UK and Japan Collaboration to Create a Season of Culture Kicks off in 2019

A major season of culture will take place in Japan between autumn 2019 and summer 2020 aiming to promote the UK as an attractive destination in which to invest, to study and to travel as well as building greater levels of trust between Japan and the UK through the arts and the creative industries.

The British Council, working together with The Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Department for International Trade, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and other partners, will lead the activities in Japan. At the same time, the Japanese government will lead on Japanese activities in the UK. 

The activity will fall between the Japan hosted Rugby World Cup and summer 2020 Olympics and Paralympics and plans are well under way.  The Season’s themes have been decided (inclusion and well-being, technology and innovation, and art in public spaces) and as far back as November 2017 public consultations were held in London, Cardiff, Belfast, Edinburgh and Manchester to engage with as wide a cross-section of the UK’s cultural sector as possible. 

The season was announced back in August 2017 by Prime Ministers May and Abe during the former’s visit to Tokyo.

If you have a project in mind with a strong Japanese partner, funding in place and ideally connects with the three themes or promotes excellence of UK creativity then please contact The British Council by emailing and we will connect you to our arts teams in Tokyo and London.

The British Council could help with brokering and connecting in Japan; support to develop your ideas; scoping visits; amplifying your events through the Season’s communication channels; and, dependent on our the success of our funding campaign, grants may become available.

Image: Akakurayama Sengen Park © Fuji Yoshida City 

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