Rachel Chinouriri in session for Selector Radio in 2019
Rachel Chinouriri in session for Selector Radio in 2019 ©

Joe Wheatley

Our online events bring together artists and creative professionals to share performance, ideas and knowledge between nations. Find out what's coming up, and catch up on our most recent events.

Coming up

Hay Festival Digital 2021

The British Council is delighted to support a specially selected programme of events at the 2021 Hay Festival. From 26 May to 6 June, more than 200 acclaimed writers, historians, poets and pioneers will appear at Hay Festival 2021, broadcasting for free online. The British Council is supporting a series of six events at the festival, including the opening gala event ‘A Night of Hope’, featuring HRH The Duchess of CornwallStephen FryElif ShafakSimon ScharmaMaggie Aderin-Pocock and Rob Brydon, and chaired by classicist Natalie Haynes. Other events include journalist George Monbiot on how to live within our planet’s means, acclaimed Welsh-language poet Mererid Hopwood, winner of the Merky Books New Writers Prize Hafsa ZayyanCaleb Azumah Nelson, and bestselling crime author Val McDermid on her new graphic novel.
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New Voices on International Cultural Relations
Monday 21 June, 10.30am - 12pm BST

Join this online session on research and policy to discuss how international cultural relations is changing under the impact of a global pandemic and the rapid transition to digital delivery. Free to register and open to all.
Register here

Net//Work Residencies - virtual exhibition

In January 2021, Digital Art Studios Belfast and Wysing Arts Centre hosted 10 artists remotely for the British Council Net//Work Residency. The four-week residency supported the artists through a programme of reflection, research, practice, skills-exchange and professional networking opportunities focused on digital artistic practices and technologies. Two online exhibitions displaying their work will run from May – June 2021. 

Catch up

In the videos below, you can catch up on our latest online events. In order of appearance: 

The Missing Pillar Talks: Heritage and Sustainable Development

The Missing Pillar Talks is a series of panel conversations about culture’s contribution to sustainable development. The first event on 29th March was hosted as part of the three-day event Heritage of Future Past, and looked to sustainable development through a heritage lens.

SXSW – Composing for film and TV

This event, delivered as part of the virtual edition of SXSW (South By South West), explores how TV music has evolved since the emergence and dominance of streaming. We’re joined by composers Michael Price and Hannah Peel, and music supervisor Ed Bailie. 

The Garden of Privatised Delights – panel discussions

In the run up to The Garden of Privatised Delights, this year’s British Pavilion exhibition for the 17th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, we present a series of online panel discussions exploring the exhibition's themes, in partnership with Sto Werkstatt.

The second in the series, ‘Can we live together?’ took place on 24 March 2021, and explored the interplays and challenges of cultural identity and history in the design process. Watch below, or catch up on the series.

A Meeting Place - online global discussions for museum and gallery professionals

Our series of recent webinars explore some of the biggest questions and challenges facing museum and gallery professionals today, from digital transformation and community engagement to decolonisation and sustainability. The webinar below, titled 'From an unsustainable past to a sustainable future', took place on 23 March 2021. Watch below or catch up on the series.

UK visa routes for artists

This captioned recording of our ‘UK visa routes for artists’ event took place in November 2020. The webinar presents a general guide to the main immigration routes for artists coming to the UK for visits or work, as were accurate at the time of the recording.