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    The Culture Diary – Connecting through Creativity
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Hello Culture Diary friends,
We are delighted to share with you our latest video designed to show you, in vivid colour, what the Culture Diary does to support the culture and creative industry sectors.

Since 2016, we have been working with Culture Diary members to deliver an ambitious programme of UK cultural showcases across global markets, including the official British House during the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Festival of Innovation Hong Kong, International Business Festival, Designing Our Future and SxSW in the USA. 

We have also supported a range of our members' travelling tours, by hosting cultivation events, and match-making with investors, promoters and philanthropists via our British Embassy network, including New Adventures, Tate, Akram Khan Company, Marshmallow Laser Feast, Studio Wayne McGregor, London Philharmonia, London Symphony Orchestra and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra to name a few.

This is why it is of utmost importance that we have sight of your international tours on the Culture Diary website so we can match you to government opportunities overseas.

We have talked with many of our members about the value of international working from our sector, and its contribution to the UK economy, and captured opinions, experiences and perspectives of some of the culture and creative industries' key leaders. They bring out many benefits of collaborating and working overseas, and there has never been a more important time to connect through culture. 

We hope this reminds you of the broad scope of the Culture Diary's  work: 
  • promoting your events and stories through the online network and website; 
  • collating the bilateral celebrations of culture with the British Council, for example UK in Japan 2019-20 and UK-Italy 2020;
  • connecting you with our embassies and colleagues overseas;
  • offering opportunities to join international showcases;
  • bringing you our monthly enewsletter, with an editor's pick of events, opportunities from our stakeholders, and industry news.
All of this starts with your user-generated content uploaded to our website, and talking with us regularly, to keep government officials, ministers, and overseas colleagues up to date in any given region, at any time.

We look forward to working with you in 2020!

The Culture Diary team
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February flurry of culture
With fashion, film awards and Frieze LA all in February this year, the UK has as much international reach and cultural cache as ever. Major events include:
  • Celebrating the Year of Climate Action – help by uploading your events exploring environmental and ecological topics. The Prime Minister officially announced the UK hosting of 26th UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) and named 2020 the Year of Climate Action at a press conference at the Science Museum on 4 February 2020.
  • London Fashion Week, the first of four major fashion showcases in the capital this year.
  • The UK expecting to win big at the Academy Awards after significant Golden Globe and BAFTA triumphs, especially for film and theatre writer / director Sam Mendes and his recent release, 1917.
  • British Council will announce the artist for the UK Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2021, ahead of the UK presence at the Venice Architecture Biennial 2020 in May this year.
  • Our Irish friends open their European Capital of Culture 2020 programme in Galway, on 8 Feb. 
As ever, let us know where in the world you will be in March and beyond, and we'll promote your creativity to the world.
Contribute to the next Culture Diary newsletter
Do you have a story, announcement, open call or blog you would like to share in our monthly newsletter? Upload the piece to the Culture Diary here and let us know by Friday 14 February for the March 2020 newsletter.

Editor's picks: February Flurry

From organisations that have uploaded their events so far for 2020, we feature our picks for the most significant and interesting UK cultural events of the month here. Add yours to the Culture Diary to be included.

David Hockney – Works from the Tate Collection

1 Feb–10 Mar 2020
Hamburg, Germany

LA Frieze 2020

14–16 Feb 2020
Los Angeles, CA


London Fashion Week

14–18 Feb 2020

British Fashion Council

Model City

14–23 Feb 2020

Absolutely Cultured

London Symphony Orchestra on tour with Sir Simon Rattle

18–23 Feb 2020
Germany & Luxembourg
London Symphony Orchestra

Hidden Gems LIVE Presents: Shocka - Conscious Crud

29 Feb 2020


Industry Opportunities

British Council digital arts opportunities
British Council has launched two digital arts open calls for 2020: Amplify DAI for women-identifying artists and curators, and Net//Work Digital Arts residencies. Read more and apply here.
Apply by 12 and 24 February 2020 respectively
Totally Thames 2020 - open call for entries
Thames Festival Trust has renewed calls for "creative and accessible events and activity" responding to one of the key themes for Totally Thames 2020, an annual season of arts and culture that takes place up and down the River Thames in September. Read more and apply here.
Apply by Friday 13 March 2020
FestivalConnect 2020: UK and Africa
British Council FestivalConnect 2020 offers a chance for funding cultural exchange or artist programming between the UK and Sub-Saharan Africa. Read more and apply here.
Apply by 12pm on 5 February 2020
Art Fund Museum of the Year 2020 applications
You can now apply to be considered for Art Fund's Museum of the Year 2020. Read more and apply here.
Apply by 12pm on 13 February 2020
Strategic Partner News
GREAT Britain Campaign
The GREAT Britain Campaign continues to champion UK environmental initiatives in line with the Year of Climate Action 2020, under #GreenisGREAT. These include sustainable and eco-conscious companies like Flexi-Hex, Refill, and Pavegen. #GreenisGREAT
Arts Council England
Arts Council England has published its 2020-2030 strategy which covers its commitments and delivery plans for the UK's culture and creative sector over the next decade. Read more here.
British Council
British Council China has been helping artisan women with 'Crafting Futures', working with UK and Chinese practitioners including a six-week residency. Read more about the programme here.
Department for Digital Culture Media & Sport (DCMS)
Helen Whately, Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism, delivered a speech to the Association of British Orchestras conference which included reference to the government's £16m orchestra tax relief. Read more.
Department for International Trade (DIT)
On 1 February, the Department for International Trade launched its biggest ever trade and investment campaign. Entitled 'Ready to Trade', the campaign is global and branded with a variety of GREAT Britain Campaign pillars. More here.
VisitBritian's annual report has been published, with inbound visitor spending hitting a record high and overseas visitor numbers also at their highest ever. Read more here.
Mayor of London
The final round of Culture Seeds funding is available to bid on until 6 March for projects ending by 31 May 2020. Not-for-profits, small organisations and individuals can bid for between £1,000–5,000 to fund community-led cultural projects. Read more.
Coventry and the Midlands
Coventry City of Culture Trust is working with Thames Festival Trust and Open Theatre Company on a new project called 'Rivers of the World'. They are seeking a Coventry-based artist or an arts organisation to work on this new initiative. Read more and apply here.
Industry News
Creative Europe funding still available
Official guidance from Creative Europe Desk UK states that UK organisations can apply for funding on projects at least until the end of 2020.
Read more on the Culture Diary
Creative Wales is launched
The Welsh Government has launched Creative Wales – to help drive growth across its creative industries – and its own International Strategy.
Read more on the Culture Diary
Romani Cultural and Arts Co. turns 10
It's the Romani Cultural and Arts Company's tenth birthday and it has reported on the last decade of operation and what it's done for the community.
Read more on the Culture Diary
Green report on Arts Council investments
Arts Council England and Julia's Bicycle have published the first environmental report to cover Arts Council's National Portfolio 2018–2022.
Read more on the Culture Diary
Best of UK film and TV awarded
The 2020 awards season has brought out the award nominations and trophies for UK creative industries in film and television.
Read more on the Culture Diary
Sound City+ 2020 announces panels
Sound City+ has announced its panel speakers for 1 May 2020. They include panels on recording, syncs, videos, digital marketing, and more. 
Read more on the Culture Diary
Artist Reeps One performs at Davos
World champion beatboxer Reeps One closed the World Economic Forum annual meeting (Davos) 2020. Watch the performance here.
Read more on the Culture Diary
Waddeson Manor hosts new Kapoor art
Anish Kapoor has created his first virtual reality artwork – a collaboration with Acute Art – and it is premiering at Waddesdon Manor.
Read more on the Culture Diary
Tuned In Travel fights fest footprint
Tuned In Travel has teamed up with environmental charity Energy Revolution to tackle the 60-80% carbon footprint of music festivals.
Read more on the Culture Diary

Welcome new organisations to the Diary

Welcome to the 12 new organisations and artists on the Culture Diary since last month, including Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy, Bagri Foundation, Brighton CCA, British Council China, English Folk Expo, the Historic Dockyard Chatham, JD Malat Gallery, King's Lynn Festival, Merthyr Tydfil Leisure Trust, Redbrick Communications, Theatre of the Wild Beautiful and Damned, and Tuned In Travel. A selection is featured below. Keep reading the Culture Diary to see events and stories from our new users.
Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy
Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy transforms the fundraising knowledge, skills and levels of success of arts organisations. Working with Trustees, CEOs, senior leaders, mid-career and new and emerging talent, it empowers cultural professionals to harness the considerable opportunities that fundraising offers.
Brighton CCA
Part of the University of Brighton, Brighton CCA is a centre for contemporary arts, free and open to all, hosting world class exhibitions, projects, commissions and research by international emerging and established artists.
Climb aboard three historic warships (one of which is a submarine), make your own rope in a Victorian ropery and discover the 400-year story of the Royal Dockyard at Chatham in more than ten museum galleries.
English Folk Expo (EFEx) supports the English folk, roots and acoustic music sector through a variety of projects and initiatives. The organisation hosts festivals and events throughout the year to introduce the best music to new and existing audiences.

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