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16th September 2019

Developing a Cultural Economy Strategy for Arts Council Norway

TFCC has been commissioned by Arts Council Norway as advisers to the development of its first Cultural Economy Strategy. Led by Dr Tom Fleming, we will identify the key building blocks for a successful strategy which bridges traditional arts and cultural policy with strategic interventions in the fast-changing cultural economy. This will include briefing sessions with the Arts Council Norway Cultural Economy team; a keynote speech and workshop facilitation role at the Norwegian Pavilion of Frankfurt Book Fair; and sector consultation in Norway. It will culminate in a guidance paper for Arts Council Norway on the preferred approach to developing a national strategy.

13th September 2019

A Creative Economy Roadmap and Plan for the State of Kuwait

TFCC has been commissioned by the National Council for Arts and Letters of the Government of Kuwait, via the British Council Kuwait, to develop an ambitious new roadmap and plan for the Kuwaiti creative economy. This builds on our initial situation analysis work in Kuwait in 2018. We will:

- Research, map, analyse the current state of the creative economy, including strengths and weaknesses of creative infrastructure, value chains and networks. This will benchmark Kuwait against a range of other comparator countries. It will also explore the contribution of the creative economy to the wider economy including tourism and cultural heritage.

- Develop a strategic road map for the partnership-led expansion of creative economy in Kuwait. To initiate this there will be demonstrator projects, including the detailed feasibility of a new consortium which would act as the catalyst for sector growth.

- Develop a shared vision and collaborative framework for the creative economy in Kuwait.

- Develop a policy framework for the Creative Economy in Kuwait. This will set the national strategic priorities and approach for the creative economy, under the leadership of the National Council for Arts and Letters.

12th September 2019

Tom Fleming to Lead the Sheffield Culture Compact Board Away Day, UK

The new Sheffield Culture Compact convenes key strategic partners in culture, business, education, health and governance for the Sheffield City Region. It is an ambitious new partnership platform designed to put culture central to the economic and civic development of Sheffield and its city region.

Tom Fleming will facilitate the first away day of the new Board, introducing the emergent findings of our new Cultural Assets Strategy for Sheffield. This will be followed in the evening by a provocation by Tom at the launch of the Culture Compact where he will challenge city leaders to be more bold, ambitious and committed in their support for culture.

Sheffield is a great city with genuinely distinctive and innovative cultural assets, yet it punches below its weight in terms of the size and impact of its cultural sector. After several years of cultural renaissance and the establishment of a vibrant creative economy, the city needs to go to the next level, benchmarking well with peers across Europe and recognised as a major city of culture.

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.