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International cultural relations developed through cultural and creative practice is one of the most powerful tools we have to understand each other and to build opportunity and trust between people. That is at the heart of what we do at the British Council and it remains as relevant today as when we were established here in Wales in 1944.

Our purpose in Wales was, from the outset, to promote the best of Welsh culture and learning to the rest of the world; bringing foreign academics, students, policy makers and artists to Wales and taking their Welsh counterparts abroad.

Since then, we have enabled thousands of young people from Wales to study and work abroad, helped schools and higher education institutions to create partnerships in other countries, and supported teachers' and academics’ professional development through international experience.

We have also brought the brightest students from other countries to work, study and teach in Wales, broadening the cultural horizons of young people.

We have showcased the best of Welsh arts on the world stage and brought the best of the international arts scene to Wales, supporting performances and exhibitions at our festivals, museums and galleries that have opened people’s eyes to the world around them.

Today, British Council Wales is highly valued for its global reach. Through offices in more than 100 countries, we pull together overseas knowledge, experience and perspectives, catalyse relationships and comment on issues affecting Wales’ profile and standing in the world. 

Quick Facts

  • On 7 December 2011 a concordat was signed between the National Assembly for Wales and the British Council that set out principles which underpin the relationship between them and outlines how the two bodies will work together.
  • In 2013 we commissioned a strategic analysis of the Welsh higher education sector. The comprehensive review identified work in the higher education sector in Wales that is outstanding, unique or distinctive at the UK or international level. The report will be used to highlight Wales as an education partner/destination of choice.
  • In 2013 we launched Wales International Young Artist Award – this annual award aims to identify a new pool of young talent across the creative sectors and nurture it further by offering young artists from Wales, national and international exposure.