Spirit of '47
A 70th anniversary collaboration between the British Council and the Edinburgh International Festival.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.