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26 March 09

'Creative Physical Space and its Catalysts' seminar content online

Earlier this week, 40 urban influencers from Latvia came together during the 'Creative Physical Space and Its Catalysts' seminar held in Riga, Latvia. The seminar was moderated by Andrew Erskine and aimed to inform, exchange knoeldge and discuss the creation, development and maintenance of creative physical space: creative quarter, creative district, creative house or creative space project.

The seminar presentations can be downloaded from the Latvian British Council's website:

For further information on this initiative visit the Creative Cities Project website:

25 March 09

Tom Fleming to speak at 'Reinventing the West Nordic as a Brand' in Reykjavik, 29 March 09

'Reinventing the West Nordic as a Brand': an afternoon of rethinking values and reimagining possibilities in the region during this seminar on regional fashion and design - part of the Nordic Fashion Biennale 09.

The seminar will be hosted by the Nordic House in Reykjavik in cooperation with NORA and SamVit on Sunday 29 March. It will put fashion and design from the region on the agenda and offer a platform for cooperation and networking. A series of diverse yet related themes will be addressed by designers, academics and professionals. Discussion topics will include questions such as:

"Can we work together in the region in order to create growth in this sector?"
"Which challenges is fashion in small and peripheral areas facing when seeking a global presence?"
"What part does one's roots play in branding the design?"
"Can we work with regional branding of fashion and design in the West-Nordic region?"
"Can we benefit from joint marketing? And what are the pros and cons of this?"

Tom Fleming and Nneka Ugboma (Director of Mushrooms) will be discussing: 'Embracing the Desire Lines: Re-fashioning the Creative Economy'.

For a full programme please visit:

18 March 09

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy to faciliate 'Creative Physical Space and its Catalysts' conference in Riga, Latvia

'Creative Physical Space and Its Catalysts' will take place in at the British Council Latvia, in Riga, on 23 - 24 March 2009 and will be facilitated by Andrew Erskine. The event will bring together urban influencers who are involved and/or interested in creative space development and creative industries to discuss the creation, development and maintenance of creative physical space (creative district, creative cluster, creative house, etc.).

While focusing on creative space success factors, methodologies and catalysts from perspectives of private, state and NGO sectors, participants will evaluate and analyse the current situation and future vision of Latvia in fostering creative initiatives within the framework of the current economic downturn and post-Soviet context.

18 March 09

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy to facilitate Vilnius Reflection Conference

Andrew Erskine will be facilitating the conference 'The Impact of Culture: Vilnius Reflection' to be held in the Lithunian Capital from March 19-20th 2009. The conference is being organised by the British Council, Vilnius - European Capital of Culture 2009 and the International Cultural Programme Centre. The event forms part of the series of events within the British Council's Creative Cities Project as well as being a meeting space for the European Capitals of Culture (ECOC) Network.

The forum 'Reflections of Vilnius' is open to all interested in how to measure and evaluate the impact of culture on metropolitan, regional and national levels. With greatest focus on evaluation of capitals of culture it will address broader relevant issues such as the changing nature of cultural and business relationships, integrating culture into strategies of global cities and changes to the framework of culture institutions.

16 March 09

Tom Fleming speaking at 'Manufacturing Culture' - Dundee Contemporary Arts, 20th March

Dundee Contemporary Arts is celebrating its 10th birthday with a special one-day think tank event in partnership with Scottish Arts Council. The event will aim to provide some challenges to existing orthodoxies about the nature and activity of cultural centres in the UK.

Tom Fleming will be one of two key speakers at the event, which will be followed by a debate and discussion on the role of the contemporary cultural centre.