Art exhibition
Art exhibition

Our Arts programme is designed to refresh international perceptions of the UK, create international partnerships and forge long-term cultural links. In partnership with artists and institutions, our Arts teams create a range of events across visual art, music, design, drama, dance, film, and literature. 


British Council Film links UK films and filmmakers to new international audiences, profiling the innovation, diversity and excellence of British films around the world and finding opportunities for creative exchange. 


From electronica to jazz, traditional to folk, and classical to indie, we work across all genres of music. The Music team also has its own weekly radio show, The Selector, featuring the best new music from the UK. Find out more about British Council Music here.

Architecture, Design and Fashion

Back of the Envelope is the British Council Architecture, Design and Fashion team’s blog, for us to share the development of our projects around the world, and report on what’s happening in our field in the UK.

Creative Economy

Find out more about the British Council’s work in Creative Economy to support our network of creative entrepreneurs, cultural leaders and policy makers and opportunities to get involved.


The British Council Literature site includes information about what we do, the projects that we work on, news from the UK Literature and publishing communities, a worldwide Festivals Directory and resources to work with contemporary British Literature in the classroom.

Drama and Dance

We promote the best of the UK’s performing arts sector through a range of activities and events including tours of new productions, workshops and residencies, seminars and conferences, showcases and UK study visits for overseas practitioners. Find out more about Drama and Dance.

Visual arts

We promote British visual arts through a range of activities and events including touring exhibitions, workshops, seminars, and conferences. Explore and read about our Collection of around 8,500 works of British art.