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6 October 2017

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has launched a literary prize worth €20,000 to promote the importance of literature in translation; our Culture and Development team are looking for experienced multi-disciplinary research teams to undertake a rigorous Literature Review of existing evidence to inform its Culture and Development programme; we are seeking consultants to act as participant evaluators in our South Asia heritage programme; and British writer Kazuo Ishiguro has won the Nobel prize in literature


Turner Prize 2017

This year's Turner Prize exhibition has launched at Ferens Art Gallery in Hull as part of the UK City of Culture 2017 programme. 

The Prize is awarded annually to an artist born, living or working in Britain, for an outstanding exhibition or public presentation of their work anywhere in the world in the previous year.

This year's shortlist includes Hurvin Anderson, Andrea Büttner, Lubaina Himid and Rosalind Nashashibi. Three of the artists; Anderson, Himid and Nashashibi all have works as part of the British Council Collection. We also invited a delegation of curators from across the world to visit the exhibition

> Find out more about the Prize in this BBC Front Row article



Royal Court's international work

For over 20 years, the British Council and the Royal Court Theatre in London have been working together to nurture playwrights from around the world. This autumn sees new plays by writers from Chile, Syria and Ukraine at the Royal Court. In this article Eleanor Turney explores the theatre’s workshop programmes around the world, which have had a profound influence on international and UK artists alike.

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new Art new Audiences

British Council’s East Africa Arts programme is excited to announce this year's new Art new Audiences (nAnA) projects. nAnA is an annual open call grant for cultural partners across East Africa and the UK to create new art together which is showcased to new audiences.

Image: Tabu Flo (Uganda) will be working with Destino Dance Company (Ethiopia). Photo Credit Kibuuka Photography.

Find out more about the projects

International Radio Playwriting Competition

Writers around the world are invited to submit scripts for the International Radio Playwriting Competition 2018. The global competition is hosted by ourselves and the  BBC World Service in partnership with The Open University. New and established writers who do not live in the UK are welcome to apply. The two winners will win a trip to London and have their play broadcast on BBC World Service. A third winner will travel to London to be mentored by the BBC.

Find out more


Cardiff Dance Festival

Cardiff Dance Festival (CDF) is expanding its international programming with the help of the UK India Year of Culture and #IndiaWales. Taking place between the 8th-19th of November 2017, there will be performances by artists and companies from across Wales, the UK and further afield. This includes Interruption, a collaboration between CDF and Chennai’s Basement21 that will bring dance into public spaces.

Find out more

Women To Watch At Frieze 2017

Frieze London and Frieze Masters returns to Regents Park this year bringing with it an impressive array of international art and their free outdoor sculpture exhibition. From artsworks by Turner Prize-winning sculptor Rachel Whiteread to American artist Lynda Benglis, Vogue journalist Olivia Marks picks out the women artists to look out for. 

Read more on Vogue

National Theatre captioning glasses

The National Theatre has unveiled new technology that will enable audiences to see captions for performances in front of their eyes using special glasses from any seat in the auditorium. Director Rufus Norris said the glasses mean that for the first time, hard of hearing and D/deaf audiences will be able to attend any performance during a production's run, rather than rely on a limited number of captioned performances.

Watch BBC film to find out more
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