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August 2017


Contemplate the power of the voice at Sydney's Powerhouse Museum

This is a Voice opened at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, last week, coinciding with the start of the Sydney Science Festival and National Science Week 2017.

Blending science, technology, art and performance, This is a Voice explores how the voice is fundamentally connected to identity and what it means to be human. 

The immersive exhibition invites you to delve inside vocal tracts, restless minds and speech devices to discover how meaning and emotions are conveyed through the patterns of rhythm, stress and intonation.

Designed as an acoustic journey, This is a Voice demonstrates how the arts and humanities intersect with science. It brings together Australian and international artists, including London-based Anna Barham.

We are pleased to be supporting Anna's involvement in the exhibition and a series of short films as part of our work in the arts and science and our ongoing efforts to encourage collaboration between artists and researchers in the UK and Australia.

"In exploring the human voice, physically and psychologically, this is a unique look at an aspect of humanity that is at once deeply personal and universal,” said Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences Director and CEO, Dolla Merrillees.

This is a Voice is a Wellcome Collection exhibition produced in collaboration with the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, supported by the British Council. It's on now until 28 January 2018.





The 2017 Edinburgh Showcase is just around the corner

Fifteen leading festival directors and theatre producers from Australia will be in Scotland next week to attend our biennial platform of contemporary UK performance, the Edinburgh Showcase.

This year's special 20th anniversary programme includes 30 extraordinary productions that represent the very best of contemporary theatre and dance and reflect the breadth and diversity of British performing arts.

The Edinburgh Showcase is the single biggest opportunity for UK theatre and dance companies to introduce their work to international promoters. 

Watch this short film for a taste of what happened at our last Showcase or find out more about the Australian delegates that are attending this year.

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Ignite your imagination during National Science Week

National Science Week, which runs until Sunday 20 August, is a time for everyone to celebrate, talk about and get involved in science.

There are thousands of events taking place around Australia during the week, including many that involve past participants of our science communication competition, FameLab

From contests of intelligence and wit to a debate about whether the future of mankind will be doom and gloom or nice and bright - find out what they're up to, and how you can get involved, on our website.

Applications for FameLab 2018 will be opening in a few months. If you want to share your research with the world, visit or follow #FameLabAus for the latest information.

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Spend 'An Evening with an Immigrant' with Inua Ellams

Drawing on his own personal experiences, Inua Ellams will explore national identity and belonging at Sydney Opera House's Antidote ​Festival on Sunday 3 September.

A charismatic and engaging performer, Ellams was born in Nigeria to a Muslim father and Christian mother, and fled with his family to England at age 12. 

An Evening with an Immigrant is his ridiculous, fantastic and poignant story of escaping fundamentalist Islam, performing at the National Theatre and drinking wine with the Queen of England, all the while without a country to belong to or place to call home.

Want to win tickets to the show? See our 'Giveaway' story, below, to find out how!

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Watch Spirit of '47 online

In 1947, the British Council helped to found the first Edinburgh International Festival in a shared belief that the arts could change the world. This year, we teamed up once again to reignite the Spirit of ’47 and celebrate 70 years of international cultural collaboration.

With our special Spirit of ’47 programme coming to a close, we invite you to join us online, through our partnership with BBC Arts Digital.

Watch highlights of the programme on-demand, including exclusive Royal Court readings of urgent new plays by international playrights, Lola Arias’ celebrated piece of documentary theatre, MINEFIELD, and a host of provocative talks exploring important questions of national identity, global citizenship, conflict and migration.

Catch up on the electrifying performances and discussions, wherever you are in the world!

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Discover Glasgow's New Wave in our new short film

Although widely regarded as a city built on house and techno, Glasgow is also home to a budding new wave of producers and musicians who are looking beyond the traditional staples for inspiration.

Glasgow's New Wave explores their impact on Glasgow, shining a light on some of the city’s influential new blood and their DIY ethos.

As well as honing in on the club scene, the film also addresses issues of gender balance in the city and documents the success of a weekly DJ workshop held at iconic venue, The Art School.

This is the latest in our evolving series of films, produced with Boiler Room,  exploring the music scenes of UK cities and the way cities can shape and influence musicians, creatives and artists.

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GIVEAWAY: Win tickets to one of two shows by Inua Ellams

Thanks to our friends at Sydney Opera House and Arts Centre Melbourne, we are giving away double passes to not just one but two incredible shows by award-winning poet, playwright and performer, Inua Ellams!

London-based Ellams will draw on his own experiences of growing up in Nigeria, immigration and of living in the UK today in 'An Evening with an Immigrant' at Sydney's Antidote Festival and in 'Black T-shirt Collection' at Arts Centre Melbourne.

To win a double pass ticket to his show in Sydney on Sunday 3 September or the opening night of his Melbourne show on Tuesday 5 September, email us with your full name and contact number, along with an indication of which show you'd like to see, by Sunday 20 August

Enter the giveaway

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