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27 Jan 14

Creative City Manifesto for Kosice Published

Tom Fleming's Creative City Manifesto for Kosice sets out the vision and framework for building a strong and sustainable creative economy. As the city moves beyond its 'year in the sun' as European Capital of Culture in 2013, it is more important than ever to build a grand partnership for the creative economy. This is because 2013 initiated a set of unprecedented creative industries and cultural sector activities and collaboration, including new infrastructure, networks, support programmes and commissions.

The city has gained real prominence as a forward thinking and aspirational place - where the location (to the East of Slovakia), size (less than half a million) and industrial profile (in transition from heavy industry to a mix of service, technology and creative), are being nurtured as real assets.

The Manifesto is a call to partnership and commitment - setting out some clear opportunities for Kosice to bounce from 2013 toward being a genuinely significant creative city for the next era.

It is informed by the discussions and recommendations of Place! - the major creative economy symposium of Kosice 2013; which Tom Fleming also co-designed and facilitated. Planning is underway for a Place! 2014 - where we can explore progress made on the Manifesto and accelerate the projects and partnerships already underway.

The Manifesto can be downloaded here:

13-17 Jan 14

Nigerian Creative Economy Study Tour to UK

We are excited to be hosting a UK creative economy study tour of senior policy-makers and investors from across Nigeria. In partnership with the British Council and Enterprise Creative, we have designed a programme of meetings and visits to leading cultural organisations and support programmes for the creative economy.

Filling a whole week, we are introducing our Nigerian colleagues to activities in London and Bristol. This includes visits to Ravensbourne, Bow Arts, The Backstage Centre and Roundhouse in London. In Bristol we are being hosted by the City Council and colleagues at Watershed and the Pervasive Media Studio.

This is the 2nd half of a sector development programme. In November 2013, Tom Fleming led a creative economy masterclass in Lagos with Enterprise Creative. The programme is the first such approach to develop partnership and broker knowledge exchange between the UK and Nigerian creative industries sectors.

06 Jan 14

UNESCO-supported Technical Assistance to Strengthen the Governance of Culture in Developing Countries: 3 Publications

Tom Fleming's role as UNESCO expert to support cultural development and the growth of the creative economy in developing countries is featured in 3 new publications.

The publication "Strengthening the governance of culture to unlock development opportunities" of the Expert Facility Project UNESCO-EU is now available. This publication highlights the results achieved and the challenges faced during the 13 technical assistance missions in 2012. It can be downloaded below alongside two other reports.

The report of the UNESCO experts' workshop held in Paris on 23 and 24 May 2013, "Have we succeeded in creating opportunities for a better governance of culture for development?" can also be accessed below. This workshop provided opportunities for experts to share their experiences, and to identify challenges and opportunities for the future of the project.

Finally, the external evaluation report of the UNESCO/EU Expert Facility Project is also available. It was communicated as an information document to the 7th session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.

Tom will continue his work with UNESCO in 2014 - including follow up work in Vietnam.

Follow the links below:

20 Dec 13

Cultural Strategy Executive Paper for East Sussex County Council, UK

TFCC has been commissioned to develop an Executive Paper which connects three pieces of work commissioned by East Sussex County Council in 2013. These are a Brand Review for Charleston House (written by TFCC), an Economic Impact Study of Glyndebourne, and a Social Capital Study of De La Warr Pavilion.

We initiated the above projects as advisers to East Sussex County Council, so this Executive Paper provides a fitting conclusion to 12 months of real innovation and commitment to the role of culture in East Sussex. The Paper will provide an overarching commentary on the three projects, plus introduce a set of learning points and opportunity areas for partners to reflect on.

3-4 Dec 13

Launch of the first National Strategy for the Cultural Industries, Hanoi, Vietnam

Tom Fleming is back in Hanoi to deliver a keynote speech and participate in a major event to launch the first National Strategy for the Cultural Industries in Vietnam. The international symposium for the Asia Europe Foundation marks an important moment in cultural policy for Vietnam - as it moves toward a more market-driven and open economy.

Tom Fleming has been lead consultant to UNESCO and British Council programmes in Vietnam for 2 years and has co-authored the National Strategy for the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Tourism and the Vietnamese Institute of Culture and Arts Studies.

In 2014, Tom Fleming will continue to work with partners in Vietnam - supporting the delivery of a set of policy development activities and connecting Vietnam to regional opportunities in East Asia.