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11 Mar 2015

British Council-National Arts Council Singapore MOU


The British Council and the National Arts Council, Singapore have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), committing to greater cross-cultural collaboration between Singapore and the United Kingdom (UK).

The MOU is testament to the strong cultural ties between the two countries and maps out a clear framework for cultural dialogue and exchange between arts practitioners, administrators and organisations in the future.

In a ceremony held at the British High Commissioner’s residence in Singapore, the MOU was signed during the GREAT British Week by Ms Kathy Lai, Chief Executive Officer of the National Arts CouncilMr Graham Sheffield CBE, Director Arts, British Council and Mr Roland Davies, the British Council’s Director Singapore.

The MOU embraces the following areas:

  • Knowledge and skills development including masterclasses and short courses in technical theatre, creative production and leadership, festival and exhibition programming and arts administration;

  • Opportunities for exchanges, residencies and to showcase work in content creation, playwriting and theatre for young audiences;

  • Literary Arts projects including Writing the City, Singapore Writers Festival and a new Literature Prize;

  • Arts and Disability initiatives to share best practices on how the arts can bring value in enriching lives and contributing to health and well-being in the disability sector; and

  • Cultural Leadership roundtables bringing together thought-leaders from the UK and around the region to engage in dialogue about arts, culture and education policy.

Download [MEDIA RELEASE] British Council-NAC Memorandum of Understanding to Increase Cross-Cultural Collaboration (1)

The GREAT British Week in Singapore (7-14 March) is part of the GREAT Britain campaign to showcase the best of British innovation, creativity and education, and the opportunities for continued collaboration with Singapore in these areas. Cultural highlights of the programme include the launch of a new Thomas Heatherwick exhibition at National Design Centre, an innovation partnership forum, and a range of creativity workshops at M2 Academy, Orchard Gateway.

Image: From left: Mr Graham Sheffield CBE, British Council Director Arts signs the memorandum, with Ms Kathy Lai, Chief Executive Officer of NAC and Mr Roland Davies, British Council’s Director Singapore.