With World Cup Rugby at fever pitch for England fans, all eyes are on Japan for its upcoming sports and cultural events. British Council is leading on the UK in JAPAN 19–20 season, a year-long programme of cultural and education-focused events and activities in both Japan and the UK which provides opportunities for British and Japanese organisations.
The Culture Diary and Arts Council England is taking a delegation of visual arts leaders and emerging designers from across the UK to Hong Kong next month from 2–7 December. The mission takes place at Business of Design Week and is a direct result of working with a number of Culture Diary members eager to expand their creative and cultural practices internationally. The mission will work with the Department for International Trade and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office via the GREAT Britain Campaign.
The latest round of Connections Through Culture, a mobility grants programme suporting artists and arts professionals in East Asia and the UK, is open for applications until 4 November.
The programme aims to develop cultural exchanges and collaborations between artists and art professionals from each region and support relationships between them.
Download the application notes below and apply here.
Arts Council England (ACE) is looking for applications that challenge assumptions about showcasing and working at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August 2020 and beyond.
ACE has opened a new fund through its National Lottery Project Grants over £100k National Activites strand and would like expressions of interests both before and after 31 October 2019. ACE expect requests of up to £750,000 per showcase. Read more about the idea and the reasons for it on their blog here.
Battersea Arts Centre (BAC) has created the Moving Roots Touring Network which will craft new socially-conscious arts projects for communities in partnership with culturally-deprived partner towns across the country.
BAC has partnered with:
- Action Factory, Blackburn
- Common Wealth, Cardiff
- Lyrici Arts, Chatham
- Jumped Up Theatre, Peterborough
- The Old Courts, Wigan
The partnership will create live performance projects communities that are intended to get local people to engage with their pressing local needs.
The world renown London Community Gospel Choir was approached by Holland Baroque an innovated and original Baroque orchestra based in Utrecht.
The two worlds of music although opposites could also flow tremendously well together. The director for Holland Baroque came to see the choir's Christmas Show at The Royal Albert Hall and straightaway knew this could work.
Creative England and the Creative Industries Federation to launch a united organisation with UK-wide reach in spring 2020.
In December, Caroline Norbury (Founder and Chief Executive, Creative England) will become Chief Executive, Rick Haythornthwaite (Chairman, Creative Industries Federation) will become its Chair, and Alan Bishop will commit to a new non-executive role.
Design is a major creative focus for the UK, as proven by its designation as the official partner for Hong Kong's Business of Design Week (BODW) 2019 taking place 2-7 December.
Working with cultural partners, GREAT Britain Campaign and Arts Council England, the Culture Diary has organised a set of missions for arts and culture delegates from various creative disciplines to capitalise on the build-up to and launch of BODW 2019. More on these soon.
Twenty-five leaders from the arts and cultural sector, will make up the 16th Clore Fellowship this autumn, a driving force curating new creative experiences and opportunities from across the world.
The Clore Fellowship seeks to develop leaders, that this year, after a rigorous selection process, hail from England, Ireland, India, Brazil, Hong Kong, South Africa and beyond.