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19 June 2017

Join us at the V&A on June 30 for a talk on the challenges of protecting and preserving cultural heritage in post-conflict contexts; last week saw the launch of China Now, a new membership-based service for UK arts organisations and artists with an interest in working in China and Hong Kong; Hejira performed their first show outside of the UK at the 18th European Cultural Festival in Algeria; and Michael Petry, Director of The Museum of Contemporary Art, talks about his experience of taking part in Helsinki Contemporary gallery's guest curator programme; and the Big Book Festival in Warsaw takes place this week with a special focus on ‘the British scene’


Edinburgh International Festival
Spirit of ’47

In 1947 the British Council helped to found the first Edinburgh International Festival in a shared belief that the arts could change the world. 70 years on, in our fast-changing world, we're teaming up with the International Festival once again to reignite the Spirit of ’47 and celebrate international cultural collaboration.

A ten-day programme of performance and discussion takes place in the Scottish capital from 6 - 16 August, featuring Anoushka Shankar, Benjamin Clementine, plays by Royal Court International Playwrights and more.

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International Literature Showcase

This week the International Literature Showcase converges in Norwich. A partnership between Writers Centre Norwich, British Council and Arts Council England, the four day gathering will see 20 writers and 50 literature professionals from around the world come together to discuss new approaches to the art and industry of words. Join the discussion digitally to discover new writers and watch panel discussions by following #LitShowcase.

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Africa Writes

Africa Writes, a partnership between the British Council and the Royal African Society, is the UK’s biggest celebration of contemporary African writing. Returning to London this summer, the weekend will bring together over 60 of the most influential voices in contemporary writing from Africa and its diaspora. Highlighting the themes of language, archives, ownership amongst many others, the weekend features a packed programme including book launches, readings, panel discussions and workshops. Take a look at Africa Writes' 20 best African novels to sink your teeth into this summer.

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Shubbak Festival 2017

The biannual Shubbak Festival returns to London from 1-16 July. The festival, of which British Council is a principal partner, connects London audiences and communities with the best of contemporary Arab visual arts, film, music, theatre, dance, literature and debate in multiple venues across the capital. This year will see over 150 Arab artists taking part and a record number of new commissions and UK premieres, from major events at the Barbican, South Bank and Trafalgar Square to intimate interventions in Shepherd's Bush and Dalston. 

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Guardian summer theatre picks

Take a look at the Guardian's top theatre picks for this summer. Including amongst others a musical based on the Kids Company inquiry and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof starring Sienna Miller and Jack O’Connell. The list also includes The Whip Hand and Citizen Theatre's Oresteia: This Restless House, both of which are part of the Edinburgh Showcase

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Take Over project exhibition

Take Over, a Creative Europe co-funded programme, enabled young people to become the curators of cultural venues in Greece, Italy, Poland, and Serbia. Discover more about the Take Over project and our work in the EU in a free exhibition at our London office, on until 28 September.

Find out more about Take Over

Arts and dementia care

Research by the Mental Health Foundation has provided evidence of the benefits of participatory arts for older people and those living with dementia. In this Arts Professional article Teri Howson-Griffiths and Gill Windle discuss the impact this evidence can have in informing future policy and securing future funding to support further projects.

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