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U.K., Nigerian Art Launches At British Council

Performing artist, Chidima

Performing artist, Chidima

Organised by the British Council, U.K./Nigeria 2015 – 16, a major season of arts in Nigeria aimed at building new audiences, creating new collaborations and strengthening relationships between the UK and Nigeria has been launched. 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 Nigerian arts and creative industries in the U.K.  
 
U.K./Nigeria 2015 focuses on creating access to art, new digital work, innovation, art in public spaces and working with young people. 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, and will create new connections in arts, education, innovation, trade and investment.
 
Country Director Nigeria, British Council Connie Price 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. U.K./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 U.K.”

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 U.K., 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. 



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