Following the UKMX Dual Year in 2015 that increased the visibility of UK arts in Mexico and strengthened cultural links both countries, an ambitious Shakespeare Lives programme was delivered in 2016, consolidating the British Council’s presence as a key player in the cultural sector in Mexico.
Since 2017, our Arts programme has evolved to centre around fostering links between the cultural sectors in the UK and Mexico, with an emphasis on entrepreneurship, innovation and social inclusion, in addition to presenting the best of UK arts and culture to Mexican audiences.
We work with emerging talent and cultural partners in Mexico and the UK, developing initiatives that encompass the British Council’s global strategy and regional focus areas, and address local needs.
Arts for Social Change: ensuring arts contributes to changing perceptions and attitudes, promoting best practice and creating new audiences, and fostering a more open, prosperous and diverse society. Example programmes: Crafting Futures, Unlimited and Outburst.
Fostering Collaborations, Skills Development and Networks: creating opportunities for bilateral collaboration across all arts forms; developing the cultural sector’s capacity for innovation and entrepreneurship; and setting up the foundation of long-term professionalisation for future leaders and agents of change in Mexico. Example programmes: The Selector Pro, Ellipsis – Hay Festival and Transmedia Mapping.
Sharing UK Arts: enhancing the profile of UK creativity and developing new ways of engaging audiences, promoting the diversity of the UK and its artistic communities. Example programmes: The Selector, Design Exchange – Abierto Mexicano de Diseño and Alternate Realities – MUTEK and Sheffield Doc/Fest.