British Council Connect ZA

The British Council’s Connect ZA programme includes innovative ways of collaborating in a digital age, with an emphasis on reaching new and diverse audiences, pioneering a new way of seeing and understanding the world through culture and creativity. As we explore this approach in South Africa, we will look to take this model around the world, creating long lasting partnerships between the creative communities in the UK and South Africa.

The programme supports connections between young people aged 18-35 in both countries with a series of arts projects, making use where possible of advances in digital platforms to build networks of emerging creative talent in music, film, visual art and design.

Highlights of our programme include –

  • Developing connections between designers and makers during Cape Town’s tenure as World Design Capital through our Maker Library Network.
  • Supporting emerging entrepreneurs through our Young Creative Entrepreneurs scheme and a series of ‘creative hustles’, professional networking opportunities for young people.
  • Nurturing new voices in theatre through a year-long playwriting programme with the Royal Court Theatre and the Roundhouse through Talking Doorsteps, their innovative digital spoken word project.
  • We are commissioning collaborative arts projects in public spaces across South Africa and the UK. In Johannesburg we are creating a major outdoor photography commission occupying major public spaces in a partnership with Brighton Photo Biennal. In Durban, we will bring Hitchcock’s early silent films to life with a live score by a young British composer as well as with open air screenings by young British film makers on local beaches as well as the International Film Festival in the city.

The British Council's Connect ZA  programme forms part of the SA-UK Seasons 2014 & 2015 for which a shared programme of activities, opportunities and communications is currently being developed that will compliment already existing projects. Our collaboration is a catalyst for new partnerships that will enable us to highlight and extend existing creative links between our two countries.