Connections Through Culture is a grant scheme by the British Council to support artistic collaboration and exchange between creative professionals and arts organisations in India, Northern Ireland, and Wales.
A part of British Council's Festivals for the Future programme in India, the grant scheme enables cross-cultural practice and development of new artistic work, providing opportunities to selected artists and organisations to experience arts festivals in the three regions over the longer-term.
There are two strands to the programme:
1. India-Northern Ireland
The programme supports artistic collaboration and exchange between creative professionals and arts organisations in Northern Ireland and India. The grants are for artists, arts organisations and festivals to enable the development of cross-cultural practice and new artistic work between the two regions.
Structure-wise, the grants are designed to provide support to successful applicants for a period of three years, where year one is for research and development, and years two and three will include production and festivals touring.
Supported by Wales Arts International/Arts Council of Wales, the Connections Through Culture programme is designed to embed creative skills and develop capacity for artists and festivals in both India and Wales, and to develop long-lasting relationships between these regions. Celebrating the diverse cultural expression in the two regions, grantees from Wales and India benefit from the inspiration gained from exchanging ideas and sharing their cultural history.
The grant scheme builds on the success of India Wales – the joint funding programme between the British Council and Wales Arts International/Arts Council of Wales, and Wales’ involvement in the UK-India Year of Culture in 2017.