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2-3 Nov 2012

CIDADE CAMPUS, Guimaraes, Portugal

CIDADE CAMPUS is the major symposium for Guimaraes, European Capital of Culture (ECOC) 2012, with a focus on the role of culture and creativity in smaller city-making and the legacy of the overall ECOC Programme.

The event, programmed as an open campus which is free for everyone to attend, will bring together highlights of the Cidade Programme of Guimaraes ECOC 2012, plus introduce a new set of interactions, presentations and collaborations to collectively 're-imagine the possibility of the city'.

This is the city's major moment for reflection, boundary-crossing discussion and future-planning. Confirmed speakers include Charlie Leadbeater, Femi Longe (Nigerian Co-Creation Hub), Dick Penny (Bristol Watershed), Marleen Stikker (Waag Amsterdam), Bernadette Passos (Paraty, Brazil), and Greg Hadfield (Open Data Cities).

Eight other ECOCs (past and future) will also be presenting, alongside over 20 speakers from across the world and locally from Portugal. The event will also showcase a set of pop up and demonstrator projects - all aimed to provoke and inspire us to 're-imagine the possibility of the city'.

Tom Fleming is programming the overall event - as part of his role as Programmer for the Creative City elements of Guimaraes ECOC 2012.

More information can be found on the CIDADE CAMPUS WEBSITE and Smaller Cities Facebook Group:

24 Oct 12

Creative Hubs in Kent, UK - a Study and Strategy

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy is excited to have the opportunity to build on our work in Kent through a new study and strategy that scopes the current and future creative workspace needs of the County.

We will be working closely with partners across the County to identify those places in Kent where the creative sector has the greatest potential for growth - 'hotspots' - and where investment in workspace and 'wrap-around' infrastructure will generate sustainable growth.

This comes at an important time for Kent - as it seeks to grow the creative economy across its distinctive towns, nurturing an ecology that supports the major investments which have taken place over the last decade - in education, place-making and infrastructure. The project will also complement a new Interreg programme which will link creative workspace activities in Kent to those in other parts of Europe.

12 Oct 12

Tom Fleming Keynote Speaker at the Creative City International Forum, Kirovograd, Ukraine

Tom will explore the 'creative city agenda' from the perspective of post-Soviet cities. Drawing on experience working across the Russian Federation and countries such as Georgia, Ukraine, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, Tom will highlight the limitations of the agenda and point to an agenda which works from the specific position of post-Soviet cities. This will include a focus on creative education, clusters, business support and reform of the wider cultural sector.

The Forum is organised by the Informational Resource Centre in Kirovograd.

28 Sept 12

Tom Fleming Keynote Speaker at the international conference 'Territory, Creativity & Urban Regeneration', Ilhavo, Portugal

Tom will deliver a presentation which critiques the ways concepts such as 'culture-led regeneration' and 'creative cities' have too often been vehicles for privileged wealth creation and have served to divide rather than connect communities. These terms have been used as brand narratives for real-estate-led urban developments, or have served to valorise certain types of 'creative work' over other social and economic activities.

Tom will reflect on good and bad practice over the last decade and offer a new approach which re-claims the 'creative city' for the whole community.

24-25 Sept 12

Tom Fleming in Nigeria as part of Creative Investment Programme

Tom Fleming is continuing to play an advisory and advocacy role to support the development of the Creative Economy in Nigeria. Working with The British Council, Tom is consulting partners across industry and government to identify sector priorities. This is particularly geared toward investment and distribution models for the Creative Industries. As part of this visit, Tom attended the first meeting of the Lagos State Angel Network.

Consultations are helping to inform the structure and focus of the December Creative Expo event in Lagos, plus to shape policy and investment over the longer term.