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10 March 2017

We have launched Big Dance Shorts an open call with Channel 4's Random Acts and Big Dance to commission 4 new short films for UK/India 2017 - 18; find out about our UK/UAE affiliate programme for those taking arts and cultural projects to the UAE this year; applications are now open to UK-based practitioners for our Helsinki Design Residency 2017; and we'll be hosting a breakfast briefing at this year's No Boundaries arts conference in Hull and Manchester, find out more and book your pass.


Rosalind by James Cousins Company

James Cousins’ new contemporary dance production, Rosalind, was made in collaboration with Korean artists and is inspired by Shakespeare’s As You Like It. It explores gender roles, asking: what does it mean today for a woman to disguise herself as a man?

Rosalind was commissioned as part of Shakespeare Lives, the British Council’s programme of international activities in 2016 marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. It tours the UK from March to May 2017.

> Watch the film



The English Channel

The English Channel is a new British Council website which brings together UK arts content, combined with English language practice. The website curates the best of contemporary British Arts, from both the British Council and our partners, and through these presents authentic, real examples of English language in use. Viewers can interact with the videos, and, through exercises created by our experts, add to their English language knowledge and skills. 

Visit the website

Manchester online arts tour

Manchester may be more commonly known as home to one of the world's most famous football teams, but its reputation as a global hub for groundbreaking arts and culture is growing fast. This lively city in the north west of England has become an international flagship for British music and creativity, and a national centre for the UK's recent boom in spoken word and live literature. From The Hallé orchestra to Manchester International Festival, find out what culture the city has to offer in our online arts tour.

Take the tour

UK-India Year of Culture

Last week the British Council, the Indian High Commission and the UK government officially launched the UK-India Year of Culture, a celebration of the long-standing relationship between the UK and India, which will see cultural events taking place in both countries throughout 2017. Highlights of the programme include an interactive digital project with Aardman Animations, a tour of Studio Wayne McGregor’s production FAR, and a screening of the silent film ‘Shiraz’ with the Taj Mahal as a backdrop.

Find out more


UK/UAE 2017

Throughout 2017, the British Council will collaborate with a wide range of British and Emirati partners to create a diverse programme that spans the arts, literature, education, society, sport, science and trade. UK/UAE 2017 includes performances from Welsh National Opera, workshops for museums on accessibility and inclusivity, musician residencies and much more.

Discover more

Artists in Conversation: Liz Carr

In this short film, actor, comedian and disability rights activist, Liz Carr talks about her Unlimited-commissioned theatre production, Assisted Suicide the Musical. This ‘TED Talk with show tunes’ explores the serious issue of assisted suicide but through the glitz and mischief of a modern musical. 

Watch the film

Women in the arts

From Uffizi galleries hosting major solo exhibitions of female artists to the rise of women museum directors, a number of high-profile art institutuions are actively seeking to redress gender disparity in their collections, exhibitions, and leadership. Read about some of the most recent initiatives in this Apollo magazine article. 

Read the article
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