What we do

We work with the best of UK arts to make a positive contribution to the cultural and creative sector in Turkey. We create opportunities, build connections and engender trust, making a lasting difference to the security, prosperity and influence of the UK. To achieve this, our programme will span five key pillars:

Sharing UK arts – introducing audiences in Turkey to the best of UK culture and innovation while creating new opportunities for artists and organisations to work internationally. We will also support reciprocal work into the UK.

Fostering collaboration and networks - supporting creative people to collaborate and experiment with new ideas and developing sustainable ways of working for long-term prosperity.

Arts for social change - extending safe spaces for culture, creative exploration and exchange; building trust, enabling dialogue and presenting marginalised voices; and supporting the protection of cultural heritage and expression of cultural identities.

Capacity building - strengthening the arts sector in Turkey by developing its capacity to innovate, reach new audiences and develop skills.

Policy and research - shaping cultural policy and sharing research with the cultural sector in the UK and Turkey.

WOW - Women of the World Festival Istanbul 19-20 March 2022

WOW - Women of the World Festival aims to support women and girls by highlighting the challenges they face the solutions they can find together. Through the partnership between the WOW - Women of the World Foundation and the British Council and with the support of the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, the festival will be the first of its kind in Istanbul. WOW festivals have already reached more than three million people in six continents and in over 30 locations, and WOW is now coming to  Müze Gazhane, Istanbul’s new cultural heritage and creativity hub, on 19-20 March.