RECENT PROJECTS

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  Shakespeare Lives in the Horn of Africa . © Photo by 3D

Shakespeare Lives in the Horn of Africa. © Photo by 3D

Spirit of '47 

A 70th anniversary collaboration between the British Council and the Edinburgh International Festival.

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Shakespeare Lives

An unprecedented global programme of events and activities celebrating William Shakespeare’s work on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of his death in 2016.

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 Transform Creative Economy: Recife Playable City © Beto Figueiroa/TragoBoaNoticia

Transform Creative Economy: Recife Playable City © Beto Figueiroa/TragoBoaNoticia

Transform

A programme that changed the cultural relationship between Brazil and the UK in the four years between the 2012 Olympic Games in London and Rio de Janeiro in 2016. 

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 Remains of the Buddhas of Bamiyan, Afganistan © Carlos Ugarte, licensed under  CC BY 2.0  and adapted from the original

Remains of the Buddhas of Bamiyan, Afganistan © Carlos Ugarte, licensed under CC BY 2.0 and adapted from the original

Cultural Protection Fund

A new £30 million initiative that aims to create sustainable opportunities for economic and social development through building capacity to foster, safeguard and promote cultural heritage in conflict-affected regions overseas.

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 Mexican Design Open: Instalación Mirar by Morag Myerscough and Luke Morgan

Mexican Design Open: Instalación Mirar by Morag Myerscough and Luke Morgan

International Seasons

The British Council's international seasons help to create a modern, vibrant and creative image of the UK amongst millions of people in fast growing economies, encouraging more trade, investment and tourism.

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PAST PROJECTS

  Crop of Inventing America programme brochure   © Barbican Centre

Crop of Inventing America programme brochure © Barbican Centre

Inventing America

A year-long season presenting the world's largest ever celebration of US culture. Inventing America marked the first major artistic initiative under the new management team, setting in motion the Centre’s artistic revival, and integrating its own promotions – both classical and contemporary – with those of the resident and associate ensembles and companies.

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  Crop of Inventing America programme brochure   © Barbican Centre

Crop of Inventing America programme brochure © Barbican Centre

BITE (Barbican International Theatre Events)

Launched in 1998 alongside Inventing America, the BITE was designed to replace the Royal Shakespeare Company’s residency with international productions of opera, theatre, dance and multi-media work. It substantially enhanced London’s exposure to international work and enabled many productions to be seen uniquely in the capital. 

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 Artwork for Elvis Costello's Meltdown Festival  © Southbank Centre archive, Southbank Centre

Artwork for Elvis Costello's Meltdown Festival © Southbank Centre archive, Southbank Centre

Meltdown Festival

Since 1993 some of the world most distinguished musicians have been the guest directors of Meltdown. From John Peel through to Massive Attack, via David Bowie, Patti Smith, Morrissey and more, Meltdown has given seminal artists the chance to pick their favourite artists to play at Southbank Centre.

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