In commemoration of the British Council’s 60th anniversary in Canada, British Council and the Gouvernement du Québec announced a call for proposals to support travel costs for research trips in the cultural sector between the UK and Québec. This is a special call for proposals within the wider Québec-UK Connections programme between the two organisations.

The aim of the special call for proposals is to encourage new cultural exchanges between the two societies through the mutual cultural presence of each entity in the other’s territory. By furthering the development of new partnerships between Québec and British cultural organizations, British Council and the Gouvernement du Québec aim to deepen and reinforce relationships between Québec and British partners as well as foster better mutual knowledge through network consolidation and the promotion of cultural expertise.

“We are celebrating 60 years of the British Council’s cultural relations with Canada, and 85 years of British Council’s global engagement across the world, with great enthusiasm! I look back at my own journey since I joined as Country Director in Canada with the utmost gratitude towards my team and our partners. Each year, our projects and community involvement has grown and our success is clearly reflective of the quality partnerships here in Canada and the UK, an example of which is our ongoing partnership with the Gouvernement du Québec, which has supported many incredible projects over the last five years. We will continue this momentum by working together in partnership, to create opportunities that will help transform peoples’ lives so they have a platform for participation and a voice that will be heard,” said Mariya Afzal, Country Director, British Council in Canada.

Pierre Gabriel Côté, Agent General for Québec in London, said: “The Government of Québec is proud to collaborate with the British Council to nurture international cultural exchanges between Québec and British artists and cultural organisations. We were delighted to join them in celebrating their anniversary with a special call this year in recognition of our longstanding friendship. Over 65 cultural exchange projects and over 30 research trips (including those below) have been supported since 2002. The promotion of culture and artists is a priority for the Government of Québec and a powerful economic tool of our international action.”

The research trips selected for support are:

Avant Theatre CIC (Wales, UK)

Developing Hip Hop Theatre for All will undertake exploratory discussions with ILL-Abilities International Dance Crew on the accessibility of dance, and how to encourage and expand participation and audiences internationally.

Barbican International Enterprises (England, UK)

Barbican International Enterprises in Québec will foster international partnerships with institutions and artists focused on contemporary culture, emerging technology and digital creativity.

BLACK* Artists on the Move (England, UK)

Rencontres recherché – Long-awaited gatherings will develop partnerships and links with BIPOC Canadian francophone artists and connect them with collaborative exchange opportunities. 

Cove Park (Scotland, UK)

International Artist Residencies: The Common Denominator between Scotland and Québec will explore Québec’s literature scene and strengthen cultural connections between Québec and Scotland through exchange programs and residencies.

Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature House (Scotland, UK)

Connecting our Literature Houses will establish a long-term partnership with Québec City’s Literature House, and more broadly Québec’s literature sector.

London Festival of Architecture (LFA) (England, UK)

New Formats in Curating Architecture will engage with the Canadian Centre for Architecture and new international partners for future collaborations, exchanges and showcasing.

LUX Scotland (Scotland, UK)

Artists’ Moving Image in Scotland & Quebec will connect with a range of organisations presenting and commissioning artists’ moving image work to establish future partnerships and exchanges.

Scottish Poetry Library (Scotland, UK)

Languages of the Land will foster collaborative exchanges with poets writing in Québec French, First Nations languages, Scots and Scottish Gaelic.

Ulster University and Outburst Arts (Northern Ireland)

NorthWest Benders will develop strategic relationships between Northern Ireland and Québec’s circus sectors while also expanding existing relationships with Image-Nation LGBT Film Festival.

Press contact:

Carrie Hage, Arts Manager, British Council in Canada
T: +1 416 399 7746
M: +1 647 701 6155


This special call, as part of the Québec-UK Connections, is funded by British Council and the Gouvernement du Québec.

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We work with over 100 countries in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Last year we reached over 75 million people directly and 758 million people overall including online, broadcasts and publications. We make a positive contribution to the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust. Founded in 1934 we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body. We receive 15 per cent core funding grant from the UK government.

Opened in 1962, the Délégation générale du Québec à Londres represents the Government of Quebec in the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland and the Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden). In addition to collaborating in the implementation of cooperation programs with the British Council, the delegation represents Quebec's interests in these countries in the economic, political, social and cultural fields. It also works to develop the demand for Quebec cultural products and to increase the number of Quebec exporters in the region and the volume of exports. 



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