We’re in conversation … with Canada

We are over the moon to be one of the first UK performing arts companies to be selected to take part in New Conversations.

New Conversations is a set of new UK-Canada creative partnerships organised by British Council, Farnham Maltings, and the High Commission of Canada.

The idea behind New Conversations is an increase in cultural exchanges between the UK and Canada, allowing for more artist mobility and international opportunities, with a goal of initiating long term partnerships that benefit both the UK and Canadian arts sectors.

Our Conversation is with Vancouver based theatre company The Only Animal and we’ll be participating creatively in each others R&D process to explore the potential for a new, outdoor, site specific co-production.

Gavin Stride, Director of the Maltings, said: “Our involvement in this programme is made possible through support and investment of Arts Council of England. We received more than 100 applications for this unique programme and narrowing them down was a true challenge. Those selected demonstrate clear objectives and a curiosity to explore new ideas and ways of working. The hope is that this initial support will lead to long term partnerships.”

Mariya Afzal, Country Director, British Council in Canada, said: “We are pleased to witness the beginnings of many new and timely conversations between UK and Canada. The selected projects highlight the value, importance and need for cultural exchanges which speak to the British Council’s mandate for creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.”

Janice Charette, High Commissioner of Canada in the UK, said: “Canada is proud to support these artistic collaborations between our country and the UK and we are especially pleased to be able to give some of these arts organisations their first chance to share their work internationally.”

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