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January 13th-17th 2020

Abu Dhabi Creative Economy Strategic Development Process

Tom Fleming is in Abu Dhabi to undertake an initial situation analysis and advisory session with the Department of Culture and Tourism. This is to support the development of their first Creative Economy Strategy. In recent years, Abu Dhabi has become a major cultural hub for the Middle East, with some game-changing investments including The Louvre. Yet the Emirate has yet to undertake a strategic approach for its cultural and creative production system. Tom will be in Abu Dhabi and the oasis city of Al Ain to explore strategic priorities and advise on a range of options for developing the creative sector alongside wider approaches to cultural and heritage development.

11th January 2020

Towards a Creative Economy Framework for Egypt, Keynote Address Cairo

Towards a Creative Economy Framework is a two-year project implemented by the British Council on behalf of the EUNIC network during 2018 and 2019. The objective of the project is to raise awareness on the importance of the cultural and creative economy and to emphasise its role in social development, inclusive growth and wellbeing. The project also provides a platform for exchanging information and expertise, for planning among stakeholders in Egypt and informing them about European experiences in the field.

The Conference will showcase the outcome of the two-year discussions between governmental and non-governmental stakeholders active in various creative industries sectors in Egypt. During 2018 and 2019, more than 250 representatives, artists, academics and practitioners of creative industries participated in more than 33 meetings and roundtables to discuss the general landscape of the creative economy, identify challenges and opportunities, and develop recommendations to support creative industries in Egypt.

TFCC has worked as advisors and enablers across the programme. Tom Fleming will provide a keynote to summarise the key outcomes of the programme and to signal opportunities for partners to explore.

16th December 2019

Developing Creative Economies in Overseas Development Assistance Countries: UK Impact Study

TFCC has been commissioned by The British Council to undertake research to explore the impact of their work in Overseas Development Assistance countries on UK organisations, enterprises and individuals.

This complements our 2019 research which explored the value of British Council creative economy programmes in four ODA countries: Nigeria, Indonesia, Vietnam and Colombia. This research ponted to considerable value generated for UK partners. However, this value was not explored or mapped in detail.

This UK-facing fifth strand of the research will explore the types of value generated by the British Council to Uk partners. This includes access to new markets, improved understanding of ODA countries, improved confidence and new ways of working.

28th November 2019

The Creative Economy of Europe, Keynote Address, Culture Economy Symposium, Oslo, Norway

Tom Fleming will provide a keynote address to key figures from across the Norwegian creative and cultural sector. This symposium, staged by Arts Council Norway, will explore how arts and culture in Norway are contributing to a wider economy; as well as critically engage with the challenges of investing to deliver social, economic and of course cultural outcomes.

Tom will also facilitate a workshop on the Norwegian cultural economy as part of his ongoing role advising Arts Council Norway on their approach to the cultural economy.

23rd November 2019

Evaluation of Creative Central Asia Programme

TFCC has been commissioned by the British Council to evaluate Creative Central Asia. This programme was conceived in 2017 to stimulate a new type of leadership conversation between the UK and Central Asia focused on the cultural and creative economy. This international conference and networking series was designed to build an influential and engaged leadership network to mobilise new partnerships and collaborative action with the UK.

Since its inception in Astana in November 2017, Creative Central Asia has annually brought together 120 leaders from across Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and the UK representing different parts of government, the private sector and civil society. A further 150,000 people have followed the conference sessions each year through live streaming and other digital technologies.

Our evaluation will explore progress in partnership and policy development over the last three years and set out some opportunities for the future. It includes participartion by our new consultant Nana Lee at the Creative Central Asia Symposium in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, in November 2019.