Friday 01 September 2017 - 00:00 to Friday 13 October 2017 - 00:00
Glasgow, Scotland

The British Council is inviting applications to attend the 25th Celtic Connections music festival from 31 January to 4 February 2018 as part of a delegation from Russia.

Celtic Connections music festival

Celtic Connections is the largest annual winter music festival of its kind and the UK's premier celebration of Celtic music. Celebrating its 25th anniversary, it is one of the UK's most established folk festivals which takes place in the culturally vibrant city of Glasgow.

Showcase Scotland takes place from 31 January to 4 February 2018 when the best in contemporary Scottish folk music is programmed as part of the festival. This allows delegates to see artists perform in front of a live audience and network with 180 international delegates from around 25 nations.

This call for applications is part of the British Council’s Future Culture programme.

About the programme:

  • a five-day showcase across a wide range of Scottish folk music from traditional to contemporary folk that includes electronic and indie elements
  • a 'Spotlight’ showcase of the best folk artists from Ireland, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the festival
  • an opportunity to participate in a number of specially programmed networking events and album launches.

Terms of participation

We are encouraging music  festival directors and producers, booking agents, programmers, venue managers, and promoters with at least 3 years of relevant experience, upper-Intermediate or advanced English language skills who are interested in building links with the Scottish music industry to apply.

If you would like to apply, please send your CV and motivation letter to by 23.59 on 8 October 2017.

Successful applicants will be notified after 13 October 2017.

The British Council will fund visas, flights and accommodation and arrange a business, educational and entertainment programme for successful applicants during the festival. Successful applicants will be expected to cover all meals and local transportation expenses independently.

The British Council will conduct the selection process in line with its equality and diversity policies.