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18 Nov 11

Tom Fleming speaking at Matera European Capital of Culture 2019 conference

Next week Tom Fleming will be a keynote speaker and will participate in the round table discussions taking place at the "Matera 2019 European Capital of Culture - Candidate City: culture as a driver towards Europe 2020 strategy" conference. The conference, taking place in Matera, Italy on 24-25th November 2011, will focus on the contribution that culture and creativity can provide to the objectives and challenges of the EU 2020 strategy:

Smart growth - urban integrated planning of a culture and knowledge city which combines economic development, culture, creativity and digital technologies
Sustainable growth - combining creativity and technologies for energy efficiency and better use of environmental resources
Inclusive growth - social inclusion and intercultural dialogue, taking into account the changes in the Mediterranean basin.

The conference is part of a public consultation to support the candidature of Matera as European Capital of Culture and to design a programme of cultural and economic regeneration that has the potential to position the wider region of Matera as an area to experiment, drive innovation and to attract talent.

Conference information:

Europe 2020 - the EU's growth strategy between 2010-20:

07 Nov 11

TFCC to develop evaluation framework for London Outdoor Arts Festival 2012

TFCC will be working with the Greater London Authority (GLA) and Allium Opus to develop an evaluation framework that will assess the effectiveness of the London Outdoor Arts Festival 2012 (part of the Cultural Olympiad). The evaluation will document the festival programme and measure the impact on the public, participants and other stakeholders with the purpose of developing better practice and identifying future opportunities. The festival itself offers a unique opportunity for public and private sectors to work together, build lasting partnerships and pool funds, content and resources.

On Friday 4th November the London 2012 festival programme was launched, announcing the 12-week long nationwide festival:

03 Nov 11

British Council's Future City Jobs website is now live

Led by the British Council, Future City Jobs is an EU-funded pilot programme aimed at strengthening youth employment through the Creative and Cultural Industries. TFCC, as transnational expert for Future City Jobs, is providing strategic guidance, brokering stronger collaboration between partner cities, introducing models of good practice, facilitating meetings and study tours, and providing advocacy and analysis.

The programme will be delivered by partners representing cities from six EU Member States: Glasgow (United Kingdom), Prague (Czech Republic), San Sebastian (Spain), Sodertalje/Stockholm (Sweden), Tallinn (Estonia) and Wroclaw (Poland).

The Future City Jobs website with more information on the programme is now live:

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02 Nov 11

Creative Colchester strategic framework launch on 11 November 2011

A new vision and an action plan are being drawn up to ensure Colchester capitalises on its abundance of creative talent and infrastructure. The vision and action plan - entitled Creative Colchester - is led by Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy. It has been supported by strategic partners including Colchester Borough Council, Arts Council England, Essex County Council, University of Essex and the Haven Gateway Partnership.

The oldest recorded town in Britain, Colchester has a proud heritage. Today, its cultural presence includes the widely-acclaimed Mercury Theatre, Colchester Arts Centre, Castle Museum and its Town Walls. And now it has firstsite, a leading venue for contemporary visual arts which is set to be recognised at an international level.

There is a wealth of other cultural activity within the borough, including creative education opportunities at the University of Essex and Colchester Institute. Colchester can boast the largest creative economy in Essex and the Haven Gateway with 1,300 creative businesses providing employment to over 5,600 employees. A priority growth area for the town, this accounts for 18.3% of all businesses in the borough, and includes advertising, design, web production, film, arts, crafts, performing arts and publishing

Colchester Borough Council is hosting a breakfast event on 11 November at firstsite to workshop ideas for the 5-year Action Plan with the creative sector. A grant of GBP25,000 from the Haven Gateway is available to help kick-start delivery of the Action Plan. Priorities and recommendations for how this should be spent will come forward from the event.
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31 Oct 11

TFCC commissioned to create a framework to develop the Cultural and Creative Industries in Tunbridge Wells

The framework will develop the Creative Industries in the Tunbridge Wells area through mapping of current Cultural and Creative Industries (CCI) activity, identifying the needs of businesses and developing a strategic framework to grow the wider creative sector in Tunbridge Wells.

Tunbridge Wells has the largest concentrations of computer gaming, software and electronic publishing companies, alongside visual and performing arts organisations within Kent.

The framework will identify specific opportunities for new workspace and other infrastructure, as well as opportunities for strategic partnerships. It will also outline an implementation plan for the framework, providing a structure for the CII sector to play an important role in delivering growth and sustaining overall prosperity in Kent.