Since the British Council’s establishment in 1934, the organisation has been creating and developing art programmes around the globe to strengthen UK’s cultural relationship with the world and to benefit arts organisations and artists in the UK and the world. This priority opens up opportunities for artists and creative professionals to apply for/attend programmes throughout the year.  


You Are Here 
Deadline: 15 September, 2019 
You Are Here, as part of the Edinburgh International Festival – created with British Council as a founding partner – as a run-up for its 75th anniversary in 2022, is inviting artists and creative professional to collaborate in showcasing works of high quality that consider what local, national and international citizenship might mean in the 21st century.  
Please send us your expression of interest to be a part of the festival to 

Criteria for nomination: 

  • Work should already exist and should have made or is making impact in Nepal and is ready to be seen by an international audience 
  • The festival is seeking for performances which offer a wider understanding of the forces shaping our world and which promote conversation and participation from the local to the global. This will span music, theatre, dance, live art and spoken word and will range from fully staged large-scale performances to readings and workshop presentations, including work in digital format 
  • As well as presenting work, artists are also expected to participate in and benefit from Cross Currents, a professional development programme that will bring together Scottish, UK and international artists, producers, creative practitioner and cultural professionals from a variety of disciplines to consider challenging questions, contribute to creative conversations, share practice and debate social issues. 
  • Participants will be:
    - well established in their respective fields, with a connection to the performing arts; 
    - have an interest in cultural politics and the relationship of the arts to our communities;
    - have a desire to share their expertise and contribute to further cultural conversations within the Cross Currents programme and with their local community or organisation 

    You are here: 

Watersprite: The Cambridge International Student Film Festival!
DEADLINE: 29 August 2019
British Council announces call for submissions to Watersprite: The Cambridge International Student Film Festival! 
Watersprite is looking for student filmmakers from around the world to submit their student short films in fiction, animation and documentary. 
Submissions are free! If your short film is shortlisted for a Watersprite Award, the festival will offer you a full travel bursary (flights and accommodation) to Cambridge to attend the festival in March 2020.  Prizes include training academies with ARRI Camera and Lighting, mentorships with top UK agencies and editing or sound design software. There are also mentorship opportunities for Women and Non Binary filmmakers, and for LGBTQ+ filmmakers.  
Please find more info and submit your short film here.

British Council Film Month 
DEADLINE: 28 August
The British Council—as part of its 60 Years in Nepal Celebration—is organising a series of film screenings throughout the month of September. UK’s finest films from our collection, under the themes if diversity and inclusiveness, crafts and fashion, animation and arts, will be screened every Friday evening.
We are looking for partners who will help us present the films each week and also do a short informal discussion post each screening. Please select the film that you would be interested to present. Please note that the collaboration is voluntary. We will be providing film presenters with a travel stipend and the collaborators will be mentioned in all communication media as Presenting Partners with logo presence (where applicable). 
Please apply here: 



Asia Pacific Youth ICH Storytelling Contest 2019
Submission deadline: 15 October 2019
This is for those interested eligible youth practitioner of intangible cultural heritage, age in between 18-35 as well as for dissemination to relevant networks on 2019 Asia-Pacific Youth Intangible Heritage Storytelling Competition - Digital Multimedia Contest on Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Asia-Pacific Region. The storytelling format can either be a photo essay or video content.
Two categories: 
(i) youth practitioners on theme: My Dream, My ICH
(ii) youth in general on theme: Youth Meets ICH
UNESCO has recognized the youth as a priority group and emphasized their involvement as the driver of innovation and change for sustainable development as well as on direct transmission of ICH among community, groups and individual concerned. In this context, as a UNESCO Category II Institute, ICHCAP has launched this contest to strengthen the young practitioner network as well as raise awareness of ICH safeguarding among young generations by giving them opportunity to develop their safeguarding activities. More information and application submission online at


DEADLINE has passed for following opportunities:

Sonica Glasgow 2019
Deadline: 5 August, 2019
We are pleased to announce details of SONICA Glasgow 2019, a pioneering programme of world-class visual arts.  
Dates: Thursday 31 October – Sunday 3 November 2019 
Location: Glasgow
What we are looking for: 
- Practitioners (programmers, producers, festivals, venues etc.) working in contemporary classical, experimental electronic music and sound art. 
- People with potential for future collaborations, ongoing relationships between festivals and new connections. 
- We will prioritise people who haven’t been before (via British Council or independently)
- Please get in contact with the British Council Arts team for further details regarding participation. 

Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival
Deadline: 5 August, 2019
 is the UK’s largest international festival of new and experimental music
Dates: Friday 15 – Monday 18 November 2019
Location: Huddersfield
What we are looking for: 
- Programmers, producers, venues, festivals, working in contemporary classical and/or the broader context of new music. 
- We are looking for people with potential for future collaborations, fostering ongoing relationships between festivals, or new connections. 
- We will prioritise people who haven’t attended before (via British Council or independently) and next generation producers and festival producers.

Mural Design Call
Deadline: 26 July 2019
The British Embassy in Kathmandu in partnership with the British Council invites young Nepali artists to submit their design for a mural to be created at the Sterling Club, British Embassy. The theme of the artwork is: ‘Next Generation Nepal.’
Here’s the application form:
We are looking for a creative and unique response to this theme, which could explore the youth vision for Nepal in the next 20 years, including through themes such as culture, language, citizenship, heritage, the environment and Nepal’s connections to the wider world.

Please get in contact with the British Council Arts team for further details regarding participation. Write to us at