Tech4Culture supports creatives and technologists in Turkey and the UK to develop digital collaborations that provides access to arts and culture for the widest possible audience. 

Building on the first edition of Tech4Culture, the programme will now connect a UK creative agency with a cultural institution from Turkey to develop a user-centred, participatory and socially inclusive digital engagement opportunity. 

Open Call: Tech4Culture 2019

Burdur Provincial Directorate of Culture and Tourism

Burdur is located in the southwestern part of the Mediterranean on the shores of the Lakes Region. It is on the historical and cultural passageways that connect the Mediterranean coastal region and the inner parts of Anatolia. It has various natural and cultural tourism resources as well as its folklore, culture, social life and economy including the ancient cities Sagalassos and Kibyra, which are both on the UNESCO World Heritage Site tentative list and natural assets such as Lake Salda and Insuyu Cave.

Their mission is to protect, develop and transfer to the next generations, the historical, cultural and natural heritage of Burdur. This includes promoting and marketing tourism , and to coordinate activities in the field of culture and tourism by collaborating with other .

While the diversity and surplus of cultural assets in Burdur are among opportunities for the Burdur Provincial Directorate of Culture and Tourism, the problems faced by the institution are; not being able to reach a wide range of audience, and audience interaction beyond their website and their physical space.

The Burdur Provincial Directorate of Culture and Tourism would like to develop a user-centred, participatory and socially inclusive digital engagement opportunity to attract and engage with a wide variety of audiences. We are inviting a UK agency to collaborate with the Burdur Provincial Directorate of Culture and Tourism to design, develop and produce an innovative digital response to their challenge.

The selected creative agency will receive:

  • A budget of up to £25k
  • Travel and accommodation
  • Support from the British Councils teams (UK and Turkey)

The UK agency will be invited to Turkey as part of a scoping trip, to meet with the Burdur Provincial Directorate of Culture and Tourism and British Council Turkey in March or April 2019.

How to Apply

To apply for the opportunity please email you proposal (no more than three A4 pages) that includes:

  • Short bio
  • A proposed outcome/product
  • Budget break down (approximate)
  • Portfolio of work (or links to) and relevant experience

Please submit your application to Genevieve Pace -

The deadline to apply is Monday 28 February 2019

The successful applicant will be informed w/c 4th March 2019

Assessment Criteria

  • Viability - What is the proposed solution? Will the solution enable Burdur to reach the widest possible audience?
  • Positive Impact - What is the benefit to audiences? Is this meaningful and valuable for people? 
  • Scalability - What is the scalability of the proposed solution? How many people will be engaged or benefit? 
  • Sustainability - Is there a plan for embedded the proposed solution?

Tech4Culture 2017

The British Council have identified a high level of interest and need for collaborative arts and technology projects across the cultural sector in Turkey. Seeking to build upon the UK’s international reputation for digital innovation, the British Council in collaboration with Technology Development Foundation of Turkey, The Audience Agency and Outlandish curated a series of events to inspire arts and technology communities to foster digital collaborations for audience development in the Cultural sector in Istanbul between March 2016 and 2017. Tech4Culture consisted of five cumulative events, which were designed to inspire, provide opportunities for professional development, international exchange, digital development and dissemination of learning. Click here for more information.

Equal Opportunity and Diversity

The British Council creates international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and builds trust between them worldwide. Our work involves developing relationships with people from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures. Working effectively with diversity and promoting equality of opportunity is therefore an essential part of our work.

We have developed a number of policies to promote equality and diversity and we use a range of tools to monitor and evaluate our progress in mainstreaming these. We believe the best way to manage equal opportunity and diversity is to ensure that they are built into all processes and functions, considered part of all policy decisions, and present in the planning of all programmes from start to finish. This is what we mean by mainstreaming equality and diversity principles and practices.

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