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17th November 2020

Keynote at the Jogja Festivals Forum and Expo, Indonesia

Tom Fleming will provide an overview of the role of festivals for the ASEAN creative economy and describe how festivals can mobilise diverse creative talent in cities across the region. Drawing on our research on festivals globally, including a recent evaluation of the British Council Festival Skills Programme, Tom will set out an agenda for festival development in the ASEAN region where festivals are supported to develop stronger networks, exchange and shared approaches to promotion and skills.

Jogja, or Yogyakarta, is a major festivals city in Indonesia. Over the last 7 years, the festivals have come together to form Jogja Festivals, a pioneer for whole-city festival development and coordination.

TFCC will be returning to the region as soon as we can after the Covid-19 crisis, with a new programme of policy and research activities in Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam and the Philip

November 2020

MA Workshop Programme for Moscow School of Social and Economic Science, Russia

Tom Fleming is undertaking a series of 5 workshops for the Moscow School of Social and Economic Science to introduce the core concepts of the cultural and creative industries, creative economy and cultural planning. Each workshop is in partnership with the Creative Industries Agency of Russia, with which TFCC has a longstanding relationship.

Workshops commence with a headline overview of core concepts and policy agendas, before focusing on specific development areas such as creative clusters, urban planning for culture, and inclusive creative economies.

12th and 19th November 2020

School of Museum Leadership, Russia

Tom Fleming is set to deliver two keynote lectures to the School of Museum Leadership. This is an initiative of the Potanin Foundation, facilitated by the Proarte Foundation.

The title of the first lecture is: Turning a Crisis into an Opportunity: Museums as Innovators for Sustainable Cultural Development

The title of the second lecture is: The Open Museum: Empathy, Interaction and Co-creation in a time of profound change.

The lectures will be broadcast across the Russian Federation to a large audience of museum and cultural professionals. They replace a programme of city-based museum masterclasses and workshops, which Tom Fleming was set to deliver in eastern and central Russia before Covid-19 intervened.

The lectures build on our relationship with the Potanin Foundation and Proarte Foundation. Next year we hope to be back in Russia to engage with partners in person.

22nd October and 6th November 2020

Lecture Series: Spatial Development Department of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, Moscow

Tom Fleming will continue our longstanding partnership with the Russian Creative Industries Agency and Skolkovo to deliver a lecture programme which connects the cultural sector and creative industries to wider agendas in planing and city making.

Cities across the world are struggling to rescue their economies and reframe their role and purpose in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic and other longer-term structural challenges. The creative industries and wider approaches to creativity and culture-led development, are vital to diversifying the economy, revitalising urban life and driving innovation across approaches to spatial planning. But most cities do not prioritise creativity and are stuck in old models of policy and practice. These lectures will explore the role and value of creativity - in work, policy and planning - for the revitalisation of cities as places for sustainable, inclusive development.

15th October 2020

Theatre of Uncertainty, International Gathering

Tom Fleming is set to present at Theatre of Uncertainty, a two day international gathering for theatre, performing arts and cuultural policy. Produced by EVE, the Israeli Independent Theatre Makers Association, the event convenes speakers and audiences from across the world to explore policy and pracice for theatre in this time of huge uncertainty.

Tom will reflect on the UK policy response to theatre and the arts in the Covid-19 crisis. He will point to the relatively piecemeal and responsive approach to policy which thus far has lacked trust, empathy and foresight. He will also reflect on the types of partnership, investment and positioning which will be needed for the arts to come back strong as we hopefully recover.