Video: ACLP Conference 2014 "Hong Kong 2020: A society driven by Arts?" 

Cultural Skills Development is a key priority for British Council Hong Kong. We run various projects with a range of UK and Hong Kong partners which places capacity building and development at the heart of all of our arts programmes.

Workshops and seminars arranged in 2013 included: a theatre and multimedia workshop and backstage tour by theatre company 1927, Jake Chapman in conversation with Tim Marlow, a filmmaking and theatre workshop by Forest Fringe, UK Granta author seminars featuring Louis de Bernières and Joanna Kavenna, movement classes by Tom Dale Company, and others.

Notable figures in the UK arts sector that we engaged in recent years included: Sir John Tusa, John Newbigin, Sue Hoyle and Jude Kelly, among others.

Other main skills programmes we are working on include:

Internship Programme

In partnership with the Hong Kong Arts Development Council, the British Council has developed an internship programme for middle managers with 5-10 years of field experience in the arts to provide three months of work placement experience in the UK. 

Cultural Leadership Forums

- Forums presented with The University of Hong Kong Advanced Cultural Leadership Programme (ACLP)

The ACLP is the first cultural leadership programme in Asia and has been developed by The University of Hong Kong (HKU) in collaboration with the Clore Leadership Programme in the UK. We work with ACLP and Clore on the high profile forum each year.

- The Cultural Leadership Summit: Collaboration with the Hong Kong Arts Administrators Association (HKAAA)

Since June 2010, the British Council has jointly presented and founded the Cultural Leadership Summit with the ACLP and HKAAA titled “Cultural Leadership Summit – Embracing The Future”.

In 2011, HKAAA and the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA) jointly hosted the summit under the theme “Arts Spaces That Work, and Why” on how the value of culture was perceived in Asia. We continue to be an active supporter for the summit in 2012 and 2013, contributing to key discussions around “Changing the Game: Strategic Thinking for Creative Organizations” and “Arts Entrepreneurship”.

Inclusive Art Series

Working together with WKCDA, we arranged a series of workshops and seminars on Inclusive Arts in 2013.

New Engagement, New Content, New Perspective - A Forum on the Arts and Cultural Sector in a Digital Age

In 2013, this forum brought together digital experts, arts executives and creative thinkers from the UK to enhance knowledge exchange and forge new relationships in Hong Kong. It provided arts organisations in the city a platform to learn and share knowledge and experiences of the latest digital trends in the UK and Hong Kong.

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