Wednesday 28 November 2018


Senior leaders from the British Council will be in Belfast tomorrow (Thursday, November 29) for one of a series of national UK roadshows set up to consult with artists and organisations as the UK prepares to leave the EU.

For the Belfast event at the Black Box, over 40 local leading arts and culture professionals have been invited for a briefing on the British Council’s revised EU arts strategy, and to hear about opportunities for Northern Ireland - along with the rest of the UK – to remain at the heart of Europe’s cultural conversation.   

EU Arts Strategy Roadshows will also take place in Coventry, Newcastle, London, Manchester, Glasgow, and Cardiff.

The outcomes from the discussions at the roadshows will be shared nationally and used to help the British Council to strengthen collaborations and networks between the UK and Europe. 

Caroline Meaby, Director, British Council, Art Network said:

“In addition to being central to our diverse and distinctive culture, the arts and creative industries are hugely important drivers for growth in jobs and the economy. Nearly seven per cent of all jobs in the West Midlands are in the creative industries and every year millions of people flock to the UK to enjoy our world class cultural offer.  In the West Midlands alone, international visitors increased by 10 per cent to 1.8 million last year.

“That is why it is so important that we listen to local organisations and collaborate with them on maintaining partnerships between the UK and EU arts sectors so that we remain a vital part of the European conversation.”

There will be seven roadshows taking place around the UK over the next 8 days.

Notes to Editor

For further information please contact: 

Claire McAuley, Communications Manager: T +44 (0) 28 9019 2224 | M +44 (0) 7856524504 Twitter: @BCouncil_NI, Facebook –

Notes to Editors:

1.Full details of the the British Council EU Arts Strategy can be found at


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