The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities.
We create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries. We do this by making a positive contribution to the UK and the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.
We work with over 100 countries across the world in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Each year we reach over 20 million people face-to-face and more than 500 million people online, via broadcasts and publications.
Founded in 1934, we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body.
Our work in Russia
We have been in Russia since 1992 and work in these centres. Every year, we reach out to thousands of students, educators, policymakers, academics, researchers, creatives and entrepreneurs in Russia.
Arts and Creative Industries
In the arts, we cooperate with leading British and Russian organisations including, amongst others, the State Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, The State Kremlin Museums, the National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Garage Centre for Contemporary Culture, and the Hermitage. With the support of the British Council, major exhibitions by William Turner (2008), William Blake (2011), Antony Gormley (2011) and Henry Moore (2011) have been held in Russia. Moreover, we actively work in literature, theatre, contemporary dance, music, cinema, design and fashion.
The greater part of our arts activities is focused on vocational training and educational programmes for people professionally involved in the cultural and creative industries.
The English Language
We run English teaching and learning programmes; last year our extension courses were attended by more than 6 000 teachers of English.
We design online courses and materials to help with teaching and learning English. Every year, our educational websites were used by more than 2 500 000 visitors.
We also commission research in applied linguistics, as well as in English language learning and teaching methodology.
In higher education, we cooperate with state authorities and officials forming educational policy, college and university leaders, scientists and students in Russia and the United Kingdom in order to promote partnership and knowledge exchange. We offer access for Russian people to the UK’s expertise in education and work hard to establish relationships between Russian and British educational institutions.