Arts - Ministry of Collective Data
Installation view, Ministry of Collective Data, The Garden of Privatised Delights, British Pavilion, curated by Madeleine Kessler and Manijeh Verghese of Unscene Architecture for the 17th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, 2021 ©

Cristiano Corte © British Council

We are committed to ensuring people all over the world can connect through culture, even amidst the constraints of the Covid-19 pandemic. While staying safe at home, explore and discover a selection of virtual arts and culture programmes below.

British Council Resources

Explore a variety of film, music and lifestyle videos while developing your English skills:
Read fresh perspectives on education and culture from around the world:

Architecture & Visual Arts

Discover and learn about the best art and architecture from the UK:


Take a trip down memory lane with this rights-free collection of over 100 short documentaries about wartime Britain, produced in the 1940s:


Read through and explore a series of blogposts featuring an overview of the literature scene during the pandemic, with suggestions for things you can read, participate in, and discover while in lockdown:


Explore a round up of news, listening recommendations, opportunities and learning resources for the music industry and fans alike:


Performance venues are migrating activity online to reach audiences at home. Explore a selection of British and international shows:

Creative Economy

Explore toolkits, research and guides for creative entrepreneurs, cultural leaders and policy makers:

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Pivoting to Digital


Diversity and Inclusivity


Online Programmes

  • United Kingdom of Culture: Explore the history and culture of the UK with over 140 institutions
  • Perspectives: A series of essays from Penguin authors offering their response to the Covid-19 outbreak
  • The Royal Academy Videos: Artist interviews, tutorials, exhibition tours and more
  • British Library Sounds: Explore selected recordings of music, spoken word and human and natural environments
  • Radiooooo: The Musical Time Machine
  • New Naratif: Critical journalism advocating democracy, freedom of information, and freedom of expression in Southeast Asia
  • O For Other: A collective blogging project exploring alternative histories, narratives and cultures based in the Malay archipelago
  • The Wknd Sessions: A web series featuring exclusive performances by musicians from Southeast Asia
  • Object Matters: A three-part exhibition questioning and reconsidering the function of art collecting
  • 95 by chi too: An exhibition which forms a larger body of work recreating historical sites of civil disobedience around Malaysia
  • Teater Atas Meja: A series of tabletop theatre performances
Last updated: 17 August 2021