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Cultural Leadership

What’s the role of culture in our complex and rapidly changing societies? Can culture play a role in wider social issues such as foreign policy, international relations, economic regeneration and social conflict and inclusion? The British Council seeks to engage the new generation of cultural leaders with key stakeholders around the world in the development of common strategies to tackle global cultural issues. These pages are intended as a space to bring these issues into dialogue - particularly those coming out of our Cultural Leadership International Programme (CLI), which selects the brightest emerging cultural leaders from around the world to develop their leadership vision and capacity in an international context.

Featured Casestudies

In Focus: Lighthouse

In Focus: Lighthouse

Andrew Sleigh, Creative Producer at Lighthouse in Brighton and one of the UK associate producers at Recife: The Playable City programme, talks about the organisation and its new Studio programme.

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In Focus: Watershed

In Focus: Watershed

An overview of Britain's first media centre: a champion of independent media creativity and emergent artforms, and our main partner in this year's Recife: The Playable City programme.

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Cultural Management Workshops in Russia

Cultural Management Workshops in Russia

The Creative Economy team in Russia report on a new cultural management workshop (CMW) series, supporting emerging cultural practitioners in Russia.

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Sheffield Doc Fest: notes from Ukraine

Sheffield Doc Fest: notes from Ukraine

Darya Averchenko (CLI 2011, Ukraine) meets with fellow CLI participants Nino Orjonikidze (Georgia), Elhum Shakerifar (UK) and Mariam Ohanyan (Armenia) at this year's Sheffield Doc Fest.

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Going viral: Museums and 3D (Part 1)

Going viral: Museums and 3D (Part 1)

In a two part feature, Tonya Nelson defines and expands on the the idea of ‘viral capacity building’ – the acquisition of knowledge and expertise through person-to-person transfer - in light of the use of 3D technologies in museums and galleries.

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Going viral: Museums and 3D (Part 2)

Going viral: Museums and 3D (Part 2)

In the second part of her piece, Tonya Nelson goes on to describe the additional advantages of the use of 3D exhibitions in musuems and galleries, and how work environments can give way to viral capacity building.

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Keeping It All in Line with The Domino

Keeping It All in Line with The Domino

We check in with CLI alumni Fathima Moihhudin who is a recent nominee to the 2011 Emirates Woman of the Year Award and now founder of creative agency, The Domino.

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Arts Festivals in the 21st Century

Arts Festivals in the 21st Century

Arts Producer Nelson Fernandez (NFA International) joins fellow experts in Oman to deliver a workshop on cultural festival development for participants from across the Middle East.

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Re-Imagining the Museum

Re-Imagining the Museum

Tony Butler from the Museum of East Anglian Life (MEAL) talks about the future of museums in re-imagining a society which values co-operation as much as economic well-being.

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Featured people

Natasha Chubbuck

Natasha Chubbuck

Music/Visual arts, Brazil/United Kingdom

As a freelance Producer and Project Manager for the past 5 years, Natasha has worked across a diverse range of art forms, with projects spanning sonic arts, music, radio broadcast and contemporary visual arts.

Rosie Poebright

Rosie Poebright

Architecture/Digital technologies, Brazil/United Kingdom

Rosie is an experienced architect and real-world game designer. Her work is guided by a simple mission: to make beautiful, genuinely moving experiences that put the participants at the centre of the action. To do this she uses an eclectic mix of tools - most importantly theatre, gaming, and digital technology.

Thaís Vidal

Thaís Vidal

Cultural management/Culture and development/Film, Brazil/United Kingdom

Thaís Vidal was born in Recife and is 23 years old. She has a degree in journalism from the Federal University from Pernambuco (Brazil) with a monograph entitled Creative Economy: Prospects for creative market in Recife and challenges for the development of a Creative City and is studying for a master's degree.

Tine Bech

Tine Bech

Digital technologies/Innovation, Brazil/United Kingdom

Tine bech is an artist and researcher working with interactive sculpture and public art. Her project’s centre on the use of interactive electronics and location tracking technology, urban places and environmental elements such as gravity, water, sound and light, to develop spaces where participation, play and collaboration happen.

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