Making digital happen at the Fak’Ugesi Digital Innovation Festival 2014 at the onedotzero workshop for Connect ZA

Together with cultural institutes in the UK and overseas, and a range of corporate sponsors, foundations, trusts and patrons, we respond to international cultural opportunities. 

If you would like further information on how to get involved with any of our current or future seasons please email the team at UKSeasons@britishcouncil.org

Explore a few our previous seasons

UK/Korea 2017-18

The UK/Korea 2017–18 Season celebrated the positive relationship in the arts and creative sectors between the United Kingdom and Korea. Nearly 1.2 million people participated through 184 events delivered in 17 cities across Korea.

Over 800 artists and arts professionals participated, generating creative collaborations whilst presenting and showcasing their work. The season provoked questions about how the arts responds and contributes to building more open, diverse, creative and inclusive societies in both countries.

Explore the highlights from the UK/Korea Season.

UK/UAE 2017

UK/UAE 2017 was a year of creative collaboration and cultural exchange between the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates, organised by the British Council, under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and HRH The Prince of Wales.

UK/UAE 2017 celebrated the long-standing relationship between the UK and the UAE, giving it greater focus, depth and contemporary relevance. Over 270 events took place across all seven Emirates of the UAE, including numerous visual arts, design, cultural heritage and literary exhibitions, musical, theatrical and dance performances, cultural and scientific conferences, talks and workshops, public art installations and performances, literary readings and film screenings.

Explore the highlights from the UK/UAE Season.

Spirit of ’47 at Edinburgh International Festival (2017)

In 1947, in the wake of the Second World War, Edinburgh International Festival was founded in an attempt to rebuild bridges across Europe through arts and culture.

70 years on, British Council and Edinburgh International Festival's season of performance and discussion reignited the Spirit of '47 in celebration of international cultural collaboration in today's fast-changing world.

Working with BBC Arts Digital, we presented many of the Spirit of '47 events online to a worldwide audience.

Experience the highlights from Spirit of '47.

Shakespeare Lives (2016)

To mark the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, we invited the world to take part in a programme of events and activities to celebrate the world’s most famous playwright – a writer for all people and nations.

The British Council and the GREAT Britain campaign worked with a host of theatres, museums, educators and artists on brand new productions of Shakespeare’s plays, film adaptations, public readings and educational resources for schools and English language learners of all ages. 

Explore the highlights from Shakespeare Lives.

Shakespeare Lives in numbers

UK in Mexico (2015)

UK in Mexico, organised by British Council and British Embassy, featured close to 400 events and programmes in all 32 states and was attended by 1.5 million people with a media reach of 1.3 billion. The season covered arts, education, science and trade, and there was a reciprocal year of Mexico in the UK. 

Highlights included the UK as Guest of Honour at several festivals, most notably the Guadalajara International Book Fair (a major multi-arts festival in its own right), Mexico City’s Science and Technology Week and Baja California’s Agricultural Fair. Other arts highlights included Tate’s Landscapes of the Mind exhibition at the National Museum of Art, an exhibition by artist David Shrigley, and a social inclusion programme centering around dance. 

Explore the highlights from the UK in Mexico season.

Connect ZA (South Africa 2013-14)

Connect ZA, was developed to help rebuild a strong cultural connection between the two countries, particularly amongst 18-35 year olds: a generation of people who have spent their whole adult life in the new democracy and are now in a position to shape and influence the cultural life of their country.

From 2013 to 2015, the programme contributed to around 100 projects, which engaged over 5,000 aspiring and established practitioners and drew audiences in the region of 420,000 people. Connect ZA continues to develop projects, to reach new and diverse audiences for the arts and to stimulate innovation and skills exchange.