UK-China Year of Cultural Exchange 2015 is a year-long celebration of the rich and diverse cultural relationship of both countries.

It aims to foster cultural exchange, increase the flow of ideas and develop stronger relationships between people, institutions and governments. The scale of the programme across arts, education, language, sport and science is indicative of the ambition and aspirations of both countries and represents an ideal opportunity for the UK and China to engage in a range of established and new areas.


Silences in China

Armagh's indie-folk group, Silences, are part of our UK Music on The Go campaign, which aims to offer the Chinese audience access to 10 new songs from 10 cutting-edge UK bands.They’re in good company too, sharing the roster with a number of renowned acts — including the Mercury prize-winning Young Fathers.

The campaign, which involves using the bands’ lyrics and a QR code, is being promoted across China on 100 buses in Shanghai, 30 buses in Nanjing, Chongqing and Wuhan respectively, as well as in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou university campuses. The QR codes will then direct the Chinese audience to the microsite UK Now where they will be able to listen to the ten chosen tracks.

UK Music on The Go is an initiative of British Council’s radio station, The Selector. Selector Radio brings the best of new UK music to the world once a week on behalf of the British Council with an estimated audience of three million listeners - Find out more here

Watch Silences song, The Sea, here


Classroom Resources for Schools 

Introduce pupils to the differences and similarities between the lives, languages and cultures of people in China and the UK with the Year of the Sheep education pack.

 On 19 February, according to the Chinese Lunar Calendar, we will enter the Year of the Sheep. 

 Our education pack for Northern Ireland primary schools educates young people about the world around them and gives them an understanding of other countries and cultures in preparation for life as global citizens.

 It contains classroom activities from creating shadow puppets (one of the most popular and widespread folk arts in China) to counting and playground games, as well as resources, assembly and lesson plans.

Download the resource pack below