Illuminating India, launched on 3 October 2017, is Science Museum's ambitious programme showcasing the impact of Indian civilisation on science, technology and mathematics.
ICOM UK, with support from the British Council (BC), is offering a number of travel grants to support staff from regional and local UK museums (non-national museums) to travel internationally (beyond greater Europe) to develop mutually beneficial projects and partnerships.
On 1 September 2017, the Prime Minister Theresa May announced that a UK-Japan Season of Culture would take place in 2019 and 2020, run by British Council.
Similar to this year's UK-India, UK-Korea and UK-UAE culture seasons, Japan and UK will be able to bring together artists, tech experts, researchers and business to inspire innovation and future ideas. There will be a crossover between arts and digital / technology and showcases for the best of British and Japanese creativity.
Almost 2.7 million tickets were sold at Edinburgh Fringe on its 70th anniversary throughout August 2017, a record level of takings for the fifth year in a row. In addition, almost 700 free or non-ticketed events took place as part of the official Fringe programme which boasted 3,400 productions.
There was an increase of almost 9% on the previous year's ticket sales, with 1.5 million of the total raised by the core venues – Assembly, Gilded Balloon, Pleasance and Underbelly – while the smaller venues also echoed the rise in sales.
The Department for International Trade and British Phonographic Industry (BPI) has awarded £213,310 to 15 musical acts from the UK to aid their international ambitions.
More than 150 acts to date have benefitted from £2.2 million in funds from the Music Exports Growth Scheme (MEGS) – launched in 2014 and relaunched in October 2016 making additional funding available until 2020.
British Council India has launched Saptan Stories, a creative project by Aardman Animations, commissioned as part of the UK-India Year of Culture 2017. It is a first of its kind online campaign bringing together seven celebrated artists and the public to create a story for India.
A Creative Europe report on 2016 shows that it has supported 283 UK cultural and creative organisations and audiovisual companies since 2014 with grants of € 57 million.
The report was launched at COLLABORATE!, a Creative Europe Desk UK Forum on International Working at Rich Mix in East London.
The DHL Award for International Fashion Potential in Partnership with the BFC has been launched to support the ambition of British fashion designers and take their products to new, international markets. The prize for one British fashion brand will be £20,000 to help them recognise their global potential. The winner will also receive support and advice from DHL and BFC
Film London’s annual short film schemes, London Calling and London Calling Plus, backs the capital’s most exciting breakthrough filmmaking talent with a full package of production funding, training and expert mentoring. Film London’s annual short film schemes have 20 awards on offer this year, all of which can be match funded.
Creative Europe's Cooperation Projects has seen 30 UK culture, creative industries and heritage organisations granted €3.2 million to work with European partners. This is a 30% increase in UK involvement from 2016. The last round of applications took place after the EU Referendum result.
The UK is above average in successfully bidding for funds at 22% compared to 14% programme-wide. This shows that the UK and EU arts and culture sectors still want to collaborate.