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22 Feb 11

Tom Fleming interviewed for Slovak TV's Kulturfighter series

In 2010 Tom Fleming was interviewed for the Slovak TV series Kulturfighter (created by Slovakian based Partisan Film with support from the Kosice 2013 ECOC project). The series aimed to analyse the impacts of creative industries and culture-led regeneration efforts taking place across Europe. The series also investigates the impact of selected European Capital of Culture projects are having on the cities in which they were implemented.

Kulturfighter aims to stimulate a discussion of these issues in Slovakia by providing an analysis of concrete case studies by leading experts in the field, bringing in a variety of perspectives - both positive and critical.

Tom Fleming's interview was broadcast at the end of 2010 on Slovak TV as part of Kulturfighter. The interview is available on the Kosice 2013 website: (Interview: Kulturfighter 06)

Interview extract - Tom Fleming describing the role of the creative industries in the economy:

"Broadly, it's a policy construct. It's a way of describing lots of different activities where creativity is at the core. For example, it includes the arts, fashion, design, music, film. All of the things that you perhaps see as cultural, as nice things to have. But what it actually does by describing it is it explores how they're critical as parts of the economy. They're really important - yes - for society, but also they're really important for the economy and for community.

"Our job is to describe how important they are in different cities, explore how they can be supported, and explore how different types of value from them can be developed: economic value, social value, cultural value."

08 Feb 11

TFCC's Eastbourne Culture workshop in the Eastbourne Herald

On the 16th January TFCC ran the first Eastbourne Culture workshop where more than 130 people gathered at the Winter Garden to discuss Eastbourne's culture and share ideas for how town cultural activities can be improved - through stronger partnerships, better communications and more grass-roots activity.

Read the full article in the Eastbourne Herald:

04 Feb 11

TFCC Supporting the Bow Arts Trust

We are excited to be supporting the Bow Arts Trust (BAT) to develop as a more sustainable, resilient and growth-orientated organisation. BAT currently provides affordable studio space to over 300 artists across East and South East London. This provides revenue for an expansive and innovative education and learning programme for children and young people and for artists and associated learning professionals. It also provides capacity to drive a cluster and network of arts and creative activities across the sub-region: London Artists' Quarter.

TFCC is advising BAT on its business model, organisational development, and potential growth opportunities. This includes guidance and advocacy for BAT's proposed new development of artists' studios in Stratford, East London.

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: