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28th September 2020

A Creative Economy Strategy for Coventry, UK

TFCC has been commissioned by Coventry City Council to undertake a creative economy strategy. This strategy could not come at a more important time for the city, with the Covid-19 crisis radically disrupting the profile and dynamics of the economy overall, with a particularly pronounced impact on micro firms and freelancers, and on key parts of the arts and cultural ecosystem. Now is the time to re-think, re-frame and plant the seeds for future development.

TFCC will work with partners including the Coventry 2021 UK City of Culture team, Local Enterprise Partnership, both universities and the cultural and creative sector, to identify a set of strategic priorities and actions which can help Coventry maximise the potential of its diverse talent base and heritage of creativity and innovation.

Being City of Culture in 2021/2 is a huge opportunity for Coventry to reset wider perceptions (as well as delivering a huge uplift in local and intercultural participation, engagement, innovation and productivity). This creative economy strategy will help ensure that a key legacy of the year of culture sees Coventry recognised as a place where creative approaches to systemic challenges are encouraged; where creativity and innovation are central strengths; and where the diversity advantage of the city is an attraction factor for talent retention and inward investment.

15th September 2020

Creativity Now: A New Era for Imaginative and Inclusive City-making, Cidade Lugar Com, Vila Real, Portugal

Tom Fleming will provide a keynote address and participate in a Q&A as part of the Cidade Lugar Com series with Fundacao da Casa de Mateus and Municipio de Vila Real. This seminar will explore how, with Covid-19 such a game-changer, cities are looking to apply creative practice to enhance resilience, secure inclusive economic development, and drive innovation. It will focus on smaller cities such as Vila Real - cities which may yet rise again as talent looks to leave larger urban centres. It will set out some emergent ideas for a creative city manifesto for Vila Real and other smaller cities, shaping ideas for a brave and radical value proposition for cities which is fired by their creative talent.

3rd September 2020

Expert Adviser to Aveiro, STEAM City, Portugal

TFCC has been commissioned by the Municipality of Aveiro to deliver long-term specialist advisory services and undertake a programme of research to inform future planning. Aveiro STEAM City is an European Union Urban Innovation Action initiative.

The main focus of the initiative, which positions Aveiro as a living lab for culture and technology, is to build on the strong educational offer of the city, and in particular of University of Aveiro, with a STEAM approach to city-making. Aveiro is also a testbed city for 5G, and a candidate for European Capital of Culture 2027, with science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics fused to redefine city-making.

27th August 2020

New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership Culture Board - a New Cultural Strategy, Board Development Programme and Evidence Base, UK

At TFCC we are pleased to be back in the East of England, leading a multi-disciplinary partnership and strategy programme for the New Anglia LEP Board.

This Board oversaw one of the more pioneering cultural / economic strategies of recent times in their 2016 strategy Culture Drives Growth. In 2020, with the Covid pandemic disrupting how culture is both produced and consumed, and with a no deal Brexit threatening to further undermine the prospects for sector development, there is an urgent need for a re-think. Our role, working with long-term partners We Made That and Hatch, is to:

- Review the purpose, efficiency and effectiveness of the New Anglia LEP Culture Board and to prepare options for its development over the next ten years.
- Create an economic data pack to inform and measure the work of the Culture Board and to demonstrate to partners, current and potential stake holders, the broad economic value of the cultural sector and the current impact of the COVID-19 recession and the role of the cultural sector in recovery.
- Refresh the strategy, Culture Drives Growth, placing culture at the heart of the economic recovery from the COVID-19 recession, establishing a new ten-year vision, with a comprehensive delivery plan.

27th August 2020

The Impact of Brexit on UK Intercultural Relations

TFCC is delighted to collaborate with Charlotte Faucher, Post-Doc Fellow at the University of Manchester, on a study to explore the impact of Brexit on Intercultural Relations for the UK and EU. This is part of an ECR Knowledge Exchange Programme at the University of Manchester.

Charlotte will bring her expertise as a cultural historian into the TFCC team, which has worked across most EU member states and with the European Commission over many years. We will explore how the Brexit process is imacting cultural relations, partnerships and planning.

Of course, at TFCC we think Brexit is a disaster for the UK and for Europe. But this study will drill down to expose the impact it is having on the confidence, health and wellbeing of the UK cultural sector as we approach the end of the transition period and the recklessness of No Deal.