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.
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.
Elaine Foster (UK)Deaf Jam Poetry Malaysia
Hwa Wei-An (MY)
Nadia Nasaruddin, Malaysia Design Archive (MY)Archival Thinking:Building and Managing Digital-Physical Archives of ResistanceResearch trip to several British libraries and archives
Qila Gill (UK)Solidarity Among Indigenous NationsResearch trip to connect with Malaysian indigenous film festivals, filmmakers and artists
Simone Tani (UK)Trance Masks Research & Development
Ayesha Keshani (UK)Cosmopolitical NaturesResearch 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