On 1 September 2017, the Prime Minister Theresa May announced that a UK-Japan Season of Culture would take place in 2019 and 2020, run by British Council.
Similar to this year's UK-India, UK-Korea and UK-UAE culture seasons, Japan and UK will be able to bring together artists, tech experts, researchers and business to inspire innovation and future ideas. There will be a crossover between arts and digital / technology and showcases for the best of British and Japanese creativity.
The PM said: "Our two great countries have a natural cultural and artistic affinity, and I look forward to our partnership in these creative areas continuing to blossom."
In the lead up to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, the British Council will run a series of programmes to share the UK’s experience in running the highly- acclaimed London 2012 Cultural Olympiad – which helped birth the Culture Diary, among other things.
By sharing the UK’s experience and working together with stakeholders in Japan, British Council hopes to inspire the creation of new cross-sector, cross-genre relationships and collaborations, as well as a shared vision for the future of the cultural sector, towards 2020 and beyond.
Keep your eyes on the Culture Diary for more information on British Council's forthcoming UK-Japan programme and how to get involved.
Image of David Shrigley's 'Lose Your Mind' exhibition on show at Art Tower Mito, Japan from Saturday 14 October 2017 to Sunday 21 January 2018. Taken from British Council Japan website.