Reading-based sportswear company KYMIRA Sport has won 'Best Bootstrap Company' and a cheque for $1,000 at the 2017 edition of SXSW's Accelerator Pitch Event. The award was for "the company who has done the most with the least". KYMIRA Sport were described on the SXSW website as having "developed a disruptive business model to deliver medical innovation through their Sportswear brand".
35 female music creators and 30 innovative music industry professionals will benefit from Keychange, a new talent development initiative. Creative Europe has granted €200,000 to the project, an ambitious European collaboration promoting the role of women in music.
VisitBritain has launched a new international tourism campaign with Warner Bros. Pictures inspired by the release of British director Guy Ritchie's new medieval epic King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, out in May 2017. The 'Where Stories Become Legends' digital campaign will showcase Britain as a place where legends, and holidays, are brought to life.
The annual South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas, brings together the interactive, music and film industries, enabling global professionals in creative fields to exchange ideas and attend sessions, showcases, screenings and exhibitions. In March 2017, the UK’s Department for International Trade (DIT) offered a range of networking opportunities and events to showcase the best in British innovation and creativity, and help UK companies get the most out of SXSW.
Spring is finally here, and the month of April also marks Shakespeare's Birthday celebrations. In this month's Culture Diary calendar image we chose one of our highlights from 2016, which was an immersive theatre performance 'Sunk Punk' by Salon Collective, that I conceived to showcase two highlight events - 400 Years of Shakespeare and 40 Years of Punk and our British House at Rio 2016!
Arts Council England has published its priorities post triggering of Article 50, and its belief in the importance international cultural exchange and collaboration.
The Department for International Trade (DIT), in partnership with the Association of Independent Music (AIM) and British Phonographic Industry (BPI), is embarking on a UK music industry trade mission to Beijing, China from 24 April to 1 May 2017.
The music industry in China is growing and is increasing its consumption of international music. The mission will provide collaboration, exploration and expansion of the British music industry in China. There will also be a programme of networking, conferences, showcases, B2B meetings and more.
Those encouraged to attend include:
Edinburgh International Festival has announced its 2017 programme full of theatre, opera, dance, contemporary and classical music, outdoor events, talks and more.
Arts Council England will be co-investing £1.4 million in international collaboration and exchange with Arts Council Korea. A total of 21 performing and visual arts projects in England and South Korea will receive awards from the fund.
Arts Council CEO Darren Henley will chair a discussion on the challenges of artificial intelligence and digital futures for artists and curators at Great Britain House for South By Southwest Festival on Monday 13 March 2017. It begins at 11am at the Cavern Room, Great Britain House and is hosted by Arts Council England and British Underground.