With World Cup Rugby at fever pitch for England fans, all eyes are on Japan for its upcoming sports and cultural events. British Council is leading on the UK in JAPAN 19–20 season, a year-long programme of cultural and education-focused events and activities in both Japan and the UK which provides opportunities for British and Japanese organisations.
Drama and performance experts at the University of Nottingham, in collaboration with East Midlands company Red Earth Theatre and D/deaf audience members, have developed technology to allow more D/deaf audiences to enjoy theatre.
The new tech will generate captions for dialogue much faster than traditional software and uses projection mapping to display them on the set, props and actors.
Arts Council England (ACE) is looking for applications that challenge assumptions about showcasing and working at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August 2020 and beyond.
ACE has opened a new fund through its National Lottery Project Grants over £100k National Activites strand and would like expressions of interests both before and after 31 October 2019. ACE expect requests of up to £750,000 per showcase. Read more about the idea and the reasons for it on their blog here.
Candoco Dance Company – a world-leading professional dance company for disabled and non-disabled dancers – is seeking applications for three dancers to join the company to tour nationally and internationally from spring 2020, with a minimum 2-year commitment.
The company encourages applications from all disabled artists at any point in their career. Apply by Monday 18th November 2019 at 10am.
Battersea Arts Centre (BAC) has created the Moving Roots Touring Network which will craft new socially-conscious arts projects for communities in partnership with culturally-deprived partner towns across the country.
BAC has partnered with:
- Action Factory, Blackburn
- Common Wealth, Cardiff
- Lyrici Arts, Chatham
- Jumped Up Theatre, Peterborough
- The Old Courts, Wigan
The partnership will create live performance projects communities that are intended to get local people to engage with their pressing local needs.
For 2020, the 44th year of London’s annual festival of contemporary visual theatre, 10 overseas companies join 8 British groups, including 4 LIMF co-commissioned productions: This Time, a tender take on relationships and ageing from aerial theatre company Ockham’s Razor; Romancing the Apocalypse from multi award winning dance duo Thick & Tight; Dead Good, a funny and
The world renown London Community Gospel Choir was approached by Holland Baroque an innovated and original Baroque orchestra based in Utrecht.
The two worlds of music although opposites could also flow tremendously well together. The director for Holland Baroque came to see the choir's Christmas Show at The Royal Albert Hall and straightaway knew this could work.
Arts Council England will support Independent Venue Week, alongside CAN YOU CIC IT, for a sixth year with £99,364 of National Lottery Project Grant Funding.
Independent Venue Week, next taking place 27 January – 2 February 2020, is an annual week-long celebration of grassroots venues across the UK, where bands and artists learn, grow and perform to audiences year-round. The week highlights a lineup of shows and encourages music fans to attend and support.
The Culture Diary spent a few days in Edinburgh for the opening of the British Council Edinburgh Showcase 2019.
Taking place 19-24 August, we had a presence at the trade fair on Wednesday 21 August, promoting the use of the Culture Diary to a large amount of UK culture organisations also presenting, as well as international programmers invited by the British Council to attend.