Performers rehearsing in Pakistan
Performers rehearsing in Pakistan

Global Programme- Culture Connects

Following the successful launch of our Go Digital: Sub Saharan Africa-Wales programme, British Council Wales have embarked on a new iteration to support digital collaborations between artists and art organisations in Wales and Pakistan.

Go Digital: Pakistan-Wales will sit alongside the British Council Pakistan-UK 2022 season: New Perspectives, which will run from March 2022 to August 2022.  Pakistan-UK 2022 will combine British Council and wider UK-Pakistan collaborations, with programming from arts, English, education, youth/skills work and sport. It will be a blended format of face-to-face (travel permitting) and digital activity including performances, exhibitions, professional development programmes, art installations, co-productions, residencies and research.


Flow: across water and time - Mission Gallery, Rameesha Azeem, Maheen Zia, Ayessha Quraishi, Shanzay Subzwari and Zohra Amarta Shah

  • 1 February - 31 May 2022
  • £18,000 grant award

Mission Gallery in Swansea will manage collaborations between artists in Wales and 5 female artists from Pakistan: Rameesha Azeem (digital dance), Maheen Zia (film and VR), Ayessha Quraishi (visual poetry) , Shanzay Subzwari (audio and video art), Zohra Amarta Shah (visual arts, craft).

The projects will:

- support mutual, cross cultural collaboration between artists based in Pakistan and in Wales

- enable creative opportunities for practitioners through open calls, conversation and direct approaches

-identify and develop solutions for technical and logistical requirements in the future delivery of the five artistic collaborations

-explore platforms for showcasing the work.

Untitled - Puppet Soup and Rafi Peer

  • February - October 2022
  • £12,000 grant award

Puppet Soup in Wales and Rafi Peer Theatre Workshop in Pakistan are co creating new digital puppet theatre, developing puppetry master-classes and founding a new puppetry festival which will be presented online to a worldwide audience to promote and develop the art form of puppetry in both of the nations and worldwide.

Trail - Harcharan Singh and Ahsan Iqbal Bari

  • March - September 2022
  • £10,000 grant award

Sound artists Harcharan Singh, in Wales and Ahsan Iqbal Bari in Pakistan will work on three audio visual pieces of content, composed in collaboration with musicians and dancers from Pakistan and Wales. The pieces will be composed after creative sessions between the collaborating artists.

The pieces will be a combination of music, poetry, spoken words and movement. The artists wish to explore the root of the ancient dance and music traditions in Wales and in Pakistan, and explore it’s modern transformation.