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31 July 2017

The Cultural Protection Fund is looking for an evaluation consultant with experience in the field of cultural heritage to deliver evaluation workshops and assist with our next annual report; we have a job opportunity to join our literature team as a coordinator; art curators, directors or producers based in Scotland can now apply for our curators’ visit to Japan; digital artists and storytellers have a few days left to apply for ColabNowNow; and Scottish based organisations/practitioners can now apply to deliver the International Festivals Academy Brazil: Skills training for festival managers in Paraty, Brazil from October.


Edinburgh International Festival

With less than a week until our Spirit of ’47 season kicks off at Edinburgh International Festival, we invite you to join us for 10 days of electrifying performance and discussion, wherever you are in the world!

In 1947 (in the wake of Second World War), the British Council helped to found the first Edinburgh International Festival with a shared belief that arts could change the world and help to reconcile a divided continent. 70 years on, Spirit of ’47 celebrates the power of international collaboration and the arts’ unique ability to examine and discuss today’s most challenging questions.

From Lola Arias’ celebrated piece of documentary theatre, MINEFIELD to New European Songbook bringing unique collaborations between established musicians and artists there's a host of exciting events taking place. Plus for those who can't make it in person, you'll be able to catch highlights live and on demand through our partnership with BBC Arts Digital.

> Find out more and book tickets

> Enter our Twitter competitions to win a pair of tickets to one of three events



Saptan Stories

This Wednesday British Council India will launch Saptan Stories, a creative project by Aardman, commissioned as part of the UK-India Year of Culture 2017. Saptan Stories is a mass collaborative arts event that will engage the Indian public to generate a unique crowdsourced short story, interpreted and illustrated by 7 standout artists from India and the UK. Keep an eye out for more and follow #SaptanStories

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Man Booker prize 2017 longlist

The longlist for this year's Man Booker Prize has been revealed. This year’s 13 books were selected by a panel of five judges from 144 submissions. The Prize, first awarded in 1969, is open to writers of any nationality, writing in English and published in the UK. From Mike McCormack's Solar Bones set in the west of Ireland as the recession is about to strike, to Ali Smith's new novel focussing on a world growing ever more bordered and exclusive, take a look at the list over on the Guardian. 

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Showcasing Creative Europe in the UK

Creative Europe helps creative organisations and companies to collaborate, innovate and share works with new audiences. From world-class cinema such as I, Daniel Blake and City of Tiny Lights to culture projects exploring themes such as community arts, refugee integration, digital opera and contemporary music, get a glimpse of the diverse projects supported with funding from Creative Europe in this three-minute video.

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Glasgow's New Wave

In partnership with Boileroom, our latest film, as part of our ongoing series of films exploring the music scenes of UK cities, explores the impact on Glasgow of a budding new wave of producers and music creatives looking beyond traditional staples for inspiration.

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How UK and South Korea are sharing arts

Over the next year the UK is hosting a cultural exchange with South Korea and our UK/Korea 2017-18 season is a part of that. In this article journalist Nick Awde takes a look at Korean theatre and why it's seeing a boost in popularity.  

Read more on The Stage

Mercury Prize 2017

The annual Mercury Prize albums of the year have been announced. The Shortlist was chosen by an independent judging panel who chose albums they felt celebrate and promote the best of UK music. From grime to indie take a look at the albums over on the Mercury Prize website.

Take a look at the shortlist
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