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15-17 October

Tom Fleming Keynotes at the 1st Moscow Forum: Culture into the Future

This major new event, organised by the Moscow Department of Culture, will be staged in the city's Central Exhibition Hall 'Manege'. The Forum is one of the main events of the Russian Year of Culture 2014. It will bring together more than 4000 attendees from 15 countries - including leading Russian and international experts in the field of culture, science and education, city mayors and policy-makers.

Tom will speak on a range of topics, focusing on innovation and reform in the cultural sector; on new business models; and on the links between the historically subsidy-dependent 'arts and cultural' sector and the wider cultural economy. Tom will also draw on over 12 years experience working in Russia - on the role of culture in social and economic development and the opportunities for cities and regions across the Federation.

17 Sept 14

Major EU-funded Initiative to Support Creative SMEs and micro businesses in Lebanon

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy has been appointed by the European Union to lead its forthcoming delegation in Lebanon to identify and formulate a plan for private sector development in the Creative Industries. Building on the EU's EUR 14 million investment in private sector development in the country in 2009, this Annual Action Programme (AAP) investment will help in the rebuilding of an economy which has suffered deterioration over the last couple of years. In particular the EU is focusing on SME and micro enterprises and how support can be targeted directly to entrepreneurs. Andrew Erskine will lead on our work in the field. He will undertake diagnostic processes to identify which support measures would have the greatest impact, what the key infrastructure needs are for the sector, what the priority clusters should be, and the connections between the creative, cultural and Higher education sectors. Our report including and action plan will detail what type of investment the EU should make in the country to best support the creative industries as a flourishing and sustainable sector.

This builds on our previous work in Lebanon - where we have developed a Creative Cluster Action Plan(2009) and assisted with sector mapping activities (2010).

8 September 14

Tom Fleming addressing the Avtograd Expo, Togliatti, Russia.

Avtograd Expo is a large-scale event on the future of Togliatti - a major city on the Volga river in central Russia. Tom has had a long-standing relationship in Togliatti since his work over a decade ago to advise the city on its approach to the cultural economy. At Avtograd, Tom will focus on sustainable cultural development and the role of museums and other types of cultural infrastructure. Togliatti is in the development phase for a major Museums Quarter. Tom will draw on good practice internationally and advise on how Togliatti can integrate cultural development into its longer term city development.

3 Sept 14

Film Strategy and Programming Framework for the City of Hull

We have been appointed to undertake the work towards a film strategy and a programming framework for Hull. This is an exciting project as it comes at a crucial moment for the city, having been selected as UK City of Culture (UKCoC) 2017. This project adds to TFCC's extensive experience in designing and delivering programmes for European Capitals of Culture. Hull's film strategy will be a great opportunity to strengthen the quality, reach and distinctiveness of the overall cultural programme for 2017.

August 14

Creative Hubs in Europe: Report by Tom Fleming published

The summary report for the 2014 'Creative Hubs Forum' has been published. Written by Tom Fleming in collaboration with Vanya Rodrigues, this presents the agendas explored at the Creative Hubs Forum, which was held in February 2014 at the Olivia Factory in Sao Joao da Madeira, Portugal. The report outlines a set of strategic priorities for Creative Hubs across Europe. Organised by ADDICT, British Council Portugal and Olivia Factory, the Creative Hubs Forum explored how to most effectively develop, connect and grow creative hubs. Tom Fleming facilitated much of the event and provided a keynote speech to a larger forum of policy-makers. The Forum involved 150 participants from 7 countries, many of whom are leading creative hubs. Tom is continuing to advise partners toward a 2015 Creative Hubs Forum in Lisbon.