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News from British Council Ireland

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Director's Welcome

In December, I took on the exciting challenge of Country Director for the British Council in Ireland. I am thrilled to be in post and am really looking forward to working with the team in Ireland to nurture and develop UK and Irish cultural relations in arts and education (higher education, youth and skills).

The British Council established the Irish office in 1989-1990 and since this time, has reached many individuals through a significant number of initiatives, projects and collaborations. These have included local collaborations with Dublin City of Culture 1990; working North South with the British Council Northern Ireland team on the very first exhibition from the collections of Arts Council NI and the Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon, as well as a joint pavilion at the Venice Biennale with artists Willie Doherty and Gerard Byrne; working trilaterally with politicians, pundits and peacemakers from Britain, Northern Ireland and Ireland in the thought provoking and insightful Lives Entwined series; the long-running FameLab science communication programme which has spanned 9 years here in Ireland; the OPENCities pan European project which helped cities become more open and competitive, and the important Transatlantic Networks project which worked to strengthen ties between Europe and North America through the creation of a sustainable network of young leaders.

Currently, the British Council is going through a period of unprecedented change and transformation. Worldwide, we have been significantly impacted by COVID-19 and the organisation is under pressure on many fronts. This means we need to find new ways of working, of collaborating, and consolidating, to ensure we continue to build on the important and significant legacy of the British Council worldwide but also here in Ireland. Our key pillars are focussed on cultural engagement in arts and education (higher education, youth and skills) and we will continue to focus our work in these areas: developing, strengthening and amplifying experiences and opportunities in order to build understanding and trust between people and countries. We believe in people-to-people relationships, working in partnership, brokering and furthering networks for mutual benefit, learning and exchange. And so, with over thirty years in Ireland, and in the context of the UK leaving the EU, COVID-19 and increasingly scarce funds across many sectors, there has never been a more important time to nurture and develop these relationships, build cultural connections and possibilities so that we can drive change and create opportunities for all our communities.

This newsletter captures only a few of the wonderful projects that British Council Ireland has been involved in over the last year. Below you will find information on Active Citizens: Social action for climate change – our collaboration with Co-operation Ireland which engaged several thousand individuals, led by inspiring young leaders across the island of Ireland, in a range of innovative and entertaining climate action initiatives in the run up to the international environmental conference, COP26; the inspiring international science competition science, FameLab which sadly came to an end after a 9 year run; the 39th EVA International exhibition; Selector Radio which shares the best of UK music with over 4 million listeners worldwide; the ground-breaking, Time to Act report recently launched by the world’s largest arts and disability programme Europe Beyond Access, and a free online event, StudyUK, that helps those interested in studying in the UK to source information on courses, fees, visas, health insurance and much more.

Fheiceann tú síos an bóthar,


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FameLab Ireland Legacy

After 9 years in Ireland, our FameLab programme came to an end in 2021. Since 2012 we’ve been incredibly lucky to collaborate with, and develop, some of the best minds in Science Communication.With over 25 partners and 1000 participants, the impact of FameLab has been outstanding, extending far beyond the competition itself. Check out our website for a taste of just some of the activities that have sprung from the FameLab programme, including our Science Communication Toolkit for Transition Year students!

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Arts and Disability

Europe Beyond Access is the world’s largest Arts and Disability programme, initiated and led by the British Council. A ground-breaking report recently commissioned as part of the programme, ‘Time to Act…, provides the first transnational evidence that lack of knowledge in the mainstream cultural sector is a key barrier preventing disabled artists and arts professionals participating equally in European culture. 

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Active Citizens

In Ireland and Northern Ireland, Active Citizens: Social action for climate change, a collaboration with Co-operation Ireland, aimed to give a select group of passionate young people (aged 18-30), an opportunity to turn their innovative ideas for sustainability into reality. From gastronomy to cabaret, festival fun to plastic free unis, our young leaders informed, influenced and inspired over 3500 individuals from across the island on the biggest global challenges facing our world today.  

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Study UK: Meet the Universities

Register now and join us from 14 to 25 February at Study UK: Meet the Universities – our free online event, where students from European countries can hear from 53 great UK universities offering an amazing range of world-class courses and course combinations. Browse university profiles, get expert guidance, and live chat with universities from all around the UK – including five of the UK’s top ten and two of the top 20 universities in the world!

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39th EVA International

British Council was thrilled to support the UK programme as part of the 39th EVA International last year. UK contributions included Melanie Jackson and Esther Leslie artworks as part of the ‘Little did they know’ programme and their collaborative publication, ‘The Inextinguishable’, Emily McFarland’s ‘It’s not for you we did it’, as well as a limited edition print folio of posters by Ciara Phillips. To find out more about these and other UK works, head to our website!

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Selector picks out the best new UK music each week and shares it with four million listeners around the world. The show shines a light on scenes, festivals, towns and cities up and down the UK, to bring you anything and everything that’s exciting right now. In 2021 Selector Radio turned 20 years old! Check out all the exciting #SelectorAt20 content, from reliving the show’s favourite moments to watching brand-new recorded Selector Sessions!

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