Cultural exchanges and the exploration of innovative ideas are integral to our work as we aspire to find new ways of connecting with and understanding each other through the arts.

This year highlights a milestone for Canada, and it is an opportunity for the British Council to reflect on the meaning of cultural relations today. Defined by reciprocal cultural interactions, our 2017 cultural programme titled About Now / À Propos explores the rich stories that can be found in the complex and prolific relationship between the UK and Canada.

Developed with a diverse range of partners in both countries, About Now / À Propos features projects created by Canadian and British artists to inspire participants and provide spaces that encourage collaboration and social transformation. Across communities in both countries, About Now / À Propos will inspire themes of equality, diversity and inclusion, and will initiate progressive and inquisitive conversations this year and beyond.