Hanoi (VNA) – The British Council has launched its arts grants programme Connections Through Culture (CTC) UK - Southeast Asia for the 2020 – 2021 period, aiming to support exchanges and collaboration between the two sides.

Established in Southeast Asia in August 2019, it provides grants to artists, cultural and arts professionals, and representatives of art collectives, networks or organisations from the UK, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.

Grantees will benefit from the inspiration gained from exchanging ideas and sharing their cultural history.

A grant is worth 2,500 – 7,500 GBP (3,237 – 9,711 USD).

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the programme will be supporting online collaboration projects between Southeast Asia and the UK. Projects will be needed to be completed between January to June next year.

Prior to the pandemic, this would have most likely involved international travel. However, with travel restricted and uncertain, the grant will be used to develop and strengthen new and existing bilateral relationships between the two sides, by providing funding to allow conversations to happen, and for the possibilities of online collaboration to be explored. 

Applications will close on November 8./.