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14 March 13

Unlocking the Creative Potential of Smaller Cities - CURE Conference, Colchester, UK

Andrew Erskine will be delivering a keynote speech to the second International CURE Conference. This builds on our longer-term role as consultants to Colchester's Creative Economy Strategy and our wider work across Europe. Andrew's talk will address the fact that while creative economy agendas may be increasingly defined by the world's largest metropolises, it is actually in neighbourhoods and smaller places where we often see culture and creativity making the biggest difference - especially if driven by careful visioning and planning.

The EU Funded Interreg Northwest IVB CURE Programme - Creative Urban Renewal in Europe - aims to develop creative and cultural hubs that will provide creative workspace and showcasing opportunities and enliven the space for the whole community. Testing this concept are partners from across North-West Europe. Organisations from Belgium, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Ireland and the UK have developed the Creative Zone Innovator which will enable the monitoring of creative development and ensure that key regeneration, creative and cultural objectives are met.

14-16 March 13

Tom Fleming Keynote Speaker at the Cittaslow International Congress, Viana do Castelo, Portugal

This exciting event will explore how to co-create new agendas in smaller city-making. It will focus on issues such as 'growth', 'creativity', 'inclusion' and 'innovation' and seek to develop a fresh agenda for Viana do Castelo and other smaller cities in terms of longer-term development.

A key theme here is 'slowness' - with participants set to explore how slow growth might be more sustainable and offer a higher quality of outcomes than attempts to accelerate local economies beyond their capacity. A further theme is 'convergence', where the economy, culture and community of a city are seen as utterly connected and inter-dependent.

Tom will deliver a keynote speech on March 15th - where he will give a critical interpretation and 'smaller cities' perspective of the 'Creative Cities' agenda.

This builds on our now long-term involvement in Portugal - where through Guimaraes 2012 Tom launched the Smaller Cities platform - which explores creative city-making beyond the metropolis.

12 March 13

Tracey Gregory speaking at Film London's Film Exhibitor's Breakfast

Our in-house expert in evaluation, Tracey Gregory, will be presenting the latest findings from our evaluation of the Barbican's Framed: Cinema for a New Generation; and Film London's Cultivate.

We are evaluating these two programmes as part of a wider portfolio of film and cultural education and audience development evaluations. Both programmes seek to develop new, deeper and more diverse relationships with children and young people as part of a wider strategic approach to audience development for film in London.

The event will attract approximately 60 participants - from across London's film exhibition sector.

25 Feb 13

Kosice 2020 Creative Economy Master Plan

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy is pleased to announce the publication of the Kosice 2020 Creative Economy Master Plan. This is one of the outcomes of our work with the city as it seeks to diversify its economy and build a strong legacy from its status as European Capital of Culture 2013. We have been working as part of a wider team in this East Slovakian city to re-imagine and plan for a strong, confident and creative city in the future.

The Kosice Creative Economy plan sets a broad agenda for the city's sustainable growth, improved performance and the region's central city transformation from being known primarily as 'the Steel City' to becoming recognised as 'a Creative City' by 2020.

We will continue to work with partners in Kosice, with a major creative city symposium being planned for October 2013.

13 Feb 13

Creative Futures - Kent Cultural Conversations at Turner Contemporary, Margate, with CEO of Umea 2014

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy (TFCC) is curating and chairing the final session in a series of three symposia for Kent County Council: Kent Cultural Conversations. These are positioned to reflect on progress made since the launch of the Kent Cultural Strategy in 2010, to identify new priorities, and explore aspirations for the next 3 years.

For this final session, Tom Fleming has invited the CEO of Umea, European Capital of Culture 2014, Jan Bjoeringe, to lead a conversation on engagement, education and skills through large-scale cultural programmes. This presents an opportunity to exchange ideas and explore potential collaboration between coastal Kent and Umea - a smaller city in north east Sweden which will be on of the most exciting places to visit in 2014 when it becomes European Capital of Culture.

The event builds on TFCC's partnership with different European Capitals of Culture - including Guimaraes 2012 (where Tom Fleming was Director of the Creative City Programme) and Kosice 2013 (where Tom Fleming is advising the city on agendas in cultural planning and the creative economy).