man standing on pillar dancing with colourful houses in background
Project: Liminality, Nizamuddin, Delhi, India ©

Janire Najera / 4Pi Productions

Connections through Culture is our grants programme that aims to develop exciting cultural exchanges and collaborations between artists, arts professionals and arts organisations in the UK and in countries across Asia, and to support long-lasting relationships between these regions.  

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 Asian countries benefit from the inspiration gained from exchanging ideas and sharing their cultural history.

Connections Through Culture: India-Wales is a British Council initiative supported by Wales Arts International/Arts Council of Wales, to deliver a three-year funding scheme that will run from October 2019 to 2022. The scheme is a collaborative international arts programme designed to embed creative skills and develop capacity for artists and festivals in both India and Wales. 

This grant scheme is an opportunity to build on the success of India Wales, the joint funding programme between British Council and Wales Arts International/Arts Council of Wales, and Wales’ involvement in the UK-India Year of Culture in 2017, that marked the 70 anniversary of independence in India. India Wales was an ambitious programme that supported more than 2000 participants across 13 projects, within theatre, dance, film, literature, music and visual and applied arts, engaged more than 80,000 audience members in Wales and India and reached over 4.9 million people through social media. 

The Welsh Government’s (draft) international strategy indicates arts and heritage as a means of developing strong cultural relations and India is an important priority country.

Connections Through Culture: India-Wales - how to apply   

  • Applications close on 6 December 2019
  • Find out the eligibility criteria and apply for funding here