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“The Take Over Project has definitely made me interested in a career involving culture and planning. So far a few friends and myself have set up a project space and put on an exhibition.” – Andreas, Take Over Youth Board member.

Over the past year the #TakeOverProject has gathered partners from across Europe with the aim to engage young people with performing arts and culture.

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

Listen to three British-Indian writers' stories of London in our mini-podcast series: [ Britishcouncil.org Link ]

British artist Alex Chinneck has seemingly frozen a Christmas tree inside a huge ice cube in London's Kings Cross.

Alex Chinneck traps Christmas tree inside gigantic ice cube

How does Shakespeare influence you?

In our first #ShakespeareLives Walking Cities film writers Kamila Shamsie and Javier Montes discuss Shakespeare's continuing influence on international literature today at The Royal Palace of Olite, in the Navarre region of Spain.

Watch here: bit.ly/2h19glH
Launching today!

Follow our retelling of Romeo and Juliet on Instagram: [ Instagram.com Link ]

“It's up to us as artists to create - and curate - those support networks, those spaces in which art can flourish.” GAIKA

Watch our new film in collaboration with Boiler Room that explores London’s creative climate.

Beyond A BPM | British Council Music

"Be stone no more"

The latest and final film from our #ShakespeareLives series is here!

Watch 'A Winter's Tale': [ Youtube.com Link ]

Including our London arts tour, Yinka Shonibare's first major solo exhibition in Nigeria, our new film in collaboration with Boiler Room plus much more..!

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British Council Arts Newsletter

As 2016 draws to a close we look back on a remarkable year of Shakespeare. We've hosted Shakespeare Lives events in more than 140 countries, including more than 900 film screenings in 100 locations. Our partners have included theatres, writers, artists, musicians, academics, broadcasters, students and performers of every conceivable variety - all revealing the different ways that Shakespeare...
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GAIKA - “It's up to us as artists to create - and curate - those support networks, those spaces in which art can flourish.”

A new film w/ Boiler Room, focusing on an emerging collective of musicians, artists and creatives, and how the experience of living and working in London has shaped their work.

'Beyond A BPM’ with Gaika, James Massiah, Visionist, Sports Militia and Liam Hodges.

Beyond A BPM | British Council Music

Explore London’s creative dynamic through the eyes of the musicians, producers and designers who are blurring the lines between art, music and fashion, featuring Gaika, Visionist, Liam Hodges, James Massiah and Sports Militia.

Find out more in our film collaboration with Boiler Room in Beyond a BPM.

*please note - the film includes some strong language*

Boiler Room: Beyond a BPM (Part 1)

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From live visual art to DJ sets #TakeOverProject participants in Poland, Serbia, Greece and Italy have been programming arts events to encourage more young people into arts venues.

Learn all about #TakeOverProject here: [ Takeoverproject.eu Link ]
Are you interested in the Venice Biennale? Help to improve our website for the British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale by completing this short survey: [ Ow.ly Link ]

Image: Sarah Lucas, I SCREAM DADDIO, Installation View, British Pavilion 2015. Photo by Cristiano Corte.
“His style was vigorous, robust and heartfelt” independent curator Susanna Beaumont on Robert Colquhoun.

To celebrate the 70th anniversary of British Council Scotland, we are sharing 70 artworks from the #BritishCouncilCollection by artists connected to Scotland.

Read the fourth blog focussing on a watercolour by Scottish artist Robert Colquhoun: bit.ly/RobertColquhoun

Image: Two Figures,...
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"It is estimated that London alone has lost 40% of its small venues"

Listen now to our #ArtsPodcast on counting the cultural cost of venue closures in the UK.

Podcast: Counting the Cultural Cost of Venue Closures | British Council Music

Our British Pavilion exhibition #HomeEconomics at this year's Venice Architecture Biennale (La Biennale di Venezia) closes tomorrow!

In case you didn't get chance to see the exhibition you can explore it online here: [ Bit.ly Link ]

Photos: Cristiano Corte
“It is particularly exciting to be showing my art in Lagos, Nigeria the country of my childhood”

Yesterday British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare MBE unveiled his first public sculpture in Nigeria.

Find out more: [ Britishcouncil.org Link ]
London's brand new Design Museum opens to the public tomorrow and we're excited!
The final #TakeOverProject of the year has now taken place!

To see images from all the events that took place in Greece, Italy, Serbia and Poland and to hear how Youth Board members programmed arts events from start to finish visit the Take Over website.

[ Takeoverproject.eu Link ]
“a landscape full of blossom that’s a celebration every year”

David Hockney to design Westminster Abbey window

via The Guardian

David Hockney window at Westminster Abbey to honour Queen