British Council Announces New Strategy

Posted on: 15th June 2016 at 00:00
Posted by: PANDA
Location: International
Discipline: Multi-disciplinary

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The British Council State:

'The world has changed a great deal in the five years since our previous arts strategy was created. There is a greater understanding and recognition of the value and potential of soft power. Relations between countries have changed, the digital landscape has transformed, and the civil war in Syria has created a refugee crisis unseen in the modern era.

We have refreshed our strategy to take into account these changes in the global context, a refreshed and growing arts programme, significant demand for UK arts from around the world, and increased desire to internationalise by UK arts organisations.'

The British Council’s areas of focus within it's 2016-21 arts strategy include: 

  • Arts for Social Change: creating safe spaces for culture, creative exploration and exchange.
  • Sharing arts with the world: creating new opportunities for artists and organisations to work internationally and introducing audiences around the world to the best of UK creativity.
  • Capacity building: strengthening the arts sector worldwide by developing its capacity to innovate, to reach new audiences, to develop skills and support livelihoods.
  • Fostering collaboration and networks: raising awareness of international opportunities among UK organisations and supporting artists and companies to internationalise and develop new networks.
  • Policy and research: Understanding and shaping cultural policy.