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03 Nov 09

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy Keynotes at Creative Cities - Budapest

Andrew Erskine will be speaking on the November 4th at the British Council Creative Cities conference in Budapest. Andrew's presentation will highlight the role of creativity within cities at a time of economic downturn.

The 'Creative Cities' project aims to foster a greater understanding about the contribution creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship can have to make peoples' lives in cities better.

Led by the British Council, this programme it will be running throughout 2008-2011 in the Nordics, Baltics, Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Slovenia.

27 Oct 09

Tom Fleming leads debate on creative space and infrastructure

Tom Fleming will be speaking at Ash Sakula Architect's Autumn debate on the 11th November, along with the architects and writers Paul Shepheard and Jeremy Till, and the author and broadcaster John Kampfner.
This event is staged as a conversation space for exploring 'the big issues'. It is part of a series of three evening debates that focus on the control of territory; the possibilities of creative curating; and the opening up the 2D and 3D space.

23 Oct 09

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy supports Sheffield Showroom

Tom Fleming is to chair a partnership session that scopes the strategic future of Sheffield Showroom - one of the UK's leading cross-art-from venues. Showroom has ambitious plans to take the lead in repositioning Sheffield as a major city for creative production and programming. This includes a proposed new 'Festival Centre', a major facility to showcase and develop creative content.

20 Oct 09

Tom Fleming keynote speaker at Creative Metropoles conference in Warsaw

Tom Fleming will be speaking at the Creative Metropoles conference on the 21st October in Warsaw. Tom's keynote speech will focus on the role of creativity and culture in urban development and will outline strategic questions leading to a discussion with participating cities' representatives.

The aim of the conference will be to identify good practice in creative and cultural city-making, and explore the role of European Capitals of Culture.

The project "Creative Metropoles: Public Policies and Instruments in Support of Creative Industries" is spearheaded by the culture and business development professionals of the local governments of Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Birmingham, Helsinki, Oslo, Riga, Stockholm, Tallinn, Vilnius and Warsaw - cities that play a central role in economies of their countries. The city of Riga is the project initiator and lead partner of the consortium.

The project presents the shared vision of 11 European metropolitan cities of the creative industries and creative economy acting as the key driving force behind a city's or region's development.

The Creative Metropoles project works in 5 policy areas:
1. Structure of the public support for creative industries
2. Business capacity and internationalisation of creative industries
3. Space for activities by creative industries and creative city districts as creative incubators
4. Funding schemes for creative industries
5. Demand for the outputs of creative industries, including municipalities in the role of consumers

The conference will target decision-makers and executives in local governments as well as creative industry stakeholders and is expected to result in a more focused and efficient public support system for the creative industries. The conference's ambition is not only to present good practice examples but also to deal with current issues and generate new knowledge, approaches and tools. This will be based on knowledge transfer between the cities, workshops, debates, study visits and analysis - all of which will take place on the day.

For the benefit of cities outside the project partnership, the experience gathered during the project will be presented as a 'Portfolio of Good Practice' and shared in a number of dissemination events and conferences, with a final event planned for May 2011.

To find out more about this project visit:

14 Oct 09

Tom Fleming speaking at Forum Guimaraes, Portugal - A Soul for Europe

Tom Fleming will be speaking at the 'Forum Guimaraes - A Soul for Europe' event on the 16th October at Centro Cultural Vila Flor in Guimares, Portugal.

This debate, organised across several discussion panels, will focus on the role of culture in the transformation of European cities.

This is a major agenda for Guimaraes, which in 2012 will be European Capital of Culture. It also builds on Tom Fleming's role as lead consultant to the city's successful bid for this status.

The Forum's participants will include of members of the European Parliament, representatives from the European Commission, active participants from 'A Soul for Europe', national cultural practitioners and policy-makers from across Portugal.

During the Forum, Tom Fleming will discuss the opportunities and challenges faced by the European Capital of Culture status.

Previous editions of the Forum were held in Belgrade, Lyon, Pecs, Prague, Skopje, Sofia and Tiblissi.

Videos and photos can be found on the Forum's website: