Our global work in the arts

The British Council promotes innovative and diverse aspects of UK arts, including visual arts, architecture, design, dance, theatre, music, film and literature. We provide opportunities for people in China and the UK to share creativity and thus inspire one another.

As a cultural relations organisation, we arrange arts projects with the aim of building a stronger relationship between the UK and China. We also host and support high quality UK arts events in China that appeal to a wide range of audiences.

You will find more news and information on the UK arts scene on our arts Weibo page

Architecture, Design and Fashion

Back of the Envelope is our architecture, design and fashion blog, which shares news from the UK sector and new project developments from around the world.

Creative Economy

Find out more about our work in Creative Economy and how it supports our network of creative entrepreneurs, cultural leaders and policy makers. 


British Council Film links UK films and filmmakers to new international audiences, profiling the innovation, diversity and excellence of British films around the world and finding opportunities for creative exchange. 


Our British Council Literature site includes information on our projects, news from the UK literature and publishing communities, a worldwide Festivals Directory and resources for teaching contemporary British literature in the classroom.


From electronica to jazz, traditional to folk, and classical to indie, we showcase across all genres of music. We have our own weekly radio show, The Selector, featuring the best new music from the UK. Find out more about British Council Music here.

Theatre and Dance

We promote the best of the UK’s performing arts sector through a range of activities and events including tours of new productions, workshops and residencies, seminars and conferences, showcases and UK study visits for overseas practitioners. Find out more about Theatre and Dance.

Visual Arts

We promote British visual arts through a range of activities and events including touring exhibitions, workshops, seminars, and conferences. Explore our collection of around 8,500 works of British art.