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25 Jan 12

Creative Industries and the European Union: Andrew Erskine speaking at European Commission Conference in Reykjavik, Iceland, 26th January

Andrew Erskine has been invited to the European Commission's conference on Cultural and Creative Industries to discuss "Place and the creative industries: supporting the creative economy at a local, regional and national level. Experiences from Scotland and other leading small nations." The conference, organised by DG Enlargement (TAIEX), will take place in Reykjavik, Iceland on Friday 26th January 2012 and will look at the following themes:

- What are the vision and relevant policies of the European Union for creative industries?
- What is the experience of EU Member states, regions and the municipalities with regard to the EU's support for creative industries?
- What can we learn from Scotland, Finland and Estonia?
- To what extent does Iceland participate in EU programmes with relevance to the creative industries' sector through the EEA agreement? What would membership bring in addition for this sector? Is Iceland ready to use the instruments of the EU?

24 Jan 12

Tracey Gregory speaking at Audiences London Symposium 'Understanding Audiences for Outdoor Arts and Festivals' today

The 'Understanding Audiences for Outdoor Arts and Festivals Symposium' taking place today, organised by Audiences London in association with Arts Council England, the Mayor of London and the City of Westminster, will focus on practical approaches to analysing audiences and measuring events and festivals' impacts.

Tracey Gregory will introduce TFCC's work for the GLA - developing an evaluation framework that assesses the effectiveness of the London Outdoor Arts Festival 2012 (part of the Cultural Olympiad), its impact on the public and their engagement in the festival.

Follow the discussion on Twitter: #outdoorarts

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20 Jan 12

Guimaraes 2012 Opening Ceremony on Saturday 21st January

Tom Fleming will be attending the opening ceremony for Guimaraes European Capital of Culture 2012 tomorrow. The opening performance - 'Os Nossos Afetos' (Our Affections) - will be a multidisciplinary performance in which music, dance, theatre, video and the visual arts come together to create an interactive and unified event.

During 2012, Guimaraes will host a major gathering of both creators and creations, working in the fields of music, cinema, photography, fine arts, architecture, literature, thought, theatre, dance and street art. TFCC has been working closely with Guimaraes 2012 to create the 'Cidade' (Cities) element of the programme which includes a network of smaller cities that have taken culture and creativity to the heart of their strategic agendas; a set of urban commissions; a fashion and textiles development project; several cross-sector network and commissioning activities; and a 'pop up' programme of activities that positively disrupt how we see and understand the city.

12 Jan 12

Andrew Erskine discussing future proofing arts organisations on Guardian Culture Professionals network, 13th January 12-2 pm (UK time)

Part of a series of live chats organised by the Guardian's new Culture Professionals Network, Andrew will be part of a panel of experts discussing how arts venues, organisations and cultural careers can be future proofed. The live chat, taking place on Friday 13th January 12-2 pm (UK time), will be hosted on the network's website, and will highlight practical tools as well as strategies to ensure a sustainable arts and cultural sector.

Follow or take part in the live chat here:

10 Jan 12

Creative Industries Sector Research for Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership

TFCC has been commissioned to conduct research into the Creative Industries across Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole. The research will help better understand how the sector engages with general and specific business networks by establishing the type of support required for the sub regional Creative Industries and how best the LEP can respond to these needs. The research will review the types of support provided, their effectiveness and how businesses wish to engage with the LEP. By improving Creative Industries sector links with the LEP the research brings out the value of the Creative Industries to other parts of the economy.

This builds on previous work carried out by TFCC to develop a strategy for Creative Dorset in 2005.