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Building on long-standing links and contemporary collaboration, the British Council’s UK-Iran Season of Culture will strengthen opportunities for greater cultural engagement, improve mutual understanding, and increase trust.

Students participate in a Chinese language competition in Michigan

An excerpt from CPD's interview with the Chief Executive of the Confucius Institute.

Today, our museums are also politically engaged, globally connected, and incredibly skilled in the arts of international cultural diplomacy, their reach sometimes extending beyond that of governments.

Paul Smith, Director of British Council USA, on British Identity and Islam

Watch this video of Paul Smith, Director of British Council USA, who discusses British identity and Islam. 

For me it's simple: sport is one of the universal languages which connect people and cultures. Whether it's maths, music, science, the arts - or, increasingly these days, English - humanity has many universal languages, which can bring people together whatever their differences.

The political crisis over Ukraine has prompted ministers in London and Edinburgh to boycott the remainder of the UK-Russia Year of Culture, a celebration of the arts, education, sport and science that involves more than 250 events in both countries.

A House of Lords committee led by Lord Howell produced a major report on the UK’s ‘soft power’ last month