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3rd September 2020

Expert Adviser to Aveiro, STEAM City, Portugal

TFCC has been commissioned by the Municipality of Aveiro to deliver long-term specialist advisory services and undertake a programme of research to inform future planning. Aveiro STEAM City is an European Union Urban Innovation Action initiative.

The main focus of the initiative, which positions Aveiro as a living lab for culture and technology, is to build on the strong educational offer of the city, and in particular of University of Aveiro, with a STEAM approach to city-making. Aveiro is also a testbed city for 5G, and a candidate for European Capital of Culture 2027, with science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics fused to redefine city-making.

27th August 2020

New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership Culture Board - a New Cultural Strategy, Board Development Programme and Evidence Base, UK

At TFCC we are pleased to be back in the East of England, leading a multi-disciplinary partnership and strategy programme for the New Anglia LEP Board.

This Board oversaw one of the more pioneering cultural / economic strategies of recent times in their 2016 strategy Culture Drives Growth. In 2020, with the Covid pandemic disrupting how culture is both produced and consumed, and with a no deal Brexit threatening to further undermine the prospects for sector development, there is an urgent need for a re-think. Our role, working with long-term partners We Made That and Hatch, is to:

- Review the purpose, efficiency and effectiveness of the New Anglia LEP Culture Board and to prepare options for its development over the next ten years.
- Create an economic data pack to inform and measure the work of the Culture Board and to demonstrate to partners, current and potential stake holders, the broad economic value of the cultural sector and the current impact of the COVID-19 recession and the role of the cultural sector in recovery.
- Refresh the strategy, Culture Drives Growth, placing culture at the heart of the economic recovery from the COVID-19 recession, establishing a new ten-year vision, with a comprehensive delivery plan.

27th August 2020

The Impact of Brexit on UK Intercultural Relations

TFCC is delighted to collaborate with Charlotte Faucher, Post-Doc Fellow at the University of Manchester, on a study to explore the impact of Brexit on Intercultural Relations for the UK and EU. This is part of an ECR Knowledge Exchange Programme at the University of Manchester.

Charlotte will bring her expertise as a cultural historian into the TFCC team, which has worked across most EU member states and with the European Commission over many years. We will explore how the Brexit process is imacting cultural relations, partnerships and planning.

Of course, at TFCC we think Brexit is a disaster for the UK and for Europe. But this study will drill down to expose the impact it is having on the confidence, health and wellbeing of the UK cultural sector as we approach the end of the transition period and the recklessness of No Deal.

28th July 2020

Re-frame and Re-position - a Post-Covid Cultural Venue Study for Exeter, UK

TFCC has been commissioned by the Exeter Livable City Board in partnership with Exeter City Council and Exeter Culture with a core aim: achieving a strong, sustainable performing arts ecology for the city

Building on the Cultural Strategy for the city, which we developed in 2019, TFCC will work to set out some clear recommendations for the post-Covid development of the existing portfolio of venues and organisations of Exeter.

Like all cities globally, Covid has radically disrupted how cultural venues work and it will reshape their approach to partnership, engagement, presentation and investment for the future. This vital piece of work will scope how Exeter can innovate in a crisis to generate a workable and ambitious approach to venue management, partnership and investment.

20th July 2020

Buckinghamshire Culture Board Development Consultancy, UK

TFCC has been commissioned to advise on the governance and partnership options for Buckinghamshire Culture, the newly formed cultural development partnership for the county. This builds on our work as consultants for the new Buckinghamshire Culture Strategy in 2019. A new Board and programme has since been set up, with a set of priority projects. Our role is to advise the Board as it seeks to develop and grow the role of culture in Buckinghamshire, especially since the establishment of a new unitary authority.