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30 Mar 11

Tom Fleming leading meeting of the City cluster partners for Guimaraes 2012

The 'City cluster' of Guimaraes 2012 European Capital of Culture met in the city yesterday where all the partners were able to discuss their projects in more detail in a meeting that focused on the themes "Innovation", "Creativity" and "Development".

The session was run by Tom who is leading on Designing, programming and commissioning the City programme, which will ultimately create a dynamic, multidisciplinary network which will work together towards Guimaraes Capital of Culture 2012.

25 Mar 11

Cultural and Creative Industries in the Barents region

Andrew Erskine will be the keynote speaker at the forthcoming Joint Working Group (JWC) on Culture Seminar in Arkhangelsk from the 31st March - 2nd April. The JWC works under the Barents Europe Arctic Council (BEAC) and the Barents Regional Council (BRC) and is made up of the 13 Barents regions. In addition to the regional cultural administrations, the JWGC has the representation of the Finnish, Norwegian, Russian and Swedish ministries responsible for culture and of the Working Group of Indigenous Peoples.

The objective of the group as developed in their programme of cooperation New Winds in the Barents Region is to further strengthen cultural cooperation and thus increase the impact of culture in the Barents Region. The aim is to promote cultural diversity and multicultural dialogue and culture as a tool for regional, social and economic development and to create new cultural meeting places. The challenge is to boost international visibility and to develop joint projects with partners from outside the Barents Region in the framework of the EU's Northern Dimension Policy and the EU-Russia Cooperation Action Plan for Culture in interaction with other international structures.

The seminar is being held in Arkhangelsk (Arkangel in English) an historically important trading centre on the White Sea. The seminar will form an important stage in the development of future agreements and frameworks for culture across this politically and economically vital region.


New Winds in the Barents Region:

23 Mar 11

Portuguese journal Visao (Vision) publish article on Guimaraes Capital of Culture 2012 (17th March 2011)

TFCC are leading the 'Cidade Programme' (City Programme) of Guimaraes Capital of Culture 2012, developing a programme of activity for its forthcoming European Capital of Culture status (2012).

Read the full article published by Visao here (in Portuguese):

21 Mar 11

Tom Fleming selected to be part of UNESCO's international pool of cultural experts

Tom Fleming has been selected to form part of UNESCO's pool of experts in the field of governance, culture and development. The pool of experts has been created in relation to the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions aiming to reinforce the national human and institutional capacities of developing countries. This will result in the design and implementation of policies that address the role of culture in social and economic development, particularly through the cultural industries.

Tom is in Rabat, Morocco this week for an intensive workshop which will facilitate experience and knowledge sharing to support developing countries in their work to elaborate policies for culture, to strengthen corresponding institutions as well as other capacity building interventions in the fields of activity addressed by the 2005 UNESCO Convention.

Photo of all the experts attending the workshop:
click here

15 Mar 11

'Building Digital capacity for the Arts' videos now online

On March 10th, Arts Council England and the BBC Academy launched' Building Digital Capacity for the Arts' - a development programme aimed at helping arts organisations with the creation and distribution of arts content on digital platforms. The programme will host a number of seminars and masterclasses over a period of 18 months, which will be filmed and made available as an online resource.

Videos from the day - including Tom Fleming's panel discussion - are now available online. Tom introduced some of the challenges and opportunities facing arts organisations as they adapt their business models and strategic agendas in a digital age as part of a panel session chaired by Will Gompertz, Arts Editor, BBC News.

Building digital capacity for the arts Pt 5 - panel discussion Q&A