Connections through Culture is the British Council’s new programme to provoke and support collaborative working between the UK and India in the arts. It’s focused on the arts industry itself – producers, festivals, curators, arts organisations and companies – and aims to build strong, sustainable relationships between organisations in the two countries.
The programme’s built around five key areas:
The Information Base: If you’re an arts producer or company from either the UK or India, and you’re interested in finding out more about the arts in either India or the UK, and about companies, artists or festivals that you might be able to collaborate with, this is your first port of call.
Creative Networking: If arts organisations or companies are going to work together, first they’re going to have to get to know one another. Our creative networking programmes in both the UK and India are designed to forge connections and break down barriers between the people in our two countries who make arts happen.
Development Support; So you have a great idea and are starting a new collaborative relationship. We understand that working collaboratively from 5,000 miles apart is difficult: so we might be able to offer some support to help you develop your project into something really special.
Showcasing Collaborations: If you’ve been working collaboratively and you’ve got something that’ll wow the world: talk to us about it.
Advice and Brokerage: if you just need some advice, or you want to get in contact with some people, or you need the British Council to make a connection for you, or you’ve got a brilliant idea but no idea where to start – we’ve got a team of specialists in both the UK and India. Our resources of experienced staff are often stretched so please bear this in mind at all times, but we are happy to try and help.