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5th September 2019

Expert Advisors to Evora, Portugal, Candidate City for European Capital of Culture 2027

TFCC has been appointed by the Regional Tourism Authority of the Alentejo to play an expert advisory and leadership role for the city of Evora as it builds momentum as a candidate city for European Capital of Culture in 2027.

Evora is a richly historic city in the north of the Alentejo, the beautiful, largely rural region south of Lisbon and north of the Algarve. The city has a highly distinctive identity forged through its links to the land, ancient civilisations, its university, and its growing role as a hub for contemporary cultural practice.

Dr Tom Fleming will lead this process, drawing on his extensive experience working with other candidate cities for European Capital of Culture, including Oulu, Narva, Warsaw, Three Sisters, and most notably Guimaraes in northern Portugal. The work will include a consultation and visioning programme, an assets mapping exercise, and advice and advocacy from the local to European level. It will be completed in 2020, at which point Evora will begin the development of its initial Bid Book for European Capital of Culture.

This is the first major project for our new European Union company, TFCC Europe. Registered in Portugal, this new company will lead our work across the European Union. We remain passionate Europeans and believe firmly in the importance of the European Union for peace, stability and as a vital enabler of cultural exchange, collaboration and friendship.

20th August 2019

Capturing success in support for SMEs in Armenia

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy is pleased to be returning to Armenia for the third year in a row to continue our work with GIZ, the German International Development Agency. This time we are there to capture the success stories from the EU Smeda programme which since 2016 has been supporting the development of SMEs across Armenia and is now coming to an end.

The programme has supported activity such as the annual start-up summit in Seven, the development of the Fashion and Design Chamber and the establishment of a technology centre in Gyumri. Its work has played an important part in helping Armenia develop a modern, innovative economy, particularly outside of Yerevan where rural poverty is a real challenge.

TFCC have previously helped map creative industries, run workshops for journalists and start-ups and produced a feasibility study on the development of a creative hub. Our work will help ensure legacy development is evidence based and help highlight opportunities for future suppport in Armenia and beyond.

23rd July 2019

Strategic Consultancy for Pedra Angular - Terras Sem Sombra Festival, Alentejo and Lisbon, Portugal.

TFCC has been commissioned by the Active Citizens Fund and Gulbenkian Foundation to provide strategic development consultancy to Pedra Angular, which runs the Terras sem Sombra - Lands without Shadow - Festival in the Alentejo, the beautiful rural region between Lisbon and the Algarve. Since 2003, Terras sem Sombra has worked to open the doors of the cultural and natural heritage of the Alentejo, with a blend of European and international music. This rich and engaging festival is increasingly delivering a European dimension, connecting common themes such as environmental sustainability, the balance between urban and rural, and our relationships to the land.

TFCC, with SPI, is providing initial diagnostic strategic support, followed by an action plan on ow Terras Sem Sombra can grow in an innovative and sustainable way. This connects wit our wider portfolio of work in Portugal, including over a decade of cultural planning and creative industries activity. Most recently, we are undertaking projects in Evora, Braga and Loule.

24th-26th June 2019

Cultural Leadership Programme, Khabarovsk, Russia

TFCC is continuing its Cultural Leadership programme in Russia, in partnership with the Pro Arte Foundation and the Potanin Foundation.

Tom Fleming will run a two day programme in Khabarovsk in the far east of Russia. With over 20 cultural leaders attending from a diverse range of Russian institutions and cities, it promises to be an exciting couple of days.

Tom will also be delivering a public lecture on the role of cultural institutions in city and regional development at the Khabarovsk Regional Museum.

17th-18th June 2019

Advising European Capital of Culture Candidate, Narva, Estonia

TFCC will be providing specialist advice and support to the city of Narva in Estonia. Narva, with the Virumaa region, is a candidate city for European Capital of Culture 2024. Located in the far east of Estonia, Narva is on the Russian border and has a majority Russian-speaking population.

European Capital of Culture 2024 will be a thrilling opportunity to explore this borderland situation and generate cultural dialogue with Russia to shape a new type of Europeanness where political borders to not obstruct cultural exchange.

Tom is in Narva to provide a high level perspective on the focus, purpose and opportunity of the European Capital of Culture bid. This will draw on our extensive experience in advising cities to develop successful European Capital of Culture bids and programmes.