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The seminar “Regional Forum on Creative Hubs and Cities”

  • When: 10 October 2017 | 10.00-17.00
  • Where: Function Room, 4F, Front Building, TCDC Bangkok

Explore the concept of creative hubs and how they contribute to creative cities. Understand the value of art and culture together with policy support for the growth and development of creative economy through case studies and best practices from Southeast Asia, East Asia, and the UK.

British Council in collaboration with TCDC is holding the seminar “Creative Cities and Creative Hubs Development” to build awareness of the importance of creative cities and hubs to the development of creative economy, to initiate different levels of collaboration in building the ecosystem supporting growth and development of creative cities and hubs in Southeast Asia.

The seminar is focusing on creative city in UK, Southeast Asian creative hubs mapping, value of arts and culture, policy and support to creative cities with case studies from different countries in Asia.


10.00 Opening Ceremony
                 - Remarks by Andrew Glass, Country Director, British Council, and Kitirattana Pitipanich, Acting Managing
                   Director, TCDC
                 - 30-second teaser of the documentary “UK Creative Hubs”
                 - Launch of the Southeast Asian Creative Hubs Mapping by Katelijn Verstraete, Director Arts and Creative
                   Industries East Asia at British Council.
10.30       The lecture “Understanding the Value of Arts and Culture” by Prof. Geoffrey Crossick (40 minutes plus Q&A) 
11.10 Coffee Break
11.30 The case studies “Creative Hubs and Cities” by 4 speakers (60 minutes)
                   1. Indonesia : Coworking.id: Pooling Expertise by Felencia Hutabarat  
                   2. Taiwan : Dynamics Between Hubs & DNA of a City: Taipei by Jasmine Chou
                   3. Thailand : Creative Hubs and Southeast Asian Creative Cities by Martin Venzky-Stalling 
                   4. Japan : Knowledge Capital Osaka – Private Sector Engagement and City Development
                      by Takuya Nomura
12.30 Panel Discussion and Q&A (30 minutes) moderated by Ling Low
13.00 Lunch
14.30 The lecture “Creative Hubs and Creative Economy” by Dr. Tom Fleming (40 minutes plus Q&A)
15.10 Coffee Break
15.30 The case studies “Policy and Support for the Development of Creative Economy” by 4 speakers (60 minutes)
                   1. South Korea : Policy Support for the Development of Creative Economy – a Case Study of Seoul Design
                       Foundation by Dr. Anh SungHee
        2. Thailand : AIS DC -  Private Sector Investment in Creative Hubs by by Pichit Virankabutra, Director of
            Creative Space Development Department, TCDC
                   3. Netherlands : Building Creative Hubs Globally by Sophie Leferink, HIVOS
                   4. Philippines: ASEAN Perspectives on Creative Hubs by Rhea O. Matute, Executive Director at Philippines
                       Design Center.   
16.30 Panel Discussion and Q&A (30 minutes) 
17.00 Closing Ceremony

Free Admission
175 participants
Online reservation from 20 September-9 October 2017

Who should attend?
Public and private sectors in the field of policy development, urban planning, city regeneration, creative cities management and education.

1. Please reserve the seats via online reservation. 
2. The seminar is conducted in English with simultaneous Thai translation on headset device.
3. Registration opens 1 hour prior to the seminar at Front Lobby, 1F, TCDC Bangkok. 
4. Car Parking is available at CAT building with 20 baht/hour fee. 

Speaker Profile

Prof. Geoffrey Crossick

Prof. Geoffrey Crossick was the Vice-Chancellor of the University of London and Chief Executive of the Arts and Humanities Research Board, established with the aim to explore the benefits of arts and cultural engagement from the individuals and the society and build awareness in these benefits. Prof. Crossick’s report “Understanding the value of arts and culture” was published in April 2016. Prof. Crossick is also a social historian specializing in 19th and 20th century Britain and continental Europe. He is invited to give a lecture in the UK and abroad on the importance of art and humanity in the creative economy.

Prof. Crossick is currently the Chair of the Crafts Council, the development agency for contemporary craft, and is a member of the governing Boards of the Courtauld Institute, the Horniman Museum and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. He is the Chair of the Board of the Arts & Humanities Research Institute of Trinity College Dublin and a member of the Science Advisory Council of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. 

Dr. Tom Fleming


Dr. Tom Fleming is the leading expert in the international stage on the creative economy, cultural and arts policy and creative cities and regions. His work advised governments of different countries, particularly in emergent creative economies, including Brazil, Lebanon, Vietnam, and organizations across the world: The World Bank, UNESCO, European Commission, British Council, Arts Councils and Film Councils, in developing effective research, policy and strategy of the creative economy.

Dr. Tom set up Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy (TFCC) in 2002 conducting research, strategy and policy relating of the creative city, evaluation of impacts from cultural and creative industry, as well as, policy in culture and creative economy in over 300 cities from 60 countries across the world. He is also the Chair of the Board for Site Gallery, Sheffield, the Trustee of Arts for All in London and Arts Cabinet in Edinburgh and London.

Mr. Takuya Nomura

Mr. Takuya Nomura is the general producer of Knowledge Capital Association and the policy adviser to the Cabinet Office, Government of Japan. He started his duty at Knowledge Capital in 2009 prior to its official opening in 2013. His role is mainly about concept planning, business vision and strategy development and promoting participation of business sectors, universities and associations to jointly develop Knowledge Capital, the main business center in Grand Front Osaka located in Umekita area, the very central area of Osaka. After the official opening, Mr. Nomura continued his role as the general producer of Knowledge Capital in planning and facility management, including Knowledge Salon, an area for intellectual interaction, and The Lab, an area showcasing technology and modern product prototype exhibition.

Mr. Nomura has initiated different award activities. From Knowledge Innovation Award for innovative idea and activity, International Students Creative Award for creative art and media from Japanese and international students, World OMOSIROI Award, an international award representing the concept of "OMOSHIROI", a core value of Knowledge Capital symbolizing identity, fun and power to inspire people. He also planned and conducted the first Knowledge Capital Festival in 2015 presenting the value of Knowledge Capital. This festival is turning to a regular event of Knowledge Capital. Mr. Nomura determined to create innovative knowledge by sharing ideas through aforementioned projects and awards.

Dr. Ahn Sunghee 

Dr. Ahn Sunghee was born in Seoul, South Korea. She graduated from Hongik University and Chelsea College of Arts and Design. Later, she become a research fellow at Goldsmiths College, University of London. De. Ahn received the Chevening scholarship from British Foreign Minister. She holds a Ph.D. in Design Management (Design Innovation and Strategy) from Brunel University, UK.

Dr. Ahn was a chief researcher at Public Design Innovation Centre (PIDC), one of government research body in Korea, for 5 years. She involved with public design projects based on human participation and interaction.  Her participation is extended to public design projects related with urban regeneration and development in South Korea, including PanGyo New City development, Sungnam market project and Jeju Seoguipo project. Her international involvement includes SonJe Art Centre, Seoul Metropolitan Museum, Milan Design Fair, Busan International Biennale, GwangJu International Biennale and London Architect Festival. She wrties a research report on innovative strategies and design practice for central and provincial government bodies and companies.

Dr. Ahn was a curator of A New Design Exhibition, presenting design for value creation in up-cycling, as a part of GwangJu Design Biennale. On behalf of Hunan University and Sichuan Fine Art College, Dr. Ahn co-organised an exhibition in Milan in 2014 promoting young Chinese and international designers. She presents her papers in international academic conferences including Cumulus 2015, Academic Design Management Conference (DMI) 2014 and 2016, and The 22nd World Sustainable Development Conference 2016.

For more information, please contact Information Counter, TCDC Bangkok, 10.30-21.00 (Closed Mondays), Tel. 02-105-7400 Ext. 213, 214

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