Find out more about highlights from the British Council's work in Australian in 2018.
2018 Australian FameLab winner Vanessa Pirotta astounded audiences with her revolutionary work with drones collecting whale snot. Vanessa was a Global runner-up in the international competition, the second year in a row that an Australian woman has been named runner-up in the FameLab finals.
Women of the World
As part of the Commonwealth Games cultural program, the Brisbane Powerhouse was taken over by the global festival Women of the World (WOW). WOW brought together women from over 20 countries in the Commonwealth to share their stories. We supported two speakers at WOW 2018, Margaret Busby OBE and Jayanthi Kuru-Utumpala.
Support for Festivals
We supported British productions at leading Australian festivals including Selina Thompson’s acclaimed production salt. at Next Wave Festival, the powerful Not Today’s Yesterday by classical Indian dancer Seeta Patel at Adelaide Fringe Festival, and the dynamic National Theatre production Barber Shop Chronicles from Inua Ellams at Sydney Festival.
Support for Film
We brought groundbreaking film to Australia in special screenings around the country, including the Five Films For Freedom series to celebrate of LGBTQ+ programming and short-film, and the groundbreaking They Shall Not Grow Old from Peter Jackson as part of a global campaign to mark the centenary of Armistice.
Support for Literature
We were proud to support outstanding British writers in Australia, including Yrsa Daley-Ward, Angela Saini and Juno Dawson. The writer’s talks covered a diverse range of subjects including hunger, trauma, desire, race, sexuality, addiction, writing for young adults and uncovering science’s failure to understand women.
The Creative Case for Diversity
Arts Council England’s Director, Diversity Abid Hussain spoke at the Sydney Opera House making The Creative Case for Diversity. Hussain has been instrumental in implementing meaningful changes in areas of access and equality in the UK arts scene.
Making connections through delegations
CONVERGENCE showcases new work from innovative performers working with the latest tech and trends. The British Council brought together a delegation of promotors, festival organisers and producers to generate ideas and connections at the festival, including Music Curator at MONA, Brian Ritchie.
The GREAT ESCAPE
Dream Wife brought their empowering attitude, cutting riffs and scream-dreamy vocals to audiences across the country. The three piece were spotted at the Great Escape Music Festival by programmer, Travis Banko as part of the British Council Music Showcase.
Five Australian delegates were supported by the British Council and Creative Victoria to attend the Unlimited Festival to develop their international connections, partnerships and possible collaborations. The delegates also took part in the inaugural Unlimited Symposium, a disabled-led discussion.