Events 2018—2019 /

The Creative Economy of Europe, Keynote Address, Culture Economy Symposium, Oslo, Norway

Tom Fleming provided a keynote address to key figures from across the Norwegian creative and cultural sector. This symposium, staged by Arts Council Norway, explored how arts and culture in Norway are contributing to a wider economy; as well as critically engage with the challenges of investing to deliver social, economic and of course cultural outcomes.

Date: 28th November 2019

Crafting the Creative City: Folk traditions, innovation and transformation. Baguio, The Philippines.

Tom Fleming provided a keynote address to a major symposium on crafts and folk art in Baguio, the first UNESCO Creative City in The Philippines. He focused on the ways craft is reshaping cities by innovating in the use of materials, technology and approaches to planning and the environment.

Date: 21st – 22nd November 2019

Superstar Economy? Art and Cultural Economy in The Digital Era, Frankfurt Book Fair, Germany

Tom Fleming provided a keynote address in the Runway Stage of the Arts + Pavilion. During the 2019 Frankfurt Book Fair, Arts Council Norway hosted a seminar on the consequences and the politics of digitalisation in the arts sector. The term superstar economy refers to a theory that, while digitalization creates opportunities, it also demands vast resources to develop scalable platforms and services. For Arts Council Norway, this is a debate that needs both a national and a European perspective. This is why they approached Tom Fleming to provide a keynote on major trends for the creative economy across Europe.

Date: 18th October 2019

Local Cultural Development in Islands - Best Practice and Lessons Learned, Malta

Tom Fleming provided a keynote address at a symposium for the regions and municipalities of Malta. This is a key moment in a wider cultural strategy development process which TFCC is advising on alongside local Maltese partners.

Date: 3rd October 2019

Sheffield Culture Compact Board Away Day, UK

The new Sheffield Culture Compact convenes key strategic partners in culture, business, education, health and governance for the Sheffield City Region. It is an ambitious new partnership platform designed to put culture central to the economic and civic development of Sheffield and its city region. Tom Fleming facilitated the first away day of the new Board, introducing the emergent findings of our new Cultural Assets Strategy for Sheffield.

Date: 12th September 2019

International Workshop: Intercultural Dialogue and New Cultural Facilities as Catalysers for a Positive Urban Development, Vienna, Austria.

Tom Fleming participated in an international workshop hosted by the Austrian Academy of Sciences to explore how cultural infrastructure is enabling intercultural dialogue. Across Europe, cities have increasingly diverse populations, but cultural infrastructure struggles to keep pace with demographic and cultural change and thus to play an enabling role for new, syncretic cultures to form. This workshop brought experts from across Europe to Vienna to explore best and next practice and to make comparison with the Austrian situation.

Date: 3rd-4th June 2019

Connecting Culture Forum, Tbilisi, Georgia

Tom Fleming was back in Georgia to present and run a workshop at the Connecting Culture Forum. The forum broiught together diverse European voices to assess the role of culture in fostering a fresh voice for Georgia in Europe. The aim is to showcase more Georgia in Europe, and more Europe in Georgia. For Day 1, Tom presented on culture and democracy in cities. For Day 2, he ran a workshop on the role of creative cities and regions for cultural democracy and soft power.

Date: 6th – 7th May 2019

Developing the Cultural and Creative Industries in Vietnam. A symposium with members of the Vietnam National Assembly, Hanoi, Vietnam

Tom Fleming provided a keynote address at this major national symposium. This was an opportunity for Tom to present the findings and recommendations of the first National Strategy for the Cultural and Creative Industries in Vietnam, which he led on for UNESCO, the British Council and Vietnamese Institute of Culture and Arts Studies from 2012 to 2017. Tom talked of the importance of cultural and creative hubs as safe spaces for creative expression and as vital enablers for creative talent development, collaboration and growth.

Date: 13th April 2019

Masterclass on the Creative Economy, Lisbon International Music Network Festival, Portugal

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy senior consultant Andrew Erskine ran a masterclass at the Lisbon International Music Network festival. The festival focuses on spreading current music to new markets worldwide, alongside artistic and cultural programmes. It involves discussions, masterclasses, meetings and concerts. Andrew will focus on how cities can shape the environment for a thriving creative economy.

Date: March 27th 2019

5 Years of Impact, Impact Hub Athens, Greece.

Tom Fleming presented and participated in 5 Years of Impact. This is a major event to celebrate and critically reflect on the first 5 years of activity for Impact Hub Athens. Covering topics such as the circular economy, urbanism, tech for good and activism, the event provided an opportunity to scope for the next 5 years of activity for Impact Hub Athens. Tom will talk of the role of culture and creativity in changing cities.

Date: 28th – 30th March 2019

EUNIC Egypt Creative Economy Programme, Cairo, Egypt.

Tom Fleming was back in Cairo to lead the final policy and partnership sessions of the EUNIC TOWARDS A CREATIVE ECONOMY FRAMEWORK. This is an 18-month long European Union funded project delivered by the British Council on behalf of EUNIC Egypt.

It has created a forum for exchanging information, sharing experiences and action planning between Egyptian and European Union creative economy stakeholders, and has supported Egyptian leaders in advocating for the creative economy. These final seminars convened Government and Non-governmental partners to discuss a propgramme of priority projects which can form the basis of a new Creative Economy Framework for Egypt.

Date: 20th-21st March 2019

Spaces for Creation, Site Gallery, Sheffield, UK

Tom Fleming will provided a keyote at Spaces for Creation as part of a series of conversations about urbanism and cultural space. Alongside Clare Cumberlidge, Tom discussed how public space is being reclaimed for creation and production, followed by an open conversation. In a climate where our city centres are comprised of public-private land and retail development, the discussion focused on the role of culture in shaping urban life.

Date: 7th March 2019

Can European Capital of Culture Save the World? Oulu, Finland

Tom Fleming provided a keynote address to participants from across Europe gathered in Oulu, which is a candidate city to be European Capital of Culture in 2026. Tom introduced his experience of effective partnership and collaboration in other European Capitals of Culture, including a focus on the 'European Dimension' - where cities work to co-create a shared sense of identity and destiny. This is particularly crucial to us in these bleak days, with the United Kingdom set to leave the European Union and the rise of nationalism across Europe. We cherish the role and values of a united Europe and work passionately to build connections and share ideas.

Date: 13-14 March 2019

The Creative Economy: Trends, Challenges and Opportunities for the Smaller City, Evora, Portugal

Tom Fleming provided a keynote address and ran a workshop to explore best practice approaches for creative city-making from a smaller city perspective. Tom introduced ways to turn smallness into an asset - e.g. in terms of the quality of place, trusted partnerships, and the space for creativity. This was as part of a new creative symposium series by the City of Evora as part of its candidacy to be European Capital of Culture in 2027.

Date: 15-16 February 2019

Strategy and Partnership - Supporting the Creative Ecosystem. First Chebec Webinar, Evora, Portugal

Tom Fleming led a webinar on nurturing creative ecosystems from the Communidade Intermunicipal Do Alentejo Central in Evora. This webinar convened creative leads from cities such as Bologna, Sarejevo, Aster, Valencia, Barcelona, Lazio, Rhone-Alpes and Provence. This was as part of an Interreg Mediterranean programme. Tom led the discussion and explore the range of ways cities support their distinctive creative ecosystems.

Date: 29 January 2019

Batam for Creative and Educational Tourism? Batam, Indonesia

Tom Fleming was invited by the Matahati Foundation of Batam to provide a keynote on the potential of the creative economy for Batam. This was in the form of a filmed address to be shown at the symposium. Tom introduced 5 key questions for participants to consider. These were followed by 5 global trends for the creative economy and 5 opportunities for Batam and Indonesia.

Date: 19 January 2019

Tom Fleming Keynote at EXAME Creative Economy Symposium, Sao Paulo, Brazil

EXAME is the leading publication and platform for the economy in Brazil. Tom was asked to provide a keynote on global trends, opportunities and challenges in the creative economy. He was also asked to reflect on the profile of the creative economy in Brazil and its links to cultural, educational and urban policy.

Date: 14 December 2018

Eurocities - Creative Competitive Cities, Edinburgh, UK

Tom Fleming led a panel of 60 cities on the types of partnership needed to maximise the role of culture and creativity for city-making. This included case studies from Manchester and Oulu, plus a vivid discussion on the types of tool and approach which can help build long-term creative competitiveness.

Date:29 November 2018

VII St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum, Russia

Our Senior Consultant, Andrew Erskine, was one of the key note speakers at the VII St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum. This is the largest annual cultural forum in Russia, bringing together hundreds of experts from across culture, heritage and business. Andrew discussed approaches to the creative industries in the UK, with a focus on nurturing clusters and hubs. His talk was part of a strand curated by the Chief architect of St Petersburg Sergey Kuznetsov.

Date: 16 November 2018

Building a Sustainable and Inclusive Creative Economy, DVV International, Minsk, Belarus

Tom Fleming provided a masterclass to 150 policy-makers, intermediaries and creative practitioners for DVV International - the leading professional organisation in the field of adult education and cooperation development. This was part of a major programme for the Republic of Belarus - "Learning City for a Creative Economy". Its goal was to promote the implementation of regional sustainable development strategies for 2016-2025 through the development of intersectoral cooperation, as well as the promotion of creative economy ideas and the "learning city" concept.

Date: 14 November 2018

The 2nd Creative Ukraine Forum, Kiev

Our senior consultant, Andrew Erskine, was one of a small number of leading international experts invited to participate in the second Creative Ukraine Forum in Kiev. Andrew spoke as part of a panel considering the development of the Creative Economy in Ukraine, sharing best practice from the UK and internationally. Other speakers included the Mayor of Kiev and head of the City State, former professional boxer, Vitali Klitschko, as well as other high profile politicians and cultural leaders.

The Forum was organised by the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine and implemented under the Culture Bridges Programme, which is funded by the EU and managed by the British Council in partnership with the European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) network in Ukraine. The event was also supported by the EU-funded project 'Association4U' and the initiative 'Ukraine 2030. The Doctrine of Sustainable Developmen'.

Date: 8 November 2018

Beyond the Hype: Re-wiring the Growth Agenda, Norwich, UK

Tom Fleming was keynote speaker to an audience of policy-makers, investors and cultural sector leads. He provided a perspective on where we have reached in terms of culturally driven growth in our cities and regions. He explored the challenges and issues which need to be addressed urgently if the cultural and creative industries are to make a bigger difference to growth and opportunity across UK cities and regions.

Date: 8 November 2018

Re-thinking Global Cultural Policy, Sao Paulo, Brazil

TFCC participated in this major UNESCO symposium. The event explored the challenges and opportunities of implementing the 2005 UN Convention on the Protection and Promotion of a Diversity of Cultural Expressions - from the perspectives of national and local development. Our Brazilian consultant, Pedro Affonso Evo Franco, reflected on our work in Brazil in evaluating creative industries development programmes. This includes entrepreneurship and skills programmes in three states as part of Newton-funded activities for the British Council. Other speakers included Sergio Sa Leitao of the Brazilian Ministry of Culture, and Daniele Cliche of UNESCO.

Date: 6 November 2018

2018 Festival of the Indonesian Creative Cities Network, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

The Indonesian Creative Cities Network brings together municipalities and creative intermediaries from across Indonesia to share ideas, explore good practice and raise the profile and agenda for the creative and cultural sector. This 4th ICCN Festival is to be held in Yogyakarta, a city with an incredible blend of cultural assets and dynamic, youthful creative economy.

Tom Fleming provided a keynote speech on the approach to creative industries development internationally - from policy to grassroots initiatives. He reflected on how second and third tier cities have become vital hubs for creative practice and how they are increasingly networking with one another to build capacity and confidence

Date: 19 October 2018

EUNIC Egypt Creative Economy Programme, Cairo, Egypt.

Funded by the European Union, TOWARDS A CREATIVE ECONOMY FRAMEWORK is an 18-month long project (January 2018-June 2019) delivered by the British Council on behalf of EUNIC Egypt. This project created a forum for exchanging information, sharing experiences and action planning between Egyptian and European Union creative economy stakeholders, and support Egyptian leaders in advocating for the creative economy. The first step of this journey were two roundtables: first for non-governmental, sector-focused creative economy stakeholders; second for government. The in-depth discussions, facilitated by Tom Fleming, brought together Egyptian governmental and non-governmental stakeholders and their European counterparts to share experiences of building a creative economy.

Date: 27-28 July 2018

UNESCO Creative Cities Conference, Katowice, Poland

The Creative Cities and Industries Conference is a supplementary event for the 12th Annual Meeting of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. Tom will participate in a panel entitled 'Measuring the Immeasurable'. UNESCO has been spearheading two important initiatives, namely the Framework for Cultural Statistics and the UNESCO Culture for Development Indicator Suite. The pioneering research initiatives aim to systematise appropriate methods for measuring economic growth and the social and community impact of culture, highlighting its major contribution to the realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Tom Fleming spoke in a session which brought together experts and researchers to present the most recent developments in these studies and introduced good practice and case studies from around the globe.

Date: 15 June 2018

The inaugural International Advisory Panel for CENDANA - the Cultural Industries Development Agency of Malaysia

Tom Fleming was in Kuala Lumpur to facilitate a programme of knowledge exchange that provided a global outlook on best practice in arts and creative industries development. Participants included Singapore National Arts Council, Creative Scotland, Australian Council for the Arts, BeKraf Indonesia and the Thailand Creative Design Centre.

Date: 5 May 2018

Creative Economy Networks: research, policy and exchange (UK-Brazil)

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy's Dr Tom Fleming and Pedro Affonso Ivo Franco presented at this conference hosted by the British Council and Queen Mary University. Creative Economy Networks: research, policy and exchange (UK-Brazil) brought together research, policy and industry perspectives to explore the role of exchange in creative economy businesses and its impact on the sector. Particular focus was given to new research and policy drawn from recent UK-Brazil collaboration and exchanges led or facilitated by the British Council.

Date: 1 May 2018

Global Reflections on the Cultural and Creative Economy, Aracaju, Brazil

Tom Fleming was in Brazil for a set of engagements, including a keynote presentation for 'Global Reflections on the Cultural and Creative Economy', a conference hosted by Senac Sergipe that will present and explore approaches to the cultural and creative economy from different parts of the world.

Date: 19 March 2018

Debate & Provocation #2 'Does Brighton Even Exist?' - How the city uses its creative and cultural sector in its messaging. Brighton, UK

Andrew Erskine was chairing an evening of provocation and debate for Brighton & Hove Council, as part of TFCC's work supporting the establishment of Brighton's Cultural Framework and the development of a Creative Coast proposition for Greater Brighton. Held at the University of Brighton, the event explored how the internal perception of Brighton can be better married to the external views of potential investors, relocating businesses and visitors.

Date: 12 March 2018

Cultural Industries and Heritage Speaking Engagements in Kuwait

TFCC Senior Associate Andrew Erskine was carrying out a series of speaking engagements and meetings as part of a joint venture between British Council and the Kuwait National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters (NCCAL).

Date: February - March 2018

Advisory workshop programme to Oulu as Candidate City for European Capital of Culture 2026, Finland.

A set of workshops and interventions to support partners in Oulu set out a clear strategy and narrative for the European Capital of Culture 2026 bidding process. This included a focus on the 'European Dimension' and how Oulu can become play an innovative leadership role in culture-led city-making.

Date:5 - 7 February 2018

Best practice cultural policy, lecture to the American University Kuwait

As part of his situation analysis of the approach to cultural and creative sectors in Kuwait, Tom Fleming delivered a lecture on his experience developing cultural policy internationally.

Date: 20 February 2018

Guest Speaker, Cultural Policy MA, City University, London, UK

Tom Fleming was the 2018 guest speaker for the Cultural and Creative Industries MA at City University. He provided an overview of policy trends and perspectives from his work internationally.

Date: 28 February 2018

Enhancing fundamental freedoms through the promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions, Dakar, Senegal

Tom Fleming participated in a strategic development workshop programme as part of his role as UNESCO expert for the 2005 UN Convention on the Protection and Promotion of a Diversity of Cultural Expressions. This workshop brought together other UNESCO experts to refine the approach to supporting the Convention. This includes how to provide technical and strategic assistance to governments seeking to develop policy in the cultural and creative industries. It was organised by UNESCO and the Swedish International Development Agency.

Date: 18 - 21 March 2018

Benchmarking good practice for creative entrepreneurship support, Sao Paulo, Brazil

A workshop programme with SABRAE and the British Council on impactful approaches to creative entrepreneur support in developing contexts. This programme involved our summary overview of progress made in Brazil by a range of support agencies and projects, and some comparison with good practice in other emergent markets

Date: 22 - 24 March 2018