The British Council in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan announces the opening of a three-year Creative Producers programme. The programme aims to promote creative producing in Central Asian countries. The pilot cities in 2019 will be Almaty and Tashkent.

We invite creative producers (both art managers and artists) who are just starting their careers but are experienced in arranging projects and can fulfil their projects in Almaty and Tashkent.

We are also looking for partners in Central Asia who would like to support our programme in the long term and contribute to developing creative producing.

In 2019, the programme will comprise several stages:

  • a trip to Supersonic in Birmingham and Manchester International Festival in Manchester (6 participants from Almaty and 6 participants from Tashkent);
  • master classes in Almaty and Tashkent with tutors from the UK (up to 20 participants in Almaty and up to 20 participants in Tashkent);
  • finalising projects and submitting grant applications (teams formed from the participants in the master classes);
  • project implementation.

Main Requirements and Selection Criteria

  • We are waiting for applications from creative producers who are starting their careers.
  • The participants in the programme may be those working in various genres and areas and experienced in arranging cultural projects: art managers and directors of cultural venues, artists, curators, festival organisers, theatre critics and dramatists, directors, dancers, musicians, etc.
  • The applicants undertake to take part in the programme at all its stages (see Key Dates below).
  • The applicants agree to pay on their own for visas, insurance and meals in the UK, as well as their own local transport fees during the festivals.
  • We will consider only those applications that comply with our requirements (see How to Enter). Incomplete applications will be disregarded.
  • We expect that the successful applicants have a quality audience in social media, can make stories and are ready to post about the trip and programme stages and share their impressions in publications, interviews and/or blogs in the local media upon their return from the UK and at different programme stages.
  • The applicants must comply with the UK’s visa eligibility criteria. The criteria are available at the UK Government website.
  • Good command of English (preferably B2 on CEFR) is not mandatory, but desirable.

Selection Process

  • The participants will be selected by tutors from the UK who will conduct master classes in September.
  • A total of forty applicants (20 in Almaty and 20 in Tashkent) will be selected to take part in master classes.
  • Only 12 people, out of 40 selected applicants, will take part in the trips to the festivals in the UK.

For Partners in Central Asia

We are looking for partners who would be interested to take part in the programme at different stages:

  • nominate creative producers from their projects or organisations;
  • support future projects created as part of the programme with financial or non-financial resources;
  • support the development of creative producing in Central Asian countries in the long term; and
  • help to disseminate information about the programme and its outcomes.

Key Dates

24 May: deadline for submitting applications

24 May – 3 June: reviewing applications and selecting programme participants

3–14 June: submitting UK visa applications. Visas will be considered for 3 weeks from the submission date

1–5 July: participants must have their passports with visas

14–21 July: trips to Supersonic in Birmingham and Manchester International Festival in Manchester (6 participants from Almaty and 6 participants from Tashkent)

2–6 September: master classes in Almaty and Tashkent with tutors from the UK (up to 20 participants in Almaty and up to 20 participants in Tashkent)

October 2019: finalising projects and submitting grant applications (teams formed from the participants in the master classes)

January–February 2020: project implementation

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

  • The British Council pays for airline tickets, accommodation and transport from the airport to the hotel in the UK, as well as the tickets for Supersonic and Manchester International Festival.
  • The selected participants agree to pay on their own for visas, insurance and meals in the UK, as well as their own local transport fees during the festivals.
  • Creative Producers is an international programme. The working languages used to fill in the applications, during the trip to the UK and at the master classes are English (with translation/interpretation) and Russian as the main language for interethnic communication in Central Asia.

How to Enter

Please provide the following information in English or Russian before 24 May 2019:

  1. a CV (resume) and links to the projects you have arranged, stating whether you have command of English; links to your accounts in the social media where you’ll cover your participation in the programme (personal accounts, or the accounts of your projects/employer);
  2. a motivation letter stating why you need this experience and how you can apply it in your city (not more than 500 words);
  3.  describe the idea of the project you would like to implement as part of the programme (not more than 500 words); and
  4.  send the scanned Competition Rules with your signature.

The applications should be sent to info@kz.britishcouncil.org with Creative Producers stated in the subject line. Please note: by stating Creative Producers in the subject line you’ll help us to easier monitor the applications. The size of the attachments may not exceed 5 Mb.