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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.

15 Dec 11

Guimaraes European Capital of Culture 2012 programme launched

Earlier this week, Guimaraes 2012 presented next year's European Capital of Culture programme in the recently refurbished ASA factory/space. The programme will see over 600 cultural events take place throughout 2012:

- Time to Encounter (21 January - 23 March)
- Time to Create (24 March - 23 June)
- Time to Feel (24 June - 20 September)
- Time to be Reborn (22 September - 21 December)

The launch event showcased the latest developments within the Guimaraes 2012 foundation, including an innovative multimedia installation telling the story of 2012 and establishing Guimaraes 2012's brand.

Guimaraes 2012 programme launch multimedia installation:

Q&A with the Guimaraes 2012 Board (in Portuguese):

Guimaraes 2012 website:

13 Dec 11

2nd Russian-British Creative Economy Forum, 16th December 2011

The 2nd Russian-British Creative Economy Forum - organised by the British Council Russia and supported by the Creative Industries Agency Russia - will take place on 16th December 2011 in Moscow (British Council Office, 1, Nikoloyamskaya Street, Moscow). Tom Fleming will be facilitating the forum which will bring together British and Russian experts to discuss the conditions necessary to support growth and development for the Russian Creative Economy, as well as programmes of governmental support for the Russian Creative Industries.

To register and for further information on the Forum visit:

For information on the 1st Russian-British Creative Economy Forum visit: