Photo from the 1927 theatre production
Photo from the 1927 theatre production ©

1927 Theatre Group

Our arts teams develop innovative events and collaborations that link thousands of artists, organisations and audiences.  We stage shows and exhibitions, partner in joint projects, help build creative networks around the world.

Architecture, Design and Fashion

We present innovative design and are proud to showcase the best UK talent as well as share ideas to promote international collaboration and creative exchange. Find out more about our work in architecture, design and fashion here.

Creative and Cultural Economy

The Creative and Cultural Economy team connect people who work in the creative and cultural industries around the world with those in the UK. The programme links art, culture, business and technology. We work closely with industry professionals and policymakers and support and promote emerging talent within the creative sector. 

Theatre and Dance

The Theatre and Dance team support British performing artists and institutions to present outstanding, innovative new work to audiences across the world.


The Film team promotes the innovation, diversity, creativity and excellence of British films around the world. Working across the British film industry and with all film genres, we help to showcase and promote collaboration with international audiences and film professionals. With three online Directories, our British Council Film website is a comprehensive resource for British filmmakers and film lovers worldwide.


From emerging to established authors, the Literature team showcases the UK’s extraordinary writing talent. We work in partnership with literature festivals and platforms in the UK and around the world, presenting British writers to new audiences worldwide and connecting international writers with the UK.


From electronica to jazz, traditional to folk, and classical to indie, we work across all genres of contemporary music in the UK. Find out more about our work in music here and listen to our international radio show The Selector.

Visual Arts

The Visual Arts team brings the best of British contemporary art to audiences worldwide through exhibitions, events and workshops. The British Council has a Collection of around 8500 works of British art used to create exhibitions for our international touring exhibition programme. You can visit the online art collection.