UK/Australia Season is a joint initiative by the British Council and the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to strengthen and build cultural connections.

Artists, universities and civil society leaders from the UK and Australia will come together to examine our current context as two diverse and outward-looking nations.

Through a series of events, collectively we hope to gain a deeper understanding about where we have come from, who we are now, and where we can go together. It is also a chance to deepen relationships in business, higher education and government at a time of incredible potential and change. 

When is it happening?

The Season will take place in:

  • the UK from August to November 2021
  • Australia from September 2021 to March 2022.

Is there a theme?

The theme, ‘Who are we now?’, provides a platform to celebrate the best of our arts and cultural life, with points of connection and collaboration around our shared successes

The Season will be a celebration of the diversity of cultures and languages in both countries including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures of Australia and the nations of Wales, Scotland, England and Northern Ireland, as well as the rich societies that have emerged in both the UK and Australia through migration.

It is an opportunity to look at who we might be in the future in the face of global challenges.

How can I get involved?

We welcome your involvement to help us develop plans for the Season. 

We are now inviting project proposals from the UK for inclusion in the UK/Australia Season, find out more about how to apply.

We are fortunate to have the support of prominent cultural philanthropists in both regions. Find out more about our Board of Patrons and how you can support the Season. 

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