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31 Jan 11

TFCC and TBR to analyse Hertfordshire's digital creativity and media sector

TFCC, in partnership with economic research company TBR, has been commissioned by Hertfordshire County Council to carry out an analysis of the digital creativity and media sector in the County. The study will comprise a detailed review of the extent of digital creativity and media employment in Hertfordshire and the degree to which it is associated with the local presence of other ICT activities and related sectors, as well as identify opportunities and barriers for Hertfordshire as a location for high-value employment in digital creativity and media activities looking forward to 2021.

27 Jan 11

Ed Vaizey announces TFCC role as Creative Industries adviser for ACE

During his first keynote speech as culture minister, Ed Vaizey called for the arts to further embrace technology and innovation, and announced our role as the Arts Council England's Creative Industry advisors. The keynote speech took place at the Capital Matters launch at the National Theatre, where Vaizey discussed the increasing importance of technology in the arts, and its critical role in arts policy.

Speaking about ACE's role in future arts policies, Vaizey said:

"They've already said in their ten year strategy that one of their key priorities is to build a sustainable, resilient and innovative cultural sector. I want to see them offering a service right the way across the subsidised and commercial arts sector - and beyond with their new responsibilities for museums and libraries. A service that helps organisations find out about and implement the kind of innovations that will be needed over the next few years.

They will only be able to do this by working seamlessly with the rest of the Creative Industries, taking advantage of the knowledge and experience in the video games or design sectors, and sharing that with arts organisations - and vice versa. We're already seeing the start of this with the partnership they've signed with the BBC and I'm pleased that the Arts Council has appointed Thomas Fleming as their Creative Industries adviser."

To read more about TFCC's advisory role for ACE go to:

To read Ed Vaizey's full speech visit:

21 Jan 11

Interactive map exploring the future of the place in which we live and work launched

In light of the '2011 European Year of Volunteering to promote more active citizenship' (, 'No economic recovery without cities [& citizens]' has created an online platform pulling together a list of projects and initiatives created by 'citizens or groups of citizens who wish to think collectively about the future of the places in which they live and/or work'. This interactive map enables users to promote their own projects globally, as well as explore other initiatives happening around the world.

The '2011 global urban blogs map' can be found here:

18 Jan 11

TFCC running first Eastbourne Culture workshop, 26th January

Following TFCC's commission by Eastbourne Borough Council to develop an overarching framework for cultural provision and destination marketing to support the development of the sector, we are now running an 'Open Space' workshop to discuss culture in Eastbourne.

"Have Your Say at the Eastbourne Culture Workshop"

Sports providers, festival organisers, community groups, local organisations, and individual artists and musicians, are being invited to come together for the first Eastbourne Culture Workshop next week.

On Wednesday 26th January, the town's first Culture Workshop will take place at the Winter Garden and the local community can come along to have their say on what they think are Eastbourne's best cultural assets, as well as share ideas on how cultural activity can be improved.

The Culture Workshop will take place from 1.30pm - 5.30pm on Wednesday 26th January and anyone is welcome to attend. To register to attend or for more information, email or call 0207 430 0855.

11 Jan 11

Creative Industries Agency (Russia) publishes regional cultural policy concept: 'The Perm Project'

TFCC Russian partners Creative Industries Agency recently published their regional cultural policy concept, 'The Perm Project'.

The concept is based on current achievements and formulates basic principles of development for both the medium and long-term perspective. The concept is designed to contribute to enlarging the circle of the Perm project supporters, to stimulate open discussion on the role of culture in regional development and promote understanding of the new role of culture as a tool for social and economic development.

To find out more about 'The Perm Project' visit: