Building international understanding through the Arts
The Arts is a key sector of activity for the British Council. Our mission is to find new ways of connecting with and understanding each other through the arts. Globally we aim by 2015 to engage over three-quarters of a million artists, cultural leaders and ministers, and well over five million exhibition, festival, event and performance attendees.
Our arts team works with the best of British creative talent to develop innovative, high-quality events and collaborations with artists and cultural institutions in Kazakhstan. In 2013 we will focus on high profile arts events in partnership with corporate sponsors and arts organisations. We will also be working with arts managers on capacity building and professional development opportunities.
Find out more our dynamic and contemporary arts programmes in Kazakhstan.
Henry Moore’s Exhibition in Almaty
The British Council presented an exhibition of work by the famous British artist and sculptor, Henry Moore, in January and February 2014 in Almaty. The works in this exhibition have been selected from of over 200 prints generously gifted by the artist to mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of the British Council Collection in 1984. The exhibition was held at the State Art Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan named after Abylkhan Kasteev. During the exhibition visitors had an opportunity to watch a film about the life of Henry Moore.
Behind the Scenes
We offer professional development opportunities for managers who wish to develop their skills, knowledge and networks within the local cultural sector. Behind the Scenes connects arts professionals with state-run venues and festivals to smaller independent companies and arts agencies. We run master classes that are designed to create a generation of new audiences and generate greater income, resulting in the creation of greater opportunities to promote Kazakh arts and culture in a competitive national and international market.
UK’s Philharmonia Orchestra from London in Astana
The British Council organised a concert of the UK’s Philharmonia Orchestra from London to Astana in November 2013, in partnership with Shell Kazakhstan and Air Astana. Acknowledged as a musical pioneer, with an extraordinary recording legacy, the Philharmonia is renowned for its quality of playing and for its residencies, music education and the innovative use of the latest technology in reaching new audiences. These, and the relationships it has developed with the world’s most sought-after artists, most importantly its Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor, Esa-Pekka Salonen, place the Philharmonia Orchestra at the heart of British musical life. Throughout its history, the Philharmonia has sought new ways to bring its live performances to audiences worldwide, and has used new technologies to achieve this. Today, the Philharmonia can justifiably claim to be one of the UK’s most nationally-important orchestras. It is committed to bringing the same high-quality, live music-making that it presents in London to venues throughout the country. It also performs frequently in the great concert halls of the world. In 2013 the Orchestra’s plans include visits to Spain, Germany, France, Switzerland, the USA and Austria.
Originally launched by the British Council in 2001, the Selector is an international showcase for the best new music the UK has to offer – a weekly, at Friday, one-hour programme from 22:00 untill 23:00 at Tengri FM that covers all styles of music, from indie, dubstep, folk, soul, electro and everything in between.The show features interviews, mixes and exclusive live sessions from some of the most exciting British artists.T
he Selector presents an overview of all that is exciting and fresh in British music. It avoids many of the mainstream British acts that international audiences might already be familiar with, in favour of emerging talent and underground flavours. The show reflects the brilliance and diversity of British music, promoting the sounds, talents and musical culture of modern Britain to an international audience. With an audience estimated to be in excess of 3 million listeners, The Selector is syndicated on FM to over 30 countries around the world including Mexico, Columbia, Israel, Poland, Malawi, Hungary, Indonesia, Bulgaria, China and Kazakhstan.