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.
London International Mime Festival, directed by Helen Lannaghan and Joseph Seelig, is a unique event in the theatre calendar, a once a year chance to see the very best and newest contemporary visual theatre that embraces cutting edge circus-theatre, juggling, puppetry, live art, mime and physical theatre.
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.
British Council is offering funding for UK and Vietnam practitioners, initiatives and organisations to support film and music projects exploring Vietnam's cultural heritage.
Opened in September 2018, the FAMLAB (Film, Archive and Music Lab) fund will be used for collaborative and sustainable creative projects that can deliver long-term benefits for contemporary arts and demonstrate innovate ways of interacting with audiences including:
The Minister of State for Trade and Export Promotion, Baroness Rona Fairhead CBE, joined Sir John Sorrell CBE and Professor Eric Yim at the London Design Biennale to launch the UK's partnership with Hong Kong's Business of Design Week 2019 (BODW). Baroness Fairhead spoke at the event on 18 September during the London Design Biennale 2018 at Somerset House.
Secretary of State for International Trade Dr Liam Fox MP and Baroness Fairhead, Minister of State for Trade and Export Promotion, announced the government's Export Strategy on 21 August 2018, which aims to increase UK total exports as a proportion of GDP to 35%.
The Export Strategy outlines how the government will produce smarter and more tailored support to UK companies. Download the Export Strategy below or find it here.
The GREAT Britain Campaign is supporting Hay Festival in Segovia – the biggest literature event in Spain – which takes place 20–23 September 2018. It will highlight the two country's shared love of literature and promote partnerships between British and Spanish creative industries.
The activity is part of a wider campaign across Europe which aims to shine a light on the UK’s strengths and partnerships to European audiences.
British authors and artists taking part in the festival programme include:
November 4th this year marks the centenary of the day that Shropshire poet and soldier, Wilfred Owen, fell in battle in 1918, the last year of the First World War. This important anniversary will be marked in his home county by a series of events over the last 100 days from 4th August to the centenary of the Armistice on 11th November. Details can be found in the brochure (see link) together with ideas of related places that can be visited during the period.
Through its funding for the MEDIA and Culture Sub-Programmes, among others, Creative Europe (CE) has made a lasting impact on the UK according to a report put together with the help of Creative Europe Desk UK. Benefits include growing business and organisations, establishing lasting partnerships around the world, and providing opportunities for disdavantaged groups.
With Edinburgh Fringe coming to a close for another year, British Council is reminding artists with exceptional new productions to apply to be part of the next Edinburgh Showcase – taking place 19-24 August 2019.
British Council's biennial platform puts on the best of contemporary UK theatre, dance and live art at the Edinburgh International and Fringe Festivals. If you are a UK-based artist or organisation, visit the Edinburgh Showcase website to apply.