Crafting Futures is a British Council global programme supporting the future of craft; its practices and people. In 2019, British Council launched Crafting Futures in China, aiming to foster international opportunities for UK and Chinese women artisans, explore sustainability and innovation across the craft sector and drive change among younger generations.
What does 2020 hold for you? We at the Culture Diary, embedded within the Department of Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, are gearing up for a year of cultural activity and huge UK campaigns including:
The British Embassy in Moscow and Consulate General in Ekaterinburg are inviting bids for projects commencing in the financial year 2020/2021 that build on sustainable connections between British and Russian people across a variety of subjects including culture.
To submit your application, follow the instructions on the GOV.UK website. The deadline for project concept bids is 13:00 (MSK/UTC+3), 20 January 2020. Late submissions will not be accepted.
VisitBritain has refreshed its Events Are GREAT creative to highlight the UK as a leading destination for international business events.
New imagery targets meeting, incentive and event planners by highlighting the country’s world-renowned research and expertise, global travel connections, high quality infrastructure and range of venues and incentive experiences.
Lucy McCormick, Jess Thom and Selina Thompson on line-up for Under the Radar Festival at The Public Theater in New York this month, supported by Arts Council England and Manchester International Festival.
British Council is offering bursaries for minority ethnic artists and producers to attend IETM (Informal European Theatre Meeting), a network for the contemporary performing arts, from 30 April–3 May 2020. It will take place in Tromsø, Norway.
FestivalConnect 2020 is now open to festivals in the UK and Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), allowing festivals to apply for funding from British Council for creative exchange or programming emerging artists from both SSA and the UK.
There are two streams open for applications until 12pm GMT on 5 February 2020.
The Department for International Trade will be at SXSW to celebrate the convergence of the interactive and music industries.
DIT is leading the UK Government’s presence at SXSW 2020 with a UK trade stand. The official SXSW venue, the British Music Embassy, will be in a dynamic new venue - Cedar Street Courtyard.
The trade stand and BME will offer the perfect opportunity to engage with buyers, hold one-on-one meetings, showcase your innovations, put on your events and receptions, and present your brand with impact at SXSW.
As 2019 comes to a close and we look ahead to 2020, the team at Manchester International Festival are reflecting on a successful year and excited by what’s to come in the new decade.
This year’s festival - the second led by our Artistic Director John McGrath - was the biggest yet, with more than 1,000 ticketed events, ranging from dance, theatre, music and visual arts, to site-specific performance and immersive installations.