16 April 2013
Learning languages is hard work and deserves to be rewarded. Young people who strive to achieve excellence in English and make active use of the English language, the BBC and ESU Young Writers, Public Speaking and Digital Voice Awards give the opportunity to show their creativity and to express their opinions.
The three BBC and ESU Awards (for young people between 16 and 20 years old) form a common focus for developing effective English language skills. Participation enhances their communication skills in English. It helps them to be more confident and to express themselves better.
For more information please see the BBC Awards website
27 February 2013, Rotterdam
On Wednesday 27 February, the British Council, in partnership with the Natural History Museum Rotterdam and de Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen, presents the third Hoboken Lecture, titled 'Human evolution in Europe' by the internationally renowned Paleo-Anthropologist Professor Chris Stringer.
12 February 2013, Aristo Zalen, Utrecht
The Early English Seminar will consist of plenary sessions, practical workshops and speed-dating tables all aiming to show participants what (free online) materials and lessons plans are available to help schools and teachers with designing their English curriculum.
For more information please download the programme
14 November 2012, Utrecht
On Wednesday 14 November 2012, the British Council, Levende Talen and Mercator Kenniscentrum / Fryske Akademy organised a Language Rich symposium on Multilingualism in Education and Business at Silverijn in Utrecht.
Find out more about the Language Rich Europe results on the Language Rich website.
19 September 2012, Amsterdam
What added value culture and creative industries bring to the EU’s external relations?
The debate discussed culture and economy in the EU's external relations: how can culture and creative industries foster cultural diplomacy and cultural relations? what added value culture and creative industries bring to the EU’s external relations?
For more information visit the More Europe website19 - 23 September 2012, Koninklijke Schouwburg, The Hague
Once a year, STET invites the most talented graduates to perform their self-written and self-produced monologues in The Hague. These young performers opted to write and perform these solo pieces in their final year of the three year acting course at Guildhall in London. This year Michaela Coel and Jherad Alleyne were been invited to show their work to international audiences in The Hague.
For more information, please visit the STET website
31 May 2012, Utrecht
On 31 May the results of the Language Rich Europe project for the Netherlands and Fryslân were presented at the Geldmuseum in Utrecht. Take a look at the photos on the British Council Facebook page. Find out more about the results on the Language Rich Europe Blog.
16 May 2012, Amsterdam
The British Council Netherlands, together with EUNIC organised the European Literature Night in Amsterdam at the Public Library in Amsterdam on 16 May 2012.
The European Literature Night is a series of simultaneous meetings across several European cities, coordinated by EUNIC. All over Europe, well-known and new writing talents came together to explore the literature of new Europe: read from their own work, shared perspectives on life in their countries and created lively, topical discussions. Margot Dijkgraaf chaired a discussion on traumas, childhood and violance with György Dragomán (Hungary) and John Burnside (UK).
György Dragomán, John Burnside and Margot Dijkgraaf
14 May 2012, Amsterdam
Matthew Taylor, Director of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) delivered the keynote at the Citizenship Lecture on 14 May 2012. Matthew Taylor's speech is now available on the Public Cause website. The video report is avialable on De Balie website. Taylor encouraged the audience to 'tell people something that they need to hear, not what they want to hear.'
4 April 2012, Rotterdam
On 4 April 2012, the British Council in partnership with the Natural History Museum Rotterdam and de Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen, organised the second Hoboken Lecture, titled 'Patterns in the History of Life' by the internationally renowned paleontologist Professor Richard Fortey. Take a look at the video report and the photography report.
29 March 2012, Amsterdam
The British Council Netherlands, the Club of Amsterdam and the Public Library of Amsterdam hosted an interactive discussion on 'The Future of Languages - More Than Just Words' on 29 March. Take a look at the video report with Mirjam Broersma (Why linguistic diversity will never disappear), Simon King (Making computers speak like individual people) Tsead Bruijna (Poetry in two languages) and the photos on our Facebook page.
11-13 March 2012, Manchester, UK
The 11th Apeldoorn: British-Dutch Dialogue took place at the Museum of Science of Industry in Manchester from 11 to 13 March 2012. Over 100 delegates came together and passionately embraced the theme of Higher Education at the Heart of Growth during the plenary sessions, workshops and site visits.
Click on the photos below to watch the short interviews.
Go the the Conference website for further photos and short interviews.