"If you've got confidence that what you're doing is good and you feel it's a genuine expression, there's always a way to make it work." Photo of Matt Black by Martin Steinmetz

"If you've got confidence that what you're doing is good and you feel it's a genuine expression, there's always a way to make it work." Photo of Matt Black by Martin Steinmetz

"If you've got confidence that what you're doing is good and you feel it's a genuine expression, there's always a way to make it work." Photo of Matt Black by Martin Steinmetz

Matt Black, co-founder of record label Ninja Tune, spoke to Martin Steinmetz of the British Council's office in Germany about the label's success over the years.

The young Palestinian filmmakers spent hours interviewing people on the streets of Ramallah (Photo by tgraham under Creative Commons licence).

The young Palestinian filmmakers spent hours interviewing people on the streets of Ramallah (Photo by tgraham under Creative Commons licence).

The young Palestinian filmmakers spent hours interviewing people on the streets of Ramallah (Photo by tgraham under Creative Commons licence).

What's it like to live in the West Bank? A series of short films produced by young Palestinians gives a rare glimpse into everyday life in Ramallah. Suha Khuffash of the British Council explains.

'I tend to write by starting with an idea, then I add to it and build on it and structure it all at the same time.' Photo by Rob Blackham, used with kind permission.

'I tend to write by starting with an idea, then I add to it and build on it and structure it all at the same time.' Photo by Rob Blackham, used with kind permission.

'I tend to write by starting with an idea, then I add to it and build on it and structure it all at the same time.' Photo by Rob Blackham, used with kind permission.

Tom the Lion, whose debut album Sleep was mostly created in a bedroom studio over two years, tells us about his process for writing music. Listen to two of the songs from the album recorded for The Selector, our global radio show for new UK music.

'When you offer something beautiful to somebody, their first instinct is to accept it. Every form of art starts with a point of beauty.' Photo by The Lowry on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

'When you offer something beautiful to somebody, their first instinct is to accept it. Every form of art starts with a point of beauty.' Photo by The Lowry on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

'When you offer something beautiful to somebody, their first instinct is to accept it. Every form of art starts with a point of beauty.' Photo by The Lowry on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

What will audiences in Bangladesh make of a contemporary dance performance about their homeland? The British Council's Eeshita Azad explains why the arts can help people see their country from a different point of view. DESH will be performed on 18 and 19 September at the Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka.

'It took about two years to record, initially in Suffolk while we were still in education.' Photo via These Ghosts / Rocket PR.

'[The album] took about two years to record, initially in Suffolk while we were still in education.' Photo via These Ghosts / Rocket PR.

'It took about two years to record, initially in Suffolk while we were still in education.' Photo via These Ghosts / Rocket PR.

These Ghosts from North Suffolk started recording their album 'Still The Waves' while still at university. These days they're gigging a lot around London. Scroll down to listen to the interview and two live session tracks songs, recorded for our global radio show for new UK music, The Selector.