Connections Through Culture is an arts grant programme run by the British Council in the UK and East Asia.
 
In August 2019, the Connections Through Culture Mobility Grant was launched in Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines, enabling visits, exchanges and collaborations between these countries and the UK.
 
Celebrating the diverse cultural expression in both regions, the programme offers support, information, advice and networking opportunities for professional development. Grantees both from the UK and the East Asian countries benefit from the inspiration gained from exchanging ideas and sharing their cultural history.
 
 

Grant Recipients

In Malaysia, we offered the grant to seven applicants in two application rounds, for travel and exchange between Malaysia and the UK. Some of the grant recipients shifted their projects online due to Covid-19 related travel restrictions.
 
 

Round 1

Elaine Foster (UK)

Deaf Jam Poetry Malaysia
Collaboration with East Malaysian arts community, BENTARAKATA with UK deaf poet, Donna Williams to create a cultural exchange between British and Malaysian deaf poets, artists and arts educators

Hwa Wei-An (MY)

Artistic exchange with Richard Chappell DanceExeter Phoenix and DanceEast

Nadia Nasaruddin, Malaysia Design Archive (MY)

Archival Thinking:
Building and Managing Digital-Physical Archives of Resistance
Research trip to several British libraries and archives

Qila Gill (UK)

Solidarity Among Indigenous Nations
Research trip to connect with Malaysian indigenous film festivals, filmmakers and artists

Simone Tani (UK)

Trance Masks Research & Development
Project connects with six KL Shakespeare Players actors using Trance Masks and Chinese Opera puppets and culminates in a production of Shakespeare Demystified: A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (KLPAC)
 

Round 2

Ayesha Keshani (UK)

Cosmopolitical Natures
Research and development trip to two Borneo villages towards co-curating small experimental "natural history museums"

Nada Nusantara (MY)

Exploration of the transformational aspect of musical gesture in creating quasi-improvisational text and performance in theatre with Hezarfen Ensemble