The British Council is pleased to announce the 2016 recipients of the QC-UK Cultural Cooperation Fund, awarded by the Québec Government and the British Council. Implemented to promote the creation and dissemination of cultural works and products, the following international exchange programs involve artists, directors and authors and encourage a cultural dialogue leading to a better mutual understanding between the two societies. 

Here are the successful applicants for the 2016 programme:

Composers-in-Residence Exchange

Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and Groupe Le Vivier

Two leading international establishments who champion the creation of new music will develop a composer exchange between Huddersfield and Montreal, maximising the skills and connections that are rooted firmly within each partner organisation.

Exchanges between Quebec and Scotland for video poetry translation and co-creation

Scottish Poetry Library and Maison de la poésie de Montréal

This project stems from the encounters at the Edinburgh International Book Festival in 2015, and aims to continue and strengthen the collaboration between the two organisations, particularly through sharing the dedicated expertise to poetry.

Quebec and the UK Unite Through Music

Liverpool Sound City and Festival international de musique POP Montréal

Two international music festivals will unite in order to create original presentations and concerts at each other's festivals in May and September 2016.

The Art of Puppetry: From Scotland to Quebec

Puppet Animation Scotland and Casteliers

The two organisations will promote the diffusion of puppet productions in their respective countries, develop better mutual understanding between their communities of artists and support a co-production project between Scottish and Quebecois companies, which combines puppetry and digital arts.

Performing Words / Performing Signs

Edinburgh International Book Festival and Fondation Metropolis Bleu

This project aims to connect performance poets with the burgeoning art of sign-language poetry, culminating in a public performance that mixes both the art of performing poetry in a traditional verbal/auditory way with art of performing sign poetry.