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3rd October 2019

Local Cultural Development in Islands - Best Practice and Lessons Learned, Malta

Tom Fleming will provide a keynote address at a symposium for the regions and municipalities of Malta. This is a key moment in a wider cultural strategy development process which TFCC is advising on alongside local Maltese partners.

Tom will talk of our experience advising on cultural strategies in island economies and 'peripheries' including Iceland, Madeira, The Faroe Islands and Tasmania. He will reflect on the types of cultural resources available in such contexts and set out some opportunities for Malta.

19th September 2019

Design, Production and Facilitation of the NOURISH Workshop Programme, Iberian International Nanotechnology Laboratory, Braga, Portugal.

NOURISH is a rapid prototyping programme for entrepreneurs working at the interface of material science, technology and creativity. It involves accelerator support and professional development for 5 prototypes which have been specially selected for their innovative, disruptive and scalable qualities.

TFCC has been selected to deliver 3 co-creation workshops. This builds on our ongoing work in Portugal to connect a range of sectors through applied R&D activities.

16th September 2019

Developing a Cultural Economy Strategy for Arts Council Norway

TFCC has been commissioned by Arts Council Norway as advisers to the development of its first Cultural Economy Strategy. Led by Dr Tom Fleming, we will identify the key building blocks for a successful strategy which bridges traditional arts and cultural policy with strategic interventions in the fast-changing cultural economy. This will include briefing sessions with the Arts Council Norway Cultural Economy team; a keynote speech and workshop facilitation role at the Norwegian Pavilion of Frankfurt Book Fair; and sector consultation in Norway. It will culminate in a guidance paper for Arts Council Norway on the preferred approach to developing a national strategy.

13th September 2019

A Creative Economy Roadmap and Plan for the State of Kuwait

TFCC has been commissioned by the National Council for Arts and Letters of the Government of Kuwait, via the British Council Kuwait, to develop an ambitious new roadmap and plan for the Kuwaiti creative economy. This builds on our initial situation analysis work in Kuwait in 2018. We will:

- Research, map, analyse the current state of the creative economy, including strengths and weaknesses of creative infrastructure, value chains and networks. This will benchmark Kuwait against a range of other comparator countries. It will also explore the contribution of the creative economy to the wider economy including tourism and cultural heritage.

- Develop a strategic road map for the partnership-led expansion of creative economy in Kuwait. To initiate this there will be demonstrator projects, including the detailed feasibility of a new consortium which would act as the catalyst for sector growth.

- Develop a shared vision and collaborative framework for the creative economy in Kuwait.

- Develop a policy framework for the Creative Economy in Kuwait. This will set the national strategic priorities and approach for the creative economy, under the leadership of the National Council for Arts and Letters.

12th September 2019

Tom Fleming to Lead the Sheffield Culture Compact Board Away Day, UK

The new Sheffield Culture Compact convenes key strategic partners in culture, business, education, health and governance for the Sheffield City Region. It is an ambitious new partnership platform designed to put culture central to the economic and civic development of Sheffield and its city region.

Tom Fleming will facilitate the first away day of the new Board, introducing the emergent findings of our new Cultural Assets Strategy for Sheffield. This will be followed in the evening by a provocation by Tom at the launch of the Culture Compact where he will challenge city leaders to be more bold, ambitious and committed in their support for culture.

Sheffield is a great city with genuinely distinctive and innovative cultural assets, yet it punches below its weight in terms of the size and impact of its cultural sector. After several years of cultural renaissance and the establishment of a vibrant creative economy, the city needs to go to the next level, benchmarking well with peers across Europe and recognised as a major city of culture.