Nature plays a dominant role in Burmese literature. Photo of Mount Zwe Kabin in Hpa-an, where the British Council held workshops for Burmese writers, courtesy of the auhor.
With one of the most challenging telecommunications infrastructures in the world, an ethnically and linguistically fragmented society and a very recently initiated democratisation process, how do you cater for a country’s writers who have a pressing need to commit their stories to paper?
'Beyond Bollywood, there is very little knowledge about the creative industries in South Asia.' Photo courtesy of Maheen Khan (designer for the Gulabo label).
What is happening in the booming creative industries in South Asia? We invited sector leaders from the region to share their knowledge with UK peers as part of last week’s South Asia Forum. The British Council’s Shreela Ghosh shares their insights.
Akram Khan’s latest work iTMOi (In the Mind of Igor) will travel to Russia as part of the programme; photo © J Louis Fernandez
2014 is the UK-Russia Year of Culture, a great opportunity for the two countries to come together and find out about each other's cultures outside the media. Our director in Russia, Paul de Quincey, explains the relationship and why we have reason to look up.
The British Council's New York team dressed up as Banksy in front of one of his New York pieces
To celebrate Hallow'een, the British Council's New York team dressed up as the British street artist Banksy, who's spent the last few weeks in New York on a month-long residency. JJ El-Far, arts program coordinator, explains the elusive artist's transatlantic appeal.
Using a torch to solder a pendant on the hearth at the Turquoise Mountain institute
As the 'Gem: Contemporary Jewellery and Gemstones from Afghanistan' exhibition is on display at our London headquarters, the British Council's Daud Rasool explains how Afghanistan's traditional creative industries are being rebuilt after years of war.