Wednesday 21 April 2021


Starting 29 April 2021, creative professionals worldwide will have access to new online courses through the British Council’s Creative Communities Learning Lab. The platform offers self-led learning, designed with specific input from creative hub leaders and their communities in Southeast Asia and the UK.

The content is free, dynamic, easily accessible, and seeks to respond to the changing knowledge and skills needs of artists, creative entrepreneurs and cultural professionals all over the world.

The initiative identified three key themes that are highly in demand given today’s challenges: digital community strategy and management, ways to monetise services, and bringing training offers online.

‘It was wonderful to have worked with experts from Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, the Philippines, and the UK. The diversity of their insights and experience has made Creative Communities Learning Lab a truly unique learning resource. We invite creative professionals across the world to take advantage of this opportunity and access the courses,’ says Julia Davies, British Council Interim Regional Arts Director, East Asia.

The British Council tapped the expertise of Creative Friction (UK) and Makerspace Manila (PH) for this undertaking. Additionally, 17 brilliant hub leaders from the UK and SEA were invited to be part of the project advisory board.

The initiative is supported by the British Council's Creative Hubs for Good programme in Southeast Asia.  

Creative Communities Learning Lab will be officially launched on 28 April through a virtual event. To know more, visit this page.

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About the British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We build connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and other countries through arts and culture, education and the English language. Last year we reached over 80 million people directly and 791 million people overall including online, and through broadcasts and publications. Founded in 1934 we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body. We receive a 15 per cent core funding grant from the UK government.

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