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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:

08 October 09

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy leading Creative Industries Development in the Northern Portugal Region

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy is leading the assessment of proposals for Creative Industries development projects in the Northern Portugal Region. The Creative Industries Regional Agenda, defined in "Development of a Creative Industries Cluster in the Northern Region - Macroeconomic Survey", is moving forward with a 40 million Euro investment programme of Structural Funds for Competitiveness and Innovation.

Over 40 proposals have been submitted from different partners across the region. The main objectives are to support innovative creative
infrastructure, promote capacity, and introduce effective business development and showcasing. Ultimately, this investment programme is positioned to consolidate and internationalise the Northern Portugal creative cluster and brand.

Comissao de Coordenacao e Desenvolvimento Regional do Norte

ADDICT - Agencia para o Desenvolvimento das Industrias Criativas

08 October 09

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy exploring opportunities for a joined-up arts & cultural offer for young people

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy is carrying out an assessment of the arts and culture learning and skills landscape across England. The assessment will build from existing strengths and bridge gaps in knowledge of the regional and local picture.

The research will assess how the current position of arts and cultural education provision is operating in a joined up, integrated and partnership-driven way. It will include mapping the existing offer based on a set of indicators such as Arts Mark status, Arts Award, and Find Your Talent and identifying the dynamics and key trends. As well as establishing a coordinated and innovative offer this approach will lead us to identifying key challenges and opportunities in arts and cultural provision and will outline the types of strategic approaches that will work most effectively and where they should be put in practice.

Children and Young People developing programmes:

07 October 09

Public Space Conference, Tallinn, Estonia

Andrew Erskine will be speaking at the 'Public Space Conference: The role of local communities in creating open and sustainable urban space' in Tallinn, Estonia on the 8th October.

The conference, organised by Uue Maailma Selts together with the British Council and the Estonian Institute of Humanities, will emphasise the nature of cities as complex systems wherein every side must be taken into account to assure its sustainable functioning. In doing so, the conference will bring together different parties who are involved in designing public spaces such as architects, planners, representatives of the local municipality, politicians, nongovernmental organisations, urban researchers (sociologists, geographers, ecologists etc), developers and entrepreneurs for a joint discussion and to foster collaboration.