As we head towards 2020, the importance of UK culture and creativity on the world stage will be amplified by huge events.
Exports continue to rise across the UK
The number of businesses exporting goods in the United Kingdom has increased to 110,000, according to HMRC figures.
New figures released by HMRC in December reveal that in the year ending September 2018:
The UK-Russia Year of Music will celebrate both countries rich musical cultures, traditions and achievements through a programme which will foster people-to-people connections.
It will build on the successes of the UK-Russia Year of Culture in 2014, the UK-Russia Year of Language and Literature in 2016 and the UK-Russia Year of Science and Education in 2017.
The aims of the Year of Music are to:
Business of Design Week (BODW) will be held in Hong Kong in late 2019 as a collaboration of Hong Kong Design Centre (HKDC), Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), and the Department for International Trade of the United Kingdom (DITUK).
BODW, Hong Kong Design Centre’s flagship programme is a world-class annual event celebrating design, innovation and brands. The 2019 event will see the return of the UK as the official partner country, after their initial and successful collaboration back in 2006.
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.
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.
Creative Industries Minister Margot James has confirmed an extra £1 million of funding for the creative industries, to a total of £5 million, to promote the "best of British" abroad. The funding boost will support UK businesses attending the Shanghai International Advertising Festival, a new China-UK film exchange to help increase co-productions between the countries, and support an increased British presence at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.
British Council, Farnham Maltings (under Caravan, its international strand) and the High Commission of Canada in the UK have joined to deliver New Conversations, a project aimed at benefitting the performing arts sectors in both the UK and Canada.