The UK/Australia Season is a joint initiative by the British Council and the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to strengthen and build cultural connections between the two countries. The Season will reflect on both nations shared history and culture, explore our current relationship and imagine our future by bringing together artists, universities, and civil society leaders from both countries to consider the question: “Who are we now?” 

The Season will take place in the UK from September 2021 to December 2022, and in Australia from September 2021 to March 2022

The artistic programme for the Season ranges across theatre, film, visual arts, dance, design, creative technology, architecture, music, literature, museums, broadcast and dialogue, and feature numerous exciting cross-arts commissions. There will be a number of world, UK and Australian premieres. The nationwide programme will span city, regional and rural areas across Australia and the UK.  

The programme is a celebration of the diversity of cultures and languages in both countries. It will emphasise Australia’s First Nations voices, enable cultural exchange with Wales, Scotland, England and Northern Ireland, and celebrate the diverse society that has emerged in both Australia and the UK through migration.

Following the Covid-19 pandemic, the Season will explore more sustainable models for international exchange and play an important role in recovery for the arts sector. It will increase access to key markets and collaborative opportunities for arts and higher education, two sectors significantly impacted by the pandemic.  

'Who are we now?' 

The theme, ‘Who are we now?’, provides a platform to celebrate the best of our arts and cultural life, with points of connection and collaboration around our shared successes 

The Season will be a celebration of the diversity of cultures and languages in both countries including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures of Australia and the nations of Wales, Scotland, England and Northern Ireland, as well as the rich societies that have emerged in both the UK and Australia through migration. 

It is an opportunity to look at who we might be in the future in the face of global challenges. 

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