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Latest from UK Arts
20 August 2020

Edinburgh International Book Festival online

The 2020 Edinburgh International Book Festival continues online until Monday 31 August. The programme, made up of over 140 events for adults, families and children, offers both live and pre-recorded conversations featuring leading writers, poets and participants from around the world.

We’re delighted to be supporting a series of events, connecting readers across the globe with inspirational authors. There's still a few remaining events you can sign up to, including an event tomororw with Donna Obaseki-Ogunnaike and Wanjiru Koinange who seek to decode where the future of love lies for women in modern Africa.

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More Films For Freedom: Let My Body Speak

Our bodies store memories. The body does not forget. You can now watch 'Let My Body Speak' directed by Madonna Adib. This is the final short film from our More Films For Freedom programme and is available to watch online until 14 September.

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Why I Make: Submissions and stories

Over the past few weeks we've been inviting you to tell us #WhyIMake as part of our global Crafting Futures programme. Here are some of our favourite submissions from the past few weeks, from the UK to Malaysia and back again.

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Culture Connects Us

Over the last few months we've reached out across the globe to hear from artists and creative practitioners from different countries to see how the pandemic has affected their work and thinking. Our latest entries come from Mexican music consultant Alfonso Muriedas and Chilean programmer Pamela Lopez.

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Culture in Wider Europe

Following reports from China, East Asia and the Americas, our series on how the arts and culture sector is responding to Covid-19 moves on to Wider Europe. This huge and diverse region encompasses Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, the South Caucasus, Western Balkans, and Central Asia, as well as Israel.

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Amplify Digital Arts Initiative

Introducing the 2020 cohort for the Amplify Digital Arts Initiative. This programme empowers women-identifying artists and professionals working in the digital arts, sound and immersive storytelling sectors in Latin America, Canada and the UK.

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Europe Beyond Access introduces Maikel Walker

Meet Maikel Walker, a Dutch disabled performer, breakdancer and choreographer. This film is part of a series of artist profiles produced by Europe Beyond Access that promote disabled artists on an international scale.

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Music Spotlight

Discover new music, online festivals, how to make Zoom calls more musical and more! Here's the latest roundup from our British Council Music team. 

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Edinburgh International Culture Summit

The Edinburgh International Culture Summit has gone digital! Join us from 22 August for a free series of online films, webinars and panels exploring culture, architecture, education, vibrant communities and Covid-19.

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arebyte Gallery and The National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Bulawayo are pleased to announce POWERPLAY, a group exhibition featuring artists working within digital media, moving image and technology. Supported by the British Council New Art New Audiences grant.

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South Asian Heritage Month mixtapes

Musician, producer, DJ and broadcaster Nabihah Iqbal takes us on a journey of music from Pakistan spanning the traditional to the contemporary. Commissioned by the British Council and Manchester Museum as part of South Asian Heritage Month.

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As always, feel free to get in touch via Twitter @BritishArts, Instagram or Facebook using the hashtag #CultureConnectsUs.


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