Connections Through Culture (CTC) is an arts grant programme run by the British Council in the UK and East Asia. It was established in August 2019 in Southeast Asia to provide grants to residents of the UK, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam from the following groups:
- Cultural and arts professionals
- Representatives of art collectives, networks or organisations
The primary objective is to support exchanges and collaborations between the UK and Southeast Asia. Prior to Covid-19, this would have most likely involved international travel. However, with travel restricted and uncertain, the CTC grants are offered to develop and strengthen new and existing relationships between the UK and Southeast Asia, by providing funding to allow conversations to happen, and for the possibilities of online collaboration to be explored.
We accepted applications for the Connections Through Culture Online Collaboration Grants and announced the recipients in September 2021.
In Malaysia, we offered the grant to seven online projects, each comprising partners from Malaysia and the UK.
Sarees and SecretsSeries of dialogues between three multi-generational and multi-disciplinary artists connected by their common love of the saree
Safe/SelamatOnline programme of action research, creative conversation and exchange
Empowering Deaf Women in Malaysia Through Sign Poetry
Training of D/deaf women from across the Straits on poetry in English and Malaysian Sign Language
Musical Exchange Programme
Fellowship programme designed to provide professional training for young musicians and to enhance their career development