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Major new season of British and Nigerian Art launched by the British Council

Organised by the British Council, UK/Nigeria 2015–16 is a major season of arts in Nigeria aimed at building new audiences, creating new collaborations and strengthening relationships between the UK and Nigeria.

Programmed in association with a host of partners, it features more than 30 projects and over 80 events in art, fashion, design, theatre, dance, music, literature and film throughout Nigeria and showcases of Nigerian arts and creative industries in the UK.

 

UK/Nigeria 2015–16 has a focus on creating access to art, new digital work, innovation, art in public spaces and working with young people.

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Partnerships between Nigerian and British artists, institutions and organisations will be at the heart of the season which aims to develop skills and capacity across the creative industries.

 

The programme will begin in September 2015 and run until April 2016, creating new connections in arts, education, innovation, trade and investment.

 

Connie Price, Country Director Nigeria, British Council said: “Both our countries are renowned for the breadth of our cultures and for our dynamic creative industries so it is fitting to come together to initiate new collaborations. UK/NG 2015–16 is the biggest ever season of arts work by the British Council in Nigeria. We aim to foster cultural exchange as well as the flow of ideas and develop stronger relationships between people, institutions and governments across Nigeria and the UK.”

Some of the key season events will include work created by leading British Company Candoco Dance with a cast of disabled and non-disabled dancers from Nigeria and the UK; work in the North of the country around theatre and conflict; projects designed to boost the creative industries in Abuja and Calabar; an Inter-Ministerial Conference; the return of Lagos Theatre Festival; and a residency Interwoven: Go Woman Go! by British artist Laura Aldridge in Abuja and Lagos.

The season announcement will take place at the British Council office in Ikoyi, Lagos on August 20 2015.

For a detailed programme visit http://www.britishcouncil.org.ng/uk-nigeria-2015-16

 

For more information, please contact Adedamola Mogaji, Communications Manager, UK/Nigeria 2015–16, British Council: UKNigeria@britishcouncil.org

 

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