Events 2020—2021 /

National Creative Economy Forum, Mongolia

Tom Fleming provided the international keynote at this, the inaugural Creative Economy Forum for Mongolia. Tom provided an overview of the Draft White Paper and Road Map we have delivered to the Mongolian Monistry of Culture.

Date: 30th November 2021

EU4Culture - International Conference on Cultural Development Strategies, Tbilisi, Georgia

Tom Fleming delivered two presentations at this major symposium on culture and development for Eastern Area Partnership Countries - supported by the European Commission. EU4Culture is a project financed by the European Union, running from January 2021 to December 2024. It supports the cultural and creative sector with a special focus on non-capital cities and towns in the Eastern Partnership countries. Tom Fleming is lead expert to the programme. He provided an overview of the role of culture in city development and on lessons learned from research across multiple cities.

Date: 25th November 2021

Partner South East Asia: Arts and Culture Matters, Malaysia and Indonesia

Tom Fleming featured in two sessions of this major gathering of South East Asian and UK arts and cultural professionals. He provided an introduction to our research for the British Council to develop cultural city profiles across the region and our research to develop detailed insights on the Malaysian cultural sector.

Date: 23rd November 2021

Creative economy: How networks shape creative ecosystems, The Philippines

Tom Fleming acted as a 'reactor' to a series of presentations on approaches to networking and cluster develop across the creative economies of the ASEAN region. This was part of a week-long programme of British Council-led briefings on collaboration opportunities in South East Asia for the UK arts and cultural sector.

Date: 22nd November 2021

Steaming into the Future, Online Symposium

This online event brought to the surface emergent models, new learning, and reflections on the future, with professionals from Aveiro, Oulu and internationally, coming together to discuss how STEAM can become the norm as we recover from the Covid-19 pandemic and undergo a dynamic re-birth as a society that embraces the future. Tom Fleming facilitated the event, building in his role as adviser to both Oulu and Aveiro in their strategies to develop their cultural and creative economies.

Date: 16th November 2021

Fifth Annual International Forum - Creative Ukraine

Tom Fleming provided a keynote address at the Creative Ukraine Summit, a major event for creative and cultural industries policy exchange. Building on our work advising the Ministry of Culture in the development of a National Creative Economy Framework, Tom set out the key opportunities and challenges for sector development - both in the Ukraine and internationally.

Date: 23rd September 2021

Connect: City - Enhancing the Role of Creative Hubs for Inclusive and Sustainable Development, West Java, Indonesia

Tom Fleming provided a keynote for this major conference hosted by the West Java Provincial Government. Tom presented highlights from our research for The British Council to develop in-depth cultural and creative economy profiles for 60 cities in Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia and China.

Date: 22nd September 2021

Digital Learning Journey XII: How are the cultural and creative industries shaping urban futures?

Tom Fleming participated in an on-line event which explored the impact of European Capital of Culture on small and medium-sized cities. This included a focus on Guimaraes, where Tom worked as Programme lead on the creative city for European Capital of Culture 2012. The event was organised by the German Federal Government as part of a programme of research and knowledge exchange on cultural strategy and investment for cities.

Date: 8th September 2021

Festivals and the ASEAN Creative Economy, Srawung Festival 2021, Indonesia

Tom Fleming presented findings from our research on the role of festivals for the ASEAN Creative Economy. Focusing on Malaysia and Philippines, Tom provided an overview of how the festivals impact the creative economy, including their role in shaping inclusive and sustainable development.

Date: 25th August 2021

Post-Brexit Artist Mobility, Round Table, Creative Manchester

Tom Fleming facilitated a round table which explored the future of UK artist mobility post-Brexit. Building on a previous round table on UK / EU cultural relations, this session focused specifically on the needs of the artist.

Date: 29th July 2021

Keynote address at International Conference Creativity Structures, Covilha, Portugal

A keynote which calls for a fresh value proposition for culture that puts people, place and environment to the fore. This was a major conference for culture in Europe, organised by the Department of Culture for the Central Region of Portugal.

Date: 2nd July 2021

The Festivals and Events Sector - What Next? Leopolis Jazz Festival, Lviv, Ukraine

A keynote to the Leopolis Jazz Festival, the largest event of its kind in Ukraine. Tom followed an introduction by the Ukrainian Minister of Culture, Oleksandr Tkachenko. He set out some of the structural challenges facing the live festivals and events sector in a pandemic age, and pointed to innovation and opportunity as we emerge from the health crisis.

Date: 25th June 2021

Arts for Social Inclusion - Keynote Address, Tallinn, Estonia

A keynote to an audience of policy-makers, academics and cultural organisations at the Creative Industries Online Conference 2021 for the Mongolian National University of Arts and Culture. Tom introduced some headline opportunities and challenges for the Mongolian creative industries - based on his ongoing work as adviser to the Mongolian Ministry of Culture in establishing the first Creative Industries Strategy for the country.

Date: 8th June 2021

The Creative Economy - driving inclusive and sustainable development, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

A keynote to an audience of policy-makers, academics and cultural organisations at the Creative Industries Online Conference 2021 for the Mongolian National University of Arts and Culture. Tom introduced some headline opportunities and challenges for the Mongolian creative industries - based on his ongoing work as adviser to the Mongolian Ministry of Culture in establishing the first Creative Industries Strategy for the country.

Date: 21st May 2021

Powering Growth via the Cultural Economy, Delphi Forum, Greece

Tom Fleming participated in a panel discussion at the 2021 Delphi Forum. This is a major international summit with a mission to promote innovative ideas for sustainable and competitive growth for Europe and the wider Eastern Mediterranean region. The 6th year of the Delphi Forum, included a series of sessions on culture and the cultural economy. Tom talked about the need for a rejuvenation of creative and arts education and for the cultural sector to play a central role in recovery and in reframing the future economy.

Date: 12th May 2021

Workshop on EU Cultural Relations After Brexit

Tom Fleming facilitates a workshop on EU cultural relations after Brexit in partnership with the University of Manchester and Creative Manchester. This is a follow-up to the recent Arts After Brexit report by Dr Charlotte Faucher, to which Tom Fleming played an advisory role.

Date: 12th February 2021

3rd Seoul Dialogue on Africa

The Seoul Dialogue on Africa, launched in 2018 with the launch of the Korea-Africa Foundation, is a significant international 1.5 track conference seeking to generate understanding of and interest in Africa Asia collaboration and develop shared approaches to research and policy. Tom Fleming participated as a panelist on a session to explore new opportunities for cultural exchanges.

Date: 9th December 2020

CoMuseum 2020 - International Conference on Museums

Tom Fleming facilitated the plenary panel and run two workshops at this prestigious event. For the plenary panel, he guided a conversation on cultural leadership in a crisis.

Date: 2nd December 2020

Keynote at the Jogja Festivals Forum and Expo, Indonesia

Tom Fleming provided an overview of the role of festivals for the ASEAN creative economy and describe how festivals can mobilise diverse creative talent in cities across the region. Drawing on our research on festivals globally, including a evaluation of the British Council Festival Skills Programme, Tom set out an agenda for festival development in the ASEAN region where festivals are supported to develop stronger networks, exchange and shared approaches to promotion and skills.

Date: 17th November 2020

Lecture Series: Spatial Development Department of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, Moscow

Tom Fleming continued our longstanding partnership with the Russian Creative Industries Agency and Skolkovo to deliver a lecture programme which connects the cultural sector and creative industries to wider agendas in planning and city making.

Date: 22nd October 2020

Theatre of Uncertainty, International Gathering

Tom Fleming presented at Theatre of Uncertainty, a two day international gathering for theatre, performing arts and cuultural policy. Produced by EVE, the Israeli Independent Theatre Makers Association, the event convened speakers and audiences from across the world to explore policy and practice for theatre in this time of huge uncertainty.

Date: 15th October 2020

Creativity Now: A New Era for Imaginative and Inclusive City-making, Cidade Lugar Com, Vila Real, Portugal

Tom Fleming provided a keynote address and participated in a Q & A as part of the Cidade Lugar Com series with Fundação da Casa de Mateus and Município de Vila Real. This seminar explored how, with Covid-19 such a game-changer, cities are looking to apply creative practice to enhance resilience, secure inclusive economic development, and drive innovation. It focused on smaller cities such as Vila Real - cities which may yet rise again as talent looks to leave larger urban centres. It set out some emergent ideas for a creative city manifesto for Vila Real and other smaller cities, shaping ideas for a brave and radical value proposition for cities which is fired by their creative talent.

Date: 15th September 2020

Bright 2020 Creative Business Conference

Tom Fleming participated in Bright 2020, a virtual creative business conference organised by the European Creative Business Network. Tom discussed how Europe can respond to the COVID-19 crisis and on how we nurture a Europe which supports new creative practice, champions local culture, while at the same time co-creating a holistic Europe of cultures. This includes a focus on diverse cultural expression, on impact-facing cultural policy, and on how to fight against the politics of nationalism, racisim and fear.

Date: 1st July 2020

The Museum as an Innovator: A Platform, Space and Catalyst for Social and Cultural Development, Webinar with the British Council Greece and CoMuseum

Tom Fleming was special guest in a webinar which explores the role of museums in a post-Covid landscape. The session was be moderated by Sofia Chandaka, CoMuseum Co-Founder and Curator at The Benaki Museum. It was broadcast by British Council Greece. Tom discussed the vital role museums are playing in building a new social contract with communities, as well as operating as hubs for social innovation. He drew on examples from across the world and initiate a discussion on how museums of all sizes can drive innovation.

Date: 30th June 2020

UBS Webinar: Reframing art, culture and the creative economy in a post-Covid era.

TFCC designed and led a webinar staged by UBS to explore how we might rebuild and re-frame the value proposition for arts and culture in a post-Covid Era. Joined by Dr William Lim, Founder and Managing Director of CL3, and facilitated by TFCC Associate Nana Lee, the conversation covered multiple areas where partners in the public and private sector can collaborate toward establishing a 'new deal' for the arts where its economic value does not supersede its social and intrinsic value.

Date: 24th June 2020

Glazychev Readings, Moscow, Russia

Tom Fleming provided a presentation and participated in a Q& A at the 2020 Glazychev Readings. These are named after the distinguished Russian scientist, public figure, and urbanist Vyacheslav Glazychev; and staged by the Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences with the participation of the Department of Spatial Development. For 2020, the Glazychev Readings focused on urban research. Tom discussed his career in undertaking urban research through a cultural lens.

Date: 5th June 2020

Intermuseum, Moscow

Four years after providing a keynote at Intermuseum, Moscow, Tom Fleming participated in an online version of Intermuseum. On the invitation of the Pro Arte Foundation and supported by the Vladimir Potanin Foundation, Tom focused on the role of museums in renewing the social contract post-Covid. Drawing on examples from his work internationally, Tom set out a series of challenges for museums as they reframe their approach. He was joined by Natalia Fedyanina of the Norilsk Museum. The conversation was facilitated by Veronica Misiutina of the Skolkovo Institute.

Date: 28th May 2020

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

Tom Fleming was guest speaker for the Culture, Policy and Management MA at City University. He provided an overview of policy trends and perspectives from his work internationally. This included a discussion on the tensions between traditional cultural policy and the cultural or creative economy; on cultural regeneration; and on inclusive and impact-facing approaches.

Date: 23rd March 2020

Keynote at by: Larm Festival, Oslo, Norway

by: Larm is the most essential meeting point for the Nordic music industry. It involves a music festival and conference held annually at different locations in Norway since 1998. Since 2008 the festival has been held in Oslo. The conference is a meeting place for the Norwegian and foreign music industries. A series of lectures, seminars and debates are held during the day. Tom presented initial findings of our research for Arts Council Norway on the potential for a creative economy strategy for the country.

Date: 27th February 2020

Towards a Creative Economy Framework for Egypt, Keynote Address Cairo

Towards a Creative Economy Framework is a two-year project implemented by the British Council on behalf of the EUNIC network during 2018 and 2019. The objective of the project is to raise awareness on the importance of the cultural and creative economy and to emphasise its role in social development, inclusive growth and wellbeing. The project also provides a platform for exchanging information and expertise, for planning among stakeholders in Egypt and informing them about European experiences in the field. The Conference showcased the outcome of the two-year discussions between governmental and non-governmental stakeholders active in various creative industries sectors in Egypt.

Date: 11th January 2020