National tourism agency VisitBritain has collaborated with leading China-based internet technology and cultural enterprise Tencent on a new 3D racing game ‘QQ Speed’ to inspire more Chinese visitors to book a trip to Britain.
Online gamers in China can now tour Britain virtually on two new tracks, exploring ‘British Castles’ themed around Windsor Castle and ‘North Sea Fishery’ which is based on Britain’s seaside villages.
QQ Speed’s main virtual character ‘Little Mandarin’, Xiao Juzi, has also been appointed as a VisitBritain goodwill ambassador for the Chinese market.
VisitBritain today welcomes a new Eurostar and Virgin Trains partnership to offer a united travel service for the meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) market, to drive growth in international business events to the UK.
The partnership, officially launched today at IBTM World in Barcelona, gives international event planners the freedom to book multi-stop journeys from mainland Europe to British destinations on the Eurostar and Virgin Trains networks through a ‘one-stop-shop’ booking experience.
British Council Arts are seeking an experienced Consultant Creative Director to curate a UK season of culture in Italy in autumn 2020.
UK/Italy 2020 is an exciting opportunity to showcase the best of UK culture in Italy (and Italian culture in the UK). As the UK prepares to leave the EU, cultural relations will continue to play an important role.
Research reviewing 35 million job adverts substantiates that employers requiring creativity in jobs is likely to grow in the future workforce.
The adverts, published from 2013 to 2017, were reviewed to work out which skills will be needed to meet the jobs of the future.
The research, issued by the Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre, suggests that between now and 2030, the demand for creativity will increase, perhaps partly explained by advances in technology and automation.
The Department of International Trade (DIT) will be taking an interactive/immersive mission in March 2019 to South by Southwest (SXSW), the leading industry and public event for music, film, interactive and tech.
The ten-day show, based in Austin, Texas, is set to attract around 300,000 visitors between 8-17 March 2019.
From entrepreneurs and investors to cutting edge digital disruptors, it will give organisations the chance to demonstrate their creativity, expertise, technology and innovation while making contacts to foster business development and professional growth.
The Scottish Government, City of Edinburgh Council and Edinburgh Festivals have formed and will finance the PLACE (Platforms for Creative Excellence) programme, intended to increase the reach of the renowned annual festivals' work. They have committed £15 million across the next five years. PLACE will be supported and administered by Creative Scotland.
Projects announced to recieve money from the first three years of funding (£5.8 million) are:
Five of New Zealand’s leading Māori and Pasifika writers will showcase their work in the UK next month (November) alongside the high profile Oceania exhibition at the Royal Academy. Their programme will include a public panel discussion with Senior Curator, Adrian Locke, at the Royal Academy, a Commonwealth Writers Conversation in front of an invited audience at the Commonwealth Foundation and a literary salon at New Zealand House with much-loved salonnière, writer and journalist Damian Barr.
British artist Es Devlin OBE will design the UK Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, expected to be visited by 25 million people in 6 months from October 2020 to April 2021. Es Devlin was announced the winner on 27 September 2018.
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Are you ready to plan your Giants journey?
There are just two weeks until Giant visitors will walk the streets of Liverpool and Wirral (Thursday 4 to Sunday 7 October) – in what will be the final in the trilogy of Giant spectaculars.