A total of four Shakespeare plays are set in Rome – do you know which ones?

Find out in our latest #WalkingCities film with Orwell Prize-winning writer, academic and broadcaster Delia Jarrett-Macauley and Rome-based Italian writer and illustrator Roberto Recchioni.

Watch: [ Youtu.be Link ]
Artes Mundi is hosting its seventh major international exhibition.

Watch our exclusive interviews with the artists here: [ Bit.ly Link ]

More than 700 nominations were received for Artes Mundi 7 and the six shortlisted artists are exhibiting at National Museum Cardiff and Chapter Gallery between 21 October – 26 February 2017.

In the lead-up to the prize announcement on 26 January watch our...
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Our first newsletter of 2017 has just gone out packed with the latest on our projects and UK arts news.

Watch our exclusive interviews with Artes Mundi 7 artists, catch up on the opening of Hull UK City of Culture 2017, watch our interview with The Yard's artistic director plus much more.

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"You can’t manufacture an internationally famous music scene or visual arts boom from the top down, but you can remove many of the obstacles that make their evolution more difficult."

via The Guardian

From architecture to cultural life: how would you design a city from scratch?

How are disabled artists harnessing the latest technology to change the music scene?

Watch the full film: [ Youtu.be Link ]
In the run-up to UK/India 2017 we're celebrating arts from around the UK.

So far we've visited Cardiff, Edinburgh, Liverpool and Sheffield, with our latest arts tour focussing on London.

From The Yard to BFI's London Film Festival, the Victoria and Albert Museum to the Turner Prize, explore the arts and culture scene of England's capital city via the link below. #UKIndia2017

London arts tour | British Council

Following a year that’s delivered major surprises in Africa and globally, what does 2017 hold for the African continent?

In partnership with the Royal African Society join us this week in Edinburgh / London / Birmingham for #Africain2017: Prospects & Forecasts.

Register via the link below.

Africa in 2017: Prospects and Forecasts

Watch the spectacular opening of Hull UK City of Culture 2017 below. #Hull2017

[ Hull2017.co.uk Link ]
For our third #fiveFilms4freedom festival, we are looking for people using culture and the creative industries to promote freedom, equality and LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) rights.

Join our global search for #LGBT cultural influencers and nominate someone today: [ Britishcouncil.org Link ]
Turner watercolours that can only be shown during winter...

via BBC Arts

BBC Arts - Northern light: Turner watercolours in midwinter - BBC Arts

Happy New Year!

Kick your year off to a good start by applying for one of our international opportunities for artists, creatives, professionals and organisations.

Arts Opportunities | British Council

"You create a home wherever you go." Bidisha Mamata

Listen to three British-Indian writers' stories of London in our mini-podcast series.

My London: British-Indian writers' stories of the capital - Literature

A Christmas treat for you tomorrow!

Tune in to BBC Four at 7pm tomorrow to watch Talawa Presents 'King Lear' [ Bbc.co.uk Link ]
We spotlight Rachel Maclean as our final artist in our series of art works celebrating the 70th anniversary of British Council Scotland.

Read the blog: [ Britishcouncil.org Link ]

In her #BritishCouncilCollection work 'The Lion and the Unicorn', Maclean interrogates ideas of nationhood and identity.
On today's Winter Solstice wind back 6 months to Midsummer's Day with Shakespeare's Globe's production of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' (voted as one of Time Out London's top theatre shows of 2016!)


Watch 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'

One of the projects to be funded by the Cultural Protection Fund is supporting the completion of the first museum in Basrah, Iraq to open since 2003.

Find out about other funded projects: [ Britishcouncil.org Link ]

The completion of the new Basrah Museum | British Council

"Creative hubs are fast becoming a worldwide phenomenon"

Read our new research looking at the invaluable role of Creative hubs.

Creative Hubs: Understanding the New Economy


In our latest issue we feature the recently announced #CulturalProtectionFund projects, a new podcast mini-series of British-Indian writers' stories of London, a virtual reality artwork from Mexico plus much more!

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'British walking artist' Hamish Fulton's 'Seven 7 Day Walks' documents his time walking in one of the UK's wildest landscapes, the Cairngorms, in this wintry artwork from the #BritishCouncilCollection.

Read more : [ Britishcouncil.org Link ]

Image: Seven 7 Day Walks, Hamish Fulton, 1993 © Hamish Fulton. Courtesy Maureen Paley, London
“Punk will always come back in new forms always because the attitude is so very very good; it’s to do with people doing things for themselves, controlling their own methods and their own culture." - Malcolm Maclaren

As punk turns 40, this two-part essay series questions if the punk spirit can still be found in British filmmaking today.

British Council Film: Is the punk spirit still alive in British cinema?