Cultural Bridge celebrates bilateral partnerships between the UK and Germany

Cultural Bridge celebrates bilateral artistic partnerships between the UK and Germany through the collaboration between Arts Council England, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, British Council, Creative Scotland, Fonds Soziokultur, Goethe-Institut London and Wales Arts International / Arts Council of Wales.

The programme aims to act as a platform of artistic exchange, enabling others to discuss social issues, strengthen the exchange between the UK and Germany and foster collaboration and cultural democracy. In 2021, Cultural Bridge launched its pilot programme supporting seven new artistic collaborations between organisations across the UK and Germany to initiate projects exploring socially engaged arts practice through intercultural exchange and dialogue. 

The following seven bilateral partnerships had been awarded funding in the pilot phase 2021–22:

  • ENTER – Kulturvilla Nellie, Lörrach, Baden-Württemberg + Creative Black Country, West Bromwich 
  • STAGING THE HIDDEN WORDS – Sommerblut Kulturfestival, Cologne + Writing on the Wall, Liverpool 
  • BRIDGIT ‘Building Better Bridges’ – Fine Arts Institute Leipzig (FAIL), Leipzig + Folkestone Fringe, Kent and Alchemy Film & Arts, Hawick 
  • NORTHSEA NEIGHBOURS – Das Letzte Kleinod, Schiffdorf, Niedersachsen + Shetland Arts, Shetland Islands 
  • ENSEMBLE UPVENTION – S27, Berlin + Govanhill Baths, Glasgow 
  • ODE TO EARTH – Die Villa, Leipzig + Beyond Skin and DU Dance, Belfast 
  • MIND THE GAP – University of Music Lübeck and Emanuel Geibel-Schule + Valleys Kids, Penygraig 

Learn more about the funded projects here. 

Applications for the 2023-2024 Cultural Bridge programme are now closed, decisions are due by 14th December 2022. 

Follow the project's progress and latest updates on Twitter using the hashtag #CulturalBridge.