann Morgan and Simone Harris.
This is an important piece of work for the development of a vibrant, sustainable cultural economy in Jamaica. This work will involve in-depth sector analysis through onsite visits, workshops and discussions, helping to identify key barriers and opportunities for growth. We connect and develop key industry drivers across Jamaica to deliver a Business Plan which focuses on long-term sustainability and market growth with some straightforward short- and medium term priorities.