British Council launches new season of partnership in Nigerian arts

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The British Council has launched a new season of collaboration with Nigeria in the area of arts tagged UK/Nigeria 2015–16.

The event, held at the premises of the council in Lagos, had in attendance a number of notable faces in the arts, including photographer, Kelechi Amadi-Obi, and Segun Adefila of Crown Troupe Africa.

The programme would feature more than 30 projects and over 80 events in art, fashion, design, theatre, dance, music, literature and film to be showcased throughout the country and in the UK.

“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.

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“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.

“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,’’ Connie Price, Country Director of the council said.

She said that the programme would commence in September and run until April 2016, creating new connections in arts, education, innovation, trade and investment.

Price said that some of the key season events would include work created by leading British Company, Candoco Dance, with a cast of disabled and non-disabled dancers from Nigeria and the UK.

According to her, it will include work in the north of the country around theatre and conflict; projects designed to boost the creative industries in Abuja and Calabar and an Inter-Ministerial Conference. (

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